Overrun is based on a friend of mine, Sheldon Lasky, and his personal experience at the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. He was a light machine gunner and squad leader in Item Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. Sheldon and his Company were dug in on a hill north of the Chosin Reservoir near a small village called Yu Dam-Ni. In the early morning of November 27, 1950, in temperatures around -30 degrees, the Chinese Divisions crossed the North Korean border and made a concentrated attack along the Chosin front line. They completely surrounded the U. S. Forces and cut off Marine and Army units from their supply lines. Sheldon's Company was completely infiltrated and they were awakened by grenades and screaming. Sheldon, along with his machine gunner and a handful of other Marines, fought their way off the hill to protect the Command Post. Only 19 men were still fit for combat out of the original 200 men from the initial attack.
Depicted here are two Marines, one with an M1919A4 .30 caliber Browning Light Machine Gun and the other is holding an M1 Carbine and aiming his M1911 .45 caliber Colt Automatic Pistol.