CHARLES E. NYTE
Corporal | Marine Corps
One month after arriving in Korea, Private First Class Ed Nyte experienced his first taste of combat with the 5th Marines. Over the course of four days in frigid mid-January 1952, the Marines of F Company climbed steep and slippery slopes to reach their positions. The trek was difficult and without an operating field kitchen, even the C rations were cold. During the operation, ROK forces alongside the Marines were to corral about 250 communist guerrillas into friendly lines. The Marines met light resistance, but F Company was credited with two enemy killed and two more captured. The whole event provided valuable experience for new troops like Nyte.
From then until August it was a constant rotation from fighting to reserve and back again. In reserve at Camp Tripoli, morale was always high with easy comradery, beer, and movies just about every night. The front, however, was always miserable. Either too cold or too hot, too wet or too dry, and always bombarded by artillery.
By the beginning of August, the 5th Marines were heavily engaged with the enemy defending the MLR on the western front of the Korean peninsula. To their right were men of the Commonwealth contingent. Though there were no more major offensives as there were over a year earlier, artillery constantly rained down ferociously on both sides of the MLR. While fighting on the Hook, Nyte took a fragment from a mortar shell to his right elbow. That was on August 19 and Ed still had five more months until he returned home. He hoped the shrapnel wound would be the worst of his wounds and he could survive the rest of the war.