In March 1955 the 24th Division moved to the western line sector
and relieved the 1st Marine Division. It took the "Front-line"
position that would last until the Division left Korea in 1957.
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Norman E. Tredway (24th ID)
National Chairman
Defense of the Korean Demilitarized Zone
(DMZ)
Munsan-ni was the rail center, the area of Paju-ri was home for the
reserve infantry regiment when not on position above the Imjin,
and Pubwon-ni was a major crossroad both north and south, and
east and west.
The Division remained on a high alert status often scrambling in full
combat gear and assuming defensive positions as the wail of the alert
sirens and squawk boxes sounded in the strategically scattered
compounds. Infiltrators from the north were captured along the DMZ
and turned over to R.O.K. authorities for interrogation. The sounds of
gunfire, blaring horns, rumbling armor and other eerie sounds, as well
as night flares, lights, and loud speaker propaganda were also common
during the dark hours of night and early morning as a harassment.
Units constantly trained to maintain their combat skills. Each man
realized he was part of the Trip-wire defense system.


Taromen maintained 24 hour surveillance over the DMZ from various outposts,
including OP Cherry Herring, OP Maizie, and OP Nina and with combat patrols
inside the fences. Adjacent area patrols were daily occurrences, including joint
patrols with British, Greek, Turkish and Australian allied forces. Building and
maintaining trenches and bunkers was ongoing.
  The times were tense, but the will was strong and
Taromen remained alert, ready and motivated. The Victory
Division troops knew that if the North Korean and Chinese
Communist forces broke the Armistice and crossed the
DMZ, they again would be                                                 
Within the Division area were Libby Bridge (named for 24th Division Medal of
Honor recipient Sergeant George Libby)
and Freedom Bridge (the crossing
point for repatriated POWs returning home from long captivity). The 7th
Infantry Division was in reserve to the Division's right. Main supply routes
were established, civilian control lines were manned and traffic control points
were set up. All foot and vehicle traffic was checked through these points
whether movement was within the Division area or to and from it.
The Victory Division was now the only U.S. Division with
direct face-to-face contact with enemy forces. As part of I
Corps, which was headquartered in Uijongbu, the Division
had units located above and just below the Imjin River at
the 38th Parallel.
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