By Dr Leo J. Daugherty III
Marines within the Korean conflict Commemorative Series.Discusses the contributions the British Marines and the Korean Marines made to the Allied Forces within the Korean conflict.
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But instead of being relieved, General Ridgway ordered the 1st Marine Division to continue the advance with two infantry regiments as well the 1st KMC Regiment. The 1st Marine Division’s new mission called for the relief of the 1st Cavalry Division (with the 7th Marines attached) north of Chunchon. This gave General Smith’s 1st Marine Division the responsibility for nearly 20 miles of front. Back Across the 38th Parallel Further IX Corps instructions directed the 1st Marines into division reserve near Hongchon while the 5th Marines and 1st KMC Regiment attacked.
And Korean Marines gained the upper hand by dawn of 23 April. During the assaults, Marine platoon commanders and squad leaders demonstrated the soundness of Marine training as three squads of Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, led by Second Lieutenants Harvey W. Nolan and Patrick T. McGahn, attacked Hill 313 and eventually dislodged the Chinese forces who had emplaced machine guns in the seesaw battle. In one of the assaults, led by Sergeant William Piner, Marine riflemen advanced slowly under a blanket of well-directed machine gun fire by Chinese troops.
Withdrawal as perennial CCF logistical problems had left the Chinese far behind. To fill the gaps in the ranks caused by the recent fighting, a draft of more than 200 replacements joined the regiment on 6 May. They arrived, however, without weapons or equipment (canteens, haversacks, helmets, and cartridge belts). Out of the regiment’s meager stores, collected primarily from casualties, the replacements were fitted with weapons, although they were still short of a number of equipment items. Meat in the troops’ diet also was a problem; there was very little.