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Osan remembers Battle of Bayonet Hill

Robert Carter, a member of the Osan American High School Junior ROTC program, moves one of four wreaths that were placed during the Hill 180 ceremony Feb. 9. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jason Epley)

Robert Carter, a member of the Osan American High School Junior ROTC program, moves one of four wreaths that were placed during the Hill 180 ceremony Feb. 9. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jason Epley)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Osan held its annual Remembrance Ceremony for the Hill 180 "Battle of Bayonet Hill" Feb. 9.

This year's 200-person crowd included numerous distinguished guests like Lt. Gen. David Valcourt, 8th Army commander, and Mr. Larry Lyons, from the Pacific Area Veterans of Foreign Wars.

It was here 56 years ago that nine soldiers from the 27th Infantry Division "Wolfhounds" died from fighting a bayonet charge up Hill 180 against the enemy.

"We stand on ground hallowed by the heroic actions of many great men" said Brig. Gen. Joe Reynes, 51st Fighter Wing commander.

"Like other memorials, we cannot dedicate ... we cannot consecrate ... we cannot hallow this ground anymore," Brig. Gen. Reynes continued. "Instead, it is our duty to ensure that we do not forget the sacrifice of those great men and continue to honor their memory through our selfless devotion to duty and service. It is by that dedication to service that we best honor their devotion, courage and sacrifice, as they helped provide our freedoms."

The ceremony included wreaths being placed by Lt. Gen. Valcourt, Lt. Col. John Dyck, 607th Air Support Operations Group director of operations, Col. Gerald Galloway, 3rd Battlefield Coordination Detachment commander and Col. Park Chung Kwon, 3rd BCD deputy commander. There was also a rifle salute by the United Nations Command Honor Guard and a flyover by two A-10s and an F-16 in a missing-man formation.