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With her brother on her back a war weary Korean girl tiredly trudges by a stalled M-26 tank in Haengju, Korea, June 9, 1951. U.S. Army photo by Maj. R.V. Spencer A young officer and his wife sit in their car at the dock and staring quietly at the waiting aircraft carrier in the San Diego dock before he leaves for Korea in 1950. U.S. Information Agency photo U.S. Army soldiers assigned to the 24th Infantry Regiment move up to the firing line in Korea, July 18, 1950. U.S. Army photo During South Korean evacuation of Suwon Airfield, a 37-mm anti-tank gun is hauled out of the area for repairs, by a weapons carrier in 1950, U.S. Information Agency photo The Pantherjets are refueling after rockets have been "hung" under the wings in 1951. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Master Sgt. C.D. Prindle. F4Us, better known as Corsairs, returning from a combat mission over North Korea, circle the USS Boxer as they wait for planes in the next strike to be launched from her flight deck and a helicopter hovers above the ship, Sept. 4, 1951. U.S. Navy photo U.S. Army soldiers assigned to the 9th Infantry Regiment man an M-26 tank to await an enemy attempt to cross the Naktong River, Sept. 3, 1950. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Thomas Marotta U.S. Marine Corps Pvt. 1st Class Luther Leguire raises the U.S. flag at the American consulate in Seoul, Korea, while fighting for the city raged around the compound, Sept. 27, 1950.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. John Babyak Jr.

60th Anniversary

On June 25, 1950, the North Korean Army began an offensive to invade South Korea that resulted in the capture of the republic’s capital, Seoul, within four days. The United States, the United Kingdom and other members of the United Nations moved to actively defend South Korea – an effort that would last until July 27, 1953, when negotiations concluded and fighting finally ended.

LATEST STORY

Event Pays Tribute to ‘The Chosin Few’

A 78-year-old retired Marine was eager to meet one of the men responsible for what is believed to be the first full-length documentary about the Chosin Reservoir campaign, a harrowing 17-day battle during the Korean War marked by crippling losses and incredible triumphs of the human spirit. Story

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STORIES

Veterans Mark 60th Anniversary of Battle

More than 250 veterans gathered here Nov. 10 to mark the 60th anniversary of the pivotal Jangjin “Chosin” Reservoir battle where U.S. Soldiers and Marines defeated a much larger enemy force during a strategic retreat through bitterly cold and fiercely contested mountainous terrain. Story

Anti-Sub Exercises Send A Deterrence Message

The U.S. and South Korea navies kicked off anti-submarine warfare exercises yesterday in the waters off the Korean peninsula, sending what officials call an important message of deterrence to North Korea as South Korea commemorates the 60th anniversary of Seoul’s liberation. Story

War Vets Return to South Korea

More than 130 U.S. veterans from the Korean War veterans returned to South Korea -- almost all for the first time since the war -- to participate in ceremonies marking the conflict’s 60th anniversary and to see the fruits of their efforts. Story

Re-enactment Honors 60th Anniversary

For a day, Inchon took on a movie-set quality as U.S. Marines and their South Korean and U.N. counterparts re-enacted the massive amphibious landing 60 years ago that ultimately turned the tide in the Korean War. Story


Sharp to North Korea: Halt Nuclear Program

SEOUL, South Korea, Sept. 15, 2010 – Army Gen. Walter L. “Skip” Sharp, U.S. and U.N. commander in South Korea, marked the 60th anniversary of the Inchon Landing by calling on North Korea to abandon its nuclear program and halt provocations against South Korea. Story


Obama Proclaims Korean War Armistice Day

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2010 – President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation declaring July 27 National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, to mark the signing of the Military Armistice Agreement at Panmunjom. Story


Task Force Honored

OSAN, South Korea – The 60th anniversary of the first U.S. battle of the Korean War was commemorated July 16 in a ceremony at the Jukmiryeong War Monument. Story


Tour Highlights Importance of Peace, Security

GYEONGGI PROVINCE, South Korea, July 7, 2010 – In the wake of the South Korean warship Cheonan sinking and the death of 46 sailors, the Gyeonggi Province Office of the Vice-Governor Choi Hong-chul gave a group of 2nd Infantry Division Band members and Koreans a tour, June 23, through early and late Korean history that included the Demilitarized Zone. Story



