June 24, 2010

Remembering The Korean War

Dialogue commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, which began on June 25, 1950.

Host Marcia Franklin talks with several veterans of the war and with a historian. Guests include Richard Seward of Coeur d'Alene and Harold Kwan of Boise, who served with the U.S. Marine Corps at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir; Chuck Platt, who served with the U.S. Army at the Battle of Pork Chop Hill; and Shelton Woods, who is Professor of East and Southeast Asian History and Associate Dean at Boise State University.

The veterans will reflect on their memories of the war and their lives after their return. Professor Woods will set the war in perspective, discussing why it occurred and its geopolitical effects.

The war began on June 25, 1950, when the North Korean Army attacked South Korea. The next day, President Harry Truman authorized General MacArthur to use U.S. Air Force planes and Navy ships against all North Korean military targets south of the 38th Parallel, the dividing line between North and South Korea. Fighting continued until July 27, 1953, when the U.S., North Korea and China signed an armistice.

More than 37,000 American soldiers lost their lives in the Korean War. Hundreds of thousands of Korean soldiers on both sides died, as did millions of civilians.