On Feb. 12 and 13, 1951, elements of the U.S. Army 2nd Infantry Division, including 38th Infantry Regiment, suffered severe losses in combat with superior Chinese forces, near Hoengsong,during the Korean War. Photos shot three weeks later show the carnage on a frozen battleground. Remnants of a destroyed U.S. field piece are surrounded by fallen U.S. Army soldiers frozen on snow-covered ground. A severely damaged U.S. halftrack sits in the dirt. An unidentified jumble of burned out war machinery. Damaged 20mm dual mount anti-aircraft guns. U.S. Marines, of the 7th Regiment, in full field gear, entering the area for the first time since the February battle. They march over a snow-covered road, past remnants of the U.S. Army convoy that was fighting its way out of the area besieged by Chinese forces on all sides. A destroyed U.S. Army truck. Sign next to wreckage reads:"38th I.FL Co CP." A fallen American soldier frozen in a rice paddy. Smoke rising from Korean village buildings burning in background, above terraced landscape. More views of wrecked equipment and fallen soldiers. A mountain pass in the background. A destroyed truck. Suddenly black smoke starts rising in the background. A U.S. Marine standing near an M46 Patton tank. More debris and destroyed trucks.
United States 7th Marine Regiment at Hoengsong in Korea. Marines set 50 MM recoilless rifle on the hillside. Several Marines crawl around in the foreground wearing parkas. The rifle fired. Marines run across an open field in full combat gear with weapons ready. Other Marines in the foreground cover them. Mountains near Hoeng Song in the background.
United States 7th Marine Regiment at Hoengsong in Korea. Marines run across an open field in full combat gear with weapons ready. Other Marines in the foreground cover them. Mountains in the background. U.S. fighter aircraft dives and fires rockets on the mountains. Smoke rises due to the explosion.
H Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th U.S. Marine Regiment at Hoengsong in Korea. Two Marine F4U Corsair fighter aircraft attack enemy targets in the mountains. Smoke rises due to explosion. U.S. Marine in a parka fires M1919A4 Browning 30 Caliber air cooled machine gun.
Ambush and atrocity victims at Hoengsong in Korea. Two American soldiers lie dead on the ground. One man's legs tied with ropes at ankle. Mutilated hand of one man. Bodies of dead men scattered on the fields. Mutilated faces and bodies of atrocity victims. Legs of some bodies tied together. Most of the dead bodies half naked.
Wreckage of trailer jeep lay along side of road in Hoengsong Korea. Some wrecked jeeps and trucks. Man in the background examines a jeep. Ammunition belts lay along side of road near wrecked trucks. Several Marines come down the road. Wrecked U.S. military vehicles on side.