Battle for the Punchbowl: The U. S. 1st Marine Division 1951 Fall Offensive of the Korean War Page: 65
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more within reach of enemy bullets and taking heavy fire, but this time they were taking
the right flank of the objective, the north face.15
Meanwhile, there was a tense situation for George Company's 1st Platoon
(George-I) on Objective A. An unidentified squad-sized patrol was before their
positions in a stream bed, lugging along a mortar. George-1 moved to intercept and set
up an ambush, but it turned out they were just a lost element of the KMCs. No shots
Item was still in the thick of combat. At 1412 it had pushed to the crest of their
objective but was still in the middle of a hot firefight. The Battalion OP, controlling the
artillery fire to Item's front, received word at 1430 to lift the fire so Item could advance
further west along the ridge and clean up the enemy resistance. By 1525, the company
had cleared the objective down to the saddle at the western end (between it and Hill
924) and began to reorganize and dig in.17
Just then How Company was told to advance on Hill 602, Objective D. However,
the order was canceled forty minutes later by regiment before How was yet in sight of
any enemy, in favor of consolidating a line of positions from Item Company on the west
to 1/7 (visual contact rather than actual) on the east.18
The order then went out that the next day would be mostly patrolling for 3/7,
though the enemy would have other ideas as things turned out. Item was to patrol each
of the three finger ridges of Objective Charlie; How was to send a squad towards 602;
15 Ibid., 9.
16 Ibid., 9.
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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/m1/80/?rotate=270: accessed March 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .