There were yet more difficulties on Hill 812, these caused by the ground itself.
"The ground in the vicinity was very rocky and difficult to work with, and the limited
number of entrenching tools available further hampered digging." "Many casualties that
might have been avoided with better cover and deeper holes," were the result.38
Later on the Battalion CO communicated with the Regimental CO. LtCol Stiff told
Col Weede that there was no room on the ridge to bring Dog Company up, too. Even if
the Marines had had more of their units on hand, the difficult terrain precluded their
At 1725 the NKPA launched a probing attack on Easy Company's left flank near
the Rock. After this, the outpost was withdrawn in a ways for the night so as not have
the line too extended near the probable route of enemy attack, along the ridgeline from
980 to 812.40
That afternoon a helicopter evacuating wounded near 812 was taken under
artillery fire. Though unharmed, the "higher-ups" decided to have the helicopters only
pick up wounded from a forward aid station further away from enemy fire. (This was
probably because the Marines were doing a great many tactical experiments with
helicopters at the time and to lose one to enemy fire might stain the progress of such
experiments in certain circles.) Fifteen trips were made to the new aid station location
with two casualties lifted out per trip that day. "All stretcher patients except three
concussion cases were evacuated this evening ...."41
38 Ibid., 56-57.
39 Ibid., 57.
40 Ibid., 57-58.
41 Ibid., 58.
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 January 22, 2017.