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Overrunning the more powerful ROK 3d and Capital divisions, the NKPA 5th and 12th divisions recaptured Pohang on September 3. In an effort to halt the BUGOUT of the ROKs, Coulter sacked the "hysterical" 3d Division commander and other ROK generals. When this failed to do the trick, he had
to call on Walker for American help.

  

 In response, Walker sent Dick Stephens's 21st Infantry and the newly created ROK 7th Division. As the NKPA drove on Kyŏngju, the ROKs urged Coulter to abandon his CP, but Coulter, apparently having decided to stand and fight to the death, refused to withdraw.[9-80]