45th Infantry at Pork Chop Hill,
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enlarge |Artist: R.T.
Sponsor: General Fred Daugherty
Dedication: February 26, 2003
Size: 48" x 36"
Type: Acrylic on Canvas
Location: 5th floor, South hall, House wing
During the 45th Infantry Divisions
429 days of combat during the Korean War, 378 were spent
on the Jamestown Line along the Chorwon Valley. There the
Thunderbirds became familiar with places with names like
T-Bone, Hill 223, Outpost Eerie, Hill 200, Alligator Jaws,
and Pork Chop Hill.
The 45th Infantry Division
(Thunderbirds) arrived in Korea in December 1951. It was
the first of two National Guard Divisions to see action
in the conflict. The Thunderbirds took up defensive positions
in the Yonchon-Chorwan area and took part in a number of
actions in the vicinity of Pork Chop Hill, Old Baldy and
Heartbreak Ridge, as well as other sectors. The 45th held
their ground against the communist forces until the peace
accord was signed in July 1953.
During the period from December
1951 to June 1952, the Divisions 179th and 180th Infantry
Regiments fought repeatedly over Pork Chop Hill, a key piece
of terrain which commanded the area.
Even after the 45th Division
was relocated to the Eastern side of the Korean peninsula,
Pork Chop was still hotly contested.
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