Battle for the Punchbowl: The U. S. 1st Marine Division 1951 Fall Offensive of the Korean War Page: 67
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stretchers and covered with ponchos. Both ponchos were bloody. They were
about six feet away, and as I saw them, the wind lifted one corner of one of the
ponchos and revealed a black leg. That surprised me, as I had assumed both
were Caucasian. Here were two Marines. Both paid the ultimate price in service
to their country and their Corps. Both were receiving the same care, respect, and
attention. The blood on both ponchos was red, and I realized then that the blood
of a black Marine was as red as that of a white Marine.22
One stroke of good luck was had this day. The enemy NKPA II Corps, when hit,
had been in the midst of turning over its sector to the NKPA Ill Corps. Thus the defense
was not as organized as it might have been otherwise. However, the enemy on Yoke
Ridge was estimated to number two regiments of 1,500 men each. The enemy in 3/7's
zone was thought to be the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Regiment, 1st Division, Ill NK Corps.23 (See
Chart # 14)
Positions for the night were as follows. Item Company was on Objective C; How
Company was 1,000 meters east of Objective B with its lines extending south to follow
the line of the river; George-1 remained on Objective Able, while the other two platoons
stayed in the vicinity of Hill 755.24
Day Two: September 1
September 1 began with 3/KMC passing through 3/7 (near Hill 602) to take up a
position that flanked Hill 924 to its east. From here it was to renew the attack from a
northeasterly direction along the ridgeline running from Hill 602 to 924. Simultaneously
in a converging attack, 1/KMC assaulted from Hill 924's southeast. Resistance was far
22 Transcript of Interview with Garlen L. "Spike" Selmyhr by Lynnita (Sommer) Brown, 2000.
www.koreanwar-educator.orq/memoirs/selmyhr spike/index.htm. Website last consulted April 2007.
23 X Corps, "Command Report," September 1951, 8-9; 1 Mar Div, "Historical Diary," August 1951, 8; Third
Battalion, Seventh Marines "Historical Diary," August 1951, 8.
24 Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, "Historical Diary," August 1951, 9-10.
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