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The NKPA 10th Division, which had been trounced by the 7th Cavalry in the August fighting, was positioned opposite the 38th Regiment. It was under orders to attack easterly in coordination with the NKPA 2nd Division, but for reasons not known, it failed to execute these orders. A few scattered 10th Division troops infiltrated Peploe's sector, but not in sufficient numbers to pose a serious threat. So spared, Peploe was able to "lend" Paul Freeman his 3/38, commanded by Everett S. Stewart.[9-33]

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The heavy NKPA penetration into Keiser's 2nd Division in effect cut it in half, with Freeman's 23d and Peploe's 38th on the northern side of the breach and Hill's shattered 9th on the southern side. Operating from his well guarded CP, Keiser put his ADC, Sladen Bradley, in charge of the southern sector and his artillery commander, Loyal Haynes, in charge of the northern sector.[9-34]

Paul Freeman and Loyal Haynes clashed. Freeman remembered:


I scarcely knew Haynes. He was fifty-five at the time, not robust. . . . Finding himself nearly in the front lines of desperate hand-to-hand combat did not appeal to him  to say the least. My first problem with Haynes was his calling me to report to him at his CP some miles to the rear. Twice this happened when we were at the critical stage of repulsing strong enemy attacks. Not only did I have to leave my CP but literally had to fight my way through rear area infiltrators to get to his CP. I finally told him in a respectful way that I believed it improper to summon a commander to the rear during a firefight and suggested he send one of his staff forward to my CP if he didn't want to come himself. Moreover, he diverted a tank company, sent to reinforce my sector, to reinforce the protection of his own CP.[9-35]


The command relationship rapidly deteriorated to the point that Haynes made the drastic decision to relieve Freeman. Freeman continued: "The only time Haynes came to my position was when he came mincingly through the mud to tell me I was relieved and to report to the division CP. I was so shocked and furious that I got in my jeep and drove right through the enemy positions to get there. . . . I had no respect for him from then on."[9-36]

The division G3, Maurice G. Holden, remembered the incident this way: "Haynes went up there and not long afterwards we got a coded message from him like `Request permission to relieve Freeman of command Twenty-third Infantry.' Keiser was an old friend of Freeman's, and he didn't really want to relieve him; but under the circumstances he had to follow the recommendation of the task force commander. He sent a message back to Haynes like `Concur. Send Freeman to division headquarters.' So Freeman  relieved  turned over the Twenty-third to his exec [9-Ed Messinger] and came in, totally exhausted, and fell dead asleep. In the meantime, Keiser sent me up to see the Twenty-third  to find out what happened and if the relief was justified. The Twenty-third staff thought Haynes was terrible; he'd never even been near the front. He had no idea what was going on. Keiser was glad to hear that. We woke up Freeman, and Keiser sent him back to his command."[9-37]