1st Cavalry Division, 10–12 April 1951
While supply officers and engineers worked to obtain support, detailed planning and preparations for the amphibious operation proceeded. Captain Anderson explains the activity of the 4th Ranger Company.
That night [10–11 April] the Ranger company occupied a position on the battalion perimeter. I was called to the battalion and then summoned to a meeting of the regimental staff and the battalion commanders, which took place some time after 2200 hours on 10 April. I was told at that time that the 4th Ranger Company would cross the reservoir amphibiously, establish a beachhead, and move to the high ground on the peninsula, all under the cover of darkness. At daylight, a platoon would be sent to Objective 80 [in the southwest corner of the peninsula; see map on page 320] to destroy the enemy in that area. As the 2d Battalion moved north up the narrow neck of land, the Ranger company was to secure the high ground east of the dam, move to the dam, and prepare charges if we were unable to hold the site. A platoon from the 2d Battalion would actually secure the dam site itself, and the battalion would also send additional help if needed. This was the plan issued by the regimental S-3. I was told there would be ten boats with five motors. I later found nine boats and four motors.
The company had no knowledge of which plan would be issued, and the platoon leaders awaited my return for information. Upon my return to the company I informed the executive officer that “Plan AA” was in effect up to a certain point, and I instructed the execu-