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The situation at Kyŏngju during the evening of 4 September was tense. The ROK corps commander proposed to evacuate the town. He said that the North Koreans were only three miles away on the hills to the north, and that they would attack and overrun the town that night. General Coulter told him that he would not move his command post-that they were all staying in Kyŏngju. And stay they did. Coulter put four tanks around the building where the command posts were located. Out on the roads he stationed KMAG officers to round up ROK stragglers and get them into positions at the edge of the town. One KMAG major at pistol point stopped ROK troops fleeing southward. Most of his staff at Kyŏngju found Coulter irritable and hard to please, but they also say that he went sleepless and was determined to hold Kyŏngju. [22-14]

That night radio conversations between tankers on the road just north of Kyŏngju, overheard at Coulter's headquarters, told of knocking North Koreans off the tanks. The expected North Korean attack on Kyŏngju, however, never came. The enemy turned east, crossed the highway a few miles north of the town, and headed toward Yonil Airfield. The next day the Air Force, attacking enemy gun positions four miles north of Kyŏngju along the road, found enemy targets at many points within the triangle Kigye-Kyŏngju-P'ohang-dong.