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Hwach’on Dam—The Amphibious Assault

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/9780813125640.003.0012
Hwach’on Dam—The Amphibious Assault

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While supply officers and engineers worked to obtain support, detailed planning and preparations for the amphibious operation proceeded. The activity of the 4th Ranger Company is elaborated here. 1st Lt. Michael D. Healy led the initial assault element or “killer” squad across the reservoir onto the peninsula. The movement of Company I across the reservoir was a slow process. The reinforcement of Rangers by the Company I is described. As the 4th Ranger Company, later joined by Company I, gained a foothold on the peninsula east of the dam and then struggled to beat off enemy counterattacks, the rest of the 7th Cavalry failed to achieve the hoped-for success in their attacks west of the Hwach'on dam. With the completion of the withdrawal, as the Rangers and the 7th Cavalry moved to the rear into reserve, they had time to reflect on what had happened.

Keywords: Hwach'on dam; amphibious operation; 4th Ranger Company; 1st Cavalry Division; Michael D. Healy; 7th Cavalry

Chapter.  14367 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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