Combat actions in Korea by Russell A Gugeler

By Russell A Gugeler

Tales from the "Forgotten War". This legitimate ancient quantity from the U.S. military compiles bills of numerous various small-unit infantry activities from Chosin Reservoir to Chipyong-Ni to Bloody Ridge and Million-Dollar Hill. The Korean conflict from the grunt's perspective. [Illustrated]

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8 The 1st Battalion’s attack had been stopped. 9 ★ DISCUSSION While the American soldier is typified by courage, he is, at the same time, universally marked as an impulsive, intelligent individualist. Thus it is that strong leadership and guidance are necessary to weld a group of American soldiers into a singular unit of specific purpose. Without this directing strength at command level, each in the group will nobly carry on in his own merry way; and though the individual conduct of each might be highly commendable, the unit’s mission can end in complete failure.

It was 0932 when the men reached the little spur from which the 1st Platoon had been firing, just forty-seven minutes after the attack had begun. Of the original 36 men in the 2d Platoon that morning, only 10 were unharmed. Nine wounded men walked or were carried down the ditch to the road, three dying before reaching the road. 8 The 1st Battalion’s attack had been stopped. 9 ★ DISCUSSION While the American soldier is typified by courage, he is, at the same time, universally marked as an impulsive, intelligent individualist.

Another deadly, disquieting annoyance for the North Koreans might have been in the form of flanking and frontal machine-gun and rocketlauncher fire delivered from the center and northwest portions of the Attack Along a Ridgeline 29 larger hill. Such weapons would have been able to give added protection to the 2d and 3d Platoons until they were in position to assault. Why small-unit commanders overlook the life-saving potential of supporting arms, and why higher commanders tolerate that oversight, are questions which cry futilely for logical answers.

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