It’s that time of the year again when we commemorate the battle fought by our veterans during the Korean War. July 27th is the National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, which is a day to remember and honor more than 50,000 American troops who died during that war, over 1,000 who were wounded, and countless prisoners of war. Here are some interesting facts about this Korean War you need to know.
1. Start and end dates of the war
When the military forces of North Korea crossed the 38th parallel into South Korea on June 25, 1950, the Korean war started. Canada, along with 15 other members of the United Nations, contributed command forces under the United States of America in defense of South Korea. The war ended on July 27, 1953, with the signing of the Armistice in Camp Bonifas in Korea.
2. An American general was captured by the North Koreans
Major General William F. Dean was found by two South Koreans and brought him to a North Korean ambush site just a month after the war broke out. He tried to fight his captors but was too weak due to an injury he sustained when he fell off a cliff while getting water for an injured G.I. The North Koreans took him as a prisoner on August 25, 1950, and remained a prisoner until the end of the war.
3. The Korean war is called by many names
North Korea calls it the Fatherland Liberation War. South Korea calls it Six-Two-Five, marking the date that the war started. China calls it War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea. And the United States calls it the Korean War or the Forgotten War.
4. The Korean War never really ended
While July 27, 1953, was considered the end of the Korean War, it was actually the day when American Lieutenant General William Harrison, Jr. and North Korean General Nam Il signed the Korean Armistice Agreement, stating to end all acts of armed forces in Korea until they find a final peace agreement. In essence, it was not a peace treaty but a ceasefire.
What other interesting facts do you know about the Korean War?
These are just a few good-to-know facts about the Korean War, so, wear your heart on your sleeves with these all American made jersey collections to show them how much you honor them. In the meantime, what other interesting facts do you know about the Korean War? Share it with us in the comment box below.