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Courtesy of Col Tullis J. Woodham, Jr., USMC (Ret)

resistance and the terrain combined to prevent Lieutenant Colonel Bamard's initial
efforts to come to the assistance of his embattled company. Upon hearing
of the contact and the extent of the enemy defenses, he immediately ordered
Company A to attempt to flank the enemy from the west. While the ground
was flat, it was covered with tall grass which impeded the flanking movement.
In the meantime, as the reports from Company I "were not good," Barnard
ordered Company G to join the embattled unit. Enemy resistance, however,
proved too strong and prevented Company G from advancing. A frustrated
battalion commander called for artillery and air support. He remembered
that as his command group with Company A strug-







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