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Report for June 1953 for the 65th Infantry Regiment.
Presidential Unit Citation for Action on June 10th reads as follows:
Company F, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, is cited for outstanding
performances of duty and extraordinary heroism in action against an
armed enemy in the vicinity of Kumwha, Korea (hill 412 across from
Outpost Harry), on 10 June 1953. This unit, a member of a combined
attacking team, was assigned the mission of assaulting a heavily
fortified enemy hill for the purpose of diverting the concentration of
communist strength at a nearby strategic point.
As the company moved into a forward position it encountered heavy enemy
fire from the crest of the hill. While two friendly tanks departed for a
point to the left of the objective, a 10-man assault team approached the
crest under the support of tank, artillery, and small arms fire.
The assault platoon twice placed machine guns on the eastern slope of
the hill to cover the advance but these were quickly destroyed by enemy
fire. As the assault group
engaged the hostile defenders in close combat, the platoon leader was
wounded. His men moved back 10 yards, regrouped, and again charged the
cave position, killing and critically wounding its occupants with hand
grenades. As the assault platoon moved along the southern slope of the
ridge in an effort to pinpoint the enemy fire, they were met
by intense resistance from a well-entrenched enemy on the reverse slope.
Sending word for two support squads to move up, the Company Commander
led his unit in a repeated attempt to rush the crest of the hill.
Again encountering concentrated enemy fire, the group managed to deploy
to the right and left of the eastern end of the ridge to prevent an
enemy envelopment. While the platoon made ready a further attempt to
capture the reverse slope position, strengthened by the support squads,
a squad-leader of the first platoon moved to the forward side of the
hill and discovered the location of the enemy emplacements. With this
information, the assault elements again moved forward, crossed the
ridge, and routed the enemy with hand grenades and small arms fire.
The hard-fought positions immediately were occupied and reorganized in
time to stem enemy efforts to regain them. The heroism and courage
exhibited by members of this unit reflect great credit on themselves,
their organization, and the military service of the United States.
(General Orders 620, Headquarters Eighth United
States Army, 16 September 1954.)