Korean Service
Purple Heart
     Infantry Weapons     
     THE WHOLE SITE     
     Combat Photos     

The Foundation of Freedom is the Courage of Ordinary People

History  Bert '53  On Line

Bloody Nevada

Some of the most vicious fighting during the "Outpost" war took place in the Nevada Cities. The Marines' defenses there were made even more complex because the enemy held the high ground surrounding them, and each of the three Outposts of was dependent on the other, making it essential to hold them all or face isolation and destruction one by one.

Korean Front '51-'53

Nevada Cities M20 3.5in Rocket Launcher

A Marine with disassembled M20 3.5in Rocket Launcher, after after a patrol in the Nevada Cities area, 1953

Marine combat outposts named Reno, Carson and Vegas, called the Nevada Cities, were north of Seoul on three strategic crests near Panmunjom.

Carson was the westernmost outpost, located 800 yards from the Main Line of Resistance (MLR). Reno was situated in the center, farthest from the MLR, about 1,600 yards, and the most difficult to defend because of rough terrain.

Just south of Reno was an area called the Reno Block. Occupied only at night, it was tasked with stopping the enemy if Reno fell.

Vegas, the highest of the outposts, was to the right of Reno and approximately 1,300 yards in front of the MLR. The cities were held by composite platoons of rifle and weapons company personnel.

In " The Final Crucible: Marines in Korea, 1953", Ballenger explains: "The location of the Nevada Cities was a problem. They were surrounded by higher ground held by the enemy, and each one depended on the others for flank defense. If one outpost fell, the others were as vulnerable as a stack of dominos."

Prefabricated bunker

Brigadier General Robert Bare, Asst. Commander 1stMarDiv, inspects a pre-fabricated, two-ton, two-man bunker being moved forward to a COP (Combat Outpost).

When dug in at the back of a firing pit, and covered with dirt, this type bunker could withstand a direct hit from a 105mm artillery shell. This permitted Marines in the outposts to take cover safely when undergoing the savage artillery barrages the CCF employed, and then quickly move into what was left of the firing pit to fight off the assaulting CCF infantry. Of course, the Chinese did have 120mm mortars and used them with great skill ...

Causes of the Korean Tragedy ... Failure of Leadership, Intelligence and Preparation

        KOREAN WAR TIME LINE         
     Tanks and Fighting Vehicles     
               Enemy Weapons              

     Korean War, 1950-1953        
  Map and Battles of the MLR   
                 SEARCH SITE                  

The Foundations of Freedom are the Courage of Ordinary People and Quality of our Arms

-  A   VETERAN's  Blog  -
Today's Issues and History's Lessons

  Danish Muslim Cartoons  

  Guest Book