As advance guard for the Brigade, it made the 40-mile trip in Marine and Army trucks, reaching a point 1 mile west of the town at 1400. There the battalion took up defensive positions astride the Ch'angwŏn-Masan road in order to cover the arrival of the remainder of the Brigade.
Although he had orders to bivouac at Ch'angwŏn, General Craig decided to deploy the Brigade defensively to the west of the town. This decision was prompted by the enemy situation west of Masan, which was a scant 6 1/2 miles from Ch'angwŏn. Then, too, the Marine commander saw the layover as a final opportunity to check the field discipline of the Brigade.