Marine Looks to Korea Vets As Example

CAMP H. M. SMITH, Hawaii, July 6, 2010 – The day the last Korean War veteran dies will be a tragedy for our generation. Their exploits are well documented but nothing can replace their first-hand accounts of what happened. Story


Reflecting on Those Not Forgotten

ARLINGTON, Va. June 25, 2010 – Military and government officials paid homage to Korean War veterans during a commemoration ceremony in the Pentagon courtyard yesterday. Story

Veterans Recall Smells, Cold of Korean War

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2010 – War stinks. According to one veteran of the Korean War -- which started 60 years ago today -- it stinks specifically like coal and kimchi. Story



Commemoration Honors Past, Highlights Progress

Sixty years ago today, North Korean forces crossed the 38th Parallel to invade South Korea. In solemn remembrance, United States Forces Korea service members will join their Republic of Korea counterparts in commemorating an alliance forged in the crucible of war. Story


Illinois Guard Veterans Recall Korean War

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., June 24, 2010 – "A bleak and dismal place," is how retired Illinois National Guard Lt. Col. Don Sneed of Litchfield described his time in Korea in 1952. Today’s Illinois Guard members know that their military lineage is linked to their predecessors’ Korean-War exploits of more than a half-century ago. Story


Top Defense Leaders Honor Korean War Vets

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2010 – Flanked by Korean War veterans, many proudly bearing the medals and insignias of their military service, defense officials commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Korean War in a Pentagon ceremony. Story


Nation Marks Korean War’s 60th Anniversary

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2010 – Sixty years ago this week, North Korean troops stormed across the 38th parallel into South Korea, launching a three-year conflict that culminated in an armistice in 1953, but never officially ended. The ferocity of the offensive caught the South Korean army by surprise. Story


North Korea Attacks Across 38th Parallel

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2010 – Sixty years ago, the Korean War became the first major armed clash between the free world and Communist forces, as the so-called Cold War turned hot. Story


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VIDEOS

Liberation of Seoul

A presidential delegation headed by Secretary of the Army John McHugh and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki is in the Republic of Korea for the 60th Anniversary of the liberation of Seoul. Watch


Korean War Anniversary

Under Secretary of the Army Joseph Westphal speaks at the 60th anniversary of the Korean War commemoration ceremony in the Pentagon courtyard. Watch


VIDEO PODCASTS

BATTLEGROUND

A Pentagon Channel original series featuring historic films from WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.


U.N. Forces Move North

June 02, 2010

Originally produced in 1951, this episode of Battleground follows the combat activities in Korea from Jan. 20 - Feb. 20, 1951. Watch

Silver Wings

February 19, 2009

This episode of Battleground highlights an historical chronology of the Korean War with emphasis on the role and infuence of Air Power. Watch



Korea Revisited

February 11, 2009

A look at the Republic of Korea showing the progress and development of the nation and its people. Watch

Wars End

February 04, 2009

The third and final film on the Korean War. Brigadier General SLA Marshall assesses the war and the effects it has had on training in todays Army. Watch



AUDIO PODCASTS

REMEMBERING THE KOREAN WAR

This series of podcasts looks back at role of the Navy, Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps at the start of the Korean War in 1950 through the end of the year. As told through the voices of those who were there and narrated by Defense Media Activity military journalists, these podcasts commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War and those who served. Each week a new podcast will be posted from a unique service perspective.



