Battle for the Punchbowl: The U. S. 1st Marine Division 1951 Fall Offensive of the Korean War Page: 156
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attacks. "The skillful preregistration and quick adjustment of friendly artillery helped the
defending Marines to disperse the enemy and inflict heavy losses."18
Ralph Steele experienced one example of such preregistered fire, already
We had ... very good company commander and the Gooks attacked us
that night about four times. Well, it was. . . pitch black. . . and we could hear the
Gooks down in this ravine, hear them chattering.., whoever their leader was
was giving them a kind of pep talk apparently because you hear them cheer, and
then he would blow a whistle and I could hear them crashing through that second
row of timber. We started firing down into the ravine and the -what saved us then
was our mortars were zeroed in on that thing and they called in mortar rounds,
and that would break up each one of these attacks.19
The Korean Marines of 1st KMC spent the day, as every other day since Yoke
Ridge had been captured, patrolling forward and west of the Hays Line. They took 4
POWs that day.20
Total losses for the day were: 39 KIA and 463 WIA among the American Marines
with none reported from the KMCs. The enemy lost 460 estimated KIA and 405
estimated WIA. The Marines captured 7 POWs. In addition, a delayed report (from
another period, probably the day before) showed 325 enemy KIA, 245 estimated KIA,
and 295 estimated KIA.21
For the 1st Marines, the day was a bloody one. 13 KIA were incurred and 316 WIA.
In addition, 25 NBCs (non-battle casualties) were taken in the regiment. Sometimes
these were due to accidents, sometimes sickness-though if sickness, it had to be
8 1st Marine Regiment, "Historical Diary," September 1951, 3; Lynn Montross, et al., The East-Central
Front, 193; 1 Mar Div "Historical Diary", September 1951, 17-20.
19 Ralph B. Steele Interview, Library of Congress.
20 st Mar Div, "Historical Diary," September 1951, 18.
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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/m1/171/?rotate=270: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .