Unit Details

1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment [1/34]

    1/34    3/19

        Deactivated 8/22/50

Deactivated August 22, 1950 replaced by the 5thRCT, On August 27, Lt. Gen. Walton Walker, U.S. Eighth Army commander in Korea, dissolved the 34th, converting the 1/34th into the 3rd Battalion, 19th Infantry, and the 3/34th into the 2nd Battalion, 21st Infantry.

The 5th Regimental Combat Team (RCT) became the 2nd Division's third regiment. General Church preferred having the 5th fully manned to rebuilding the 34th. He then reassigned the men of the 34th to give his other two regiments their authorized third battalions.

The 34th was reconstituted in Japan and later served again in Korea.

Deactivated August 22, 1950 replaced by the 5thRCT, On August 27, Lt. Gen. Walton Walker, U.S. Eighth Army commander in Korea, dissolved the 34th, converting the 1/34 into the 3/19 ,
and the
3/34 into the 2/21.

The 5th Regimental Combat Team (RCT) became the 2nd Division's third regiment. General Church preferred having the 5th fully manned to rebuilding the 34th. He then reassigned the men of the 34th to give his other two regiments their authorized third battalions.

The 34th was reconstituted in Japan and later served again in Korea.

1st Battalion


Headquarters

CO 

Rank Name From To Status
   Lawrence Paulus 4 July 1950    
   Red Ayres  4 July 1950    

XO

Rank Name From To Status
   Pappy Wadlington          
   Leland R. Dunham      

S-1 Personnel

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S-2 Intelligence

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S-3 Plan sand Operations

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S-4 Logistics

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A Company


Rank Name From To Status
Capt.  Leroy Osburn      
             

 1st Platoon

Rank Name From To Status
   William B. Caldwell      
             

 2nd Platoon

Rank Name From To Status
SFC Elvin E. Knight     Plt Guide
             

  3rd Platoon

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 Weapons Platoon

Rank Name From To Status
 Lt.  Robert R. Ridley      
 SFC  Zack C. Williams      
PFC James 0. Hite      

 

B Company


Rank Name From To Status
   Lieutenant Bernard      
             

C Company

Rank Name From To Status
Capt  Clyde Akridge 8/5/50    8/6/50  
             

D Weapons Company

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D Company

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1st Platoon

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2nd Platoon

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3rd Platoon

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4th Platoon

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Medical Detachment

Medical Detachment

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Service Company

Service Company

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Unit Info

 

 

July 6, 1950

 

July 7, 1950

Lieutenant Bernard and 12 men of the reserve platoon of B Company reached Ch'onan two days after the Osan fight. Five times he and his men had encountered North Korean roadblocks. They arrived at Ch'onan only half an hour ahead of the enemy. A few men walked all the way from Osan to the Yellow Sea and the Sea of Japan. One man eventually arrived at Pusan on a Korean sampan from the west coast.

July 8, 1950

1st Battalion, US 34th RCT, moved north of Ch'ŏnan and fought delaying action back to line held by 3d Battalion approximately one mile south of Ch'ŏnan;

July 14, 1950

The NKPA 16th Infantry also attacked the 63rd Field Artillery Battalion (FAB). At least two of the battalion's howitzers were destroyed by North Korean mortar fire. The men were unable to get the other eight guns out, so they disabled them. Ayres' 1/34th was ordered to the 63rd FAB positions to "save any men or equipment in the area," but was told to return at dark. His men met intense small-arms and machine-gun fire from high ground overlooking the artillery position. After locating a few wounded men and some jeeps in operating condition, he withdrew the battalion to Nonsan at nightfall.  

July 15, 1950


The entire battalion [Osburn] moved out by truck on the 15th and fell back to the city of Taejŏn,  closing there late in the afternoon. Other units of the 24th Division, already assembled, were preparing to defend the town. The 1st Battalion took up defensive positions on the northeast side of Taejŏn, on high ground between the main part of the town and the airstrip used by the division liaison planes. [01-16] American forces destroyed the bridge over the Kum River before withdrawing to Taejŏn, but the North Koreans succeeded in crossing and followed in close pursuit.

 

August 6, 1960

August 7, 1950 1300

An airdrop of supplies that afternoon was only partially successful. The company [Captain Alfonso of A Company, 34th Infantry,] recovered little more than half the drop and lost some men to enemy fire in the process. The night passed quietly.