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  Task Force Smith
Task Force Smith was the first U.S. Army ground maneuver unit to enter combat in Korea.
On July 4, the task force was joined at Pyongtaek by part of the 52d Field Artillery Battalion: half each of headquarters and service batteries, and all of A Battery with six 105mm howitzers, 73 vehicles, and 108 men under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Miller O. Perry.
Task Force Smith's action is noteworthy almost entirely because it was the first ground clash between invading North Korean and defending U.S. forces, and one of its soldiers became the first ground battle death of the Korean War.
korea50.army.mil /history/factsheets/tfsmith.shtml   (1786 words)

 Korean War - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
U.S. forces were eventually joined during the conflict by troops from fifteen other UN members: Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, France, South Africa, Turkey, Thailand, Greece, the Netherlands, Ethiopia, Colombia, the Philippines, Belgium, and Luxembourg.
In the east, at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir (November 26–December 13)a 3,000 man unit from the US 7th Infantry Division, Task Force Faith, was virtually wiped out; the Marines fared better; though surrounded and forced to retreat, they inflicted heavy casualties on the Chinese who committed 6 divisions while trying to destroy the Marines.
UN forces in northeast Korea withdrew to form a defensive perimeter around the port city of Hungnam, where a Dunkirk-style evacuation was carried out in late December 1950.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Task_Force_Smith   (6724 words)

 USARJ and 9th TSC Camp Zama,JAPAN   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Lieutenant Colonel Smith, Commander, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, was chosen to lead this initial force due to his prior experience leading a battalion in combat at Guadalcanal.
The force assembled at Itazuke consisted of: 2 understrength rifle companies, B and C; one-half of Headquarters Company; one-half of a communications platoon; a composite 75-mm recoilless rifle platoon of four guns; and four 4.2-inch mortars.
Task Force Smith went north to meet the advancing NKPA, positioning itself on high ground across the road approaching Osan from the north.
www.usarj.army.mil /history/tfsmith.htm   (915 words)

 Encyclopedia: Task Force Smith   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Eventually the South Korean forces, and the small number of Americans in Korea, were driven into a small area in the far South around the city of Pusan.
The battle of Chosin Reservoir in winter forced the UN troops to withdraw from North Korea.
From 1950, North Korea introduced MiG-15 jet fighters, piloted by Soviet Air Force pilots, which was — on the face of it — a casus belli, if it were not for the reluctance of the UN to become involved in open war with the Soviet Union and China.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Task-Force-Smith   (4433 words)

 Honolulu Star-Bulletin Editorial
CLOSE BY the barracks of the 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry at Schofield Barracks stands a modest gray stone monument dedicated to Task Force Smith, whose ill-trained and poorly armed soldiers were thrown hastily into the Korean War in 1950, very quickly to suffer horrendous casualties in killed, wounded, or missing in action.
Charles B. Smith was awakened in his quarters in Japan, where he commanded peacetime soldiers on occupation duty, and told to load his understrength battalion aboard aircraft bound for Pusan.
They comprised Task Force Smith and moved north by train and truck to a line of hills south of Seoul, where they dug in and were soon struck by a North Korean force of 20,000.
starbulletin.com /2001/05/20/editorial/special.html   (1492 words)

 The Wargamer - Historical Article: The Korean War: Buying Time With Blood   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Task Force Smith would include eventually in excess of 450 men of his battalion, a two gun 75mm recoilless rifle platoon from M Company, and two 4.2 inch mortars of the regiment's heavy weapons company.
Within four hours after being advised of their assignment, the force was trundled in deuce and a half trucks from their base at Camp Wood in Kumamoto, Kyushu Island, to the Itazuki air base some 75 miles away.
Smith knew that it would be time bought with blood, the blood of his own men.
www.wargamer.com /articles/buying_time_with_blood   (904 words)

Smith told the author he first saw the enemy column about 0700 and that it was about half an hour in moving up in front of his position.
Task Force Smith was not able to use any antitank mines-one of the most effective methods of defense against tanks-as there were none in Korea at the time.
Smith had assumed that the enemy tanks had destroyed all the artillery pieces and had made casualties of most of the men.
www.army.mil /cmh-pg/books/korea/20-2-1/Sn06.htm   (8133 words)

 City of Stockton, CA - Smith Canal Task Force
Smith Canal is a man-made, historically significant, and navigable urban waterway that extends from the Delta 2.5 miles upstream to Yosemite Lake.
This task force was charged with the responsibility of addressing high priority issues facing Smith's Canal and other waterways in the City limits.
The task force has developed a collaborative relationship with members of Friends of Smith Canal, Army Corp of Engineers, Department of Fish and Game, Reclamation Districts 828 and 1614, County Environmental Health, County Code Enforcement, and San Joaquin County Sheriff Department.
www.stocktongov.com /smithcanal   (180 words)

 Korean War Educator: Pusan Perimeter: Fight for a Foothold
This task force followed the NKP troops that were withdrawing from the Korean peninsula on 23 September 1950.
Smith decided that the only way to prolong survival was to bring his forces together on one side of the road and fight in a perimeter defense, Indian fashion, as long as he could.
Smith with four or five volunteers sloshed through open rice paddies in hip-deep mud to notify the artillery battery that the infantry was pulling out.
koreanwar-educator.org /topics/pusan   (11882 words)

 CHAPTER VII, South to the Naktong, North to the Yalu   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Already Colonel Smith with the remnant (about eighty-six men) of his task force had passed through there from Ansong on the way to Ch'onan, leaving four badly wounded men with Lovless.
This exhibition of a superior force abandoning wounded men without making an effort to rescue them was, to Dunn, "nauseating." Dunn, who was captured and held thirty-eight months a prisoner in North Korea, said the main enemy body did not arrive for two hours.
The ground force observer and the pilot in the Mosquito, the control party, and the forward infantry elements co-ordinated their information to bring fighter aircraft to targets where they delivered their strikes, and also to direct ground fire on enemy targets in front of the infantry.
www.korteng.com /Appleman/Chapter7.htm   (10083 words)

 Task Force Smith   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Composed of 406 Infantrymen of the 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, Task Force Smith landed at Pusan, Korea, on 1 July 1950, and was joined by 134 Artillerymen of the52nd Field Artillery Battalion near Pyongtack on 4 July, with the mission of delaying the main body of the enemy driving into South Korea.
Gaining contact with an estimated 20,000 enemy troops in the vicinity of Osan on 5 July, this force exhibited valor on the battlefield worthy of the highest traditions of the Combat Soldier.
The members of Task Force Smith, who fought so nobly on this occasion, have earned the eternal gratitude of the freedom-loving people of the world, and the wholehearted pride and commendation of the United States Army.
www.koreanwar.org /html/units/tfsmith.htm   (237 words)

 Military District of Washington - Media Advisory: 27 Jun 00   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
More than 30 veterans of the Korean War’s battalion task force known as Task Force Smith will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, June 28 at 9:00 a.m.
Task Force Smith defended South Korea on July 5, 1950 against an overwhelming force of invading troops and 33 tanks just north of Osan.
Charles B. Smith, Secretary of the Army Louis Caldera and Army Chief of Staff Eric Shinseki will place the wreath, along with retired Army Chief of Staff Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, president of the Association of the U.S. Army.
www.mdw.army.mil /news/00-061.html   (404 words)

As the chaplain assigned to minister to the men of Task Force Smith, he fulfilled all of the obligations expected of him as a member of the United States Army Chaplaincy.
In spite of a monsoon rainstorm and ground fog, Hudson, a doctor and the men of this task force landed at Pusan on 1 July 1950.
During the retreat, Chaplain Hudson and one of the doctors assigned to Task Force Smith walked among the men and assisted the wounded.
www.usachcs.army.mil /Values/Duty.htm   (361 words)

 Task Force Smith July 5, 1950   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
A 540 man battalion sized task force of the 24th Infantry Division under Lt. Col.
Charles Smith was rushed to Korea on transport planes and moved north through hordes of refugees and retreating ROK Army units to block the enemy advance.
Although they had inflicted 127 casualties, the task force suffered 181 casualties and was so scattered it would be largely ineffective.
koreanwar3.tripod.com /tfsmith.html   (709 words)

 24th Infantry Division   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
This took the form a scratch unit designated "Task Force Smith" which deployed from Itazuke Air Base on 2 July 1950.
Task Force Smith was transported to Osan, South Korea where it dug in to wait the North Koreans, now supported by a battery of 105mm howitzers.
The lightly armed Task Force Smith was no match for Soviet-built T-34 tanks, backed by a North Korean division so by early afternoon, survivors from the task force were running for their lives.
www.korean-war.com /24thInfantry.html   (311 words)

 Korean War vet helps keep history alive | The San Diego Union-Tribune
Although the North Koreans took some initial fire, Langone said, Task Force Smith was ill-prepared for the weaponry with which they returned – more than 30 T-34 Russian tanks.
Once a year, the surviving members of Task Force Smith have a reunion, which Langone and his wife try to attend.
For his involvement in Task Force Smith, Langone received the Bronze Star and a Special Certificate of Valor from the Secretary of the Army.
www.signonsandiego.com /uniontrib/20050610/news_m1m10tfrbdo.html   (633 words)

 VFW Post 7591Korean War Memorial Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
It became clear to Ridgway that a primitive logistical system permitted enemy forces to undertake offensive operations for no more than a week or two before they had to pause for replacements and new supplies, a pattern he exploited when he assigned his troops their next objective.
Primarily, Eighth Army forces were to inflict maximum casualties on the enemy with minimum casualties to themselves.
When enemy forces withdrew to refurbish, Van Fleet laid plans for a return to Line Kansas but then postponed the countermove when his intelligence sources indicated he had stopped only the first effort of the enemy offensive.
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 The FReeper Foxhole Remembers Task Force Smith - Korea 1950 - Jan. 31st, 2003   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Task Force Smith landed at Pusan on July 1-2 and began a three-day journey by truck and train to its battle position.
The soldiers of Task Force Smith were minimally supplied, also based on the anticipation of their mission as a short "police action." They had been issued two days’ C-Rations and about the same amount of ammunition (120 rounds per man).
Task Force Smith’s mission was doomed to failure for many reasons, but foremost was the failure by General MacArthur’s Far East Command and Eighth Army to anticipate the threat.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-vetscor/833210/posts   (9407 words)

 KOREA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
To support the South Koreans, the American Task Force Smith was quickly sent to Korea from Japan.
But the Task Force was small; without tanks, it could do little.
It started rolling slowly down the tracks bearing the front soldiers of Task Force Smith toward Taejon on their way to the outpost south of Suwon, in a place and a land they still scarcely even knew existed; and none of us in Pusan ever saw them again.
www.koreasociety.org /KS_curriculum/HS/2/2-text/2_076.htm   (387 words)

 Information Warfare:  Task Force XXI or Task Force Smith?
Hannibal routinely stationed mirrors on hilltops to keep his leaders apprised of the enemy’s movements while denying the enemy the ability to monitor Hannibal’s forces.
In one of their greatest campaigns, a Mongol force of 125,000 destroyed the Khwarizm armies of nearly one million soldiers through IW.
Furthermore, a force of 20,000 Marines afloat were able to tie down approximately 125,000 Iraqi defenders.
www.iwar.org.uk /iwar/resources/milrev/taskforce-xxi.htm   (2703 words)

 CHAPTER VI, South to the Naktong, North to the Yalu   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Thus, the fortunes of war decreed that Colonel Smith, a young infantry officer of the West Point Class of 1939 who had served with the 25th Division in the Pacific in World War II, would command the first American ground troops to meet the enemy in the Korean War.
Colonel Smith then suggested that he would like to go forward and look over the ground.
After Task Force Smith had left Japan the rest of the 21st Infantry Regiment, except A and D Companies which sailed from Moji, loaded at Sasebo 3 July and departed for Pusan, arriving there early the next morning.
www.korteng.com /Appleman/Chapter6.htm   (7984 words)

 Judy Smith Named To Presidential Business Task Force - PR.com
As a member of this task force, Smith will help to pass the Pro Small Business Agenda into law and to eliminate the death tax.
The Presidential Business Task Force’s mission is to simplify the tax code, eliminate the death tax and offer small business owners tax relief.
Smith Seal of NC, a master-stocking distributor for Parker Hannifin Corporation and other world-class manufacturers was established in 1976.
www.pr.com /press-release/2399   (287 words)

 Remarks for Deputy Secretary Rudy de Leon
And after only the first day, there was little left of Task Force Smith -- one out of every four soldiers was a casualty, and those that remained limped through a fighting retreat.
The men of Task Force Smith - and those of our allies -- paid for that failure with their bodies and their blood.
Ensuring modern, interoperable forces among our allies and friends make it more likely our forces will succeed in the coalition operations of the future if they do have to fight.
www.dsca.osd.mil /sc_conf_2000/rep2.htm   (3014 words)

 Task Force Smith - 1950   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Regarding the 1st American GIs, numbering 540, consisting of the the 21t Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, code named Task Force Smith --.these were the very first American troops to engage the approx.
The force that Task Force Smith encountered numbered in the region of 2 divisions, effectively 20,000 North Koreans troop.
Now, considering these factors in CONTEXT, the under-manned force, the out-gunned troops, 7-hours of fighting against tanks and 20,000 North Koreans, and the inexperience of these troops, these "green troops" effectively STALLED 20,000 North Korean troops, while taking on heavy losses upon themselves.
www.kimsoft.com /korea/tf-smith.htm   (421 words)

 City of Stockton, CA - Smith Canal Task Force
During a heavy storm in late Spring of 2003, three boats broke loose and sunk in the center of the Smith Canal.
Another two boats were found under brush in the levee vegetation and removed.
The most successful clean-up to date resulted in the removal of 4 tons of garbage (items of interest included: 3 additional abated boats, 2 docks, appliances, sofa/chairs, mattresses, furniture frames, a TV, car batteries, tires/rims and shopping carts).
www.stocktongov.com /SmithCanal/projects.cfm   (155 words)

 Tanf Task Force Supports Smith-Jeffords Amendment   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
We work together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the self determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
The CCD TANF Task Force seeks to ensure that families that include persons with disabilities are afforded equal opportunities and appropriate accommodations under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant.
We are writing to urge your support for an amendment sponsored by Senators Smith and Jeffords to address the needs of TANF recipients with disabilities.
www.c-c-d.org /tanfjeffords.htm   (537 words)

 One Hand Clapping » Blog Archive » Report from TASK FORCE SMITH   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Upon arriving at the defensive area assigned to TF SMITH, units took up strong positions at the intersection of I-95 and Castledown Avenue.
Reports that the tripods were protected by a so-called “force field” proved false.
TF SMITH is GREEN in all areas of combat capability, maintenance and supply and is prepared now for additional combat missions, provided there are any enemy tripods actually left to fight.
www.donaldsensing.com /?p=313   (1164 words)

 Military.com Content
General MacArthur intended Task Force Smith as "an arrogant display" of American military power.
Numbering only 540 troops, most with little training and no combat experience, Task Force Smith was destroyed by NKPA troops who commanded a considerable advantage in numbers and armor.
Despite the shocking losses of both men and morale, the U.S. contingent bought sufficient time for a troop buildup around the port of Pusan in the southeastern corner of the peninsula.
www.military.com /Content/MoreContent1?file=segment_smith   (163 words)

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