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The infallible sign of approaching enemy troops could be seen in Ch'angnyŏng itself during the afternoon of 2 September-at 1300 the native population began leaving the town. A little later a security force of 300 local police under the command of Maj. Jack T. Young and Capt. Harry J. White withdrew into the hills eastward when two groups of enemy soldiers approached from the northwest and southwest.