The 5th Infantry Regiment deployed
to Korea on 25 July 1950 and was assigned to the
25th Infantry Division as a Regimental Combat Team
(RCT), part of Task Force Kean. Task Force Kean
comprised the 24th and 35th Infantry Regiments of
the 25th ID, and the 5RCT and the 5th Marines (1st
Provisional Marine Brigade). It included two medium
tank battalions, the 89th (M4A3) and the fist
Marine (M26 Pershings).
On August 7, 5RCT and the 5th
Marines took over the front-line defensive
positions west of Chindong-ni. During a week of
savage fighting, Task Force Kean met and defeated
the NK 6th Division, about 7,500 men supported by
eighteen 76-mm guns, eighteen 122-mm guns, and
about twenty-five tanks.
In late August, Task Force Kean was
dissolved and 5RCT was reassigned to the 1st
Cavalry Division, and in September to the 24th
Infantry Division, replacing its 34th Infantry
Regiment. It remained with the 24th until January,
1952, when it became a separate RCT again with
- The 5th Regimental Combat Team consisted of:
- 5th Infantry Regiment
- 555 Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
(Known as "The Triple-Nickel)
- 72nd Engineer Company
- 5 RCT suffered 4054 casualties during the
|Sgt. Herbert Ohio of Hilo, T.H., views the
remains of Communist defenders of Hill 268,
taken by 5RCT in their advance on Waegwan.
September 21, 1950.