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Task Force Growdon

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/9780813125640.003.0006
Task Force Growdon

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The other part of Operation Tomahawk was an armor-infantry task force assembled in Seoul to advance ahead of the I Corps troops and achieve a linkup with the 187th Airborne Regiment at Munsan-ni. The task force was built around the 6th Medium Tank Battalion from the 24th Infantry Division of IX Corps and was called Task Force Growdon after the tank battalion commander, Lt. Col. John S. Growdon. Capt. Edward C. Williamson, a combat historian who interviewed members of the unit and prepared a narrative report of the operation, describes the organization of the task force. The chapter also discusses the preparations within the battalion for the mission. Captain Williamson outlines the route of Task Force Growdon. A day of patrols and the resupply effort are shown. Before the resupply vehicles of Task Force Growdon returned to Munsan-ni, and before the scheduled arrival of the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team (RCT)'s “land tail” at 1800 hours, the entire force received a new mission.

Keywords: Task Force Growdon; 24th Infantry; Munsan-ni; John S. Growdon; Edward C. Williamson; 6th Medium Tank Battalion; resupply effort

Chapter.  6110 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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