Funny how something as 'sacred' as the Chosin is to Marines, you would find it hard to believe that the Army actually kept the road open at the south end of the reservoir. 3000 men of the 7th Div were on the east side when the Chinese struck. Unfortunately Gen Smith was as over confident as MacArthur. The 2 Cols in charge of the 300 men had poor communications, when they did get through they requested more ammo first aide and radios. Gen Smith replied with "Get off your last asses and make your way south. He didn't realize, like MacArthur there were nom Chinese in the war. They held out with brutal cold and brutal Chinese attacks at night. Of the 3000 men 1000 made it to the road junction and coupled with the 4 days they held out brought to 5 days, enough time for the Marines to fight their way south. Smith had really bad mouthed the 7th Div and it's leaders, one of which was a Marine. They both lost their lives, the Army later awarded the Col a Medal of Honor and the Marine the Navy Cross. There has never been any press about it b ecause the DOA believed Gen Smith's rendition of the fight. 2000 of the 8000 missing soldiers in Korea were at Chosin.