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17th Infantry Regiment

The 17th Infantry Regiment was originally activated as the 17th Regiment on November 20, 1948 at Shihung and was first commanded by Lt. Col. Paik In Yop. The regiment was not initially assigned to a division.

Following its activation the 17th Regiment was positioned near the 38th parallel to provide security and prevent potential communist aggression.

During the opening week of the Korean War, June 25-28, 1950 the 17th Infantry Regiment was forced to withdraw from the Ongjin Peninsula as North Korean forces followed with furious attacks along the 38th Parallel.

On September 25, 1950 the 17th crossed the Han following the 32nd Infantry Regiment (USA). During the day the units took the South Mountain and the 17th advanced towards Hills 292 and 348.




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