Up to that time the divisionís total casualties had been remarkably few. Only 400 killed and wounded were reported from 25 June until after the capture of Kunsan, and the 6th had met scarcely any opposition since that action. It was just prior to the assault on Chinju, moreover, that the 83rd Motorcycle Regiment was attached to reinforce the drive toward Pusan.
This unit had been part of the 105th Armored Division until June 1950, when it was given a separate existence. Equipment consisted of motorcycles with sidecars and jeeps of Soviet manufacture. Fixed machineguns on both types of vehicles were operated by the crews in addition to submachineguns. Not much is known about the numbers of the 83rd at this time, but it had experienced little combat since the beginning of the invasion.
NKPA column ran into elements of the United States
Division and was stopped by machinegun fire at
Yŏngdong. All three regiments of the
6th Division had to be committed before
this halfway point could be secured, and the 83rd Motorcycle Regiment was blooded
in the attack. More hard fighting awaited on the road to
Chinju, but the two NKPA outfits battled their way into the town
on or about
30 July 1950.
These North Korean units were destined to become the opponents of the Brigade a few days later. Before the Marine ground forces could get into action, however, the air components struck the first blow.