Unit Details

2nd Battalion 24th Infantry Regiment [2bn24thIR]


  

24th Infantry

2nd Battalion

Headquarters

CO 

Rank Name From To Status
 LtCol George R. Cole   8/18/50  sacked
  LtCol Paul F. Roberts   8/18/50   was XO 24thIR

XO

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S-1 Personnel

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S-2 Intelligence

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S-3 Plan sand Operations

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E Company

E Company

Rank Name From To Status
          8/18/50 KIA
1st Lt Charles Ellis      
The first attack against the mountain line of the 24th Infantry came on the morning of 18 August, when the enemy partly overran E Company on the northern spur of Battle Mountain and killed the company commander.

F Company

F Company

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G Company

G Company

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   Captain Barszcz      
             

H Company

H Weapons Company

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Medical Detachment

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Service Company

Service Company

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Unit Info

 

August 8, 1950

Shortly after daybreak on 8 August—while Cahill was being relieved on Yaban-san—the Marines of Company H noted a column of troops climbing Hill 255 from the direction of the Haman road. Believing the newcomers to be ROK soldiers, Fegan’s men watched as the long file reached the high peak beyond the plateau forward of the Marine positions. When the group set up facing Company H, Fegan became skeptical enough to alert his riflemen and machine gunners. His precautions were timely, for the visitors immediately opened fire on the Marines.[3]

This surprise attack had a critical effect on the Task Force Kean sector. In possession of the high ground above 3/5, the North Koreans were able to block the Masan-Chindong-ni stretch of the MSR, leaving most of the American ground forces out on a limb for supply and reinforcement purposes. Thus when the 2nd Battalion, 24th Infantry, advanced from Masan to relieve both 3/5 and 2/5 on their respective hills, it was driven off the fire swept road north of Chindong-ni.[4]

Septmber 1, 1950

The fact is that shortly after the enemy attack started most of the 2nd Battalion, 24th Infantry, fled its positions. The enemy passed through the line quickly and overran the 2nd Battalion command post, killing many men there and destroying much equipment. Haman was then open to direct attack. As the enemy encircled Haman, Colonel Roberts, the 2nd Battalion commander, ordered an officer to take remnants of the battalion and establish a roadblock at the south edge of the town. Although the officer directed a large group of men to accompany him, only eight did so. The 2nd Battalion was no longer an effective fighting force. [23-8]