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swept up a carbine with which he peppered enemy forms until the second wave had
faded.80
Corporal Smith (no first name supplied) found himself in "the face of intense
enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire" when a gunner on one of the MGs had
been wounded. NKPA soldiers were only a few yards away, blistering the area with burp
gun slugs in the rapid, almost gushing burst that characterized these weapons,
BBBRRRRRRAAAAPPP. Some of these foes were in a small defilade right in front of
Smith's MG position. He leapt to his feet with the MG cradled in his arms in the manner
of John Basilone and Mitchell Paige who had earned the MOH in the Pacific using the
same technique, and ripped a belted burst of .30 caliber tracer and full metal jacket
bullets into the defilade, riddling two enemy with bullets and wounding others. A NKPA
who had no ammunition left, leapt up and shot Smith in the face with a signal pistol. The
flare burned him, but he ignored the pain to drill the NKPA with high velocity MG
bullets.81
Corporal Farrell (no first name supplied) was on the right flank of the 3rd Platoon
when the center dissolved. He recognized the danger and dashed through the storm of
enemy grenade fragments towards the center, hurling his own grenades to drive back
the attackers. Bodies fell, filled with splintered steel, smoking in the light of gun fire and
HE flashes.82
PFC Carr (no first name supplied), saw the gunner and assistant gunner felled on
his MG. He, with another Marine, immediately took over the "light thirty" and maintained
the stream of fire it had given the attackers. Enemy crept to only a few yards off, under

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80 Ibid.
81 Ibid., 71-72.
82 Ibid., 72.

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