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General Walker stated that the Communist attack along the Kunwi-Taegu axis represented the main threat to United Nations forces, and General Partridge gave almost everything he had to the support of the ground troops north of Taegu.
Mustang fighters from southern Japan made strikes, landed at Taegu for refueling and rearming, and then took off again against enemy targets so close that the men at the airstrip could watch the fighters launch their bombs. Benefiting from the strong air support, the ROK troops held the line, and General Walker gained the time he needed to bring the 27th Regiment of the 25th Division northward from the Chinju front to reinforce the ROK divisions.
This stalwart defense and swift countermeasures saved Taegu from almost certain capture on 19 August, and within two days the United Nations forces had driven the enemy back and had re-established their defense line on favorable high ground southeast of Hajang.#113
Sŭmjin Gang, South Korea
Namwŏn, South Korea (35°24’N 127°23’E)
Namwŏn (35°-25’N, 127°-22’E)
Chin'gyo-ri, South Korea
On the morning of Aug. 19, the ROK 11th and 13th
Regiments attacked along the ridges, making small gains. The ROK 10th Infantry
was brought into the ROK 1st Division sector to close a gap in their lines. The
2nd and 3d Battalions of the 23d Infantry were also brought to the rear of the
Bowling Alley area that day. The 3d Battalion established a perimeter to protect
the 8th and 37th FABs. The 2nd Battalion went into position astride the MSR
behind the 27th Infantry.
CPT Frank U. Roquemore, Assistant S-3 of the
made contact with
COL Paul Freeman, commanding the
23d and relayed these
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