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"The Chosin Reservoir
In the mountainous terrain of North Korea
during sub-zero winter conditions, along and in the
hills surrounding a primitive road barely wide
enough for a single modern vehicle to pass, the
battle of Chosin Reservoir took place. It has been
termed by historians as the most savage battle in
Chosin Reservoir campaign began on November 27 at
Yudam-ni with Chinese Communist action against the
5th and 7th Marine Regiments on the west side of the
reservoir. On the 28th, the battle commenced
throughout the 1st Marine Division sector.
Approximately 20,000 allied troops (about 17,000 of
them men of the 1st Marine Division) were attacked
by 120,000 CCF whose orders were to annihilate the
allies "to the last man."
This fierce, bloody battle, unparalleled in modern
history, resulted in 15,000 allied casualties. 2,500
were killed in action, 5,000 were wounded in action,
and 7,500 suffered severe frostbite and cold
injuries. The enemy forces endured crippling losses.
40,000 were dead, and thousands more were down with
wounds and frostbite.
The 1st Marine Division and attached units fought
their way back into action a month later, while
seven of the ten CCF divisions never entered combat
again during the Korean
Through out the Chosin Reservoir battle
both the Army and the Marines had constant daylight
support from aircraft of the Marine Air Wing. This
is a photo of the type of aircraft that the Marine Air
Wing used. Without these pilots and aircraft the outcome
of the battle could have had a different ending. These pilots did a very outstanding job.
End of November 1950-Withdrawing from
Chosin Reservoir and Hagaru-ri.
End of November 1950-Yudam-ni. Marines pull
December 6, 1950-Exhausted Marines at the
breakout of Hagaru-ri.
December 8, 1950-Marines breakout of
End of November 1950-Medical aid station at
End of November 1950-Marines withdraw from
December 1950-Napalm strike at Chosin
December 1950-3rd Inf Div artillery firing
for support of Marines and Army during
Destroying Chinese roadblock during the Chosin
After troop evacuation US Navy destroys
ports at Hungnam so Chinese can not use the
Dec 6, 1950-Marines on the road from Hagaru to Kotori, withdarwing from the Chosin Reservoir area.
C-119 dropping supplies to Marines and Army
troops while surrounded at Chosin
Marines setting up C P
Marine braving the weather.
Cold, cold climate.
Stalled at a Chinese roadblock while
withdrawing from Chosin Reservoir.
Evacuation port at Hungnam-December
Exhausted Marines withdrawing from the Chosin
This is an aerial view of the
Getting some much needed rest.
Setting up mortar. Chosin Reservoir 30 Nov
Submitted by" Cpl P W McDonald
Hagaru-Ri 6 Dec 1950. Two Marines sleeping
in the cold snow. Just broke out of Chosin
Submitted by: Sgt F C Kerr
Hagaru-Ri 6 Dec 1950 More Marines sleeping
that just broke out of Chosin Reservoir
Submitted by: Sgt F C Kerr
Chinese attacking Marines at Chosin
Reservoir far slope of hill.
Marine tanks awaiting withdrawal orders
Taking a much needed rest during withdrawal
from Chosin Reservoir.
"King" Battery, 11th Marines fires 155 MM
Submitted by: Sgt John