Co. I 23rd Infantry Regiment 2nd Infantry Division Korean War Reenactors

Co. I 23rd Infantry Regiment 2nd Infantry Division Korean War Reenactors

Reenacting group of the 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, during the Forgotten War. The

Operating as usual

Photos from Co. I 23rd Infantry Regiment 2nd Infantry Division Korean War Reenactors's post 16/10/2022

“Every man proved himself to be a ''hero” on ''Heartbreak Ridge”, no thought of self; such a spirit of courage and determination in adverse circumstances proves the man and proves the unit. “

Col. James Y Adams,
Commander, 23rd Infantry Regiment

At 05:45 on September 13, 1951, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment kicked off an assault from 1st Battalion positions on Hill 702. Initial advances early in the morning had met no enemy resistance, with the first contact with the enemy occurring around 09:30. Company “L” made contact with an enemy company from the north, and from Hills 931 and 851 to the west. One platoon from “I” Company was chosen to direct fire to the north, while the remainder of “I” and “L” Companies pushed to the west. This advance would be stalled many times throughout the remainder of the day, finally halting at 18:45. North Korean mortar and artillery bombardments would reign into the afternoon hours of the 14th, keeping 3rd Battalion tied down until 15:45. Only advancing a few hundred yards, the 3rd Battalion charge would be stopped by 82mm mortar fire at 20:00. Elements of the 2nd Battalion would be brought up to the line throughout the night to reinforce 3rd Battalion positions. This would only be the beginning of the struggle to take and hold the ridge between Hills 931 and 851, soon to be known as “Heartbreak Ridge”.

Today (10/15), The group was setup at Dill's Tavern in Dillsburg, PA for a Military Timeline, Representing the men of the 23rd Regiment at "Heartbreak Ridge" in September, 1951. We have been invited back for future events here, so keep an eye out for any updates here on the page. Our next event is Trains and Troops in Strasburg, PA on November 5th.

Regimental After Action Reports Obtained via The Korean War Project

08/10/2022

Two mortar crews of the Heavy Mortar Co, US 38th Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division firing their 4.2 mortars at the communists positions on Hill 773 of the 'Bloody Ridge' near Yang-gu, South Korea. August 13. 1951.

Image & Caption Credit to USAG Humphreys via flickr.com

Photos from Co. I 23rd Infantry Regiment 2nd Infantry Division Korean War Reenactors's post 07/11/2021

We Are Back!

After a long hiatus, we are hoppy to announce that Company I is back to doing displays and education the public on the Forgotten War.

We hope to begin posting up the stories and photos that have been shared with the page over these past months, and would love to hear more from those of you that help support this page!

On Saturday November 6th, the Group participated in its first display in over a year for the Trains and Troops event held at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. For our display, we primarily showcased the Uniforms and Equipment that would have been seen in the early spring months of 1951, however, there are also uniforms represented that would have been in use at other points in the war. In addition to uniforms and field gear equipment, we also displayed many small personal effects that would have been common to see in the pockets of the GIs while in the field.

08/10/2020

Sfc. Tony Kenneth Burris

Co. L 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division
Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient (Posthumous) for actions at Mundung-ni, Korea 8-9 October 1951

Citation:

“Sfc. Burris, a member of Company L, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty. On 8 October, when his company encountered intense fire from an entrenched hostile force, Sfc. Burris charged forward alone, throwing gr***des into the position and destroying approximately 15 of the enemy. On the following day, spearheading a renewed assault on enemy positions on the next ridge, he was wounded by machine gun fire but continued the assault, reaching the crest of the ridge ahead of his unit and sustaining a second wound. Calling for a 57mm. recoilless rifle team, he deliberately exposed himself to draw hostile fire and reveal the enemy position. The enemy machine gun emplacement was destroyed. The company then moved forward and prepared to assault other positions on the ridge line. Sfc. Burris, refusing evacuation and submitting only to emergency treatment, joined the unit in its renewed attack but fire from hostile emplacement halted the advance. Sfc. Burris rose to his feet, charged forward and destroyed the first emplacement with its heavy machine gun and crew of 6 men. Moving out to the next emplacement, and throwing his last gr***de which destroyed this position, he fell mortally wounded by enemy fire. Inspired by his consummate gallantry, his comrades renewed a spirited assault which overran enemy positions and secured Hill 605, a strategic position in the battle for "Heartbreak Ridge", Sfc. Burris' indomitable fighting spirit, outstanding heroism, and gallant self-sacrifice reflect the highest glory upon himself, the infantry and the U.S. Army.”

