This site came about because of the Army Chosin Few veterans. I already started one site on my Father's company at Chosin,"ICoChosin". The response from the Veterans has been tremendous. The stories that I have been told by the Veterans of honor and bravery at the Chosin reservoir have seemed to of been overlooked in the pages of our history. In summary, the history of the 31st RCT must be told.
What the men of the 31st RCT endured for the first 5 Nights and 4 days-
being completely outnumbered,
being ill equipped for the cold,
having left over equipment from World War II,
being left to fight at all cost on thier own,
out of supplies,
withstanding the extreme 30 - 35 degrees below temperatures
the mountainous terrain
seeing death and battle as their daily routine.
The Battle at Chosin is considered one of the most horrific battles of our century. Yet the men of the 31st RCT have been overlooked. Maybe there's just too FEW left to tell the story. On June 25th, the anniversary date of the Korean War , the History Channel ran the a series about the Korean war called, FIRE AND ICE. In one of the episodes, Chosin and Task Force Faith were mentioned. I heard that a Task Force is just a group of men, artillery and equipment thrown together on a suicide mission.
Ever since I started to find Dad's Army buddies, I looked for information only to realize there is NO information on the Army at Chosin out there. If you go into a book store and look for books on the Army at Chosin, I know of 2 books EAST OF CHOSIN AND MORTAL COMBAT - but neither are in stock. You can only special order the books. The Internet has opened up with the most information; the Division and Regiment Associations and especially the casualty databases for the Korean War and the 7th Division. With the databases, I had some type of grounding to use, on finding information on the men of the 31st RCT, especially the correct spelling, place of casualty and outcome. Most information that I have received actually came from the men or the families of the deceased men of the 31st RCT.
"Due to the nature of the action of the 31st Regimental Combat Team in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir and subsequent retrograde movement to the Hamhung area of all the records and documents of the 3rd Battalion were lost or destroyed.."
Taken from National Archives, Command Report:1 thru 11 December 1950 (3rd Battalion, 31st Inf) Jonna Gavin, Colonel Infantry Commanding
":There are in the records no rosters of personnel in the units involved at Chosin, and for that reason it has become impossible to provide full name of many individuals mentioned in the narrative, or to provide a complete table of the personnel making up the regimental and battalion staffs"...
(Taken from EAST OF CHOSIN By Roy E. Appleman, pg 392 Copyright material, used by permission of the Texas A&M University Press)
Introduction to Data-Numbers of 31RCT-March Order-Divisions and Regiments-Chosin Notes-32nd Reg before and after-Events To Inchon-Events 9/23 to 9/3/1950-