Battle for the Punchbowl: The U. S. 1st Marine Division 1951 Fall Offensive of the Korean War Page: 149
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TO HOLD BACK THE NIGHT
Day Four: September 14
The 1st Marines opened its bloodiest day of the battle by resuming the attack at
0830 and 0900. The order was given in Regimental Frag Order 132247. It basically
stated to continue the attacks of the previous day with 1/1 moving forward to an
assembly area in preparation of passing through 2/1 to continue the attack. Enemy
artillery and mortar incoming was accurate and plentiful, while machine gun fire
peppered the air above the Marines with slashing green tracers, the Communist
signature. The bunkers in this area were densely spaced and mutually supporting with
interlocking fields of fire. Against this steel rain, 2/1 and 3/1 infiltrated forward, 2/1 on
Hill749, 3/1 towards 751. The 1st Battalion moved to an assembly area, then to a point
near Hill 673 where it would dig in for the night. It would still be regimental reserve for a
while. (Able Company 1/1, which had been attached to 2/1 since 2225 the night before
for defensive purposes, reverted to parent control at 0900.)
For 2/1, the attack was once again on 749. The northern portion of 749 was
wooded, heavily covered with foliage, and this presented a painful problem. The
bunkers among the trees each had to be eliminated. The Marines of 2/1 had to take
them one at a time. The Marines of Fox 2/1 passed through Dog Company to lead the
1st Marine Regiment, "Historical Diary," September 1951, Frag Order 132247; Lynn Montross, et al., The
East-Central Front, 191; 1st Mar Div, "Historical Diary," September 1951, 17-18; 1st Marine Regiment,
"Historical Diary," September 1951, 15.
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Montandon, Joshua W. Battle for the Punchbowl: The U. S. 1st Marine Division 1951 Fall Offensive of the Korean War, thesis, August 2007; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc3938/m1/164/?rotate=270: accessed January 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .