12th Infantry Regiment (South Korea)


12th Infantry Regiment (South Korea)

The 12th Infantry Regiment is a military formation of the Republic of Korea Army of the 1st Division.

History

The 12th Infantry Regiment was originally activated as the 12th Regiment on May 1, 1948 at Kunsan and was first commanded by Lt. Col. Paik In Ki. The unit was not initially assigned to a division but was assigned to the 1st Division following that unit's activation in May 1949.

It participated in the Battle of Pusan Perimeter. [ [http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/brochures/KW-Outbreak/outbreak.htm The Korean War: The Outbreak] ]

"In the far west, as part of the U.S. I Corps’ general advance on October 25, 1950, the 1st Division was spread out on the road that ran from the Chongchon River to Unsan. The division’s 15th Regiment passed through Yongbyon and continued toward Unsan without opposition. In the lead were elements of Company D, 6th Medium Tank Battalion, which also passed through Unsan without incident. Just before 1100, as the tanks approached a bridge one and a half miles northeast of the town, enemy mortar fire blew the bridge. Engaging the enemy force, the South Korean soldiers reported a half-hour later that three hundred Chinese troops were in the hills just north of Unsan. Second in the division column, the 12th Regiment turned west when it arrived at Unsan. It, too, ran into the Chinese just beyond the town. The CCF’s attacks against the 1st Division continued on the twenty-sixth but eased up the following day." [ [http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/brochures/kw-unoff/unoff.htm The Korean War: The UN Offensive, pg 26] ]

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