Monday, August 5, 2013


The Korean War began on June 25, 1950, when communist North Korea invaded South Korea. Almost immediately, the United States secured a resolution from the United Nations calling for the military defense of South Korea against the North Korean aggression. In a matter of days, U.S. land, air, and sea forces had joined the battle. The U.S. intervention turned the tide of the war, and soon the U.S. and South Korean forces were pushing into North Korea and toward that nation's border with China.

By July 1953 all sides involved in the conflict were ready to sign an agreement ending the bloodshed. The armistice was signed on July 27, 1953, and was designed to "insure a complete cessation of hostilities and of all acts of armed force in Korea until a final peaceful settlement is achieved."  No "final peaceful settlement" has been achieved yet.
1950 - Marine bids farewell to his family

1951 - Marine reunites with his family after Korean War service.  Note the Ray Ban case on attached to his belt

Called to urgent duty in Korea, many reserve Marines brought young families to trailers at Camp Lejeune. Within weeks, some fought at the Chosin Reservoir.

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