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Entry: 55251
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
LOOKING FOR NAME ADAM SMAGALA CO.I 38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT

EDWARD SMAGALA wrote on January 18, 2006


City and State: CHICAGO IL

Unit: 44TH DIVISION

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I AM TRYING TO HELP MY BROTHER ADAM WHO IS A FORMER MEMBER OF CO.I 38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT ATTACHED TO THE 2ND DIVISION HE IS LOOKING FOR SOME NAMES OF COMRADES THAT SERVED WITH HIM,

Keywords: CO.M 71ST INFANTRY REGIMENT -44TH DIVISION


Entry: 54978
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
CAPTAIN LOUIS KIMMEL COMPANY B?, 38IR, 2ID 10-11-51

DAN LA FRANCE wrote on January 3, 2006


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: I received my fathers Silver Star description(or General Order 713?). On the same micro-fiche document, dated 11-13-51, was a description of the award for Capt. Louis E. Kimmel. If you are a family memeber I will be happy to send it to you. My e-mail is attached.

Keywords: Entered the Military from Oklahoma.


Entry: 54822
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
LOOKING FOR A LIST OF THE CASUALTYS FROM THE 38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT DURING JUNE - JULY OF THE YEAR 1

BERT D. HOBBS SR. wrote on December 24, 2005


City and State: LEXINGTON KY

Unit: 38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT

Service or Relationship: FRIEND OF VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords: Hill# 98;
Hill# called the Hook
Hill# Called Papasan
Hill# Pikes peak 597.9



Entry: 54631
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
LOOKING FOR ANY PERSON SERVED WITH ME G CO

ALVIN MYERS wrote on December 13, 2005


City and State: ALLOWAY NJ

Unit: G CO 2ND BAT

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords: Sgt Myers


Entry: 54544
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
LOOKING FOR ANYONE FROM 38TH INFANTRY REGIMEN A COMPNAY 3RD PLATOON FROM 1949-1951 ROBERT TROMAN ESP

PATRICK MURPHY wrote on December 8, 2005


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FRIEND OF VETERAN

Comments: My father in law is looking for friends from his company. Please help

Keywords: Looking, for, anyone, from, 38th, infantry, regimen, A company, 3rd platoon, from, 1949-1951, Robert Troman, us army,


Entry: 54106
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
LAWRENCE H. BARTLEY~KIA FEB.12TH, 1951

MARK SMITH wrote on November 14, 2005


City and State: FRANKFORT IN

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My wife's uncle was Pvt. Lawrence H. Bartley who was KIA on Feb. 12th, 1951 in South Korea, he was with the 38th Inf. Regt.~~2nd Inf. Div. He was formerly with the HQ and SV Co., 63rd Hvy. Tank Bn. around 1950. He was 21 years old at time of his death but looked more like 16 and a small guy at 5'-6" and 147 lbs but was tough as hand~wrought naiLs. My wife would love to find any of his former buddies, friends, or anyone that may remember him, he was from Frankfort, Indiana and was a very likable fella with a great sense of humor and was fond of the ladies and alcohol and a good time and was as his sister commented many times "not afraid of anyone or anything"

Keywords: Lawrence Harrison Bartley, 38th Inf.Regt., 2nd Inf. Div., Indiana, 63rd hvy tank bn, KIA 2/12/51,


Entry: 54017
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
1/38TH K CO

BRIAN GARDNER wrote on November 9, 2005


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Looking for info for my father. He was a K co replacement in Sept of '51 while the 2nd was on Heartbreakridge. He recieved a purpleheart that winter '51-52'while on night patrol after attending radio school and joining H co. All his records were destroyed in the St Louis fire of service records(70s?) and his personal records destroyed by fire also in '83 at home. He only recently will say much about Korea and memory fails names and dates. He has 3 bronze stars. The night patrol is really still difficult to talk about.I would appreciate any that served w/ K or H at that time responding. Thank you.

Keywords: heartbreak ridge KoJeDo


Entry: 53541
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
DALE D. CROW OR DAVID F. CROW

BRENDA CROW wrote on October 11, 2005


City and State: PORT HADLOCK WA

Unit: 2 BATALLION,38INF. REG., 2ND INF DIV.

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My dad Eugene Crow is the brother to David F. Crow and cousin to Dale D. Crow. They also had a brother Richard Crow in the service with them.

Keywords: hill 285


Entry: 53418
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
M/SGT (T) ARDENT R. FAJOHN, CO A

JIM FAJOHN wrote on October 4, 2005


City and State: RICHMOND VA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My father, M/Sgt Ardent R. FaJohn, passed away on October 1, 2005. He was a platoon leader with Company A from November 1952 - September, 1953. I'm interested in corresponding with anyone who knew him or served with him during this period of time during the Korean Conflict. I'm especially interested in learning how he earned his 3 Bronze Stars.

Keywords: Company A, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Division


Entry: 53215
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
SGT ROLAND CLATTERBUCK I CO 2/38 2ID

BILL CLATTERBUCK wrote on September 19, 2005


City and State: FALLON NV

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Anyone know Roland Clatterbuck. MIA 13 Feb 51. L company 3/38 2ID. I am his nephew looking for any info about that fateful day.

