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Fifty-five minutes later, Companies A and B launched the 1st Battalion's assault from Chukchon-ni to capture Hill 91 East. The riflemen waded across knee-deep rice paddies covered by superb supporting fires delivered by air, artillery, mortars, and army tank destroyers. Just as the Marines started their attack, many stragglers from U.S. units began to emerge from hiding places in the foothills. This unexpected turn of events briefly interfered with the Marines's advance.