By Dr Leo J. Daugherty III
Marines within the Korean battle Commemorative Series.Discusses the contributions the British Marines and the Korean Marines made to the Allied Forces within the Korean battle.
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Landing in late October, the KMC battalions, still under operational control of the 1st Marine Division, were assigned the on-call mission of securing and maintaining the main supply route in the Muchon-Wonsan-Kojo-Majon-ni area. S. Marines were ordered north in the advance toward the northern border of Korea. On 2 November, the battalions, now detached from the 1st Marine Division, were given responsibility for the zone south of the 39th Parallel, which they would assume over the next sever- al days.
Major Kim Jung Shik quickly notified Colonel Hayward’s 5th Marines of the possibility of an enemy breakthrough. S. S. and Korean Marines gained the upper hand by dawn of 23 April. During the assaults, Marine platoon commanders and squad leaders demonstrated the soundness of Marine training as three squads of Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, led by Second Lieutenants Harvey W. Nolan and Patrick T. McGahn, attacked Hill 313 and eventually dislodged the Chinese forces who had emplaced machine guns in the seesaw battle.
On 8 April, in preparation for this new offensive, the 1st Marine Division, along with the 1st KMC Regiment, relieved the 1st Cavalry Division on Kansas Line and prepared to renew the offensive with an attack toward Quantico Line near Hwachon. The 1st and 2d Battalions took positions generally along Kansas Line, while the 3d Battalion prepared the regimental reserve position on a ridgeline to the rear. The Korean Marines dug in and for the next 10 days sent patrols forward to the Pukhan River looking for suitable crossing sites.