Keywords: L company 3/38


Entry: 53200
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
ANYONE KNOW MY GRANDPA

ROBERT PAFFHAUSEN wrote on September 18, 2005


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments:

Keywords: i am looking to talk to anyone that knows anything about my grandfather who served in the korean war. His name was Robert C. Paffhausen. Anyone that could help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you


Entry: 53132
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
SON OF A KOREAN POW - GEORGE MATTA

JIMMY MATTA SR. wrote on September 14, 2005


City and State: CONVERSE TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: MY father was a Hero in my Mind. All the men also who died and fought to keep our freedom.
I am truley blessed that I was able to know my father.
God bless Him I miss him to this day!
And God bless All of You!

Jimmy J Matta
Converse, TX


Keywords:


Entry: 52728
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
2ND INF. 38TH INF.DIV. E-CO.

JIM SMITH wrote on August 20, 2005


City and State: PHILADELPHIA PA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: He Was In The 2nd Inf,Div. 38th Inf,Unit E Co.

Keywords: Looking For Any One Who Knew My Brother Sgt,Howard F.Smith,,Captured On 11/26/50 Died In POW Camp-5
01/31/51



Entry: 52696
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
1ST BATTALION 38TH INF. 1953-54

GINA KLINNER- COLBERT wrote on August 17, 2005


City and State: GA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: MY Father Enzo F. Klinner Jr. was In Korea from Feb. 1953- Feb 1954, He passed away Oct. 31st 1992- Looking at his Records of assignments it lists- 28Feb53, Platoon Leader, Co.A 38th Inf.- 10Jul53, S3 Hq. 1st Battalion 38th Inf. FECOM- 11Oct53,CO, Co.B 38th Inf. - 4Jan54,S-3 Hq,1st Battalion,38th Inf.- I believe this is all with the 2nd Division from what I gather from other Info.
I am trying to put togther a history of my fathers Military Career to pass on to future Generations of my Family, If you knew of or Knew him, please contact me.
Thank you, Gina Klinner Colbert
email- ginathrift@aol.com


Keywords: Klinner 1953 1954 Co.B 1st Battalion, Co.A 2nd division


Entry: 52652
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
THE RIVER AND THE GAUNTLET

RAYMOND BAUMBACH SR. wrote on August 15, 2005


City and State: SUMMERFIELD FL

Unit: L CO 38TH REG. 2ND INF. DIV.

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: THE FOUR OF US HELD THE HILL BY OURSELF FOR MORE THAN 6 HOURS. THE ONLY REASON WE LEFT WAS BECAUSE WE RUN OUT OF AMMO AND GRENADES.WHEN WE JUMP OUT OF FOX HOLE AND WENT DOWN THE BACH OF THE HILL,WENT I GOT DOWN THE THE OTHER THREE NEVER SHOW UP.MY QUESTION IS ARE THESE STILL LIVING OR WERE THEY KILLED THAT DAY. MY OTHER CONCERN IS,I WAS AWARDED THE SILVER THAT NEXT DAY,BUT NEVER RECIEVED IT.AT AIDE STATION ,THE MAJOR SAID I WOULD RECIEVE MY MEDAL THE NEXT DAY,BUT NEXT MORNING I WAS SHIPPED BACK TO MY COMPANY. SO WHAT CAN I DO TO GET IT,55 YEARS LATER.

Keywords: PAGES 152,153 OF THE RIVER AND THE GAUNTLET,LIST THE ACTIONS TAKEN BY FOUR MEN,THE ARE CPL GLENN .L DILL,PFC COLIN HULSE,A ROK PRIVATE AND RAYMOND W BAUMBACH OF L CO.


Entry: 51784
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
2ND.INF.DIV.38TH.REGT COMBAT TEAM.MWWST

BILLY LEMASTERS SR. wrote on July 1, 2005


City and State: MOUNDSVILLE WV

Unit: 2ND.INF. DIV.38TH. REGT COMBAT TEAM.

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: Never made it to korea.In 1946 and 1947,our outfit had the pleasure of training in the mountains of colorado.In the summer time, we took mountain training,and in the winter,we took ski training at cooper hill,and at camp hale,Our outfit was unknown to the country,for secuirity reasons.And to this day,they still say we didn't exist.We were training for a trip to russia,because we thought they were going to de

clare war on us.Was discharged after the ski training,in 1947.WE do have a web site.
(38th Mountaineers)


Keywords: 2nd inf.div.38th.regt.combat team,camp carson colodado


Entry: 51551
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
JACK NEWPORT'S BUDDIES, PIA RIA

MARION BIAGI wrote on June 16, 2005


City and State: OAK PARK IL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: We lost our beloved brother, Charles John (Jack) Newport August 27, 1951 at Pia Ri, Korea at age 23. I would like to contact any who remember him. Especially the nice soldier who came to Jack's funeral from the south. Our family was so consumed with grief that none of us had the sense to reach out to him. It has plagued me for over 50 years. Who was that nice kid?

Jack endeared himself to everyone with his sense of humor and fun.

I have a great photo of him and a buddy while at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. Sure would like to know who he is.

