noon this date were by air..." or by foot. Some lucky Marines got to have heat tablets
to warm their chow.54
When reports were had of a possible assembling of enemy for counterattack in the
area of 3/5, 2/5 Marines took note of their "own overextended lines and the limited route
of withdrawal. . . [and] a provisional platoon was organized under the H&S Company
Commander, from that company."55
The incoming continued throughout the night, not all of it missing the flesh it was
seeking. Several casualties were incurred and one KIA was had "from concussion."
Thereafter, "Easy Company Marines... reported seeing a large convoy of trucks with
headlights burning, far off in the distance up the valley, suggesting reinforcements for
the enemy. Attempts to secure a night airstrike were unavailing, [JOC rarely allowed
airplanes away from interdiction for 'night heckling,' even more rarely than for daylight
CAS] and the enemy were believed out of range for any but 155mm rifles."56
On a lighter note, the password for 2/5 that night was "Dumb Blonde." One Marine,
when challenged by a sentry, forgot it and stammered "Gee I-I've forgotten it, but it's
something about Dagmar!" The result was, "Needless to say, he was allowed to pass
The enemy was never far away, however. An observation plane spotted NKPA
dug in "as close as seventy-five yards. . . well camouflaged, dressed in green, quilted
54 Third Battalion, 5th Marines, "Historical Diary," 7; "Historical Diary," Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, 65.
ss "Historical Diary," Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, 65.
57 Ibid., 66.
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 February 1, 2015.