By the morning of July 23 the NKPA was again on the move. Its 3d' Division and armored elements, deploying on both roads leading eastward to, Taegu, simultaneously struck the widely separated 1/8 and 2/8.
Robert Kane's; 1/8, equipped with 3.5-inch bazookas and backed by the steady and skilled 77th FAB, commanded by West Pointer (1933) William A. ("Billy") Harris, and A/A weapons, held stoutly on the Taegu - Taejon road.
However, Eugene, Field's
2/8, backed by
promptly encircled and cut off.[6-44]
All that day and the next Hap Gay made desperate efforts to block the oncoming NKPA and to extricate Field's isolated and besieged 2/8.
Rosie, Rohsenberger was willing - even eager - to do all in his power to help, but the sudden shock of battle and his serious hearing impairment rendered him all' but helpless.
There was yet another problem: The leadership in Rohsenberger's 1/5 was chaotic, or worse. The outfit had been brought to Korea by West Pointer (1931) Glenn F. Rogers, forty-three, but Rogers left almost immediately for KMAG.
He was temporarily replaced by a 1/5 company commander, a former enlisted man who had won a battlefield commission in World War II. However, after merely two days he collapsed from heat and exhaustion, said: he "couldn't go on," and evacuated himself as an NBC.
He was replaced by the able regimental S-3, Charles J. Parziale, but he was wounded almost immediately and evacuated (he would return).
A cool, newly arrived, decorated (two Silver Stars, two Purple Hearts) veteran of World War II, James M. Gibson, twenty-nine, named S-3 of the battalion, attempted to hold the headquarters together.[6-45]
[Gibson not mentioned in July anyplace else]