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

Company's heavy machine guns (HMGs), fired in battery over the heads of the
assaulting infantry.54
At this point, 0935, the artillery from 1/7 stopped on 602 but 4.2 mortars and
155mm and 105mm howitzers from 3/7's direct artillery supports continued. George
Company had stepped off earlier at 0900 past the little hill How Company had fought so
hard for the day before just north of Hill 702. The area was dense with timber, offering
George some concealment as it moved. An hour and a half later, George was still
approaching through these trees and Baker 1/7 reported it was in position and ready for
action. George could not be seen by other Marine units, but How Company had a good
radio link and kept tabs on its progress. How was still on 702 at this point and directing
the supporting fires against 602. The artillery was estimated to have demolished four
enemy bunkers by 1054 with the 155mms.55
Just then, the enemy livened things up with yet another attack on Item Company,
this time the attack was at least a company of NKPA in strength. A storm of mortar and
MG fire sprayed across Item's front with the main push again targeting the left front. In
addition there was a simultaneous attack on the left flank from the ridgeline leading
towards Hill 924. Item kept its 60mm mortars popping amid the frontal force while it
brought artillery with heavy "battery-three" rounds down on the flanking approaches.
The enemy plunged head-long through this exploding steel, careless of his losses. The
Marine riflemen gritted their teeth and filled the enemy soldiers with bullets and grenade
fragments. The attacks withered away by 1154, but Item had taken many casualties.
Many Marines had minor wounds and just bandaged them up and kept on with their
54 Lynn Montross, et al., The East-Central Front, 179; 1st Mar Div, "Historical Diary," September 1951, 6-7;
Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, "Historical Diary," September 1951, 4.
ss Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, "Historical Diary," September 1951, 4.

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