Combat actions in Korea by Russell A Gugeler

By Russell A Gugeler

Tales from the "Forgotten War". This reliable old quantity from the USA military compiles debts of a number of assorted small-unit infantry activities from Chosin Reservoir to Chipyong-Ni to Bloody Ridge and Million-Dollar Hill. The Korean warfare from the grunt's perspective. [Illustrated]

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Instead, each of these able fighters carried on his own private war, while the acting leader of the 2d Platoon was caring for wounded, and the company commander was entrenched with a base of fire five hundred yards away. Correct and successful command at the platoon and company levels is not conducive to long life, because the commander must constantly expose himself in order to lead and maintain control. The commanding officer of Company A was conspicuously absent in action and decision from the time that he failed to join the 1st Platoon when it was first hit by longrange fire, until the very end of the engagement when the survivors of the ad Platoon withdrew from the bloody threshold of victory.

Could it have fared any worse than to lie exposed and immobile under the barrels of two enemy automatic weapons? Hardly! Although the enemy force could have been eliminated by a combination of aggressive leadership and small-arms fire, the apparent lack of artillery support during this attack is enough to shake the foundations of The Artillery School at Fort Sill. ” Where was it? Why was it not employed when a relatively small group of enemy on a prominent terrain feature held up a battalion attack?

Collins (the platoon sergeant on 13 August 1950), in interviews by the author. 7. Statement by Lieutenant Schiller in first draft of this account, OCMH files. 8. Morning reports of Company A, 34th Infantry, 14–20 August 1950. The report for 15 August lists 35 casualties for Company A, including 17 missing in action, 13 wounded in action, and 5 killed in action. At least one man known to have been killed on 15 August is listed on the morning report for 14 August. 9. 24th Infantry Division: war diary, 15 August 1950.

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