Battle for the Punchbowl: The U. S. 1st Marine Division 1951 Fall Offensive of the Korean War Page: 158
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adjustment" on an enemy bunker on Hill 751 and successfully silenced one enemy MG.
This company at 1450 was the recipient of an enemy counterattack in company strength
covered with a heavy mortar barrage, but the Marine supporting arms shattered it. This
did not stop "very accurate" enemy mortar fire that struck the company until 1800,
causing 2 KIA and 23 WIA from that fire alone. The same hour, however, saw an
airstrike directed by an artillery FO against enemy mortar positions on Hill 1052. These
were not thought to be the same set that fired on George Company, but they were
estimated to be eliminated. The pieces harassing George Company were successfully
suppressed by high angle artillery missions. Tanks wiped out ten bunkers on 751 in
front of George. The day saw a total of 3 KIA and 31 WIA for 3/1's Marines, and reports
came that evening that the KMCs and possibly the 5th marines would relieve 3/1
September 15, during daylight hours, proved quieter than the thirteenth and
fourteenth had been, but only by comparison. Marines consolidated positions and
improved defenses; 3/1 was to hold for further orders and 1/1 remained in reserve. But
2/1 continued to attack. Its Marines were to finish the seizure of Hill 749 despite being
dog tired - the unit had received enemy incoming all night long. This battalion was in
positions indicated on Map # 27 and was trying to complete the clearing of 749.26
The CO of 2/1 had requested a heavy artillery barrage to soften up the objectives.
"It was very evident from the dogged enemy resistance of the previous day that
maximum preparation from all supporting weapons would be required to adequately
soften the objective," said the 1st Marines's historical diary. It went on to add some
26 st Marine Regiment, "Historical Diary," September 1951, 16.
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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/m1/173/?rotate=90: accessed March 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .