Battle for the Punchbowl: The U. S. 1st Marine Division 1951 Fall Offensive of the Korean War Page: 71
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ridgeline. First Lt Dwight A. Young was the Company CO. He "pulled his right flank
platoon in and counterattacked to retake the thirty yards of ground." The Marines swept
to the top of the little hill to their front at 1055 and sent the NKPAs thereon into retreat,
broken and bloodied.32
To the west of 602 about 400 meters, Item Company spotted another enemy
group massing at 1115 and called in artillery. Rounds screamed in and pounded the
NKPA formation apart. Ten minutes later, however, How Company was again the
recipient of an attack. The screaming NKPA soldiers made it within a few feet of the
Marine fox holes before being cut down. How Company had reorganized itself just in
time. POWs stated that their attack had consisted of 500 soldiers backed by no less
than eight heavy MGs and multiple 82mm mortars.33
George Company moved forward at noon to reinforce the hard-hit How Company.
Soon after, an FO from Item Company broke up another group of about 100 enemy
sneaking up a draw in front of Item's positions, with a pre-registered artillery
concentration that hit right on top of these troops and tore them to shreds. George
Company reached How after 1400 as Item again fought off another twenty-minute
attack, which was reinforced by another thirty enemy ten minutes later. Soldier after
soldier fell to Marine fire, lying in heaps about the area. The NKPA continued to fight,
continued to do their job, and called in mortars on Marine positions whenever they were
not attacking. Yet again, the communists hurled themselves at Marine lines for another
fifteen-minute firefight just before 1600.34
33 Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, "Historical Diary," September 1951, 2-3.
34 Ibid., 3.
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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/m1/86/?rotate=270: accessed February 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .