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one casualty was incurred from this. Dog Company observers saw Fox Marines waving
air panels at the planes, but couldn't help stop the strike because their radio to the
TACP was out.20
Even then, the battalion and company CPs could not be sure of Fox's true
positions so could not assist with 4.2 inch mortar-fire. The 1st Platoon was sent to assist
the 3rd Platoon, still pinned down under scathing enemy fire, interspersed with mortar
and artillery as well as small arms and MG fire.21
Meanwhile, the 2nd platoon had come into heavy enemy opposition within 225
meters of the crest of Hill 812. Enemy riflemen cut loose a deluge of fire against the
platoon, accompanied by the cacophonic chugging of a heavy MG from a bunker
emplacement. Two Marines fell in the first few seconds of the firefight. The platoon
advance ground to a halt, enemy fire poured in from all along the crest of the ridge. The
Marines sought what cover was available and returned the NKPA fire. Just then a
second MG stuttered to life, adding its punctuating voice to the world-splitting crash of
combat.22
The 3rd squad of the light MG platoon, attached to Fox Company's 2nd Platoon,
had its weapon already set up to engage the first enemy MG. These Marines turned
their fire on the new threat. There was a rapid trading of bullets between the Marine and
NKPA automatic weapons and the Marine section leader fell slain. In addition, both the
gunner and assistant gunner were wounded. Corporal Lowe, a squad leader (no first
name supplied) immediately rushed to the out-of-action gun, and moved the gunner,
20 Lynn Montross, et al., The East-Central Front, 194; 1 Mar Div "Historical Diary", September 1951, 19-
nd .th
20; Maj Gerald P. Averill, "Final Objective," 13; "Historical Diary," of the 2nd Battalion 5 Marines,
September 1951, 32. Also see chapter on Close Air Support.
21 "Historical Diary," of the 2nd Battalion 5th Marines, September 1951, 32.
22 Ibid.

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