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

Besides the friendly fire, another bad incident had occurred. Some Marines in the
5th Marines supply dump had stepped on a buried, undetected mine. One lost his foot
and others had bad shrapnel wounds.40
The 11th Marines and supporting artillery had fired 79 missions and a whopping
7,108 rounds, wreaking an estimated 105 enemy KIA. The 1st Tank Battalion's Charlie
Company expended 220 rounds, but was only credited with destroying two bunkers.41
For September 16, Marine casualties were 24 KIA, 127 WIA, and 1 MIA. The 1st
KMC had 1 WIA. The enemy lost 169 counted KIA, 418 estimated KIA (a total of 587),
and 540 estimated WIA. The Marines took 25 POWs. The 1st Marines alone suffered 23
KIA and 110 WIA as well as 48 NBCs (Non-battle casualties).42
The previous four days (just in the sector of Hill 749) totaled 90 KIA, 714 WIA, and
1 MIA. Most of these losses were from the 1st Marines. The enemy losses were 771
counted dead, over 1,600 estimated dead, and 81 prisoners.43
"Because of the heavy casualties suffered by Fox, Easy, which had remained in
the assembly area throughout the day, was alerted to move forward by 0400 17
September to take positions in rear of Fox and be prepared to make a passage of lines
to continue the attack."44
Day Seven: September 17
40 Gerald P. Averill, Mustang, 264.
41 st Marine Regiment, "Historical Diary," September 1951, 18.
42 1 Mar Div "Historical Diary", September 1951, 20-21; 1st Marine Regiment, "Historical Diary,"
September 1951, 18.
43 Lynn Montross, et al., The East-Central Front, 194; 1 Mar Div "Historical Diary", September 1951, 19-
20.
44 Maj Gerald P. Averill, "Final Objective," 14.

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