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example: "Fox Company's 3rd Platoon's radio worked part time and Fox CP had
difficulties keeping in contact. The 2nd Platoon's radio came in loud and clear, but was
not in contact with the 3rd, so could not help."33
At 0100 that night a sudden urgent request came in to the battalion CP from Fox
Company. The frantic Marine reported that two men had been killed and eighteen
wounded by the intense mortar and artillery bombardment and stretcher bearers were
needed. Forty laborers were sent to carry down the wounded, (only ten of the wounded
ended up requiring a stretcher evacuation) and twenty-eight of the laborers became
unnecessary when Fox Company's 3rd Platoon carried seven stretcher cases down
themselves. (The 3rd platoon had had twelve casualties since the afternoon of the 16th
Thus the company had barely the strength of two full platoons on the slopes leading to
812.)
The excess laborers were sent instead to the supply point over a mile away to the
rear near the branch of the river that ran west to east between Yoke and Kanmubong
Ridges to hump ammunition to the lines. At 0300, they began bringing ammo to Fox
Company, especially the beleaguered 3rd Platoon. Forty more Koreans joined them at
0800. To get this many laborers into action, the labor officer had to use "Korean cooks,
interpreters, headquarters personnel, and sixteen Korean officers of company grade;"
the number of laborers still out on ammo runs from earlier that night was too great to
meet the demand with the regular personnel. Showing great patriotism, some of the ill
Koreans on the sick list even volunteered to work though their health was poor. "It was
33 "Historical Diary," Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, 35-37.

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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 13, 2014.