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2/7, reported to be to the front of 2/1 (they were actually behind at this point). At 1612,
Dog "was engaged with a fiercely resisting enemy," but was moving forward slowly.
However, it could not use maximum supporting arms for fear of hitting the still missing
elements of 2/7. Soon, enemy counterattacks hit the Dog Company Marines from the
ridgeline leading north from 749 towards 812, but by 1820, Dog Company found 2/7's
last elements. These were located to its rear, not its front, and had moved to meet them
from the southwest. "At this time, it became evident that there was, in fact, no friendly
elements of 2/7 on the high ground of. . . [Hill 749] as had been continually and
specifically reported throughout the course of the day."64
Dog Company received orders at 1830 to hold ground gained, "and to register in
supporting arms immediately in order to repel any expected counterattack in strength."
Companies Easy and Fox 2/1 moved forward then to tie in a perimeter defense with
Dog. (See Map # 25 for positions.) Positions were dug in by 2000. The elements of 2/7
left for the rear at this time. Just among 2/1, the casualties were heavy (4 KIA and 224
WIA).65
With the mission to relieve 2/7 done, the elements of 2/7 under control of the 1st
Marines were released back to them at 2025. That night, 2/1, too, fought off enemy
counterattacks. Come morning, it would resume the assault.66
PFC Frank Hart of 2/1, described digging in that evening on Hill 749:
After we secured Hill 749-we gave it our own name, Bloody Ridge-in
the late afternoon of September 13, we had to dig in to receive the expected
counterattack from the gooks. My Bunkie, Tom Hull, and I had a long discussion
about where we should dig. I was sure I had just the perfect spot. A huge
hemlock tree had been uprooted by artillery fire, and I was trying to tell Tom that
64 Second Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, "Historical Diary," September 1951, 7.
65/bid., 6-7.
66 st Marine Regiment, "Historical Diary," September 1951, 3.

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