The Korean War began June 25, 1950, when communist North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) invaded non-communist South Korea (Republic of Korea). The United States and other United Nations members came to South Korea's defense while the People's Republic of China and the Soviet Union supported North Korea. Approximately 1.8 million American military personnel served in the Korean theater. Almost 34,000 Americans were killed in action, about 103,000 were wounded and about 8,000 remain missing. Recent accounting has put the full death toll on all sides at just over 1.2 million. Yet, in America, it is still widely referred to as the "Forgotten War." This summer marked the 60th anniversary of the Korean armistice which was signed on July 27, 1953.
On this edition of FOCUS, Gary L. Knepp, local historian, author and an adjunct professor of American history and political science at the University of Cincinnati's Clermont College, discusses what he learned about the Korean War while writing his book: "Forgotten Warriors: Stories from the Korean War."
For additional information about Gary L. Knepp, visit his website at www.garyknepp.com.