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50 years ago today - 12 Oct 1950
Some 15 miles north of Kaesong the 5th Cavalry Regiment came up against a
strong enemy force well dug in on a long ridge with several knobs – Hills
179, 175 and 174 which dominate a pass. In an all-day fight the 5th
Cavalry drove the enemy from Hill 174. While this battle was going on
advance troops from the 1st ROK Division arrived and halted to the south of
the fighting. It was agreed the 5th Cavalry would have precedence on the
road until the regiment turned northwest on a lateral road some 5 miles
north. At this point the 1st ROK Division would continue its attack north
to Sibyon-ni where it would veer northwest toward P’yongyang. Meanwhile,
the 3rd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, reached its primary objective –
the railroad and highway bridges and the road junction at Hanp’o-ri, thus
cutting off North Korean troops remaining in the Kumch’on area. Meanwhile
the 8th Cavalry Regiment attacked from the south toward Kumch’on.
8th Army and ROK Army Headquarters open in Seoul.
At Wonsan harbor, minesweeping continued but the day had heavy loses. The
minesweeper “Pirate” struck a mine at 12:09 PM. Six minutes later the
minesweeper “Pledge” struck another mine. Both sank within minutes with
the loss of 13 dead and 33 wounded.
Ed Evanhoe, PO Box 916, Antlers, OK, 74523
Author: DARKMOON: Eighth Army Special Operations in the Korean War
Life Member: Special Forces & Special Operations Associations
Web site: http://www.korean-war.com