Carlson, Evans F.

Carlson, Evans F. (Fordyce)

(1896–1947) marine officer; born in Sidney, N.Y. Service in China in the 1930s left him with a great admiration for the Communists there; he patterned his Carlson's Raiders, a famous World War II marines unit, after the Red Chinese Army. After the war, he argued forcefully for peaceful coexistence with the Soviet Union, and after his death was attacked by red-baiting Senator Joseph R. McCarthy.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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Sources: Carlson, Evans F., The Chinese Army, Its Organization and Military Efficiency.