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  At Yŏngsan the enemy struck first on the morning of the 3rd, and a heavy attack launched at first light penetrated the Marines intended line of departure, a ridge occupied by the 9th Infantry about a half mile west of the town. As the brigade detrucked and moved forward the North Koreans were coming through the American lines, snipers were encountered as the troops marched through Yŏngsan, and as they emerged west of the town the Marines came under moderate enemy fire.

          As the Army troops pulled back, heavy fire by Marine artillery, tanks, and automatic weapons halted the North Korean advance. The brigade then began to press westward from Yŏngsan, to clear the hills controlling the road junction and the road leading onward to Obong-ni Ridge and to the bulge.