Outpost Kelly: A Tanker's Story

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>The Fight for Outpost Kelly

SIXTEENTH DAY, 1400 HOURS

An after-action conference was called at 1400 hours for all company commanders and combat-support elements. We assembled in the Operations bunker. It was a somber gathering.

This meeting was a critique, a review, of the assault. Lieutenant Colonel Roye opened the meeting by stating that 15th Regiment had directed that Outpost Kelly would be retaken. He was to attend a planning meeting at 1630 hours to examine the present situation and develop a new plan for the recovery of Outpost Kelly. Brigadier General Charles L. Dasher, Jr., assistant division commander, would be at the meeting. It was noted, for emphasis, that Lieutenant General J. W. O’Daniel, I Corps commander, had directed that Kelly be retaken.1 This introductory statement was made to emphasize the level of attention that the loss of Kelly commanded. One of the prime objectives of this battalion conference was to prepare Lieutenant Colonel Roye for participation in the plan to be developed later at regiment. He wanted to be totally versed in what had gone right and what had gone wrong with the aborted assault on Kelly that morning.

What had gone wrong was quite obvious. The Chinese wanted Kelly— perhaps for the simple tactical advantage, perhaps to support their position in the ongoing talks at Panmunjom. Whatever their reason, they had executed a well-planned ambush and followed it up with a vigorous

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Foreword xi
  • Preface xv
  • Acknowledgments xix
  • 1 - Reconnaissance Up Front 1
  • 2 - Close and Join 12
  • 3 - Hill 199 28
  • 4 - Stuck in the Mud 63
  • 5 - Outpost Kelly Is Lost 76
  • 6 - >the Fight for Outpost Kelly 92
  • 7 - Return to Home Station 136
  • Epilogue 143
  • Notes 147
  • Glossary of Terms and Acronyms 151
  • Bibliography 155
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