FIFTH INFANTRY REGIMENTAL COMBAT TEAM

FIFTH INFANTRY REGIMENTAL COMBAT TEAM

AUGUST 1:

     The RCT arrived from Oahu at 9:25 PM and was attached to the 24th Infantry Division.

AUGUST 3:

     The 5th RCT and the First Provisional Marine Brigade were designated as Army Reserve in the Masan Area.  At 4:00 PM the 2d Bn joined the 27th RCT of the 25th Division in setting up defensive positions north and west of Chindong-ni.  Harassing attacks were continuous.  A counter-atttack was organized and by 1300 hours the enemy had withdrawn to the north.

AUGUST 4:

     At 2:30 AM the RCT was ordered to conduct a reconnaisance at daylight in the southern Masan area and to establish a perimeter defense of Usan-ni and to plan for counter-attacks against the enemy.

AUGUST 5:

     Two patrols from teh 1st Bn contacted small enemy groups to the front which were either killed or driven off.  A radio net was established by use of thirteen LST's and an APA which were anchored off Masan and furnishing supplies to the First Provisional Marine Brigade.  This net also tied into the Pusan net.

AUGUST 7:

     The 1st Bn moved out 2,000 yards and seized its objective by about twenty minutes after noon.  The 2d Bn moved out on the high ground to the right of the road and came under vigorous counter attack during the early morning hours.  This delayed progress and held up movement of the 1st Marine Brigade.  The Commanding General, 25th Division ordered that one battalion of the 1st Marine Brigade attack the enemy opposing the 2d Bn 5th RCT.  He also directed the 2d Bn 24th RCT occupy the positions held by the 2d Bn, 5th RCT so that the battalion could continue with its mission and attack to the west along with the 1st Marine Brigade. 

     The 1st Bn was pinned down at 2:30 PM.  A successful air drop of small arms ammunition, 60mm mortar ammunition and water was made at 4 PM.  The 2d Bn, First Marine Brigade relieved the 2d Bn, 5th RCT at 5 PM so that it could continue the attack to the west.