Biography

 

Woolfolk, Robert L. [Maj CO 3rdBn35thIR]

 

 

August 15, 1950

The part of the line held by the 35th Infantry-covering as it did the main Masan-Chinju highway, the railroad, and the Nam River corridor, and forming the hinge with the 24th Division to the north-was potentially the most critical and important sector of the 25th Division front. Lt. Col. Bernard G. Teeter's 1st Battalion held the regimental left west of Komam-ni; Colonel Wilkins' 2nd Battalion held the regimental right along the Nam River. Maj. Robert L. Woolfolk's 3rd Battalion (1st Battalion, 29th Infantry)1st Battalion, 29th [20-now 3rd Battalion, 27 Infantry], was in reserve on the road south of Chirwon from where it could move quickly to any part of the line.

 

September 16, 1950

To carry out his plan, Kean organized a composite battalion-sized task force on September 16 under command of Major Robert L. Woolfolk, commanding officer of the 3rd Battalion, 35th Infantry, and ordered it to attack Battle Mountain and P'il-bong the next day, with the mission of restoring the 24th Infantry positions there.[46]

 

September 17, 1950

On September 1718 the task force repeatedly attacked these heights, heavily supported by artillery fire from the 8th and 90th Field Artillery Battalions and by numerous air strikes, but North Korean automatic fire from the heights drove back the assaulting troops every time with heavy casualties. Within one day, A Company, 27th Infantry, alone suffered 57 casualties.[47]

September 18, 1950

The 24th Infantry bogged down behind Battle Mountain. Woolfolk's force abandoned its effort to drive the North Korean from the peaks after its failure on September 18, and the task group was dissolved the next day.[47]