Unit Details

1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment [1Bn29thIR]

attached to 19thIR July 24, 1950

1st Battalion 

 

CO  - Commanding Officer

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LtCol Wesley C. Wilson

XO - Executive Officer

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S-1 - Personal

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S-2 - xxx

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S-3 - xxx

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S-4 - xxx

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S-5 - xxx

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August 2, 1950

In order to reestablish contact with the NKPA 6th Division and possibly to thwart its attack, Michaelis and Moore decided to launch independent probing attacks westerly on the morning of August 2. The plan was that these probes would meet at Much'on, just east of Chinju, where the road to Masan divided.

Moore chose Wesley Wilson's depleted 1/ 29, the stronger of the two Okinawa battalions, to lead his attack; Michaels chose Gilbert Check's 1/27.

Heartened by the presence of five Sherman tanks, Wilson's 1/29 jumped off in high spirits. However, the probe ran straight into an all-out NKPA attack and came to an abrupt halt. The fight that ensued was, in the words of the Army historian, a "disastrous spectacle." ' In the initial encounter one of Wilson's platoons was "almost annihilated" by swarms of ' flanking NKPA infantry.

As the 1/29 fell back in confusion and fear, Moore who was on the scene, committed Robert Rhea's 1/19, then Tom McGrail's 2/19, and finally the other Okinawa battalion, the skeletal 3/ 29. In the chaos of battle the American units inflicted heavy casualties on one another. Adding insult to this injury, FEAF fighters mistakenly strafed the Americans.[7-4]

Meanwhile, on the "south road," Gilbert Check's 1/27, led by six Sherman tanks, probed west toward the fork at Much'on. At  first all went well. There was no sign of the enemy. Michaelis became worried that he had made a fatal error in judgment, that he would be court-martialed for disobeying orders. But near the fork Check's 1/27 ran into the flank of the NKPA 6th Division assaulting the Chicks on the "north road." Boldly and aggressively attacking (with help from FEAF fighters), Check laid into the NKPA truck convoys with heavy fire, forcing the motorized columns to turn about and flee to Chinju. In this important engagement Check and his men destroyed a dozen NKPA vehicles, inflicted heavy casualties on the NKPA, and considerably eased pressure on the Chicks.[7-5]