Jack's home town was Belvidere, IL


Keywords: Jack, Jackson
Army
Pia Ri, Korea
38 INF 2 INF DIV



Entry: 51459
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
MEDICAL CO. 38TH INF. REGIMENT

JACK WEAVER wrote on June 10, 2005


City and State: WEBSTER FL

Unit: MEDICAL CO 38TH INF

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I served w/ the medical co. 38th inf. from may 52 to june 53, i was on ko gee do island for three months where i joined the 38th and in aug52 loaded up on a LST and went to inchon and to old baldy, i just wonder if anyone out there may have served in the medics then i have no contact of any buddies or veterns . Capt Hoaganson was co. com. then and capt Shelley was next in comand, i was at the collecting sta. and was a mechanic for the motor pool and later worked at 3rd bat. aid station. anyone that was there and can remember please contact me i would love to hear from you God Bless

Keywords: Kogeedo Island and old baldy


Entry: 51458
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
MEDICAL CO. 38TH INF. REGIMENT

JACK WEAVER wrote on June 10, 2005


City and State: WEBSTER FL

Unit: MEDICAL CO 38TH INF

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I served w/ the medical co. 38th inf. from may 52 to june 53, i was on ko gee do island for three months where i joined the 38th and in aug52 loaded up on a LST and went to inchon and to old baldy, i just wonder if anyone out there may have served in the medics then i have no contact of any buddies or veterns . Capt Hoaganson was co. com. then and capt Shelley was next in comand, i was at the collecting sta. and was a mechanic for the motor pool and later worked at 3rd bat. aid station. anyone that was there and can remember please contact me i would love to hear from you God Bless

Keywords: Kogeedo Island and old baldy


Entry: 51185
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
DONALD C. CONNETT

SEAN M. AVERILL wrote on May 30, 2005


City and State: PERRY IA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Donald Cresley Connett
Polk County, Iowa
MIA Janauary 12, 1952 – Declared Dead
No dogtags, no body.

I am looking for information regarding the events surrounding the wounding/casualties of the 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division on 1-12-1952. My family has been looking for information on my uncle, Donny Connett, for over 50 years. Our success has been negligible. the records fire did not help-some records indicate 1-12-51, and some indicate December 1951! If you have any tales of what happened on that day to produce so many casualties, I would greatly appreciate an email- I would also provide a “snail-mail” address for copies of any paperwork or photographs surrounding these events. Any information received will be posted online for all to see, unless requested NOT to be.

Also, Donny has or had a daughter that nobody can seem to locate. Nobody knows if his mother is still alive or not. Either of these two ladies should contact the US government- Donny’s remains may already have been recovered, but there is no way to know without a sample of his DNA (lock of hair, etc) OR DNA from his mother’s side of the family. Please contact me if you have any information regarding them, too.


Keywords: MIA Janauary 12, 1952 2nd Inf Div 38th Inf Reg


Entry: 51122
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
LOOKING FOR INFO

DAVID NEWMAN wrote on May 27, 2005


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Hello,
I am looking for information and friends of my Uncle Cecil A. Newman of the 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was KIA on July 18,1953 in North Korea. He was from Richmond, IN and was a Sergeant at the time of his passing. I would like to know more about the battle he was involved in and any other details about his time in N. Korea.
Thankyou for your service to our country and response.
David Newman


Keywords:


Entry: 51025
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
UP-DATE ON EMAIL- ADDRESS

ARNOLD M. WHITEHORSE BORBON wrote on May 22, 2005


City and State: GARDEN GROVE CA

Unit: CO.F, 38TH INF. REGT. 2ND I.D.

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: Just wanted to up-date my email address just in case someone will want some info not too much to give anymore, have a hard time remembering a lot of stuff.

Keywords: Co.F, 38th Inf. Regt. 2nd. I.D.--- March,1951- Dec.1952
Gold town
Bloodyridge
Heartbreak Ridg
May Massacre-----Hill 710
Mountain 1179
The Punchbowel



Entry: 50502
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
38TH INF REG IN BOOKS / A SHORT HISTORY

BILL KEOUGH wrote on April 29, 2005


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My Father Jim Keough Served with D CO
From 1948 At Ft Lewis ,Thru the Guantlets .

I notice a lot a folks wanting to know
what happend to there reletives .


9. Military Service; Jun 1950; Fort Lewis , Washington.
1st BN ,38th Infantry Regiment

T.O.E 1/38 th Infantry Battalion Authorized manpower strength
850-950 .

Headquarters Company
Pioneer - Ammunition Platoon
Transportation section
Supply section
Communications section
Intelligence - Reconnaissance Section
Medical Detachment

1/38 th Battalion
Headquarters Company
A , Rifle Company
B , Rifle Company
C , Rifle Company
Infantry Company authorized manpower strength 203 Men
.45 caliber pistols .30 caliber carbines, M1 rifles, . 30 caliber
Bar's (Browning automatic rifles) .30 caliber light machine guns , (3
) 57-mm mortars (3) 57- mm
recoiless rifles (3) 3.5 inch rocket launchers

D , Heavy Weapons Company

The Heavy weapons company authorized manpower strength is 166 Men
81- mm Mortars , 75 -mm recoilless rifles .50 caliber machine guns
.30 caliber water cooled machine guns .

10. Military Combat; Abt 7 Aug 1950; Naktong perimeter, Republic of Korea.
The 38 Inf Regiment 2nd Infantry Division, set sail in August of 1950,
From Tacom ,Washington . Arrived in Pusan, Korea , at night and were immediately deployed to
the ,Naktong bulg of the Pusan perimeter.


11. Military Combat; 1 Sep 1950; Naktong perimeter, Republic of Korea.
In Mortal Combat "The Pusan Perimeter" page 165 By John Tolan,

Elements of The North Koreans 2nd, 7th, and 10th Divisions , secretly
cross the Naktong river , and split the The U.S. 2nd Division in two ,
attacking in between the 9th and 35th Inf Regiments of the 2nd ID.

