known to have little food, poor medical supplies and equipment, and draconian
At 2135, 2/5 received the 5th Marines Frag Order 140-51. It directed that the
regiment consolidate on the best defensive ground "in the vicinity of its positions and
prepare to construct deliberate defenses on a line to be announced later. The 2nd
Battalion was directed to patrol in zone north to the south bank of the Soyang-gang
River" and to the 3rd Battalion boundary on the left flank.17
The 1st Marines saw action September 17 in the daylight hours as well.
As mentioned previously, that day at 1007, 1/1 sent a platoon sized combat patrol
(Charlie Company) towards where enemy lines had been the night before after an
"intense artillery preparation." But the enemy had withdrawn back to other positions.
Thus 1/1 advanced against no resistance and consolidated for the night on the ridge
between 812 and 749. The rest of 1/1 and 2/1 remained in their blocking positions.18
(See Map # 34)
The KMCs of 1/KMC repulsed a counterattack atop Hill 751 that afternoon (they
had advanced there on the 16th). The other two KMC battalions filled in the rest of the
defenses on Yoke Ridge (Hays Line), which 1/KMC had occupied.19
One other development that had occurred the day before made the Division
commander stop the advance after the gains made on the 17th. "On 16 September, the
Eighth Army had ordered X Corps to suspend all major offensive operations after 20
September. Van Fleet had decided that further attacks along the Hays Line could not be
16 Ibid., 51-52.
17 Ibid., 52-53.
1st Marine Regiment, "Historical Diary," September 1951, 18.
19 1 Mar Div "Historical Diary", September 1951,21.
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 December 4, 2016.