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THE KOREAN WAR

1950-1954

The Korean War is often refereed to as the forgotten war, overshadowed by the Giant Conflicts of WW1 and WW2, then eclipsed again for difference reasons by Vietnam. It isn't forgotten entirely though...

 

Not forgotten by those who were there,

Not forgotten by those who care,

Not forgotten by those who survived,

We must Remember those who died.  

The Korean War pitted 22 United Nation countries against the Military Forces of North Korea, China, and to a small extent the Soviet Union. It was the first time the UN formed together to fight as a cohesive force and would turn out to be one of the only Major engagements they ever undertook.  The War saw huge armies advancing and retreating hundreds of miles. The UN forces undertook massive amphibious landings, air campaigns, and dug in to trench lines akin to 1916.

 

Thousands of new jet aircraft streaked across the wide open skies of Korea as, Soviet pilots met Americans for the first time in combat.  On land the war would move the length of the peninsula several times and the south Korean Capital of Seoul would change hands on 4 occasions during the war, being reduced to rubble by the end. The freezing winters with horrible wind and mud were rivaled only by the sweltering summer dust.

 

Korea was an unforgiving environment, and the fighting was hampered by politics, infighting within the command structure, and the fear of all out Nuclear War terrified the US government into a strategy of de-escalation and limited war. There is people who believe we should have and could have liberated the peninsula, just as others feel the outcome was a victory. 

Ultimately the War continues to this day, the anti western rhetoric from the North Koreans remains as strong today as in 1950. One thing is for sure though, if it wasn't for the sacrifice of those 22 UN countries, South Korea would not exist today. That right there is reason enough to Remember this war and honor those who served. 

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Great Britain

O'er the Hills and Far away, to the Land of Morning Calm.

Nearly 50,000 service men and women of Great Britain answered the call to help save south Korea from the Communist Invasion of 1950. 

They would form the core of the 1st Commonwealth Division and fight through some of the most brutal and difficult engagements of the entire conflict. In the waning light of the Empire they still remained a formidable adversary for the Communist Armies, playing a key role in the eventual armistice and peacekeeping efforts after it was signed.

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The Dominion of Canada

Goodbye Maria! im off to Korea, Far across the Sea! 

Some 26,000 of Canadas Sons and Daughters served in Korea, from all branches. They served with distinction for the length of the war, being on the of the first countries to answer the calls for help from the beleaguered South Korean and US forces being pushed back into the sea.  

They would win glory and acclaim at the Battle of Kapyong, forever being etched into the pages of history for that gallant stand. The Navy played a key role in halting Communist supply trains and the RCAF flew thousands of pounds of important supplies in.

516 Canadian Soldiers paid the Ultimate Price for their service and they are not forgotten. 

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Belgium and Luxembourg

BELGIANS CAN DO TOO!

The Volunteer Corps for Korea or Corps de Volontaires pour la Corée answered the call to save Korea. It eventually became known as the Belgian United Nations Command (BUNC).

 

The Battalion sized unit served with distinction at several key battles, they held the line at the Battle of Chaktol for 55 consecutive nights of Chinese attacks.

 

3,171 Belgian and 78 Luxembourg troops served from 1951-1955. 101 Belgian soldiers, 2 Luxembourgish soldiers paid the Ultimate price during the War.

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The United States of America

One more Soldier reporting Sir, I've served my time in Hell..

The United states formed the backbone and contributed the most non Korean Troops to the United Nations coalition. Overall command of the War fell to the US 8th Army and they would be the deciding factor in saving South Korea from the Communist Invasion. 

The US dropped more ordnance on North Korea during the war than it did on the entire Pacific Theater of World War II. Hundreds of thousands of americans would fight in Korea, through some of the toughest battles in history. Often fighting desperate retreats, units would be cut off, and Communist forces seemed endless.

 

The US lost upward of 37,000 troops and suffered 102,000 wounded during the Korean War.

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