Battle for the Punchbowl: The U. S. 1st Marine Division 1951 Fall Offensive of the Korean War Page: 76
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Korean rebuilt it again: When the sun came up, the bunker was back on that hilltop as
good as new."45
The 3/7 Marines dug in deeper that evening to meet whatever might come.
Marine Jon Charles Genrich remembered:
We started to dig deeper foxholes and clear some of the brush in front of
our positions. While we were digging, I noticed my Squad Leader Murph sitting
down and digging around a large dud mortar round. I yelled over at him. "Isn't
that dangerous?" He just kept hitting the ground around the dud and never
looked up. I said something several times, then tapped him on the shoulder and
took the entrenching tool. I told a medical corpsman and he and an officer came
over and took the squad leader away to talk to him....
[Later, Murph came back.] I was glad to see my squad leader back. It was
explained to me that he had been worried about his younger brother at home. I
understood that he hadn't heard from him in awhile and he felt responsible for his
brother. It was common for servicemen to worry about family, wife, or friends
back home more than to be concerned about themselves.46
The darkness was the NKPA's friend. It hid its troops from observation and the
accurate, observed, effects of UN supporting arms. Like the CCF, they favored night
attacks. In the middle of the night September 1-2, NKPA soldiers assaulted the KMC
unit atop Hill 924 and drove them from their positions.47
That same day, the Commanding General of FMFPac visited General Thomas and
the division. He and Thomas discussed the CAS problem as well as the fighting of the
2nd Inf Div to the west, which fought to secure "Bloody Ridge." He would remain in
Korea until September 12, but not all of his time would be with 1st Mar Div. He visited
45 Oral account of PFC Troy Hamm, in Knox, Uncertain Victory, 294; 1st Mar Div, "Historical Diary,"
September 1951, 6; Oral account of PFC Troy Hamm and note, in Knox, Uncertain Victory, 294.
46 Oral memoir of Jon Charles Genrich.
47 Lynn Montross, et al., The East-Central Front, 178-179; 1st Mar Div, "Historical Diary," September 1951,
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