Citation from Congressional Medal of Honor Society

Photos from United Nations Command's post 13/09/2020

Today marks the 69th anniversary of the Battle of Heartbreak Ridge.

10/06/2020

Soldiers of Mortar Platoon, Weapons Company, Netherlands Battalion, 2nd US Infantry Division, fires on the enemy positions with 81mm mortars.
(Photo and Caption Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum)

03/04/2020

Men of the 23rd Infantry Regiment after being replaced on the line on Heartbreak Ridge by men of the 7th Infantry Division, Late October 1951.

(Photo and Caption Courtesy of US Army Signal Corps)

03/04/2020

Soldier of 9th Infantry Regiment, US 2nd Infantry Division firing a M18A1 recoilless gun, Korea, 5 Sep 1951.

(Photo and Caption Courtesy of US Army Signal Corps)

Photos from Co. I 23rd Infantry Regiment 2nd Infantry Division Korean War Reenactors's post 04/11/2019

Thank You to all that came out to see us at Trains and Troops this weekend!

The joint display of the 2nd Infantry Division and the 45th Tac. Recon. Squadron featured Infantry Field Gear, Basic Combat Small Arms of the Korean War (American and North Korean/Chinese), the Citations and photos of the Medal of Honor Recipients of I Company, Flying Gear for RF-51 Pilots, and some small odds and ends from the Homefront.

Here are some photos of the group this weekend!

30/10/2019

Sfc. William Sitman

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient for actions during the Battle of Chipyong-ni, on February 14, 1951.

Citation:
“Sfc. Sitman distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against an armed enemy of the United Nations. Sfc. Sitman, a machine-gun section leader of Company M, was attached to Company I, under attack by a numerically superior hostile force. During the encounter when an enemy gr***de knocked out his machine gun, a squad from Company I immediately emplaced a light machine gun, and Sfc. Sitman and his men remained to provide security for the crew. In the ensuing action, the enemy lobbed a gr***de into the position and Sfc. Sitman, fully aware of the odds against him, selflessly threw himself on it, absorbing the full force of the explosion with his body. Although mortally wounded in this fearless display of valor, his intrepid act saved five men from death or serious injury, and enabled them to continue inflicting withering fire on the ruthless foe throughout the attack. Sfc. Sitman's noble self-sacrifice and consummate devotion to duty reflect lasting glory on himself and uphold the honored traditions of the military service.”

22/08/2019

Members of the 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion sweep the roads of Korea for anti-tank mines. 16 Mar 1951.

(Photo and Caption Courtesy of US Army Signal Corps)

22/08/2019

Troops of 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, escorting Prisoners of War on the Hood of their jeep, Location and date unknown.

(Photo Courtesy of the 2nd Infantry Division)

Photos from Co. I 23rd Infantry Regiment 2nd Infantry Division Korean War Reenactors's post 28/07/2019

A few photos from yesterday of the Korean War Memorial in Washington DC.

16/07/2019

Artillerymen from the 2nd Infantry Division load their 105 mm M101A1 howitzer, circa September 1950.

(Photo courtesy of the 2nd Infantry Division Museum)

16/07/2019

One G.I. gives another a haircut in the field near the Korean front, circa September 1950.
(Photo courtesy of the 2nd Infantry Division Museum)

24/05/2019

M/Sgt. Ernest R Kouma

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient for actions at Agok, Korea, August 31-September 1st, 1950.

