My uncle was drafted right out of high school in June 1950 and served in a reconnaissance platoon for the 24th Infantry Division (Indian Head). He went all the way to the Yalu River before the big ChiCom counterattack in December.
During the battle, we was first armed with a M-1 carbine, but he chucked it for a Garand immediately after he had to pump about ten .30 caliber rounds into a ChiCom solider who was charging him with a bayonet. He said that the little ChiCom just would not go down. My uncle ended up shot in the head (he obviously survived--it was a spent bullet), lying in a foxhole, surrounded by ChiCom troops (jumping over him at night), and nearly froze to death before he was finally resuced and reunited with what was left of his unit.
Needless to say, he's a big fan of the Garand even today, while condemning the M-1 carbines as next to useless in toe-to-toe infantry combat.
My God, it was my understanding that most of our guys in Korea were still using Garands. I stand corrected!
Thanks for the update!