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This statue was pulled the morning soldier in his handy clutches the dog tags of fallen comrades.
Hello I'm Oliver North and welcome to war stories this is the Korean War memorial in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The -- campaign of 1950 to 53 has been called the forgotten war.
-- during -- for years over 35000.
Americans died defending the Korean Peninsula.
More than one point seven million Americans fought in Korea.
Places like bloody ridge in pork chop hill and heartbreak rich.
These were the treacherous still -- -- -- -- blasted by mortar and artillery fire that looked like the surface of the moon.
Bring one terrible 24 hours -- battle the US fifteen field artillery fired an incredible 141000.
Rounds during another battle.
The bodies of the dead and wounded late everywhere as one vet told me like pumpkins and a -- tonight.
You'll hear from those warriors who fought -- -- battles of Korea.
The period following world.
-- -- -- -- newly optimistic America and the start of an unrivaled period of economic prosperity.
Returning GI's moved to places like Levittown new York and the baby boom was born.
But while many hope for a lasting peace and new enemy emerged once again threatening our freedom its name communism.
Rising darkly from the banks of the Geneva the Kremlin -- sinister and mysterious.
And conspiratorial home of these evil men.
Period time so -- are moving into his junior.
China has fallen the post -- -- -- -- become obvious one side democracy America and president Harry Truman.
On the other.
Communist led by China's Mao Zedong and -- Joseph Allen this would be the Cold War.
But warm blood would be -- fighting his battles and just five years after the end of World War II came the first major test.
-- signed as a professor of military history and retired US navy captain.
During the Vietnam War he earned three purple hearts two bronze stars and the silver star we.
Have a new secretary of state and skiing accident at the Washington press club and there he is showing to the members of the press.
What the interest of the United States -- -- -- leaves -- career.
Some say that diplomatic mistake caused the Korean War.
At the time north and South Korea were divided along the 38 parallel.
The Communist north was led by Kim -- saw a puppet of style Kim was convinced that the United States wouldn't fight if he invaded South Korea.
He was wrong.
Russian control north Koreans with a typical.
-- read disregard for international decency invading their fellow countrymen to the solid.
Could bring another international crisis to the already long suffering world.
And all of a sudden -- -- The -- not just in north Koreans invaded the south and suddenly we were.
At 4 AM -- Sunday morning June 25 the twenty year old Carlos Smith was living in Chicago Illinois and unsure what to do with his life.
And opening barrage of North Korean artillery and mortars withdraw legal war -- -- country but find them back.
North Korean troops backed by a 150 Russian made tanks moved across the 38 parallel.
Communist forces steamrolled the self quickly capturing its capital Seoul.
The American forces and create something -- vastly outnumbered and overmatched.
And they're driven to the south east that South Korea and -- what we commonly known as the Pusan perimeter.
-- with a -- at their -- 90000 American and South Korean troops were reinforced by a new international organization.
The United Nations.
It's -- significant and made it really is is the first time that the UN has taken action taken actions that collective body.
To help -- Ultimately sixteen nations would send troops to liberate South Korea the majority of them some one point seven million would come from America.
People like Carlos that the reported for his army physical on Halloween of 1950.
We've got orders to to go to -- instrument.
And of course that -- Korea among you recruit training platoon.
How many of those guys went as far as command vs went to Germany or somewhere else there were a number of unknowns -- -- who can use extra pressure on.
Demand of the UN forces was given the general Douglas MacArthur.
It's seventy years old remained in the public a true American hero that in Washington side especially the president Harry Truman was trouble.
General -- -- -- commanded the eight US army.
Less than three months after the north Koreans invaded South Korea MacArthur went on the offensive -- in job.
It's an eighteen miles west of Seoul.
The cars slid incident -- for the north Koreans on the defense.
UN forces broke out in the Pusan perimeter and by September were back to the 38 -- it was another victory for MacArthur.
Do you -- south and he's achieved the -- East Coast the north Koreans either -- captain -- told them.
He's not -- thirtieth parallel and the war could be over and that's.
-- with the old warrior one it more on October 7 1950 his troops crossed the 38 parallel invading North Korea.
Young -- like Illinois native guy Robinson were called in to serve.
This -- took my training to Portland -- -- Six weeks of -- infantry training and -- -- -- engineer training but there was soon forgotten is very evident that.
We are all being.
Used to fill the gap.
Killed or wounded.
By the end of October macarthur's troops to push the north Koreans -- the border with China.
Some historians feel that invading North Korea was -- deliberate attempt to draw -- they told and China into a showdown.
Communism vs -- At the end of October the Chinese obliged you'll warrior and launched a major -- offensive.
-- late 1950 over 300000 Communist Chinese troops to join the fight.
Overwhelm the UN forces were driven back down the peninsula.
And then an accident made things worse.
-- walker who's heading the AR SQ what the and -- way will be sent from Washington general Matthew Ridgway was a colorful West Point match.
Who's known for wearing -- hand grenade in his chest resulting nickname was rather -- -- first word was iron.
The second rhymes with -- Originally came over and of course did -- great great job he hears a great record I was 23 year old -- Chapman was also a graduate of West Point.
Nicknamed -- guy he was assigned to the second infantry division and new woody wanted in military leadership.
I don't really have an integrated kind of general MacArthur.
-- sort of guy.
Toronto a lot of photographers.
He wanted to get lower China which we couldn't couldn't do and her children the right decision.
In April 19516.
Months after the Chinese -- the war.
Harry Truman fired the -- he called a primadonna.
Three and a half months after replacing MacArthur Ridgway had both sides sitting down for peace talks.
But in the bloody.
Heels of Korea the battles raged it.
When you're in a position.
It helps if you -- with another -- -- -- factual.
Your whole world and from it.
It is probably fifteen feet in this fifteen -- and the others.
We knew they were out there we -- know whether it was a dozen are -- and then you never --
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