Hal Boyle, who covered the Korean War from Korea for the Associated Press (AP), wrote that "in wartime the men at the front, those who do the most fighting, usually know the least about what is going on."
Soon after Brooklyn's Col. John T. Corley took over command of the Negro 24th Regiment, composed of black enlisted men and mostly white officers, he began work on a newspaper for troops in the field. At the time Corley was one of the Army's most decorated officers having received 13 medals for heroism. The African-American 24th Infantry was one of the last segregated regiments in the U.S. Army. An original Buffalo Soldier regiment, the 24th Infantry was established on November 1, 1869.
Corley created the Eagle Forward (the first issue was called the Eagle's Flight). This two page newspaper was created on typewriters and reproduced on mimeograph machines. The run of each issue was 600 copies. The copies were distributed to troops at the frontlines, and then passed from "foxhole to foxhole."
As a newspaper being published on the front lines of the Korean War, Eagle Forward often had to be produced under harsh conditions. At night the work on the newspaper was often done by gaslight, candlelight, or flashlight. The mimeograph machine would sometimes be put to use in bombed-out buildings, abandoned factories, open fields, tents or in creek beds. It was sometimes necessary to melt frozen ink on a stove top to print that day's edition.
Hal Boyle described the newspaper, "as crisply breezy as Corley himself, a cheerful, tough-minded young officer." The first page of each issue contained Korean War developments and world news. The second page contained company specific news, facts about 24th Infantry heroism and decorations, occasionally a cartoon, jokes, prayers, and American history trivia. The Brooklyn native also made certain that the exploits of the Brooklyn Dodgers received some coverage.
On October 1, 1951, the segregated 24th Infantry Regiment was dissolved and the last issue of Eagle Forward was published.