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Enemy artillery fire also temporarily delayed the attackers, but the intermediate objective, a small ridge, was secured by noon and Hill 91 East was in Marine hands by 1630.

First Lieutenant H. J. "Hawgjowl" Smith, the Company D commander, reported that he was taking fire from Hill 117 west of Myong-ni. Lieutenant Colonel Roise ordered Smith to assault the troublesome hill and told Capt. Samuel Jaskilka, the new Company E commander, to support Company D's attack by fire from Myong-ni. Company D was able to gain only a small foothold on the lower slope before being pinned down by enemy artillery and small arms fire. The 2nd Battalion lost eighteen killed and seventy-seven wounded, mostly from Company D, that day.