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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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Task Force Growdon

Task Force Growdon

21–24 March 1951

(p.131) Chapter 6 Task Force Growdon
Striking Back

William T. Bowers

University Press of Kentucky

The other part of Operation Tomahawk was an armor-infantry task force assembled in Seoul to advance ahead of the I Corps troops and achieve a linkup with the 187th Airborne Regiment at Munsan-ni. The task force was built around the 6th Medium Tank Battalion from the 24th Infantry Division of IX Corps and was called Task Force Growdon after the tank battalion commander, Lt. Col. John S. Growdon. Capt. Edward C. Williamson, a combat historian who interviewed members of the unit and prepared a narrative report of the operation, describes the organization of the task force. The chapter also discusses the preparations within the battalion for the mission. Captain Williamson outlines the route of Task Force Growdon. A day of patrols and the resupply effort are shown. Before the resupply vehicles of Task Force Growdon returned to Munsan-ni, and before the scheduled arrival of the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team (RCT)'s “land tail” at 1800 hours, the entire force received a new mission.

Keywords:   Task Force Growdon, 24th Infantry, Munsan-ni, John S. Growdon, Edward C. Williamson, 6th Medium Tank Battalion, resupply effort

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