August 6, 1950. Pusan, Korea. The U.S. 23rd Infantry Regiment has just arrived at Pusan, having sailed directly from Bremerton, Washington. This was the first Army unit committed to Korea directly from the continental U.S. The port infrastructure at Pusan was of Japanese construction, providing berths for up to 24 sea-going ships at once. Even that was not enough to serve the U.S. Eighth Army's needs in a timely fashion. Because port space was limited during the summer of 1950, Philip Hughes and other troops drawn from occupation forces in Japan fought to delay opposing North Korean forces long enough for ships to cycle through the port to bring in additional supplies and manpower.