Vaught F4U Corsair, were able to neutralize reliably. The only weapon that could and
would ultimately destroy every one was the rifleman.
The battalions were atop Yoke Ridge before the attack from Hill 602 to Hill 924
and along the Hays Line east of 602 to the river. The Marines of 2/7 were on the Hays
Line, the companies end to end in a line of defensive positions (two companies forward
and one in reserve) from about Hill 924 eastward to 3/7's positions (starting at Hill 602).
The Third Battalion, 7th Marines, too was on the Hays Line to the right of 2/7,
sandwiched between Hill 602 and the river.33
For September 11th, D-day, 2/7 had the job of patrolling on the regiment's left in
constant contact ("buttoned up") with the KMCs, and of maintaining defenses on the
Hays Line minus Easy Company, which would be the regimental reserve. The purpose
of the patrolling was stated to be "to deny the enemy routes of approach to the 3/7 zone
of action . ...34
The assault battalions were 3/7 and 1/7. The Marines of 3/7 had the job of taking
Regimental Checkpoint 1. This was Hill 680. (See Map # 20) The other Checkpoints
were to be the task of 1/7. The CO of 3/7, Lt Col B. T. Kelly, had How Company move
out at night (0230) before the assault and to attack at first light, but the weather did not
cooperate. Despite the rain, the NKPA enemy discovered the Marines before they were
close enough to assault by surprise. Probably some unfortunate had triggered one of
the many enemy mines. A hot fight ensued stopping the assault company halfway up
33 First Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment, "Historical Diary," September 1951, Chronological Narrative
from September 2nd through September 11th; Second Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment, "Historical
Diary," September 1951, Overlays of Positions; Third Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment, "Historical
Diary," September 1951, 6.
34 Second Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment, "Historical Diary," September 1951, Daily Narrative of
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