12. Military Combat; 18 Sep 1950; Naktong perimeter, Republic of Korea.
A Battalion of the 38th Inf Regiment, Cross the Naktong river, with
tanks artillery and mortars , beginning of the break out of Pusan.

From the forgotten war by Clay Blair

Naktong Bulge Page 283-284

To the north of the 23d George Peploe's 38th Infantry, the bulk of
which had not yet seen much heavy fighting and which was therefore still at nearly full
strength, continued to have good luck.

On September 16 and 17 the 2/38, commanded by James Skeldon,
also drove straight through to the Naktong .
On the following day , September 18 , Keiser authorized Peploe to send
Skeldon across the river and , if possible , establish a bridgehead.
Skeldon crossed with ease in assault boats , achieving temporary fame
of sorts by becoming the " first " unit of Eighth Army to cross
the Naktong .
On September 19 Peploe enlarged the bridgehead with the
addition of Everett Stewart's 3/38.

The 1/38, commanded by William P. Keleher,
thirty-nine, remained east of the river, keeping a wary eye to the
west, where the puzzling do-nothing NKPA 10th Division was deployed.

13. Military Combat; 24 Oct 1950; Republic Of Korea.
The Eighth Army Crosses the Chongchon river,


14. Military Combat; 2 Nov 1950; Republic Of Korea. Chinese , Army
attacks U.S. 2nd ID pushing them back across the Chongchon river.

15. Military Combat; 23 Nov 1950; Republic Of Korea.

The Chongchon , The River and the Gauntlet by S.L.A MARSHALL

"To the right of the 38th the ROK II corps have been riven wide ,

its formation scattered ,its men driven south in panicflight .
The 38th , already under full attack from the north , was now having to reform
its right wing to parry the major blow expected from the east .
Terrorized South Korean soldiers were drifting back through its lines
. It was difficult to tell an attacking enemy from a fleeing friend .

Within the 38th regiment on the first day of battle, the blows delt
by the enemy fell heaviest upon Able, Fox, George, and Love Companies.

This was pure happenstance determined by the geography of the
battlefield. The Chinese colummns came forward in the darkness via the footpaths
and streambeds, feeling for the American positions . In There groping
they missed some units altogether . Others were struck a glancing blow
. Still others were met head-on with full shock .

The 38th had got to its phase line in the late evening of 23
November, Third Battalion on the right , First on the left , and
Second in reserve. Northward from First Battalion's front , a narrow
valley wound through the ridges, the trench of the
Peangyong-chong, tributary of the Chongchon. It was next this stream
that the worst hurts of the regiment were to be suffered in the hours
immediatley ahead.



16. Military Combat; 24 Nov 1950; Republic Of Korea.

The U.S. Eighth Army Attacks North towards the Yalu river.

17. Military Combat; 25 Nov 1950; Republic Of Korea.

Chinese Communist troops in North Korea numbered 300,000.
Late in November, across the snow that heralded a harsh North Korean
winter, the Chinese struck.

Attacking largely at night, the Chinese--though they suffered
tremendous casualties--rapidly dislodged the Eighth Army and X Corps.


18. Military Combat; 26 Nov 1950; Republic Of Korea.
Disaster and Retreat

From the Forgotten War (Clay Blair ) Page 447

When the Chinese attacked Peploe's 38th Infantry, Jack Rodarm's Alpha
Company ,
which had been sent ahead to scout, was still bivouacked well forward
of the regiment . The CCF ,( Chinese Communist forces ) hit A,
Company first , inflicting
thirty-one casualties ( five dead ). Fortunately for Rodarm the CCF
paused to loot
Alpha Company's abandoned gear. Granted this respite , the survivors
filtered back through the hills to Skeldon's 2/38 positions and later
reassembled in the rear .
But nearly half his company was missing.

By this time Skeldon's 2/38 was under severe CCF attack. In the
initial onslaught Skeldon's George Company was overwhelmed , losing
104 of 160 Men. However ,
his Fox Company, holding a strong position on a hill and reinforced by
reserves from Echo Company , deflected the waves of Chinese and ,
after a harrowing night
fight ,survived mostly intact.

On the right of Skeldon , Harold Maixner's 3/38 , the easternmost of
the American Battalions in Eighth Army , was also massively hit . The
Main blow fell on Love Company , which was not only holding a position
in the line but also providing security for the 3/38 CP (command post
). The CCF quickly overran L Company's position , forcing Maixner to
withdraw his CP rearward . In the Initial onslaught ,
L Company was devastated , losing 110 of it's 200 Men . Maixner
survived, but
his battalion staff also sustained heavy casualties.

Oddly, Maixner's other two rifle companies, I and K , holding down
the extreme right
flank of the 2d Division, were untouched. However landline
communications to I and K companies were lost during the night ,
neither Maixner nor Peploe could learn
anything about there status.

By daylight Peploe was deeply concerned . During the night four of
his nine rifle
companies ( A,G,F, And L) had been hard hit, and another ( B
),attempting to reinforce the line, sideswiped. Having received no
word from I and K Companies,
he concluded that they probably been lost.



19. Military Combat; 30 Nov 1950; Republic Of Korea.
Running The Gauntlets: Bloody retreat,

From John Tolands , " In Mortal Combat "

November30 was another bad day for the Eighth Army .

