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box also contained a couple of dry, hard, round crackers, cocoa, and toilet
One other How 3/7 Marine recalled the rain in the move up to Yoke Ridge, and
remarked "It started to rain the last day as we loaded up on the trucks. They drove for
several hours in the rain and mud. We were all soaking wet sitting in the open bed of
the 'four deuces' [4.2 inch mortar] trucks, as we called them. When they stopped and
dumped us off to walk in the rain and deep mud, we realized that riding in the rain
wasn't really that bad." That night was even more miserable. "We were hungry, wet,
cold Marines, lying in a mud hole with the water soaking through the sleeping bag.
Every ten minutes we would roll over and it would feel dry for a few minutes, but we
could not sleep so we prayed for morning to come."49
August 30 saw two battalions of the 1st KMC at the line of departure -- the other
battalion was still defending the Kansas line. The two KMC battalions would attack the
next morning from Hill 755 towards Hill 924. (See map # 16) Similarly, two battalions of
the 7th Marines were moving into place and ready to attack the next day. The First
Battalion Seventh Marines (1/7) was on the east side of the river, near Tonpyong, in the
emplacements of the 8th ROK Division (16th Regiment) atop a mass of hills. The 3rd
Battalion, Seventh Marines (3/7) was organizing west of the river near their crossing
point, while 2/7 relieved elements of the 8th ROK Division (23rd Regiment) on the
Kansas Line. Mortar rounds from the enemy greeted 1/7 that night (29 August) in
welcome, a small taste of things to come-twenty-nine rounds near a bridge on the
MSR (Main Supply Route) to the south, and one artillery round destroyed an
48 Oral memoir of Jon Charles Genrich at KoreanWarEducator.org.
49 Oral memoir of Jon Charles Genrich at KoreanWarEducator.org.
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