Battle for the Punchbowl: The U. S. 1st Marine Division 1951 Fall Offensive of the Korean War

September 16 was not over yet for the 5th Marines. Said the 5th Marines Historical
The master plan of the operation as set forth in Division Operations Order 24-51
and Regimental Operations Order 42-51, began to unfold themselves in the form
of concrete action. For many members of the Regiment who joined us on the
10th, 1 th, and 12th Replacement Drafts, it meant their first "sip" of the bitter
realities of combat. For the "salts" it meant the termination of the "luxuries" and
"securities" of being in reserve, and once again meeting face to face with the
grimness of war. To all, it would mean a cleared more evident substantiation of
the fact that Korea can be pretty rough "Police Action."'
H-hour was set for 0830. The enemy was elements of the 14th Regiment, 1st
Division, Ill NK Corps and the 45th Regiment, 15th Division, and 3rd Regiment, 1st
Division. The above mentioned Operations Orders basically set forth the following plan:
while the 1st Marines continued attacking 749, the 5th Marines would send 2/5 to take
Objective Dog (Hill 812), and 3/5 to take Regimental Objectives 1 and 2: 1 being the
higher knob on the finger ridge 3/5 had replace Item 3/1 upon, and 2 being Hill 980.
After 3/5 had Objective 1 in hand, it was to support 2/5's attack by fire and prepare to
seize Hill 980 on order. Marines of 1/5 were regimental reserve.2 (See Map #30)
The Third Battalion, 5th Marines assaulted with How Company 3/5 in the lead. It
relieved Item 3/1 at 0910 and took over that unit's zone of action. It then stepped out in
the attack at 1210 towards Regimental Objective 1, an unnamed hill about 1,000 yards
southeast of 1052, 1,500 yards southwest of 812, and 1,200 yards north and slightly
Fifth Marine Regiment, "Historical Diary," September 1951, 18.
2Ibid., 18, OpnO 42-51.


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. Accessed July 24, 2014.