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Walker was to credit John Coulter for his personal courage at Kyongju and for restoring some order in the ROK high command, but he was not impressed with his battlefield tactics. Some of Coulter's orders, the Army historian wrote harshly, had resulted in a "useless dispersion" of the American reinforcements. Furthermore, Tychsen had antagonized the Eighth Army staff by his frequent and insistent cries for help. Upon commitment of all available 24th Division units, Walker ordered Coulter back to Taegu, as the historian put it, to "resume his planning duties" and placed John Church in charge of the northeast front.[9-82]

The arrival of the 19th and 21st Infantry and McMains's 3/9 prevented a cave-in on the northeast front. In the first few days the fighting was intense and the American losses were heavy. In a single engagement Ned Moore's 3/19 lost eight lieutenants killed. Eventually all American forces in this sector were grouped into a task force commanded by the 24th Division ADC, Gar Davidson. Under his able leadership the Americans gradually drove the NKPA back and stabilized the front. The reorganized ROK units, commanded by new generals, went back into the line with determination.[9-83]