At dawn Keiser's 2nd Division was still held up by the roadblock south of Kunu-ri,
and his combat elements had been reduced to 600 exhausted , frozen men.
Keiser outlined to his commanders the final withdrawal to Pyongyang . By
early afternoon the Chinese held six miles of the road with some forty machine guns, ten mortars and
numerous infantrymen .
Those who survived the six mile gauntlet had to go through a defile that
had become a graveyard, That was clogged with trucks and tanks.


20. Military Combat; 30 Nov 1950; Republic Of Korea.

The Guantlet from Kunu to Sunchon

The Forgotten War Pages 482-497

Peploe's 38th Infantry had mounted up.
The march order was : Skeldon's 2/38 (220 Men) would ride on about a
dozen Sherman tanks in the Vanguard, prepaired to dismount and deal
with roadblocks that might be encounterd ; Maixner's 3/38 (63 Men )
would come next in line, crowded into about a dozen jeeps; Keleher's
1/38 (275 Men) would bring up the rear.

Because of the shortage of vehicles , most of the 1/38 would ride on
vehicles of the Division Artillery Headquarters,
which was in the column immediately behind the 38th Infantry .
Maixner's men would provide infantry protection for the
Artillery

Last in the long battered column came division artillery, with
Keleher's scatterd 1/38 deployed on its forwardmost trucks and tractors.
The 1/38 th lost a quarter of its strength, sixty-eight men.

The surviving elements of the 2d Division contiued south to Pyongyang,
thence to Munsan ,below the Imjin river .

The head count on December 1 was shocking , the 2d Division had
incurred 33 percent casualties (4,940 ) the vast majority in the last
few days of November.

George Peploe's 38th 1,075 .

21. Military Combat; 5 Feb 1951; Republic Of Korea.

Wonju Roudup / Counter attacks .

The Forgotten War ( Clay Blair) Page 687

The 38th Infantry was to play an important role in these forthcoming
operations.


It had a new commander . Colonel John Coughlin former XO .

Ned Almond And the X corps staff fragmented the 38th Infantry .
Bill Keleher's 1/38 had been orderd well forward to support the ROK 8th Division .
Almond orderd Coughlin to send two of his three remaining battalions far forward .
The dutch Battalion to Hoensong and Harold Maixner's 3/38 farther
forword yet to a road crossing for miles north of Hoengsong. These
deployments scattered the battalions of the 38th Infantry,north to
south along the Hongchon-Wonju road.

The sudden and total destruction of the ROK 8th Division seriously
imperiled the forces from Nick Ruffner's 2d Division that were
directly supporting it under X corps control . Principally John
Kieth's 15th FAB , Bill Keleher's 1/38 , and two small armor-infantry
teams from the 38th and 9th Infantry . it also endangerd the other
Battalions of 38th , Harold Maixner's 3/38 , dug in four miles north of Hoengsong
, and the Dutch Battalion in Hoengsong.

When the 8th ROK Division ceased to exist , The CCF swarmed through
the dark behind the American support forces and threw up roadblocks,
on the Hoengsong-Hongchon highway , thereby " trapping " Keith's 15
FAB, and Keleher's 1/38 well north of Maixner's 3/38 .


22. Military Combat; 12 Feb 1951; Republic Of Korea.

Wonju / Gauntlet .

The Forgotten war ( Clay Blair ) pages 685-690

It was another ghastly ordeal . Keleher's 1/38 infantry led the way
south, desperately trying to blast a path for the twenty-three towed
howitzers and the scores of supply trucks and other vehicles . In this
effort Keleher's B and C companies and the truck drivers were cut to
ribbons.

Shortly after dawn on February 12 the battered column reached
Maixner's 3/38 perimeter above Hoengsong . But as it turned out, there
was little comfort to be found there . Swarms of CCF were attacking
th 3/38 and had blocked the road sooth to Hoengsong . Keith , Keleher,
and Maixner circled the wagons in
Maixner's perimeter .Keith's artillery firing point-blank into the
ranks of the attacking CCF. Nick Ruffner refused Coughlin permission
to send his reserve 2/38 forward from Wonju to help .

Having already sustained 289 casualties, Keleher's 1/38 again led the
way south .
However ,about a half mile below the 3/38 perimeter , Keleher
encountered a wall of CCF which immobilized the 1/38 for four full
hours . With darkness approaching ,
X corps ordered Maixner's 3/38 to withdraw from its perimeter and
join the 1/38
and fight south . Meanwhile X Corps sent forward from Hoengsong an
armor-infantry team, built around G Company of the 187th Airborne RCT
. It broke through the CCF and reached the combined 1/38 and 3/38 at
7:00 P.M.

When all the 2d Division support forces finally reached Wonju, the
casualties to them and the Dutch Battalion were reckoned to be a
disastrous 1,769.
Keleher's 1/38 , Maixner's 3/38 and Keith's 15th FAB had incurred the
majority of the
casualties. Both Infantry Battalions, the 2d Division historian wrote,
were
" Shattered" But Keleher and Maixner both survived this second
gauntlet .

Revised Casualty list ( 9 March 1951 ) for this action .
1,537 ; 99 killed ; 490 wounded ; 948 missing.


23. Military Combat; 14 Feb 1951; Republic Of Korea. Wonju Shoot

Forgotten war ( Clay Blair ) pages 693-696

John Coughlin's 38th infantry , Frank Bowen's 187th RCT and Baker's
2/17 ,
Plus all the artillery that could be brought to bear, would make the
strongest possible
stand at Wonju to blunt the CCF.

