Command Report for May 1953
Headquarters, Eighth US Army, APO 301
THRU Chief, Army Field Forces, Fort Monroe, VA
TO The Adjutant General, Department of the
Army, Washington, 25 D. C.
- At 0355 2 May, C
Company completed relief of B Company in the right sector on the MLR in the
1st battalion area.
- At 0400 1 May, the 3rd
Reconnaissance Company relieved C Company in the left company sector on the
MLR (1st battalion area) and assumed responsibility of the
company sector. C Company closed
the regimental reserve area vicinity GT495388 at 0530.
- At 0405 1 May, 1st
platoon, Heavy Tank Company. 15th Infantry Regiment moved into
position in the 2nd battalion area.
- AT 0600 1 May, B
Company 10th Engineer (C) Battalion assumed direct support
mission, except for Outpost “Tom” and Outpost “Harry” where C Company 10th
Engineer (C) Battalion was responsible for the direct support mission.
- At 2040 1 May, 1st
platoon I Company relieved the 3rd platoon on Outpost “Dick” and
assumed responsibility of Outpost “Dick” At 2100 three tanks of the 3rd
Reconnaissance Company moved into position in the left company sector of the
- At 2240 2 May, 2nd
platoon C Company relieved the 2nd platoon of B Company on Hill
314 and assumed responsibility for the hill Mission. At 2310 3rd
platoon C Company relieved the 3rd platoon of B Company on the
MLR and assumed responsibility of the MLR sector. At 0355 1st
platoon C Company relieved 1st platoon B Company on Outpost “Tom”
and assumed responsibility for Outpost “Tom”.
- At 1830 5 May, the 1st
platoon, E Company completed the relief of 2nd platoon, E Company
on Outpost “Harry” and assumed responsibility for the outpost mission.
- At 2050 5 May 2nd
platoon, I Company completed relief of 1st platoon I Company on
Outpost “Dick” and assumed responsibility for the outpost mission.
- At 0336 7 May, the
3rd platoon Heavy Section, A Company, 64th Tank Battalion
relieved the 2nd platoon in the 3rd Reconnaissance
Company sector and assumed responsibility for the sector mission.
- At 2130 8 May, 3rd
platoon L Company relieved the 2nd platoon of I Company on
Outpost “Dick” and assumed responsibility for the outpost mission. At 2300 I
Company relieved L Company on the MLR and assumed responsibility of the 3rd
battalion left company sector.
- At 2324 9 May, a
friendly patrol engaged an estimated 30 CCF in a 15 minute small arms,
automatic and hand grenade firefight vicinity CT513423. Friendly withdrew.
Friendly casualties 2 WIA. Enemy casualties 4 counted KIA and 10 estimated
- At 2125 10 May, a
friendly patrol dispatched to CT513421 was engaged by an estimated 2 platoon
CCF force in a I hour and 15 minute intense small arms, automatic weapons
and hand grenade firefight. The patrol was reinforced by 1 squad from the
MLR at 2211 and both patrol and reinforced group were forced to withdraw to
the MLR with the firefight continuing as they withdrew, The firefight ceased
at 2240. Friendly casualties were 3KIA and 5 WIA. Estimated enemy casualties
were 50 WIA.
- At 0310 11 May a 45
man screening force was dispatched to screen the site of the patrol contact
at CT513421. The screening force engaged an estimated CCF squad vicinity
CT513418 in a 7 minute small arms, automatic weapons and hand grenade
- At 2339 12 May, 1st
platoon L Company relieved the 3rd platoon on Outpost “Dick” and
assumed responsibility of outpost mission.
- At 2120 13 May B
Company relieved A Company on the MLR and assumed responsibility for area
mission. At 2130, 2nd platoon Heavy Mortar Company, 65th
Infantry Regiment became attached to the 15th Infantry Regiment.
At 1159 2nd platoon Heavy Mortar Company, 5th
Regimental Combat Team released attached 15th Infantry Regiment
and released to control Commanding Officer, 5th Regimental Combat
- At 0414 14 May, A
Company relieved C Company and assumed responsibility of the right company
sector and outpost “Tom” of the 1st battalion sector.
- At 112014 May, G
Company (-) 65th Infantry Regiment relieved E Company (-), 15th
Infantry Regiment and assumed responsibility for Outpost “Harry”. At 2330, H
Company (-), 65th Infantry Regiment relieved H Company (-) 15th
Infantry Regiment and assumed responsibility for assigned sector.
- At 0600 15 May, the
second battalion, 65th Infantry regiment (reinforced) became
attached to the 15th Infantry Regiment. At 2125 friendly patrol
was dispatched to CT513422 was engaged by an estimated enemy platoon at
CT514420 in a 5 minute small arms and automatic weapons firefight. Friendly
forces were supported by mortar and artillery. Friendly withdrew. Friendly
casualties were 1 KIA and 5 WIA. Enemy casualties estimated at 25 WIA.
- At 0051 16 May, a
large number of CCF were sighted moving in the vicinity of “Star” Hill
CT507425. At 0058, an estimated enemy platoon to company size force were
sighted moving from “Star” Hill to Outpost “Harry”. Friendly artillery TOT
was placed and all defensive fires around Outpost “Harry” were fired. No
actual contact was made on “Harry” but approximately 500 rounds of enemy
artillery and mortar fell on the outpost. Friendly artillery included 3
TOT’s on “Star” Hill. Total enemy moving from “Star” Hill were estimated at
250. Enemy casualties were estimated at 50 KIA and 75 WIA. Friendly
estimates on “Harry” were 6 KIA and 2 WIA.
