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50 years ago today - 24 Sep 1950
About four AM, the 2nd Battalion, 32nd Infantry launched an attack toward
the Han River. This attacked caught the North Korean's asleep and the 1st
Battalion quickly overran enemy positions, capturing a regimental
headquarters along with tanks and equipment. In the next few hours, the
2nd battalion cleared all North Koreans from a fold in the Han River
southeast of Seoul setting the stage for attack on Seoul the following day.
North of the Han River the Marines continued the attacks on the enemy-held
hills defending the western approaches to the city. After a day of heavy
fighting the Marines captured Hills 66 and 296, thus partially opening the
way into Seoul..
Meanwhile the 3rd Battalion, 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment arrived at
Kimpo after being flown a from Japan. On arrival, it assumed
responsibility for the airfield.
In the Suwon area, a North Korean tank-infantry force attacked 31st
Infantry positions two miles south of the city. The attack was defeated
with the North Koreans losing 4 T-34 tanks.
In the 25th Division area, the 27th Infantry advanced toward Chinju along
the southern coast road while the 35th Infantry advance to the Nam River.
In the 2nd Division sector, the 23rd Infantry attacked Hyopch'on from the
southeast while the 38th Infantry attacked the town from the northeast in a
double envelopment movement. By blocking the north-south Chinju-Kumch'on
road, the 38th Infantry cut off at least two enemy battalions so when these
battalions fled Hyopch'on to escape from the advancing 23rd Infantry, they
ran into preregistered killzone the 38th had established. The North
Koreans lost approximately 300 killed at the roadblock while several
hundred more killed on the road by air attack. Survivors ran for the hills
and in doing so became targets for repeated strikes by F-51s supporting the
Meanwhile the 24th Infantry Division attacked up the Taegu-Taejon
highway, making slow progress against well dug in enemy positions. The
advance was stopped 3 miles short of Kumch'on by mines, artillery
concentrations and the use of every remaining North Korean T-34 in that
area as the enemy bought time so its forces could retreat northward.
By I Corps orders, 1st Cavalry Division advance troops stopped at Sangju to
allow the rest of the Division to catch up.
Ed Evanhoe, PO Box 916, Antlers, OK, 74523
Author: DARKMOON: Eighth Army Special Operations in the Korean War
Member: American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA)
Life Member: Special Forces & Special Operations Associations
Web site: http://www.korean-war.com