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

The butcher-bill for September 17 was: 12 KIA and 84 WIA among the American
Marines, and 1 KIA and 4 WIA among the KMCs. Enemy losses were: 155 counted KIA,
100 estimated KIA (255 total), and 191 estimated WIA. Marines took 37 POWs.24
Day Eight: September 18
The 1st Mar Div spent September 18 digging in and consolidating on already-won
positions. The KMCs of 2/KMC fought off two platoon sized attacks before daylight at
Hills 930 and 1026, and the hour of 0430, September 18, brought a heavy counterattack
against Easy Company compelling them to fall back a short distance. However, the
Marines held off a second attack before 0900. Hills 980 and 1052 continued to fire on
Marine lines the rest of the day. The worst losses were in 2/5, but the day wrought 16
KIA and 98 wounded among the Marines of the 1st Mar Div. EUSAK estimated that the
total number of casualties inflicted on the enemy from May to mid September were
188,237.25
That night was a fairly quiet one, considering what had become normal in the
sector the last few days. And the next day dawned with 980 and 1052 still dominating
Marine positions.
For Easy and Fox companies, 2/5, the night was not quiet. The enemy struck Easy
Company's western outpost, which withdrew. He struck again at 0845. The enemy was
not in large strength, however, and withdrew after a hot firefight. This enemy force was
24 1 Mar Div "Historical Diary", September 1951, 21.
25 Lynn Montross, et al., The East-Central Front, 196; 1st Mar Div "Historical Diary", September 1951, 22;
EUSAK, "Command Report," October 1951, 5-6, 29-30, and Plate 1; Lynn Montross, et al., The East-
Central Front, 202-203.

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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 5, 2015.