Feb. 17, 1928 ~ Nov. 17, 1951
Handing over the map drawn by the enemy's fortifications,
he ran to the enemy's camp alone.
- Draw the number of fire fighting and positions to deliver to the members
- “Operation River Crossing in 12 Hours” Leading role in the great victory in the Battle of Heights 949
November 17, 1951 at 6 A.M. Gangwon-do Yanggu-gun Bangsan-myeon Baekseoksan Heights 949 near the river. Lieutenant Do Dae-cheol, 7th Regiment, 6th Division was in the cold river that made his bones ache. His face, which was raised above the river, was red from the cold to the tip of his nose. "The results of our reconnaissance determine the success or failure of the regiment's river crossing operation. The lives of countless comrades depend on us. We must scout accurately. Stop thinking about coming back alive from this moment!" Lieutenant Do spoke resolutely to the five members of the search team. South Korean and UN forces had to push the front as far north as possible in preparation for the establishment of the Military Demarcation Line, which will be discussed ahead of the armistice talks.
Lieutenant Do crossed the river through the darkness of dawn. In the blurry field of vision, he could see the Chinese firearms positions along the bank of the river. He left only two men to explore the firearms positions and the positions beyond the riverbank. It was to be reported first in case of an emergency. Lieutenant Do was surprised by the firmness and precision of the firearms position than expected. There were only four or five automatic machine gun positions that fired at a target. All were defense walls that had been dug out of the riverbank and made of concrete. He gave the map of the enemy's fire positions and ordered them to return to the regimental headquarters.
Lieutenant Do bowed his head more and entered the enemy's position with a low stance and deep alone. It was the last appearance of the Do Lieutenant as the commanded. Thirty minutes later, loud gunshots resounded from the enemy's positions. The 23-year-old young man lost his life after completing this reconnaissance mission. When gunshots were heard over the riverbank, the South Korean military launched a concentrated attack on the Chinese fire nets and automatic machine positions. The still river began to rumble in an instant. Operation of crossing river, which lasted for 12 hours, led to a great victory in the Battle of Heights 949. In May 1952, the government conferred the Army Lieutenant rank and the Eulji Military Service Medal to commemorate the noble sacrifice of Second Lieutenant Do.
Army Lieutenant Do Dae-cheol was born in Yeongcheon, North Gyeongsang Province. He lived in Bongdeok-dong, Nam-gu, Daegu, then moved to Japan to complete aeronautical correspondence school. When the Korean War broke out, he enlisted in the Army as a candidate for the 11th Communications Division. He participated in the defensive battle of Chuncheon, Gangwon-do, where he fought the North Korean Army for 5 days from June 25, 1950, at the beginning of Korean War, the defensive battle of the Nakdong River, the Incheon amphibious operation, and the North Marching Operation. He was humble but brave when he fought. His actions, which did not hesitate to take risks in every battle, earned him deep trust from the Division Commander. Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do was a fierce battleground in the Korean War. At the Yanggu Korean War Memorial of Gangwon-do, there are monuments concerning 9 battles including the Battle of Heights 949.