Along the road between KOTO-RI and HAGARU-RI,
KOREA, 29 November 1950: As the
head of Task Force Drysdale fought its way through to Hagaru-ri,
a miscellaneous assortment of British and American soldiers found
themselves cut off, stranded in Hell Fire Valley for the night.
As Marine air and artillery support tapered off at dusk, the remnants
of the convoy now consisted of two large perimeters and three
splinter groups, stretching over a distance of 1,200 yards. In
the containment were 52 British Marines from the 41st Independent
Commando, 190 men from Company B, 31st Infantry Regiment, and
about 150 Marine service troops. There was no ammunition on hand
for the 60mm mortars, and no heavy weapons. The Chinese took their
time, probing and scouting before finally setting up one mortar
on the right flank, and another on the left. Luckily, their fire
wasnt accurate, as the British and American positions were
hardly advantageous to the defense. Major J. N. McLaughlin and
a veteran Marine MP, Warrant Officer Lloyd V. Dirst soon rose
to the occasion, the former gathering the men in the northern
group into a tight defensive perimeter and the latter striding
about, smoking his pipe, and barking out orders. Later in the
night the valiant MP was hit by a mortar round, suffering a serious
head wound. Twice the men led by Major McLaughlin drove the Chinese
from their mortar positions, only to have them return. By 0200
Hours, no grenades remained and orders were issued to fix bayonets.
At one point the major called for the enemy to surrender. In the
brief lull that followed about 100 men of the southern perimeter
managed to escape. As daybreak approached the Chinese withdrew
to the hills, providing an opportunity to evacuate the wounded.
Among them was Warrant Officer Dirst, who survived only to die
of his wounds a year later.
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