- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 26, 2005

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Marine Col. Reginald R. Myers, a Medal of Honor recipient for leading vastly outnumbered forces against Chinese troops during the Korean War, has died. He was 85.

Col. Myers died Oct. 23 at a hospice from the effects of a stroke, his wife said.

In late 1950, as a major, he led a force of about 250 Marines and soldiers in an assault on 4,000 entrenched Communist Chinese troops who were holding a key high point of land during the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir.

He launched his charge at night, up a steep, snow-covered hill in freezing temperatures. His forces retook the hill and held it until reinforcements arrived. The maneuver allowed out-manned U.N. forces to evacuate.

Col. Myers remained in Korea until he was wounded in action in April 1951. He received the Medal of Honor from President Truman in a White House ceremony six months later.

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