- At 0500 16 May, the
2nd battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment (Reinforced)
completed relief of the 2nd battalion, 15th Infantry
Regiment and assumed responsibility of the battalion sector and was released
to the operational control of the Commanding Officer, 65th
Infantry Regiment. At the same time 1 platoon of Heavy Mortar Company, 65th
Infantry Regiment 1 platoon of Heavy Mortar Company, 15th
Infantry Regiment were released to operational control of the Commanding
Officer, 65th Infantry Regiment.
- At 0500 17 May, Q
Company (-). GEF Battalion. Relieved M Company (-) and assumed
responsibility of the assigned sector.
- At 0245 17 May, the
4th platoon, Heavy Tank Company, 15th Infantry
Regiment was relieved by one platoon, Heavy Tank Company, 65th
- At 0300 18 May, the
GED Battalion, completed relief of the 3rd battalion and the
Commanding Officer of the GEF Battalion assumed control of the sector.
- At 0102 19 May, 2nd
Platoon, Heavy Tank Company, 15th Infantry regiment completed
relief of a platoon of A company, 64th Tank Battalion in the GEF
Battalion sector and assumed responsibility for the assigned sector.
- At 0315 20 May, the
1st platoon of A Company, 64th Tank Battalion
completed relief of 2nd Platoon, of A Company, 64th
Tank Battalion in the 3rd Reconnaissance Company sector and
assumed responsibility for the sector,
- On 21 May, one
screening patrol accompanied by a war dog team was dispatched to CT483436.
This patrol preceded a company size (B Company) raid which was dispatched
from Outpost “Tom” with the mission of intercepting and destroying the
enemy, capturing PW’s and reconnoitering routes for traces of enemy. At 2311
the screening patrol became engaged in a 5 minute small arms and automatic
weapons long range firefight with 2 CCF vicinity CT467435. The enemy
withdrew and no casualties were inflicted on either side. At 0010 22 May the
company size raid became engaged in a 21 minute small arms, automatic
weapons, and hand grenade firefight with an estimated reinforced enemy
platoon vicinity CT459428. The enemy withdrew and 2 wounded PW’s were
captured at that time. At 0110 the same raiding party became engaged in a 56
minute small arms, automatic weapons, and hand grenade firefight with
another reinforced enemy platoon in the vicinity of CT464428. The enemy
withdrew and the firefight became sporadic and lasted until 0400. At 0220
the screening patrol turned into an ambush patrol and intercepted 40-50 CCF,
CT468431, and a one hour and 35 minute firefight ensued. Total number of
enemy was a reinforced company. All actions were supported by both friendly
and enemy mortar and artillery. Friendly casualties for the complete action
were 39 WIA, 3 KIA. Enemy casualties were 14 counted KIA, 24 estimated KIA,
3 counted WIA and 40-50 estimated WIA. Nine CCF bodies were recovered. An
estimated 529 incoming rounds fell in the regimental sector during the 4
hour period 2400-0400.
- At 0110 25 May, 7
CCF engaged a 6 man friendly listening post vicinity CT485429 in a 5 minute
firefight. The enemy withdrew. There was 1 friendly KIA and 2 enemy
- At 0518 26 May, a
friendly raiding party composed of elements of the 3rd battalion
engaged an estimated 40 CCF in the vicinity of “Old Charlie”, CT489431 in a
15 minute small arms, automatic weapons and hand grenade firefight supported
by friendly artillery, mortar and tank fire. Friendly withdrew according to
plan after occupying “old Charlie” for twenty five minutes. Friendly
destroyed 1ASP and damaged or destroyed 7 bunkers. Enemy casualties were 13
counted KIA, 4 estimated KIA and 11 estimated WIA. Friendly casualties were
- At 2225 26 May, B
Company relieved A Company in the MLR and assumed responsibility for area
mission. At 2306, C Company relieved the 3rd Reconnaissance
Company and assumed responsibility for the sector mission,
- At 0037 27 May, B
Company, relieved A Company on Outpost Tom and assumed responsibility for
the outpost mission.
- At 2245 27 May, P
Company. GEF Battalion ambush patrol engaged 10-15 CCF in an 18 minute small
arms automatic weapons firefight vicinity CT486432. Enemy withdrew, Friendly
casualties were 2 WIA. Enemy casualties were 1 counted KIA and 4 counted WIA.
- At 2110 28 May, the
4th Platoon, Heavy Tank Company relieved the 3rd
- At 2325 31 May an
estimated 5 CCF engaged a GEF Battalion listening post in a 10 minute small
arms automatic weapons firefight. Enemy withdrew. Friendly casualties were
- During the month
extensive use of friendly psychological warfare broadcasts were made. In
each case friendly artillery, mortar, and tank fire were used to supplement
- Work on Line Wyoming
began during that period, the reserve battalions having been assigned the
- Training was
conducted in the battalion trains areas and
in reserve company areas. Included in the training were classes on anti
aircraft defense, scouting and patrolling, weapons training, map reading and
other subjects deemed necessary to bring units up to the desired level of
- During the period
formal inspections of battalions in reserve was conducted by the Regimental
Commander and staff. Weapons of enlisted men and officers on the MLR and
outposts were inspected by the Regimental Commander.
Critique of the raid on “Old Charlie” on 26 May revealed that movement of
the assault team up the steep slopes were slowed down by the weight of BAR’s and
ammunition carried. Had all members of the assault team been armed with lighter
automatic weapons, such as the Carbine, or SMG, M3, they could have negotiated
the steep slopes much quicker and effected more surprise.
It was further determined that excessive use of WP smoke grenades
obscured the battlefield, WP was relative ineffective in destruction of the
positions. Large concussion grenades and bunker bombs would have been more
effective for securing prisoners and destroying all types of positions.