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

The Marines of 3/1 had lost 9 KIA and 55 WIA total to take Hill 854. Enemy
casualties were: 159 counted KIA, 150 estimated KIA, 225 estimated WIA, and 29
POWs.96
Marine losses over the last three days amounted to 33 KIA and 235 WIA. Most
were in the 5th Marines, particularly 2/5. The enemy's total losses for the same three
days were 265 counted KIA, 972 estimated KIA (with the 265 included), and 113
prisoners were taken.97 As to the estimates, the North Koreans were known to always
take their dead whenever possible so it is not improbable that the estimates, though
usually too high, were not without some merit.98
The "battle" was officially over at this point since no new objectives or attacks were
made by the Marines, but no one told the NKPA. They continued to probe and prod and
infiltrate, inflicting over 200 more casualties by month's end.99
96 1st Mar Div "Historical Diary", September 1951, 25; Lynn Montross, et al., The East-Central Front, 206;
Third Battalion, 1st Marines, "Historical Diary," September 1951, 8.
97 Lynn Montross, et al., The East-Central Front, 198.
98 "Historical Diary," Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, 54.
99 1st Mar Div "Historical Diary," September 1951, 31.

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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 October 2, 2014.