By the morning of February 13 all surviving X Corps forces north of
Wonju had withdrawn into defensive positions near the town .

Ned Almond placed all forces at Wonju, including the artillery, under
the command of the 2d Division ADC, George Stewart .

The CCF mounted the onward attack on the Wonju garrison during the
early hours of February 14 . Two full CCF divisions (197th and 198th ) of the
Sixty-sixth Army spearheaded the assault, attacking due south from Hoengsong along the
Som River, reinforced by elements of the CCF 119th and 120th divisions of the
Fortieth Army, attacking from the northwest .

The 38th and 187th Airborne regiments, holding good defensive
positions in high ground north of Wonju , met the attack head-on .
By dawn all the American and Dutch infantry was furiously engaged in close bitter
fighting.

Every available artillery piece in the 2nd Division and supporting
corps artillery was
laid upon the marching mass of men . Thunderous barrages roared
across the hills
as tons of shrapnel poured into the plodding troops . Still they came
marching into
the rain of death, heedless of the carnage around them.

The " Wonju shoot " of February 14 proved to be a decisive victory .
Some 5,000
CCF troops lay dead on the battlefield ; probably three times that
number had been
wounded . The four CCF assault Divisions had been shattered.
Stewart , Coughlin, and the men they commanded never received the
great credit
they deserved.


24. Military Combat; 17 May 1951; Republic Of Korea. No Name Line

The Forgotten War (Clay Blair ) pages 876-879

Masses of CCF troops of the Fifteenth and Sixtieth armies ( six
divisions of about 60,000 men ) simultaneously struck of Nick
Ruffner's 2d Division. Those units which
were hardest hit initially were Lloyd Jenson's 2/23, serving as the
core Infantry of
Task Force Zebra in the division's right sector ; George Kimbrell's
1/38 on the No name
line; and Wallace Wilkins's 2/38 manning an OPLR in the division's
center.

To the left of the 23d John Coughlin's 38th also came under very
heavy siege .
Kimbrell's 1/38 and wilkins's 2/38, the latter exposed in the OPLR,
caught the brunt of the attack . The rifle companies of the 1/38 were
immediately split and isolated
on Hill 1051. In the 2/38, E Company was overun and shattered.
Believing the situation in the 2/38, to be "critical" Coughlin
prudently requested authority to pull the battalion off the OPLR and
back to No Name Lline.
The 2/38 withdrew to the hills on No Name Line to " cosolidate "with
the 1/38 and
the Dutch Battalion, coming from reserve .

In the 38th's left and southernmost sector, Wallace Hanes's 3/38 ,
bunkered in its
fortress atop Hill 800, escaped attack on the night of May 16-17 .
The Men waited
tensely in their positions, with a grandstand view of the blazing
night action to the
north. At dawn Hanes directed the men to improve their positions.
With the withdrawal of the 2/38 from its OPLR , the 3/38 was now in
the direct path of the oncoming CCF.

By daylight on May 17 Kimbrell's 1/38 was in desperate trouble :
chewed up;
surrounded ; cut off. To help rescue its isolated units, John
Coughlin directed the
Dutch Battalion, commanded by W.D.H. Eeckhout, to mount a
counterattack on Hill
1051. The Dutch were slow to organize and respond to this dangerous
mission.


To the left of the 23d the 9th Infantry assisted the 38th Infantry
in its withdrawal,
which took place under cover of darkness that night . Following a
ten-minute barrarge by seven FABs, the brave but exhausted
survivors of the 1/38 and 2/38
and the Dutch Battalion withdrew through the 2/9 . Total casualties
in the 38th were
shocking ; well above 1,000 killed , wounded, and missing.

This withdrawl did not , however, include Wallace Hanes's 3/38 ,
entrenched in its fortress atop , Hill 800. Spared attack so far , it
would remain in its positions one more night in order to give the
Marines time to "bend ' No Name Line behind it .
The withdrawal of the 1/38 and 2/38 opened a clear route to the 3/38,
and during
that night the CCF took advantage of it, launching a powerful attack
on Hanes, which penetrated I and K companies. The 3/38 rallied and
counterattacked , even calling friendly artillery down on its own
besieged bunkers .
The artillery slaughtered the CCF, and by dawn Hanes and his proud and
defiant men were again undisputed kings of the moutain .

25. Military Award; Jun 1951; Republic Of Korea. Combat Infantry Badge
,Korean Sevice Medal with three bronze service stars,
Republic of Korea ,Presidential Unit Citation

26. Military Service; Jun 1951; Republic Of Korea. IX Corps reserve ,

The Marine Offensive to the Punchbowl and the advance of the ROKs to
the East of it enabled the battered 2d Division to withdraw from the
Inje area into IX Corps reserve, in accordance with Ridgway's orders
. By that time the division was shattered ; it was to remain in
reserve for forty days, rebuilding and reorganizing and rotating those
who had been in combat the longest .




Keywords:


Entry: 50396
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
VANCE RINGLING - CAPTURED AND ESCAPED

HUGH RINGLING wrote on April 25, 2005


City and State: MN

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I am looking for anybody who may have known my father in the war or remember anything about him. I am also looking for good history books with stories of what kind of action he may have seen in Korea. He was captured by Chinese and escaped and walked 5 miles to South Korea. Thank you!

