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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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The Advance East

The Advance East

187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team, 24–25 March 1951

(p.151) Chapter 7 The Advance East
Striking Back

William T. Bowers

University Press of Kentucky

Commanders believed that the only hope for UN success was a rapid move east by the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team (RCT) to hit the rear of the Chinese in front of the 3d Division. However, the 187th Airborne with its attached Task Force Growdon was in the midst of resupply activities, and would be hard pressed to move fast enough to catch the enemy before they pulled back. Capt. Charles E. Weddle of the 187th Airborne RCT's S-3 section describes the receipt of the order. Capt. John Wahl provides details of the airborne regiment's movement plan. About the time that the move to the east started, the resupply vehicles of Task Force Growdon and the “land tail” of the 187th Airborne RCT began to arrive. On 25 March, Task Force Kobbe returned to Munsan-ni with the 999th Field Artillery battery. There the battalion was refueled by the trains that had arrived from Seoul. The remaining elements of Task Force Growdon moved to Seoul, where the task force was dissolved. It also discusses the actions near Parun-ni. The fire, resupply and medical supports are then addressed.

Keywords:   187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team, Task Force Growdon, Charles E. Weddle, John Wahl, Task Force Kobbe, Munsan-ni, Seoul, Parun-ni

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