Biography of David Lee Pollock
8th Ranger, USA
The following letter is about my uncle David Lee Pollock-who was selected to be in the 8th Army Ranger company . There mission --after Inchon Invasion- the Chinese were spotted and thought to be involved in the war. One of our lines had been broken-and thought to be where the enemy was making a buildup.There mission was to find where the enemy buildup was taking place. Directly ordered by G/3- "I'M selecting some volunteers for a very dangerous mission behind enemy lines "--were the words that greeted these soldiers. Of the hundreds who heard those words few voluntered-and even fewer were selected . My uncle was decribed as one of those intrepid individuals which were selected. David grew up in Wyoming on a ranch -and was also a shepherd of sheep and was very good with a(gun)pistol or rifle. Was operator of the (bar)-browning automatic rifle-which could shoot 300 rounds per minute with a 20 round clip.The operator of this weapons job was to lay down ground fire so his fellow soldiers could advance. David was tied to the left flank during this battle that this letter talks about. Flanker positions are very important. THE Following Letter :: was recently received by Dave's parents from their son who is serving with the Rangers in Korea In it Weapons Leader-relates the terrifying and heroic account of the rescue of his company commander from a hill overrun by Chinese Red troops early this month The complete account of the story appeared in most daily news-papers and was recently printed in the issue of the Budget.-Dec.5,1950 Dear Mom and All: Well it has been quite a while since I've written to you all so I'd better get busy. The big push didn't last very long . The Chinese started one the same time we did. The Ranger Co. is about done for. We lost three quarters of the Co. in day and night. There are thirty five of us left counting, 10 replacements we got the other day. It was Nov.25 and the morning of the 26th that we lost them all. That was the hardest fight we ever had. I'll never forget it for the rest of my life. It took us all day to take a hill. We were about out of ammunition when we got to the top. We had six counter attacks and we got pushed off. There was about 700 Chinese soldiers on the last attack against 40 Rangers.They came up in a big wave right after they threw a bunch of mortars at us. Mortar blasts were landing all around my foxhole. Then when they came over the hill they were throwing hand grenades and shooting burp guns -(automattic weapons). They came over so fast most of the guys never had time to get out of there foxholes. They shot our guys before they could get out. The company commander was shot all to hell. But I and two other guys got him out. I don't see how we did it. A war correspondent was talking to me after-wards and he said he was going to put my name in the paper at home. Watch and see if he does. The three of us who got him down are suppose to get a silver star for it. I don't know if we will or not. I don't pariculary care, that isn't going to help me get home. When we three left the hill, I had two M-1 rifles shooting at them. They were so close I couldn't miss and I sure was raising hell with them for awhile. When they were both empty I threw them away and ran like hell. We had to go like hell to keep ahead of them. It was pretty dark and they couldn't see us, but we were dragging the company commander and they could hear us. They threw hand grenades and shot at us all the way down. They came awfully close a couple of times. When we got to the bottom of the hill my field jacket was full of holes, especially the hood. At the bottom there were some tanks. We were sure glad to see them. We put the Co. Com. on a tank and took off. We left a lot a dead Rangers up there but there wasn't anything we could do about it. We were lucky to get off our-selves. Three guys I took basic with at Ft. Ord. were left up there. Mom, my squad leader thinks that I am dead and he may write to you about it. But I am not up to now. He got hit with a hand grenade and is in the hospital now. He will probably write to you about it. If he does, I hope you get this letter before you get his. I hope the Chinese stop at the 38th parallel. If they do the war will be over and we can all come home. If they don't there is going to be a third World War the Chinese are pushing us back awful fast. We will be clear out of Korea in a few more days. Well mom I guess I better close and try and get a little sleep while I can. Write often and I will do the same---Dave. (END) Dave got a silver star and was then used to train the new men who wanted to be Rangers: I wish I could say that I knew my Uncle but only had the honor of metting him a few times.
The first time I met him -( I was about 10 )-he taught me how to shoot a pistol. A story like this makes me thankful that I never had to go to war. I also have 4 more pages on this mission , battle, and a 1page account from the other Ranger (Billy G Walls) who was my Uncle's fighting partner who helped rescue their Commander-Ralp Puckett. My Uncle made the news-papers again after he passed away-his Commander held a ceremony in David's honor on Memorial Day a few years back. The article breifly describes there special mission and what he did. His Commander honored him with a plaque presented to his Mother (my Grand-ma ) who later placed it on his tomb-stone. My Grandma Thelma is still alive. May the Lord's blessings always be with her. Watch a special called Korea- our time in HELL. God bless:
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