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Objective 2 (part of the Hill 751 hill mass) as soon as possible. "From 0715 to 0810 two
successive air strikes were run on enemy bunker positions on objective 2, and at 0830
'G' Company continued the attack, running into moderate to heavy small arms,
automatic weapons and mortar fire by 0910." Item Company repulsed a light probing
attack at 1015, but continued to take enemy sniper fire from the front and the right flank.
George continued its advance and enemy resistance began to slacken. George
reported Objective 2 secure at 1400 and that there were 30 enemy KIA about the area
that had been taken out by the "excellent air strikes" earlier that day. Item Company
took a strong enemy counterattack from its front and both flanks at 2250.13
During the assault in the dark by 3/1, Sergeant James B. Southall of Item
Company 3/1, led assault elements of his platoon up the steep, fire-swept slopes of Hill
751, on which little cover or concealment was to be found. Southall exposed himself to
enemy fire in his attack to help eliminate the enemy from his well-entrenched positions.
He ripped out rounds into the enemy from his .30 cal carbine, felling numerous NKPA.
Then his weapon ran dry. He refused to fall back and get more ammo. Instead, he
shouted his men onward with encouragement in the final assault on the hill. Southall
directed coordinated machine gun fire, red Marine tracers flicking out in long streams
against the black night and lapping at bunker firing ports and the enemy flesh that hid
within them. His unit rose, inspired by Southall's example of courage, and charged the
last 100 yards of the slope to crush the remaining defenders. Southall was hit badly in
the wrist but refused evacuation. He remained with his platoon and organized a hasty
defense, lest the enemy return in counterattack. Sure enough, the NKPA came back to
13 Third Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, "Historical Diary," September 1951, 4; 1st Marine Regiment,
"Historical Diary," September 1951, 15. Also see chapter on Close Air Support.

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