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The LineCombat in Korea, January-February 1951$
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William T. Bowers

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125084

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125084.001.0001

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Action at Wonju

Action at Wonju

23d and 38th Infantry Regiments, 6–7 January 1951

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(p.58) Chapter 3 Action at Wonju
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The Line
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William T. Bowers
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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813125084.003.0003

Three battalions of the 23d Infantry Regiment and the French Battalion on January 6 were sent to Wonju to contact an ROK division that was supposed to have merged with the 2d Infantry Division's left flank. However, none of these were able to reach the ROK forces. After the 9th Infantry Regiment was able to leave the division, the 2d Division's commanding general—General McClure—asserted that the surrounding Wonju area was not defensible, and that he needed to build a new defense line and send it around five miles south and southwest of Wonju. It is also important to note that several mountain passes were found in the Wonju-Ch'ungju road. This chapter illustrates how the 23d and the 38th Infantry Regiments comprised the defense that surrounded Wonju.

Keywords:   Wonju, General McClure, 23d Infantry Regiment, 38th Infantry Regiment, ROK division, 2d Division

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