Unit Details

3rd Battalion 21st Infantry Regiment [3/21]

  


 

3rd Battalion

Headquarters Company

CO 

Rank Name From To Status
 LtCol.  Delbert A. Pryor  pre-war  08 July 50 NBC
 LtCol.  Carl C. Jensen  08 July 50  11 July 50 KIA
LtCol. John McConnell      

XO

Rank Name From To Status
 LtCol.  Fritz Mudgett  pre-war  08 Sept. 50 KIA
             

S-1 Personnel

Rank Name From To Status
 Lt.  Cashe  pre-war  08 Sept. 50 MIA
             

S-2 Intelligence

Rank Name From To Status
 Lt.  Leon J. Jacques, Jr  pre-war 11 July 50 KIA
             

S-3 Plan sand Operations

Rank Name From To Status
 Lt.  Lester    11 Jyly 50 MIA
             

S-3 Plan sand Operations

Rank Name From To Status
             
             

I Company

I Company

Rank Name From To Status
             
             

K Company

K Company

Rank Name From To Status
             
             

L Company

L Company

Rank Name From To Status
 Capt.  O'Dean T. Cox  pre-war  11 July 50 MIA
 Lt.  Bernard      

M Company

M Weapons Company

Rank Name From To Status
             
             

Medical Detachment

Medical Detachment

Rank Name From To Status
             
             

Service Company

Service Company

Rank Name From To Status
             
             

 

Unit Info

 

July 9, 1950

Just before midnight of 10 July Colonel Jensen began to withdraw the 3d Battalion from the recaptured ridge east of Ch'ŏnui, bringing along most of the equipment lost earlier in the day. When the battalion arrived at its former position it received a surprise: enemy soldiers occupied some of its foxholes. Only after an hour's battle did K Company clear the North Koreans from its old position. [07-40]

July 11, 1950

[on the 11th] The North Koreans overran the 3rd Battalion. Before noon, survivors in small groups made their way back toward Choch'iwŏn. Enemy fire killed Colonel Jensen, the battalion commander, and Lt. Leon J. Jacques, Jr., his S-2, when they tried to cross a stream in the rear of their observation post.

The battalion S-1 and S-3, Lieutenants Cashe and Lester, and Capt. O'Dean T. Cox, commanding officer of L Company, were reported missing in action.

The 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry, lost altogether nearly 60 percent of its strength in this action. Of those who escaped, 90 percent had neither weapons, ammunition, nor canteens, and, in many instances, the men had neither helmets nor shoes.

One officer of L Company who came out with some men said that after he and others had removed an enemy machine gun blocking their escape route many uninjured men by the side of the road simply refused to try to go on. One noncom said,

"Lieutenant, you will have to go on. I'm too beat up. They'll just have to take me."

A remnant of 8 officers and 142 men able for duty was organized into a provisional company of three rifle platoons and a heavy weapons company.

July 15, 1950

But by 15 July a total of 322 out of 667 men had returned to the [3rd] battalion.