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

who, shot in the face, had slumped over the MG, as well as the assistant gunner to
safety. He then took over the MG. His accurate and effective fire helped his fellow
Marines maneuver to better cover and bring more efficient fire on the enemy. Later,
Lowe turned the gun over to another Marine and took over leadership of the light MG
section. He displaced the section's second light MG forward, and then exposed himself
to enemy fire continually amid a hail of mortar fragments and machine gun bullets to
designate targets (sometimes this was done by locating an enemy target by its flash
and then showing other Marines where it was by firing a single tracer round at it from a
carbine), and help the less experienced gunners clear their weapons when they
jammed.23
The 2nd Platoon managed to get enough of its organic weapons into action to
achieve fire superiority on the NKPAs to its immediate front. These Marines neutralized
one of the two enemy MG bunkers, and were greeted by the heartening sight of enemy
soldiers abandoning that emplacement and fleeing to the rear. Their firefight was not
over, however, as plenty of other enemy emplacements had the Marines within their
field of fire and continued to fill the air with hot steel and lead in the vicinity of the
platoon.24
Meanwhile, the 1st Platoon moved to assist the beleaguered 3rd Platoon on the
slopes of Hill 812. By 1845, they had entered the fight. The position where the 3rd
Platoon Marines were was actually a small finger ridge, and the Marine assault up this
ridge had run into a line of well defended enemy entrenchments. From a higher finger
ridge between the 3rd Platoon and the crest of the objective, Lieutenant Holmes, with

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23Ibid., 32.
24 Ibid.

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 July 31, 2014.