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

loss of blood. The Marines then placed him on a stretcher regardless of his continued
protests (he had come to) and started for the rear. The group came across some
Marines wounded by a blast from a mine. Hunter insisted that his stretcher be brought
along side, and he rendered first aid to the wounded Marines from his position upon his
stretcher. "His prompt and skillful action undoubtedly saved the life of at least one
Marine."80
The 3rd Platoon continued its assault. But so "sparse [was the] cover. . . available
to 3rd Platoon Marines before they reached the crest... [and] so effectively had the
enemy 'sighted in' their automatic weapons along the eastern finger ridge, that
casualties were inevitable." Frontal assault was the only option. Lt Markham (no first
name supplied), the Platoon Leader, was notorious for having strapped fourteen
grenades to his 782 gear that morning. He was directing the assault when he was shot
in the chest and severely wounded. The Easy Company "gunny," TechSgt Patrick (no
first name supplied) took over until the Company Executive Officer, Lt Kuhn, could make
it from the CP. Meanwhile, Patrick decisively directed the platoon and achieved fire
superiority over the enemy and continued to advance. Lt Kuhn took over, but was not in
charge fifteen minutes before he was struck in the face and side. Patrick again found
himself in command.81
"At least three enemy heavy machine guns" and a plethora of light MGs opposed
the assaulting elements of the Marines. "It was obvious to observers that fire superiority
was gained by the sheer courage of the assaulting Marines. 'Had the assaulting forces
doubted at any time that they could attain their objective, they gave no indication of it,'

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80 Ibid.
81 Ibid., 45-46.

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 23, 2014.