Battle for the Punchbowl: The U. S. 1st Marine Division 1951 Fall Offensive of the Korean War Page: 177
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companies moved forward. (The 2nd Battalion 1st Marines supported 1/1's advance with
"The enemy situation was well known to the 1st Battalion. They now faced an
unyielding enemy, well supplied with grenades and ammunition for his mortars, A/NW
and S/A." The 1st Battalion utilized all available supporting arms, but the advance was
nevertheless slow after the 1107 jump off. (The enemy in the area numbered at least
300.) "The fighting was intense. Enemy mortar and artillery fire was heavy and
accurate." Able Company reached its assigned portion of 749 at 1500 and dug in while
Baker Company passed through. Eventually, resistance began to slacken as the attack
progressed. The battalion had its portion of Objective BAKER in hand by 1830. (Charlie
Company would make a patrol the next day that secured Objective 1. The rest of the
company attacked and seized Objective 2.) Finally, at 1800 that evening, these Marines
were in place (on part of the northern ridgeline running from 749 to Hill 812) and began
to dig in. (See Map# 27)65
At the close of business on September 16, Hill 751 was in the control of 3/1, and
2/1 and 1/1 were deployed in a line of fox holes almost a mile long (1,500 yards) on
both sides of 749. How Company 3/1 was attached to 2/1 for the night as that battalion
set up a blocking position. (See Map # 27)66
"Hill 749 had finally been secured. A number of mutually supporting hidden enemy
bunkers had been knocked out in a ruthless battle of extermination [the battle was not
64 First Battalion, 1st Marines, "Historical Diary," September 1951, 2; First Marine Regiment, "Historical
Diary," September 1951, 20.
65 First Marine Regiment, "Historical Diary," September 1951, 17-18; First Battalion, 1st Marines,
"Historical Diary," September 1951, 2; Lynn Montross, et al., The East-Central Front, 193; 1 Mar Div
"Historical Diary", September 1951, 19-20.
66 st Marine Regiment, "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/m1/192/?rotate=90: accessed January 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .