|Field Search Case 995C (from a summary
On July 6,1953 at 2200 hours, following a very intense artillery barrage, the Chinese attacked with two battalions and overran 17th Infantry Rogiment outposts on Porkchop Hill. The regiment quickly reinforced the defenders with two additional companies. During the night of July 7th and 8th, the regiment launched a counterattack which achieved limited success. The Chinese rained down artillery and mortar fire at the rate of one round per second. The following evening the Chinese struck again, the 7th Division counterattacked; but, despite a very high casualty rate the Chinese continued to press the attack. On July 10, Generals Taylor, Eighth Army Commander, Clarke, the Corps Commander, and Trudeau, 7th Division Commander met and determined that the Chinese disregard for casualties and their steadfast desire to hold the outpost, outweighed the tactical value of retaining the position. They, therefore, decided to withdrawal from Porkchop Hill. Personnel who were killed in action or missing in action during the four day period of intense fighting for possession of the outpost could not be searched for due to the nature of the fighting and the tactical situation prevailing at the time.
In an effort to achieve the fullest possible accounting for the Korean War missing, DPMO has negotiated with the North Koreans for access to battlefields, cemeteries, and prisoner of war camps denied to U.S. representatives since the Korean War, Thus far, we have obtained access to battlefields in northwest North Korea to include part of the area around the Ch'ongch'on River. In 1998, the United States in conjunction with the North Koreans, conducted five Joint Recovery Operations in this area and are scheduled for six more in 1999 in the same area. We continue to negotiate for access to prisoner of war camps, United Nations Cemeteries, and other battlefield locations. DMZ area locations, including Pork Chop Hill are at this time too dangerous to search in, due to tensions on the peninsula and land mines. We also have an ongoing archival research program with the North Koreans. In 1997,1998 and 1999 DPMO personnel conducted archival research in the Fatherland Liberation War Museum but found no information on SGT Sanborn there or in the DPRK's national library.
13 April 1999