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Despite enemy artillery fire in the 2d Battalion zone, Companies D and E jumped off from the road junction at 0715 to clear the Yŏngsan-Myong-ni road and secure the 5th Marinesí right flank.[21]

While this move was in progress, the last of the 9th Infantry troops vacated 1/5ís line of departure to the left front. Roise immediately smothered that ridgeline with fire from Marine tanks, artillery, air, mortars, and machineguns.

Despite this blanket of steel, enemy guns from the high ground were able to fire across the MSR at Company E as it cleared a series of hills below Myong-ni. These hills had been designated 2/5ís line of departure the previous day, but now were considered part of the first objective.