Battle for the Punchbowl: The U. S. 1st Marine Division 1951 Fall Offensive of the Korean War Page: 142
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2nd Battalion was unable to effect relief by that time" - the two battalions were intended
to attack concurrently and with coordination, not piecemeal.68
The attack did not resume until 1315. The air support, as usual, was late and
ineffective. Nevertheless, 3/1 attacked towards 751 and encountered heavy
concentrations of AP (anti-personnel) mines, though enemy fire was light at first.
George and Item Companies were in the lead. How Company remained in Battalion
Reserve on Hill 680. Item was to seize Battalion Objectives 1 and 3; George, Battalion
Objectives 2 and 4. The enemy resistance remained light for Item until 1600. Thereafter
enemy fire became so intense it brought the Company to a halt. George Company on
the other hand found extensive booby traps and mines in its area. It, too, met heavy fire
as it neared it objectives and was ordered to dig in for the night in its present positions
at dusk, about 400 yards short of Objective 2.69 (See Map # 25)
Item Company continued its attack and "was able to envelope the enemy positions
on Objective 1 shortly after dark. . ." But by 2030, Item too had dug in for the night.70
Spike Selmyhr of George Company, 3/1, was wounded that day. It was his most
vivid battle of his Korean service. He recalled about the enemy that "The enemy that I
saw were young, generally tenacious and determined fighters. They fought differently
than us in that they seemed to have less concern for any casualties they might suffer in
a headlong charge. Not too much finesse."71
He went on:
68 st Marine Regiment, "Historical Diary," September 1951, 2, 12, 13; Third Battalion, Seventh Marine
Regiment, "Historical Diary," September 1951, 9; Third Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, "Historical Diary,"
September 1951, 3.
69 s Mar Div, "Historical Diary," September 1951, 16; 1st Marine Regiment, "Historical Diary," September
1951, 2; Third Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, "Historical Diary," September 1951, 3-4.
70 Third Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, "Historical Diary," September 1951, 4.
71 Interview Transcript, Garlen L. "Spike" Selmyhr, 2000.
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