Battle for the Punchbowl: The U. S. 1st Marine Division 1951 Fall Offensive of the Korean War Page: 129
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fighting. Marines of 3/1 and 1/1 took over the areas of 3/7 and 1/7 near Hill 673 (2/1
relieved 1/7 at first then moved to relieve 2/7). The 7th Marines would then go to corps
reserve located at Wontong-ni where the roads from Inje and Kansong met.37 (See Map
The Second Battalion, 7th Marines, however, was in contact with the enemy and
dispersed; one of its companies was separated from the others by terrain and the
enemy around Hill 749. Mortar and artillery fire were frequent on its positions. Thus 2/1,
which was to relieve 2/7, could not effect that action in light of the tactical situation (one
company was reported as on the "nose" of the ridge, north of 749, and the other was
reported to be on the second "nose' north of 749. (See Map # 23) Another company
was south of the hill and trying to reunite with the ones to the north). So 2/7 was passed
to control of the 1st Marines, and scheduled to revert to parent control the next day (the
tactical situation would delay this revert, however).38
Enemy mortar fire came in during 2/1's approach march between 1600 and 1700
that evening, causing four casualties. Thereafter, 2/1 tied in with 2/7 for the night. The
1st Battalion, 1st Marines was designated regimental reserve. The next day's combat for
this regiment would fall primarily to the 2nd and 3rd battalions, but Able Company 1/1
was attached to 2/1 the next day to reinforce it.39 (See Map # 24)
The movement of the 1st Marines was not without the horrors of combat. PFC
Floyd Baxter of Weapons Company 1/1 remembered:
37 1st Mar Div, "Historical Diary," September 1951, 2; 1st Marine Regiment, "Historical Diary," September
38 Lynn Montross, et al., The East-Central Front, 186-87; 1st Mar Div, "Historical Diary," September 1951,
15; 1st Marine Regiment, "Historical Diary," September 1951, 2, 12.
39 1st Marine Regiment, "Historical Diary," September 1951, 12.
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