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

cover of burp gun and rifle fire. They hunkered down underneath his position on the
slope and began to lob grenades into the MG pit. Carr stayed with the gun regardless,
and kept up a relentless fire with his carbine, only pausing to reload or throw a grenade
of his own.83
One of the bunkers the Marines held had taken grenades through its apertures.
Every Marine in it was a casualty, wounded and bleeding badly. One of them, Corporal
Mac Lain, held a Silver Star from the Yangu operation earlier that year. He was unable
to move, his wounds were so bad, and he was quickly bleeding to death. Yet the
Marines around him refused to leave him to death. They stayed and defended him from
the enemy attempts to occupy the bunker until a corpsman managed to crawl through
the exploding night and give him blood plasma. "Two of the overrun bunkers were later
found to have received direct hits by several enemy grenades, most of which were
powerful Soviet offensive-type fragmentation, similar to our own."84
At this time, Fox-2 was committed "to reinforcement of the battle position and
commenced the delivery of a hail of grenades, automatic and small arms fire on the
enemy from positions on the ridge. The remainder of [Easy-2], (Lieutenant Hinson)
moved to the left, over to the center of Hill 812, to reinforce and back up the line. The
shock and surprise effect of this added fire made it obvious to the enemy that our
positions were still strong, but though the defenders were now better organized, the
issue still remained in doubt. The fact that the flanks on 812 held against repeated

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83 Ibid.
84 Ibid.

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 26, 2014.