MCPO NYC USN (Ret.) sends us a story written by Capt. James A. Brettell, the commander of Company A 13th Engineer Bn. of his experiences on the 4th of July 60 years ago;
On July 6, the Chinese, launched their last attack of the Korean War at Pork Chop Hill under the cover of darkness and the rains. It was ferocious and unrelenting. The 17th infantry suffered heavy casualties in the initial onslaught.
Pre-arranged counter attack plans were implemented immediately. Each of these plans included use of “A” Company supporting engineers. A squad of engineers were assigned to each company of the 17th and regularly practiced counter attack procedures. The engineer troops had pre-arranged basic loads of ammunition, satchel charges, bangalore torpedoes. mines, radios and rations that each individual carried with him for use in the counter attack.
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