Keywords: vance, ringling, vance, wia, captured


Entry: 50288
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
DO YOU KNOW

PHILIP WOFLE wrote on April 20, 2005


City and State: COLUMBUS OH

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: if you could give me any info on that man i would like it much he is my grandpa and i dont know much about him i just want to know anything about him


Keywords: even "bud" jones


Entry: 50080
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
F COMPANY 38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT

GLENN V. ELLISON wrote on April 9, 2005


City and State: SPRINGFIELD MN

Unit: F CO. 38TH INF REGT

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: Looking for anyone assigned to F Company from June 1949 to May 1950. I have many pictures and names from back then at Fort Lewis.

Keywords: Was transferred to F co., 27th Infantry Regiment when the Korean War started.


Entry: 50068
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
T-BONE HILL

JOHN WHITING wrote on April 8, 2005


City and State: STATESVILLE NC

Unit: B CO 38 REG 2ND DIV

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I was with B Co. 38th Reg 2nd Div the year of
1952. I would like to hear from anyone that was in this unit.I was wounded when we were on t-bone
and I never returned to the unit.
john whiting


Keywords: Old Baldy, Pork Chop, T-bone, Koje-do, etc


Entry: 49569
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
ALVIN C. WAGNER

CHER-LYN MANESS wrote on March 15, 2005


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Grandpa went home to be with Jesus on March 8th, 2005.
Just wanted to let those know who may be looking for him.


Keywords: POW, Wagner


Entry: 49440
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
M/SGT. LEW JENKINS WORLD LIGHTWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION 1940

ARTHUR E. (ART) LAJEUNESSE wrote on March 8, 2005


City and State: LATHAM NY

Unit: ITEM CO. 23RD. INF. RGT. 1951-1952

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I am lookin for information as to what unit M/Sgt Lew Jenkins served with when he received the Silver Star.

Keywords:


Entry: 49394
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
LOOKING FOR ALFORD SCHUFT

R.K. PERKINS wrote on March 6, 2005


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments:

Keywords: Mr.Schuft was KIA on 12 Feb.,51. Did anyone know him? How did he die? Are his remains still in Korea?


Entry: 49345
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
HELPING BROTHER IN LAW LOOK FOR LATE UNCLE

MICHAEL WILLIAMS wrote on March 4, 2005


City and State: KILLEEN TX

Unit: A CO STB 4TH INF DIV

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I am trying to help my brother in law find information about his late uncle by trying to find people who served with him and who know what happened on 12 Feb 1951. My brother in law's late uncle's name was Francis J Hurst. Any hel pwould be appreciated. THank you.

Keywords: A Co 1st Batallion 38 Inf Reg 2nd Inf Div,


Entry: 49310
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
2ND BN 38TH INF, KOREA, MAURICE FOISY

EDWARD FOISY wrote on March 2, 2005


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Looking for friends or information on my fathers service in Korean War

Keywords: 2nd BN 38th INF, Korea, Maurice Foisy


Entry: 49279
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
CAPT. JOHN FIELDS KIA 5/18/51

SUZANNE FIELDS STEINBACH wrote on February 28, 2005


City and State: SUDBURY MA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Does anyone remember my father, John Fields? He was from New York, spent years in Korea before the war, then returned in 1950 with the 2nd Division, 38th Infantry Regiment. He was killed in action 5/18/1951. Would be grateful to hear from anyone with recollections to share about his service. Thank you so much!

Keywords:


Entry: 48834
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
LOOKING FOR FRIENDS-KOREA 1950-1951

ROBERT LAIRD wrote on February 10, 2005


City and State: MACOMB IL

Unit: IX CORP G-4 HEADQUARTERS

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Is anyone out there that remembers IX Corp, G-4 Headquarters-1950-1951?

Keywords: Col Case, Capt. Smith, Sgt. Huffman, Cpl. Auda


Entry: 48607
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
A CO. 'THE HOOK' 1953

RONALD L. (RON) BLOSSER wrote on February 1, 2005


City and State: BARBERTON OH

Unit: A CO. 1ST BN. 38TH. INF. 2ND DIV

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I would like to have contact with anyone that remembers the times we had up on the hook. Also anyone that remembers Sgt. Clarence Farmer. I was the last one to talk to him alive and I carried him back to our lines after he was killed.

Keywords: Mostly 1st Plt members on "THE HOOK"


Entry: 48170
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
MY DAD LOOKING FOR FRIENDS CONTINUED...

RICHARD THOMING wrote on January 15, 2005


City and State: FAIRFIELD CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: here is more intel on my dad...

george thoming
38th inf regiment
2nd inf division
company c and d (gunner on half track)
he was at hill 983 crest of bloody ridge, sept 1951
he was at ole baldy sept 1952
he also spent time on ko gee do island may 3, 1952

remembers a guy by the last name of brenner


Keywords:


Entry: 48103
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
INFO

EARL WHITE SR. wrote on January 12, 2005


City and State: NEWARK OH

Unit: 2RD INFANTRY DIVISION

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: i would like to hear from you i was in korean in 1950 2rdinf 3rd bat lco thanks earl white

Keywords:


Entry: 48053
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
THOMAS WRAY YELTON

JANE BROWN wrote on January 10, 2005


City and State: GREENEVILLE TN

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Would appreciate any information about Thomas Wray Yelton who served in G company, 38 inf regiment, 2 infantry division. KIA 8/27/51.
Also interested in any info about this unit, its location, etc. Thanks!


