Striking Back: Combat in Korea, March-April 1951

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Chapter 10
OPERATION SWING—
THE THRUST NORTH
AND THE “SWING”
23d Infantry Regiment, 4–14 April 1951

While the 3d Battalion pushed east along the road paralleling the Soyang River and the 1st Battalion guarded the rear and right flank, the French Battalion on the left and the 2d Battalion in the center moved north toward the Hwach’on Reservoir. The thrust to the north initially met some opposition, but it soon appeared to promise better results than the 3d Battalion’s attacks along the Soyang River.


The Initial Attack: 2d Battalion,
23d Infantry, 4–7 April

Members of the 2d Battalion, 23d Infantry Regiment, describe their move into position to relieve the Marines and their initial contact with the enemy.

MAJ. LLOYD K. JENSEN, COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE ZD BATTALION: Prior to crossing the 38th parallel, the 2d Battalion, 23d Infantry, relieved elements of the 3d Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, on Hill 734. The hill was the objective of the Marines, and the 2d Battalion was to take over at 1800 hours. The Marines were still fighting for the objective when the leading elements of my battalion arrived at 1600 hours. By 1800, however, the hill had been secured.1

IST. LT. CHESTER C. BRUMET, EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF COMPANY E: The 2d Battalion was in an assembly area near Ch’unch’on, and on 4 April we were given the mission of relieving the 5th Marine

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