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Breaking the Hongch’On Defense Line

William T. Bowers

in Striking Back

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125640
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135366 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125640.003.0003
Breaking the Hongch’On Defense Line

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The 1st Cavalry Division directed the reinforced 5th Cavalry Regiment to attack early on 14 March. Regimental orders initially called for the 3d Battalion of the 5th Cavalry to remain on Phase Line Albany, some five miles south of the Hongch'on River. As the operation began to unfold, the 3d Battalion's role became dominant. The battalion commander, Maj. Charles J. Parziale, explains what happened. The commander of Company L, Capt. Robert J. Cook, describes his company's situation when the order to advance over the Hongch'on River was received, and the subsequent night move to Objective Green. In addition, Captain Marsh summarizes the activities of March 15. Capt. R. M. Lohela, commander of Company K, describes the situation and the advance of his platoon during the reconnaissance in force. Captain Lohela describes the movement forward of the rest of Company K and the continuation of the attack on Hill 380. The advance was much easier for Company K when the 3d Battalion continued its attack to the north on 17 March. On 18 March, enemy resistance in front of the 3d Battalion largely disappeared as described by battalion officers.

Keywords: Hongch'on River; 3d Battalion; 5th Cavalry; Charles J. Parziale; Robert J. Cook; Captain Marsh; R. M. Lohela; battalion officers

Chapter.  12323 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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