23rd Infantry Regiment (United States)

23rd Infantry Regiment (United States)

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The 23rd Infantry Regiment is an infantry regiment in the United States Army. Formed during the American Civil War, the regiment has seen action in American wars up through the War in Afghanistan and the Iraq War. It included a battalion of volunteers made up of active and reserve French military personnel sent to the Korean Peninsula as part of the United Nations force fighting in the Korean War.

Korean War

After withdrawing from Bloody Ridge, the Korean People's Army (KPA) set up new positions just 1,500 yards (1,400 m) away on a seven mile (11 km) long hill mass. If anything, the Communist defenses were even more formidable here than on Bloody Ridge. The U.S. 2nd Infantry Division's acting commander, Brigadier General Thomas de Shazo, and his immediate superior, Major General Clovis E. Byers, the X Corps commander, seriously underestimated the strength of the North Korean position. They ordered a lone infantry regiment—the 23rd—and its attached French battalion to make what would prove to be an ill-conceived assault straight up Heartbreak's heavily fortified slopes.

All three of the 2nd Division's infantry regiments participated, with the brunt of the combat borne by the 23rd and 9th Infantry Regiments, along with the attached French Battalion. The attack began on September 13 and quickly deteriorated into a familiar pattern. First, American aircraft, tanks, and artillery would pummel the ridge for hours on end, turning the already barren hillside into a...
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