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    Default Firefight in PAN-MUN-JUM in Korea, 1984.

    A big firefight broke out on the JSA (Joint Security Area) in 23 November, 1984. It started when a Soviet citizen dashed south to defect.

    30 NK guards crossed into South side to catch him and a firefight broke out.

    Here's article of recent USFK event to memorialize the SK soldier who was killed.
    http://www.usfk.mil/usfk/ShowArticle...1&SubcatID=200

    "During the firefight, Jang was killed and Pfc. Michael A. Burgoyne was wounded. Three of the North Korean intruders were killed, five were wounded and eight were captured."


    I didn't know much about this incident other than it took place. I finally took time to google it and found this more detailed article.

    http://bertmizusawa.com/?p=94

    CPT Bert Mizusawa was than commender of Joint Security Force (a company size) at Panmunjom. He personally led the Quick Reaction Force (a platoon) when the platoon leader and platoon sergeant weren't immediately located. The action by the Joint Security Force directly led to practically destroying the 30 strong NK team that crossed into SK section.

    Also immediately following the firefight, 2 NK ARMY officers (apparently in charge of the North Korea side of PANMUNJUM) were executed by someone higher up in NK army. Probably for failing to stop the defection and losing out in the firefight. The 2 bodies were seen by a Swiss or Swede officer representing UN in north side of PANMUNJUM.

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    Dozens of American soldiers and hundreds of Korean soldiers on both sides have died along the DMZ since the 1953 Armistice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Dozens of American soldiers and hundreds of Korean soldiers on both sides have died along the DMZ since the 1953 Armistice.
    Yes I am well aware of that, in case you thought I didn't know about it. I posted this story because I happened to find that particular detailed report on what happened on that day. BTW, I read in another source SK later got rid of the sunken garden mentioned in the report, because it was determined that it just got in the way of troop movement.

    I wonder what went through the minds of the US and SK soldiers as they drew their .45.

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    I was there and was on QRF (MACE) when it happened. Pfc. Burgoyne was wounded by friendly fire because he was in the wrong place when his squad shifted fire. He was shot from behind by us. BTW it's Pan Mun Jom, not Pan Mun Jum.

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    meinteil,

    Thanks so much for the reply. And respect to you for your service. It's really fascinating that I can communicate with someone who was there (although I have to remind myself that this is internet...). Have you been back to SK recently?

    I went back to the detailed report and found this:

    "The KPA returned fire striking Chang in the head, to the right side of his nose. He died instantly. Another shot struck Burgoyne in the jaw and knocked him off his feet."

    In your opinion was Chang killed by KPA or friendly fire? From what I see, he was killed by KPA fire definitely? How long were Chang and Burgoyne engaged before they were killed/wounded (time/expended ammo)? I am assuming the KPA soldiers that crossed into SK side were armed only with pistols?

    Were you aware of the 2 KPA army officers being executed by higher up in KPA right after the firefight ended? Supposedly one of the two was responsible for the axe murder incident.

    Sorry about the miss spelling of Pan Mun Jom.

    BTW, I heard the Soviet defector is still living in SK working as a professor teaching Russian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbamil View Post
    meinteil,

    Thanks so much for the reply. And respect to you for your service. It's really fascinating that I can communicate with someone who was there (although I have to remind myself that this is internet...). Have you been back to SK recently?

    I went back to the detailed report and found this:

    "The KPA returned fire striking Chang in the head, to the right side of his nose. He died instantly. Another shot struck Burgoyne in the jaw and knocked him off his feet."

    In your opinion was Chang killed by KPA or friendly fire? From what I see, he was killed by KPA fire definitely? How long were Chang and Burgoyne engaged before they were killed/wounded (time/expended ammo)? I am assuming the KPA soldiers that crossed into SK side were armed only with pistols?

    Were you aware of the 2 KPA army officers being executed by higher up in KPA right after the firefight ended? Supposedly one of the two was responsible for the axe murder incident.

    Sorry about the miss spelling of Pan Mun Jom.

    BTW, I heard the Soviet defector is still living in SK working as a professor teaching Russian.
    I don't remember anything about the south Korean. I just know that PFC Burgoyne was a hard charger and got himself out in front of the platoon. When the order came to shif fore to the left he got hit because everybody was behind him and the grass was really tall so he wasn't seen. I wouldn't exactly call the Russian a civillian either. I don't remember the details but I know he had rank, like a major or something. I found it unbelievable that he wasn't hit because the North Koreans were trying to kill him, not us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meinteil View Post
    I don't remember anything about the south Korean. I just know that PFC Burgoyne was a hard charger and got himself out in front of the platoon. When the order came to shif fore to the left he got hit because everybody was behind him and the grass was really tall so he wasn't seen. I wouldn't exactly call the Russian a civillian either. I don't remember the details but I know he had rank, like a major or something. I found it unbelievable that he wasn't hit because the North Koreans were trying to kill him, not us.
    From what I read in the report, it seemed like only Chang and PFC Burgoyne were in immediate vicinity of the SK civilian work crew that was being escorted and that those 2 initially held up the KPA guards from pursuing the Soviet defector by firing at the pursuing KPA guards? I thought that was why those 2 drew most of initial bullets from KPA guards. So you are saying PFC Burgoyne didn't get hit from initial shooting from KPA guards long enough to the point where a platoon got into the fight? I guess explaining the whole timeline would be pretty difficult without 'Shootout' type of CG work...

