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As Walker and Partridge viewed the enemy situation on 4 September, the main threat to Taegu was the hostile thrust toward Kyŏngju and Yongchon, which promised to sever the lateral rail and highway communications supporting the northern flank of the perimeter.


General Walker issued orders that all but a skeleton staff of Eighth Army head-quarters would evacuate to Pusan. Already the Fifth Air Force had reduced its personnel at Taegu, and, other than a minimum headquarters staff, the only air units remaining at Taegu Airfield were the 6149th Air Base Unit and the 6147th Tactical Control Squadron.