NAVY – Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Vaughan McMillian sets the stage for what is to come in the months that follow June 1950. Listen

AIR FORCE – Air Force Master Sgt. Shawn Sprayberry tells us about the U.S. Air Force’s role in the first days of the Korean War from the North Korean attack on Kimpo Air Field and destruction of an Air Force Douglas C-54 Skymaster to the first aerial victory by Air Force 1st Lt. William G. Hudson. Listen

ARMY – Army Sgt. Deyane Moses takes us back to 1948, 2 years before the start of the Korean War, to hear from Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Listen

MARINE CORPS – U.S. Marine Cpl. Sydney Purschwitz introduces us to a Korean War veteran who recounts his journey from Camp Pendleton, Calif., to war and explains the role of the U.S. Marines in those early days in June 1950. Listen

NAVY – Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Vaughan McMillian talks with the head of the Archives Branch for Naval History and Heritage Command, Curtis Utz, about the Navy's use of limited resources in successful sea and air attacks against North Korea in July 1950. Listen

AIR FORCE – Air Force Master Sgt. Shawn Sprayberry introduces us to retired Republic of Korea Army General Paik Sun-yup who discusses the importance of air power during the Korean War. Listen

ARMY – Defense Media Activity's Jini Ryan brings us history of the 2nd Infantry Division during the summer of 1950. Listen

MARINE CORPS – U.S. Marine Cpl. Sydney Purschwitz introduces us to Korean War veteran John Kennedy who describes how he ended up in the Marine Corps at the start of the Korean War. Listen

NAVY – Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Vaughan McMillian takes us back to August 1950 and the Navy's role during the Korean War. We also hear about a recently laid to rest Korean War Sailor who was missing until South Korean authorities discovered his remains in 2008. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in July of this year. Listen

AIR FORCE – Air Force Tech Sgt. Steve German takes us to August of 1950 and describes that actions of the U.S. Air Force conducting night raids south of the 38th parallel. Listen

ARMY – Defense Media Activity's Jini Ryan introduces us to Medal of Honor recipient Ronald E. Rosser who shares some of his memories of the Korean War. Listen

MARINE CORPS – U.S. Marine Cpl. Sydney Purschwitz introduces us to Korean War veteran Clark Henry who describes, “the toughest and bravest Marine” he ever met. Listen

NAVY – Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Vaughan McMillian takes us back to September 1950 and the Navy's role during the Korean War. He introduces us to Lt. j.g. Byron Bartholomew who shares his memories of that time. Listen

AIR FORCE – Airman 1st Class Alina Richard takes us to September of 1950 and describes the actions of the U.S. Air Force in that month of the Korean War. Listen

ARMY – Defense Media Activity's Army Sgt. Deyane Moses takes us to the Battle of Naktong Bulge for the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War. Listen

MARINE CORPS – U.S. Marine Cpl. Sydney Purschwitz takes us back to September 1950 and the U.S. Marine Corps surprise amphibious assault on Inchon. Listen

NAVY – Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Vaughan McMillian takes us back to October 1950 and the Navy's role during the Korean War. We hear about a collision of ships from a Korean War veteran. Listen

AIR FORCE – Airman 1st Class Alina Richard takes us to October of 1950 and describes the actions of the U.S. Air Force in that month of the Korean War. Listen

ARMY – Jini Ryan takes a look at the troops of the 8240th, also known as the Partisan Infantry for the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War. Listen

MARINE CORPS – U.S. Marine Cpl. Sydney Purschwitz takes us back to October 1950 and the beginning of the Chosin Reservoir Campaign. Listen

NAVY – Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Vaughan McMillian takes us back to November 1950 and the Navys role during the Korean War. Listen

AIR FORCE – U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Shawn Sprayberry takes us to November of 1950 and describes the actions of the U.S. Air Force in that month of the Korean War. Listen

ARMY – Army Sgt. Deyane Moses shares a special podcast commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War. Listen

MARINE CORPS – U.S. Marine Cpl. Sydney Purschwitz takes us back to November 1950 and the Chosin Reservoir Campaign. Listen

NAVY – Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Vaughan McMillian takes us back to the intense month of December 1950 and the Navy's role during the Korean War. Listen

AIR FORCE – U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Shawn Sprayberry takes us to December of 1950 and the actions of the U.S. Air Force air dropping 1500 tons of equipment and supplies and evacuating injured Marines from the Chosin Reservoir. Listen

ARMY – Defense Media Activity's Jacques Bannamon shares a special podcast commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War. Listen

MARINE CORPS – U.S. Marine Cpl. Sydney Purschwitz takes us back to December 1950 and shares a poem inspired by the Marines who served. Listen