19500819 0845 Naktong-1


On the 19th, the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, launched the final assault; at 8:45 a.m., the Marines and 34th Infantry linked up with each other.

The price had been high. The Americans lost 137 killed, 763 wounded, 564 missing, and at least 161 non-battle casualties. Of the total, Marine casualties were 66 killed, 278 wounded and 1 missing. Many of the Army missing were later classified as dead. For example, the surgeon of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, discovered the bodies of 30 soldiers in an overrun aid station. All had been murdered by the North Koreans.

The NKPA 4th Division, however, suffered horrendously. The Americans buried more than 1,200 of their dead. Estimated to have numbered no more than 8,000 men at the beginning of the battle, the North Korean division was reported to now number about 3,500. Only the enemy's lodgment on Hill 409 rremained. No effort was made to reduce it.

The U.S. 2nd Infantry Division replaced the 24th along the Naktong.


Casualties/a> August 19 Saturday 07
Casualties August 18 Friday 32
Casualties August 17 Thursday 26
Casualties August 16 Wednesday 01
5th Marines KIA 66