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I'm Oliver North and this is war stories.
It's been called the forgotten war.
Many in this country remember -- the setting for the film and television series -- For the one point eight million who fought there.
It was nothing funny about for three long years the Korean War it was a world surprised enemies what what they appeared.
Some say the missions and there at the end of general MacArthur fresh from -- and reward to ultimately be fired by president Harry from.
And for the fighting -- on the ground.
This was a warm extremes.
Temperatures ranging from -- was 315.
Degrees this summer who frigid sixty degrees and -- room.
Tonight I'm more storms we bring you the battle of the chosen -- of the frozen chose.
One of the coldest battles over what -- temperatures that haven't been experienced in combat since Napoleon said.
In -- it's a story of exceptional rate of courage above and beyond all of -- Epic tale of endurance and perseverance not just -- -- small and troops.
By the thousands of soldiers sailors airmen and Marines including some British command.
Today made up that important -- During that terrible when a nineteen.
-- In 1945 the last thing on America's mind was the Korean Peninsula.
Across the country we were welcoming our heroes back home from World War II.
Over the next five years the United States experience the post war boom.
It was an economics and babies and the military had few problems attracting strong young man.
I was a minor I don't know hard rock -- Tired of the minds at seventeen years old frank -- joined the Marines he was made a company photographer.
It's just couple years after world -- There was television.
I wanted to -- only service.
After working hard to receive an army officers commissioned 25 year old former marine John -- expected to serve his tour -- a tropical paradise.
And under ordered her record to.
For chapter I want to the fifth regimental combat duty.
From what I thought would be a delightful here.
And how all right.
So much for this post war euphoria.
-- face off between the Soviet Union and the United States was brewing.
Troops like then sergeant David Hackworth.
Had traded one enemy for another.
I think it was a -- easy transference from.
-- hate the Nazis hated the Communists and their conduct across Europe specially wasn't to.
One -- -- life.
Problems -- even.
Into the -- -- -- in the Adriatic.
I'm a good man standing your ground don't.
The flash point would be North Korea.
With the Soviets have installed a Communist dictatorship the north Koreans made no secret of their intentions to take over their neighbors to the south.
Mortar fire fights -- a regular occurrence.
The north would create little excursions in this.
Korea and those days we had what they called Truman line around the world.
In the Truman line was that any time the Communists came across this so called criminal.
We knew we were going to war and.
In the early morning hours of June 24 1950.
That line was crossed to the big play.
It was looked upon initially.
First few hours isn't just another one of these border curve and -- -- -- quickly realized that there.
8000 Communist North Korean troops -- in South Korean forces and lightly armed poorly trained US occupation troops.
Previously the Truman administration has given mixed signals about US involvement in another Asian war.
The president was now clearly concerned.
I don't know.
Our hope you -- tonight.
About what we're doing for the question.
-- -- -- on this planet conference can be stopped without the general.
-- -- only heard the president as a young marine he'd already experienced Iwo jima.
But when Korea exploded a few re -- they swept down through.
Crossed the 38 parallel.
The days that taken.
Themselves and they were.
Down to the Pusan perimeter -- That telegraph operator for the -- writer delivered that message from from the -- -- and our orders.
-- -- -- As diplomats -- USS the newly formed UN Security Council to take action against North Korea.
The Soviets refused even to -- up for the vote against their allies and after -- resolution passed condemning the attack.
For a hastily dispatched.
And then potential regimental commander harmless -- That's where have you been well orders yesterday exit at five days to follow but and hit it unless you -- Today American troops still stationed in Japan and Europe -- to lean mean fighting machine everyone remembered from World War II.
It was like today and that that wasn't used them very rusty at the time.
This many elements on the arming him.
-- the world and I were having apartment.
At Camp Pendleton -- tank commanders like colonel ray Davis were concerned about their troops readiness and -- you've now got 800 plus Marines most of whom have come experience World War II or not.
Noticed the few leaders believe we have some of the -- mean that can.
In those first few days of fighting the South Koreans were massacred.
An American troops put up fierce.
Our eyeballs in north Koreans and we.
But some major -- We jumped off -- seven.
Good that they were going to didn't.
To work can -- help me from going further.
They were attack.
Very few survivors -- were on this but the line held at the Pusan perimeter.
-- tiny corner of southeast Korea.
We had a back up against the wall there was nowhere to go with with -- -- Very important element of this morning it was your rival next petitioners -- created the United States marine.
Say -- what did.
-- was a sleepy port town and general Douglas MacArthur -- dream of -- I got a -- office.
That he had a forced to land it into.
That of Korea.
That night at camp Drake now have -- -- -- it was complete silence you can hear him drop everybody was.
Had your thoughts on what was going to happen tomorrow I knew going to war.
And so we train and around the clock please and just worked.
They had bio it because we were British -- -- industry that shortly we would.
My -- on the battlefield.
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