Marines." Ramer was badly wounded himself for the second time, but refused aid.
When his men returned, he made them take cover, while he continued to defend
against the enemy. He was eventually overwhelmed and mortally wounded. He would
posthumously receive the award of the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for
bravery in combat.23
After the attack in the morning had failed to completely wipe 673 clear of
defenders, 2/7 had been turned north to attack Hill 749 while 1/7 had completed taking
673. It was a tough fight, but by 1700, Objective Baker was thought to be secured. That
estimate was wrong. Only one knob of 749 had been attained. Hill 749 had dense
woods cloaking its slopes and these masked other defenders. Other NKPA still manned
bunkers between 2/7 and 1/7 in bypassed positions. Hard fighting would be required to
secure these areas. Furthermore, much of the large hill was yet to be traversed by
Broken down by companies, the Marines of 2/7 assaulted thusly, after turning
towards Hill 749 while it was still relatively early in the morning (0900): the battalion
moved out that morning in column up a draw. One airstrike was reported to hit Hill 749
with "good results," meaning it appeared to the FAC (Forward Air Controller) to have hit
the target with good coverage.
Jon Charles Genrich related the experience of ground Marines when an airstrike
Daybreak brought constant aircover from the Army, Navy, and Marines
from daylight to sundown. We had Mustangs, Corsairs, and I believe some
hellcats. As one group left, the next group arrived. They dropped bombs and
23 Medal of Honor Award Citation for George H. Ramer.
24 Lynn Montross, et al., The East-Central Front, 184; 1st Mar Div, "Historical Diary," September 1951, 15.
Montandon, Joshua W. Battle for the Punchbowl: The U. S. 1st Marine Division 1951 Fall Offensive of the Korean War. Denton, Texas. UNT Digital Library. http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc3938/. Accessed April 17, 2014.