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Distinguished Unit Citation for King Company, 19th Infantry Regiment 

The Distinguished Unit Citation for King Company, 19th Infantry Regiment, rends as follows:

As authorized by Executive Order 9396 (sec. I, WD Bul. 22, 1948), superseding Executive Order 9075 (sec. III, WD 361. 11, 1942), citation of the following units in the general orders indicated is confirmed in accordance with AR 220- ?15 in the name of the President of the United States as public evidence of deserved honor and distinction. The citation reads as follows:

Company K, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division (second award), and the following attached units:

Machine Gun Section, Company M, 19th Infantry Regiment (second award);

Forward Mortar Observer Team, Company M, 19th Infantry Regiment (second award);

Medical Aid Team, Medical Company, 19th Infantry Regiment (second award),

Are cited for outstanding performance of duty and extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy near Chip'o-ri, Korea, during the period 18 to 23 April 1951. During this period, Company K and attached units were spearheading an attack by the 3rd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, to secure the high ground overlooking a suspected enemy build-up area in the Kumhwa Valley. Fighting their way over rugged terrain, the company and attached units seized objective after objective and, on 22 April, reached a terrain feature from which they could observe the enemy build-up area. Throughout the day, friendly artillery placed devastating fire in the area with effective results. At 1930 hours, two enemy columns, sup­ported by intense mortar and artillery fire, advanced up the ridge and charged Company K's positions. Two waves of the assaulting enemy were immediately cut down by the accurate fire from Company K's automatic weapons and rifles. The third wave made the top of the ridge, and its overwhelming numbers forced Company K and attached units to withdraw to more tenable positions. The company commander then regrouped and encouraged his men and led them in a bayonet counterattack which, after a fierce hand-to-hand engagement, succeeded in driving off the enemy and regaining the lost positions. From that time until 2330 hours, the courageous and inspired soldiers of Company K and attached units held fast as wave after wave of determined hostile troops hurled themselves at the friendly positions. When the enemy attacked in overwhelming numbers from both flanks as well as from the front, the weary but still aggressive friendly -troops were forced to withdraw to another ridge line, where they immediately began preparing for the next assault. Company K and attached units met the fanatical enemy charge with a devastating volume of fire and succeeded in repelling it. As the numerically superior enemy began to envelop Company K and attached units, it was necessary to take up more favorable positions. With ablebodied men carrying their wounded comrades, they successfully withdrew with all casualties. In the course of this action, Company K and attached units inflicted approximately 900 casualties on the hostile forces and dis­played such gallantry, determination and esprit de corps in performing their mission under extremely difficult and haz­ardous conditions as to set them apart and above other units participating in the action.