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Facts About the Korean War

Below are some basic facts about the Korean War. General facts as well as little known facts are included for your reference.
  • The Korean War started on June 25th, 1950 and ended on July 27th, 1953.
  • The Korean War was fought between North Korea (along with the Chinese about halfway through the war), and the United Nations with South Korea. It was a fight against communism.
  • Over 3 million people died in the Korean War.
  • The war led to nothing. All it did was prevented communism from spreading into South Korea. No other gains were made, only many casualty losses.
  • The Korean War has become almost Forgotten, sometimes called The Forgotten War. This is because it occured right after World War II and right before the Vietnam War. The Korean War often gets overlooked.
  • 16 Nations sent forces to fight in the Korean War. It was practically a World War all on it's own involving so many nations.
  • The Korean War marks the beginning of the Cold War.
  • The Peace Talks lasted 2 years and 17 days. 575 meetings had to take place before an agreement was made. That agreement kept the dividing line at the 38th parallel.
  • United States forces started integration during the Korean War, due to much needed support. Black and Whites worked together for the first time.
  • Many soldiers experienced frostbite during the subzero temperatures during Winter.
  • One of the first jets, the F-86 Sabre, was used during the Korean War.
  • MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals) began being used during the Korean War. The MASH units saved thousands of lives. Once a soldier got to a MASH unit he had a 97% chance of survival.


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