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This Month in the Korean War: September 1950 - 1952

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September 1-5, 1950: North Korean forces fail to break the United Nations perimeter defense at Pusan.  In the Second Battle of Naktong, the First Provisional Marine Brigade counterattacks and contains the enemy west of Yongsan.

September 13, 1950: The First Provisional Marine Brigade is deactivated and absorbed by the First Marine Division for the upcoming Inchon operation.

September 13-15, 1950: Vice Admiral Arthur D. Struble's Task Force 7 composed of 230 U.S. and other UN warships, conducts three days of pre-landing bombardment missions around the port of Inchon.

September 14, 1950: USS Missouri shells targets near Samchok, the first bombardment mission by one of the four U.S. battleships that eventually serve in the war.


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September 15, 1950: Inchon landing (Operation CHROMITE).  U.S. and allied forces land U.S. Marines of the 1st Marine Division (under Major General Oliver P. Smith) at Inchon.

September 15 - October 7, 1950: Inchon Operation and Liberation of Seoul.  U.S. and allies re-capture Seoul on September 27, after intense house to house fighting.

September 16-27, 1950: Pusan Perimeter Breakout.  Eighth U.S. Army (EUSA) breaks out of the Pusan Perimeter.  Four U.S. divisions (1st Cavalry, 2nd, 24th and 25th Infantry Divisions) participate.

September 30, 1950: ROK units cross the 38th Parallel.


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September 13 - October 15, 1951: Battle of Heartbreak Ridge (Hill 931).  The 2nd Infantry Division seizes Heartbreak Ridge.

September 21, 1951: Operation SUMMIT.  A company of 224 fully-equipped Marines and 17,772 lbs of cargo is lifted by 12 HRS-1 Sikorsky S-55s of Marine Helicopter Squadron 161 (HMR-161) in the Punchbowl area.  This marks the first helicopter combat deployment of a combat unit.


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September 1, 1952: Largest all-Navy raid.  A total of 144 planes from three carriers destroy the oil refinery at Aoji, North Korea.

September 17-24, 1952: Outpost Kelly.  The 65th Infantry Regiment (3rd Infantry Division) is beseiged by CCF.  The 65th Regiment failed to hold Outpost Kelly in the midst of aggressive Chinese assaults and firepower.  Due to racist sentiments at the time, the failure was largely blamed on the fact that the 65th Infantry Regiment was a predominantly Puerto Rican unit.


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1 hour ago, Donster said:

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The straight winged F-84 turned out to not be a good match against the swept wing, Soviet made MiG-15, but it proved to be good at hauling bombs and rockets.  It was a good close air support aircraft.  The swept wing F-84F was an improvement, but still inferior to the F-86 and MiG-15 and did not enter service until after the end of hostilities.

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