advance on Hill 749 stalled under the heavy enemy fire, Nihart "boldly made his way
through the volume of hostile fire to the exposed positions of the leading elements and
personally coordinated all the available supporting arms and aircraft in successfully
furthering the attack." He was ever in the thick of the battle that night, as well. He
"skillfully maneuvered his units to meet the continued thrusts by waves of opposing
troops and, although exposed to hostile fire from a distance less than 200 meters,
maintained an effective defense perimeter despite sever casualties within his battalion."
Nihart was instrumental in his Battalion's ability to hold.55
A Navy Corpsman for 2/1 was Anthony Daniel La Monica from Chicago. "Tony" as
he was called, was very dear to the Marines around him, not just because of his medical
role, but because of the selfless courage with which he carried it out. He was known for
ignoring enemy fire to go to the aid of the fallen, working to patch wounds while bullets
struck all around him. Once, he had even had his belt shot off. Midway up Hill 749 the
day before, Tony dashed again through enemy fire to assist a wounded Marine. Dust
burst up around as bullets mixed with green tracers struck the dirt, but he succeeded in
moving the wounded Marine to cover.56
Now in the dense rain of red hot steel and high explosives preceding the heavy
enemy attack, Tony was again at work. He left the protection of his foxhole and openly
aided the wounded, but received a wound of his own during the first of the five enemy
attacks. He didn't let on about this to the Marines, however, and continued to aid the
many wounded. In the second attack, he incurred other wounds from bullets and
as Navy Cross Award Citation for Franklin B. Nihart.
56 Undated Public Information Document by Corporal Louis Jobst, Marine Combat Correspondent,
National Archives: RG 127, Records of the U. S. Marine Corps, "Division of Information, Publicity Articles
Relating to the First Marine Division in Korea, Final Copies, Oct. 1950-Feb. 1952."
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 January 28, 2015.