Overview of the Combat Experience in the Korean War (Part 1)


Good men and good Soldiers fought in the muddy hills of Korea in the summer of 1950. This film is the story of the American GI in the opening battles of the Korean War.

The Korean War, often called the Forgotten War, was the first major combat action of the Cold War and the first time American Soldiers fought North Korean and Chinese Communist armies as part of a United Nations team.

The war started on June 25, 1950 and full-scale fighting until an armistice on July 27, 1953. Technically, the United States is still at war in Korea.

This film shows rare footage of the troops in the initial and lopsided engagements of the Korean War. The mud, the blood and the courage are depicted in graphic detail. This initial phase of the war was an anxious delaying action by US Army forces of the 24th Infantry Division and other units. Their mission was to delay the advancing North Korean armies until United Nations forces could assemble the force necessary to push back the North Korean invaders.

Images of Lieutenant General Walton Walker and Major General William F. Dean are seen in this film. General Dean was in charge of the delaying action against the North Korean advance at Tajeon, Republic of Korea. Dean led from the front, inspiring his men and personally destroyed a North Korean tank in the fighting in July 1950. He led his men with courage but the North Koreans overwhelmed the Americans and General Dean was captured. He was the highest ranking American officer captured during the Korean War and received the Medal of Honor for his actions on July 20 and 21, 1950. This film is worth watching for several reasons, but particularly to get a rare glimpse of General Dean, a true American hero.

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