Keywords: Thomas Wray Yelton, G co, 38 inf rgt, 2 inf div, KIA 8/27/51


Entry: 47983
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
ROY L. DAVENPORT - K CO. 1950-51

SALLY JORDAN wrote on January 7, 2005


City and State: FT. LEWIS WA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I am looking for friends of my father, Roy L. Davenport. Dad served with K Co. in the Korean War 1950-51. He was wounded in November 1951, received a field commission and Silver Star at this time. Returned to his unit in February of 1951. I would treasure hearing stories from his friends. Sadly Dad passed away years ago. His grandsons are serving in Iraq now, one with the 2nd ID, and I especially would like to pass more of his history on to them.

Keywords: K Co, Davenport, Silver Star, Field Commission,
Wounded



Entry: 47979
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
MY DAD LOOKING FOR FRIENDS

RICHARD THOMING wrote on January 6, 2005


City and State: FAIRFIELD CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: dad is looking for friends that might have served with
him 38 ir, 2id

his name is george thoming...

he is 75 now...

thank you to all of you who have served this nation so
that we can enjoy the freedoms that we enjoy
everyday...


Keywords: corporal


Entry: 47769
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
LT BILL PRITCHETT

DAVE PRITCHETT wrote on December 28, 2004


City and State: LAFAYETTE IN

Unit: 38TH IR OF 2ND ID

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Looking for anyone who might have served with my father Lt Bill Pritchett of Virginia plase email or call thanks.....he forgets a lot but his grandchildren want to understand what you great men went through. Thanks, Dave Pritchett

Keywords: 2nd ID 38th Reg september 1952, Old Baldy


Entry: 47652
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
PFC ALVIN F. MILLS

ALVIN LONG wrote on December 22, 2004


City and State: CALHOUN GA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: would like to hear from anyone who knew alvin, or facts surrounding his death....my father was also a korean pow his name is norman l. long 2 div.

Keywords: alvin, was killed 30/august/1951, 38 inf rgt 2 inf div.


Entry: 47563
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
UNIT ROSTER C CO 1951

LEE BELL wrote on December 17, 2004


City and State: EAST CANTON OH

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments:
Company Commander Capt. Carrol
Dose anyone have the Unit roster for this
Time?? 1951 thru 1952If so would E-Mail tham to
lamont23@juno.com.


Keywords: Charley Company 38th Inf. Regt. 1951 thur 1952


Entry: 47476
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
MY FATHER

KEVIN LARRABEE wrote on December 12, 2004


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Does my father's name ring a bell to anyone,
Charles Larrabee. Wounded September
1952, from Queens, NY. Share some stories.


Keywords: 38th IR, 2nd ID, Charles Larrabee


Entry: 47372
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
DONALD WILLIAM RISSEL

KELI RISSEL CARTUSCIELLO wrote on December 8, 2004


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I’m hoping to hear from someone that knew my father, Donald William Rissel. He served from September 1952 - June 1954. I know he won numerous medals. He passed away in 1973 and I have very little memories of him. I would like to pass along some great stories to his Grandchildren.

Keywords: Rissel, Donald, Army, 38, Infantry


Entry: 47257
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT

WINSTON H. MCCARTY wrote on December 3, 2004


City and State: CONCORD NH

Unit: 222 SIGNAL CO.

Service or Relationship: FRIEND OF VETERAN

Comments: Elmer Rix Hamlin US 51091096 Reported MIA
27 August 1951 with Co F 38 Reg. 2 Div in the vicinity of Taeu-san South Korea in area of Hill #1179 Some reports state this area as North Korea


Keywords: Winston H. McCarty 45 Bog Road Unit A4
Concord NH 03303 1032
I knew Elmer Rix Hamlin in High School
I am looking for information about his being an MIA



Entry: 47113
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
WHERE I'M I ?

LEE BELL wrote on November 27, 2004


City and State: EAST CANTON OH

Unit: 2ID 38TH INF. REGT. 'C' CO. IJONGBU

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: North of Uijongbu,a vally that comes to a bottle-neck,where there appox. 9 bunkers each had a light or heavy machine gun.Behind those bunkers were two SP quid 50's and behind them were two Sp quid
40's.
Dose anyone recall this lay of the land?
Dose anyone Remember Lt.Murphy ?


Keywords: Hill's (?) After dealing with the Dept of the Army for appox. 49 years. I'm not even sure I was in Korea!


Entry: 46944
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
PFC WILLIAM HART

WILLIAM MELTON wrote on November 17, 2004


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Looking for any info or any one who might have known william hart who was killed in wonju feb 12,1951

Keywords: 38th inf 2nd div


Entry: 46439
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
LOOKING FOR OLD FRIENDS FROM 'SHAMROCK' BN., B CO., 1ST PLT. 1953

ROBERT BREWER wrote on October 24, 2004


City and State:

Unit: 38TH INF REG, 2ND DIV, SHAMROCK BN, B CO, 1ST PLT

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I am looking for people that I served with.

Keywords: 38th Inf Reg, 2nd Div, Shamrock Bn, B Co, 1st Plt Jan 1953 to Feb 1954


Entry: 46264
38TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
67TH ENGINEERS

TOMMY THOMAS wrote on October 12, 2004


City and State: CHILLICOTHE IL

Unit: 67TH ENGINEERS VIETNAM 1971

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Looking for Jeff Butler who was Sgt.E5 serving Feb.1971 to Jan. 1972 in BinhThui, North CanTho, and VinhLong, VietNam with me.
Can you help me, please?
Thank you for your time.
Tommy Thomas


Keywords: HELPING DAD



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