    I saw this in the report:

    The defector, Vasily Yakovlevich Matuzok, was a 22-year-old Soviet citizen and a diplomatic trainee at the Soviet Embassy at Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. The son of a Red Army officer, he’d been planning to defect for over two years, and the tour of Panmunjom gave him his chance. He later stated it was his “very first opportunity to go to the west.”


    His father was a Red Army officer. I guess the defector was an officer but just happened to be in civilian clothes?

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    PFC Burgoyne was laying ****e in the grass and was shot from behind. We took it as fact that he was hit by friendly fire. It's been so many years ago and I'm a little foggy about some things and get some things mixed up about who was who. All I know is what I saw after I got there and what I was told about the Russian. I couldn't tell you now if his dad was a colonel and he was a civillian. By the time I got there as QRF he was already in custody. We held a perimeter for most of the day hoping that the North Koreans were done. My understanding is that they took a beating and many of them were killed. I never heard about executions and I can't fathom how anyone would know that. Nobody ever knew for sure because the NK's never disclosed anything about casualties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meinteil View Post
    PFC Burgoyne was laying ****e in the grass and was shot from behind. We took it as fact that he was hit by friendly fire. It's been so many years ago and I'm a little foggy about some things and get some things mixed up about who was who. All I know is what I saw after I got there and what I was told about the Russian. I couldn't tell you now if his dad was a colonel and he was a civillian. By the time I got there as QRF he was already in custody. We held a perimeter for most of the day hoping that the North Koreans were done. My understanding is that they took a beating and many of them were killed. I never heard about executions and I can't fathom how anyone would know that. Nobody ever knew for sure because the NK's never disclosed anything about casualties.


    I strongly recommend that you take 10 min to read this

    http://bertmizusawa.com/?p=94

    Lots of details there.

    Thanks again for replying. Hope for more stories you might have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbamil View Post
    I strongly recommend that you take 10 min to read this

    http://bertmizusawa.com/?p=94

    Lots of details there.

    Thanks again for replying. Hope for more stories you might have.
    Funny how they say he was shot by the NK's returning fire. I don't find it hard to believe though that in all the excitement that a lot of information given to my team was false. My QRF was actually a MACE team and came from Warrior base and was not part of the JSF QRF. The reason why I said he was hit by friendly fire, was that an American Major on the scene warned us to be careful to know where our buddies were at all time because that's how the PFC was shot. He pointed to a patch of tall dead grass and said that's where he was laying. The NK's were running from what would be our right to left as the Russian ran across and that an order to shift fire was given and Burgoyne was caught in the middle. Maybe at the moment that was the prevailing idea and the details came out later. Hey, at the time I was a 19 year old rifleman and scared ****less, and now some 36 years later to recall much with accuracy is laughable. We had so many QRF missions and small incidents before and after that, that by now it all runs together. I left the Army in 1987 and didn't come back in until 1996. I was finally discharged in 2005. Thanks for the article and an opportunity to talk about it, it's nice to know that things like this incident are not completely forgotten.

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    ^^
    This is why i love mp.net, such an amazing place on the internets.

    thanks for the read, quite interesting!

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    Not sure if you are into movies but you want a walk down memory lane I suggest you check out this movie
    J.S.A. - Joint Security Area
    http://www.amazon.com/J-S-Joint-Secu.../dp/B0009NZ78I

    Recommend watching with English subtitle.

    It was a huge hit in SK when released, although the actual SK soldiers who served in JSA hated it for being inaccurate etc. It was filmed during the height of Sunshine Policy by South Korean President Kim D.J. so it's overly friendly to NK so keep that in mind.

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    A reply VIA the report function:

    rwilkin1 ( mailto:rwilkin1@nycap.rr.com ) has reported this post:


    http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums...01#post5364501

    This is part of this thread:
    Firefight in PAN-MUN-JUM in Korea, 1984.
    http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums...ead.php?191202

    This is the reason that the user gave:
    This is an outright lie PFC Burgoyne was not injured by FF he was shot directly by the enemy. The ROK soldier was also shot by the enemy but his injury was thought to have happened by ricochet when he took a ****e position. My name is Robert L. Wilkins I was a direct combatant on The JSF QRF and did receive the CIB for my action on that day I was the further most deployed M-60 gunner and third most forward deployed soldier that day. Staff Sergeant Lamb, PFC Deville and myself along with Captain Mizasawa were the most advanced QRF soldiers that day. The North Platoon had soldiers that were further deployed at the time of defection but either withdrew to cover or from lack of ammunition or both. The members of the first and fourth platoons were called out shortly there after from the propaganda speakers along the entire DMZ. We were not recognized for our actions until decades later. May God open his heart and see that we were young men and that ALL combatants see their heaven!
    ly Father. Spec 4 Robert Wilkins Korea 1983-1985

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollis View Post
    A reply VIA the report function:
    Did you just ban a guy because he doesn't remember every detail from 1984? Really?

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    Quote Originally Posted by clean View Post
    Did you just ban a guy because he doesn't remember every detail from 1984? Really?
    Hollis is one stone cold MOFO, man.

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