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Korean War

THE KOREAN WAR was the first “major hot” conflict between “the east and west” after World War II.  In the simplest of terms, Korea was divided along the 38th parallel into two separate nations after the Japanese were expelled in 1945.  South Korea was capitalist and democratic and North Korea was communist.  On June 25, 1950, troops from the North invaded the South resulting in a proxy war.  More than 302,000 Americans served in the conflict with 36,940 fatalities.  Sixteen other western nations aided South Korea as well.  Total western casualties were 178,698 dead and another 550,022 wounded.  Overt hostilities ceased with the signing of an armistice on July 27, 1953.  Korea’s mountainous terrain and bitterly cold winters made fighting even more difficult.  Commenting on the challenging physical conditions encountered by American soldiers in Korea, Lieutenant Colonel George Russell, a battalion commander, 23rd Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division said, “On the other side of every mountain [was] another mountain.”




Campaigns & Battles

Battle of Inchon
Battle of Pusan Perimeter
Battle of Chosin Reservoir
Battle of Pork Chop Hill
MIG Alley Engagements