Citation:
“M/Sgt. Kouma, a tank commander in Company A, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. His unit was engaged in supporting infantry elements on the Naktong River front. Near midnight on August 31, a hostile force estimated at 500 crossed the river and launched a fierce attack against the infantry positions, inflicting heavy casualties. A withdrawal was ordered and his armored unit was given the mission of covering the movement until a secondary position could be established. The enemy assault overran 2 tanks, destroyed 1 and forced another to withdraw. Suddenly M/Sgt. Kouma discovered that his tank was the only obstacle in the path of the hostile onslaught. Holding his ground, he gave fire orders to his crew and remained in position throughout the night, fighting off repeated enemy attacks. During 1 fierce assault, the enemy surrounded his tank and he leaped from the armored turret, exposing himself to a hail of hostile fire, manned the .50 caliber machine gun mounted on the rear deck, and delivered pointblank fire into the fanatical foe. His machine gun emptied, he fired his pistol and threw gr***des to keep the enemy from his tank. After more than 9 hours of constant combat and close-in fighting, he withdrew his vehicle to friendly lines. During the withdrawal through 8 miles of hostile territory, M/Sgt. Kouma continued to inflict casualties upon the enemy and exhausted his ammunition in destroying 3 hostile machine gun positions. During this action, M/Sgt. Kouma killed an estimated 250 enemy soldiers. His magnificent stand allowed the infantry sufficient time to reestablish defensive positions. Rejoining his company, although suffering intensely from his wounds, he attempted to resupply his tank and return to the battle area. While being evacuated for medical treatment, his courage was again displayed when he requested to return to the front. M/Sgt. Kouma's superb leadership, heroism, and intense devotion to duty reflect the highest credit on himself and uphold the esteemed traditions of the U.S. Army.“

M/Sgt. Kouma (2nd from right), being presented the Congressional Medal of Honor, from President Harry Truman (center).

Citation from US Army Center of History

23/05/2019

Fighting with the 2nd Infantry Division North of the Chongchon River, Sgt 1st Class Major Cleveland (Left), weapons squad leader, points out Communist-led North Korean position to his Machine Gun Crew, 11/20/1950.

(Photo Credit to Pfc. James Cox)

10/05/2019

Master Sergeant Hubert L. Lee

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient for actions at Ip-ori, Korea, February 2nd, 1951.

Citation:
“M/Sgt. Lee, a member of Company I, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. When his platoon was forced from its position by a numerically superior enemy force, and his platoon leader wounded, M/Sgt. Lee assumed command, regrouped the remnants of his unit, and led them in repeated assaults to regain the position. Within 25 yards of his objective he received a leg wound from gr***de fragments, but refused assistance and continued the attack. Although forced to withdraw 5 times, each time he regrouped his remaining men and renewed the assault. Moving forward at the head of his small group in the fifth attempt, he was struck by an exploding gr***de, knocked to the ground, and seriously wounded in both legs. Still refusing assistance, he advanced by crawling, rising to his knees to fire, and urging his men to follow. While thus directing the final assault he was wounded a third time, by small-arms fire. Persistently continuing to crawl forward, he directed his men in a final and successful attack which regained the vital objective. His intrepid leadership and determination led to the destruction of 83 of the enemy and withdrawal of the remainder, and was a vital factor in stopping the enemy attack. M/Sgt. Lee's indomitable courage, consummate valor, and outstanding leadership reflect the highest credit upon himself and are in keeping with the finest traditions of the infantry and the U.S. Army.”

Citation from US Army Center of Military History

Photos from Co. I 23rd Infantry Regiment 2nd Infantry Division Korean War Reenactors's post 08/04/2019

This weekend, Co. I attended the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation’s Historic Timeline, featuring everything from the Romans, to American Troops in the Vietnam War. We saw many familiar faces, and got to meet some new friends. Our impression for the weekend was late 1951, around the time of the Battle of Heartbreak Ridge. Late Saturday, and then all day Sunday, we had the opportunity to have a display of both sides of the conflict, with a reenactor of the North Korean People’s Army present. All in all, the weather was great!

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