Battle for the Punchbowl: The U. S. 1st Marine Division 1951 Fall Offensive of the Korean War Page: 77
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Vice Admiral Turner C. Joy, COMNAVFE (Commander Naval Forces Far East), and the
1st MAW, as well, both to talk about CAS.48
Casualties for the 1st Mar Div for September 1 as of 1800, were: 3 KIA and 29 WIA
(not counting the KMCs - these losses were kept separate because it was American
casualties that really concerned EUSAK and UNC, as well as Washington and the folks
back home). That U. S. Marine losses were so low relative to the high number taken by
the enemy is indicative of the costly nature of the enemy attacks. That U. S. Marine
losses were low at all is remarkable given the intensity of the fighting. KMC losses were:
18 KIA, 55 WIA, and 2 MIA: a total of 21 KIA, 84 WIA, and 2 MIA for the division as a
whole that day. There were 72 counted enemy dead, and 218 estimated KIA, for a total
of 290 KIA. The number of WIA for the enemy was estimated at 231.49
Day Three: September 2
Dawn brought the 1st KMC back against Hill 924 with a vengeance. Artillery from
1/11 (1st Bn, 11th Marines) deluged the hill with 1,682 rounds of 105mm shells (that
many were fired before 1800 that evening), and the KMC had their hill back before noon
with 1/KMC and 3/KMC on the objective. But the day's work was not yet done for the
regiment. The 2nd KMC battalion, fresh from reserve, passed through its brother
battalions and attacked towards its regiment's next objective, Hill 1026. This would be
the final part of Objective Three.50
Morning saw 3/7 repulse an enemy counterattack on its positions. Enemy troops
started infiltrating into Item's left flank at 0700. The avenue of approach here had been
48 Allan R. Millett, Drive North, 42. See chapter on Close Air Support.
49 Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, "Historical Diary," September 1951, 3; 1st Mar Div, "Historical Diary,"
September 1951, 6.
so Lynn Montross, et al., The East-Central Front, 179; 1st Mar Div, "Historical Diary," September 1951, 6-7.
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