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Striking BackCombat in Korea, March-April 1951$
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William T. Bowers

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125640

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125640.001.0001

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Grenade Hill

Grenade Hill

3d Battalion, 32d Infantry Regiment, 14–16 March 1951

(p.21) Chapter 2 Grenade Hill
Striking Back

William T. Bowers

University Press of Kentucky

Securing the roads and passes was critical to keeping the advancing forces supplied in Korea. The 3d Battalion, 32d Infantry, drew the mission of capturing the key terrain along one of the routes. As the 7th Reconnaissance Company was exchanging fire with the enemy on Hill 1286, the 3d Battalion, 32d Infantry, moved forward. The company executive officer, 1st Lt. Jack D. Thomas, describes here Company L's preparations for executing their mission. While Lieutenant Greer was moving his mortars into position, the 1st Platoon began the assault on the hill. The action is described by the company executive officer, Lieutenant Thomas, and members of the 1st Platoon: Sgt. Thomas G. Cline, 2d Squad leader; Cpl. Lawrence D. Swift, 1st Squad BAR man; and SFC Clyde J. Ging, 1st Squad leader. The new plan of attack by Captain Hodson is discussed here. Lieutenant Thomas and Lieutenant Greer give more details of the attack plan. Company L lost two men and eight were wounded during the attack, all due to grenade fire. The fight for the hill is stuck in the minds of many soldiers because of the prominent role that hand grenades played in it.

Keywords:   Hill 1286, grenades, 3d Battalion, 32d Infantry, Jack D. Thomas, Lieutenant Greer, Thomas G. Cline, Lawrence D. Swift, Clyde J. Ging, Captain Hodson

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