June 25, 1950: Korean War Began Here

By Callie Oettinger

The War Began Here—June 25, 1950.

Crossing the 38th parallel. United Nations forces withdraw from Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. They recrossed the 38th parallel., 1950. Credit: National Archives

Crossing the 38th parallel. United Nations forces withdraw from Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. They recrossed the 38th parallel., 1950.
Credit: National Archives

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A grief stricken American infantryman whose buddy has been killed in action is comforted by another soldier. In the background a corpsman methodically fills out casualty tags, Haktong-ni area, Korea., 08/28/1950. Credit: National Archives

A grief stricken American infantryman whose buddy has been killed in action is comforted by another soldier. In the background a corpsman methodically fills out casualty tags, Haktong-ni area, Korea., 08/28/1950.
Credit: National Archives

Invasion of Inchon, Korea. Four LST’s unload men and equipment on beach. Three of the LST’s shown are LST-611, LST-745, and LST-715., 09/15/1950. Credit: National Archives

Invasion of Inchon, Korea. Four LST’s unload men and equipment on beach. Three of the LST’s shown are LST-611, LST-745, and LST-715., 09/15/1950.
Credit: National Archives

 

United Nations troops fighting in the streets of Seoul, Korea., 09/20/1950. Credit: National Archives

United Nations troops fighting in the streets of Seoul, Korea., 09/20/1950.
Credit: National Archives

Marines of the First Marine Division pay their respects to fallen buddies during memorial services at the division’s cemetery at Hamhung, Korea, following the break-out from Chosin Reservoir., 12/13/1950.  Credit: National Archives

Marines of the First Marine Division pay their respects to fallen buddies during memorial services at the division’s cemetery at Hamhung, Korea, following the break-out from Chosin Reservoir., 12/13/1950.
Credit: National Archives

Bitter Cold, Bitter Fight. Korean War, ca. 12/1950. Credit: National Archives

Bitter Cold, Bitter Fight. Korean War, ca. 12/1950.
Credit: National Archives

Men of the 19th Infantry Regiment work their way over the snowy mountains about 10 miles north of Seoul, Korea, attempting to locate the enemy lines and positions., 01/03/1951. Credit: National Archives

Men of the 19th Infantry Regiment work their way over the snowy mountains about 10 miles north of Seoul, Korea, attempting to locate the enemy lines and positions., 01/03/1951.
Credit: National Archives

Private First Class Preston McKnight, 19th Infantry Regiment, uses his poncho to get protection from the biting wind and cold, in the Yoju area, Korea, during break in action against the Chinese Communist aggressors., 01/10/1951. Credit: National Archives

Private First Class Preston McKnight, 19th Infantry Regiment, uses his poncho to get protection from the biting wind and cold, in the Yoju area, Korea, during break in action against the Chinese Communist aggressors., 01/10/1951.
Credit: National Archives

 

Paratroopers of the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team, seated in the cargo compartment of 314th Troop Carrier Group C-119 “Flying Boxcar,” “sweat out” the flight to the dropzone at Munsan-ni, Korea, in March, 1951, ca. 03/1951. Credit: National Archives

Paratroopers of the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team, seated in the cargo compartment of 314th Troop Carrier Group C-119 “Flying Boxcar,” “sweat out” the flight to the dropzone at Munsan-ni, Korea, in March, 1951, ca. 03/1951.
Credit: National Archives

 

Commandoes of the 41st Royal British Marines plant demolition charges along railroad tracks of enemy supply line which they demolished during a commando raid, 8 miles south of Songjin, Korea., 04/10/1951. Credit: National Archives

Commandoes of the 41st Royal British Marines plant demolition charges along railroad tracks of enemy supply line which they demolished during a commando raid, 8 miles south of Songjin, Korea., 04/10/1951.
Credit: National Archives

 

With her brother on her back a war weary Korean girl tiredly trudges by a stalled M-26 tank, at Haengju, Korea., 06/09/1951.  Credit: National Archives

With her brother on her back a war weary Korean girl tiredly trudges by a stalled M-26 tank, at Haengju, Korea., 06/09/1951.
Credit: National Archives

 

F4U’s (Corsairs) returning from a combat mission over North Korea circle the USS Boxer as they wait for planes in the next strike to be launched from her flight deck-a helicopter hovers above the ship., 09/04/1951. Credit: National Archives

F4U’s (Corsairs) returning from a combat mission over North Korea circle the USS Boxer as they wait for planes in the next strike to be launched from her flight deck-a helicopter hovers above the ship., 09/04/1951.
Credit: National Archives

 

3rd Republic of Korea Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, Wonju, Korea., 09/1951. Credit: National Archives

3rd Republic of Korea Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, Wonju, Korea., 09/1951.
Credit: National Archives

 

U.S. Marines of the First Marine Division Reconnaissance Company make the first helicopter invasion on Hill 812, to relieve the Republic of Korea 8th Division, during the renewed fighting in Korea., 09/20/1951. Credit: National Archives

U.S. Marines of the First Marine Division Reconnaissance Company make the first helicopter invasion on Hill 812, to relieve the Republic of Korea 8th Division, during the renewed fighting in Korea., 09/20/1951.
Credit: National Archives

 

Six gunners join hands as a part of 17th Bomb Wing night interdiction teams in Korea, ca. 09/1952. Credit: National Archvies

Six gunners join hands as a part of 17th Bomb Wing night interdiction teams in Korea, ca. 09/1952.
Credit: National Archives

 

Personnel and equipment needed to save a man’s life are assembled at HQs of the 8225th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, Korea., 10/14/1951. Credit: National Archives

Personnel and equipment needed to save a man’s life are assembled at HQs of the 8225th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, Korea., 10/14/1951.
Credit: National Archives

 

This U.S. Air Force B-26 light bomber of the 3rd Bomb Wing has its 14 forward firing .50 caliber machine guns tested prior to a night mission against enemy targets in North Korea. Pilots of the 3rd Wing nightly patrol Communist supply routes leading to the front. The B-26 night Intruders have been a major factor in the destruction of more than 53,000 enemey vehicles knocked out by U.S. Air Force units since the start of the Korean war., ca. 11/27/1952. Credit: National Archives

This U.S. Air Force B-26 light bomber of the 3rd Bomb Wing has its 14 forward firing .50 caliber machine guns tested prior to a night mission against enemy targets in North Korea. Pilots of the 3rd Wing nightly patrol Communist supply routes leading to the front. The B-26 night Intruders have been a major factor in the destruction of more than 53,000 enemey vehicles knocked out by U.S. Air Force units since the start of the Korean war., ca. 11/27/1952.
Credit: National Archives

 

As the words informing the world of the truce being signed in Korea reached the ears of military personnel in Korea and Japan, emotions were expressed in a variety of ways, ca. 07/1953. Credit: National Archives

As the words informing the world of the truce being signed in Korea reached the ears of military personnel in Korea and Japan, emotions were expressed in a variety of ways, ca. 07/1953.
Credit: National Archives

An unidentified POW (repatriated in the UN POW exchange) arrives by helicopter at Freedom Village, Korea., ca. 08/05/1953. Credit: National Archives.

An unidentified POW (repatriated in the UN POW exchange) arrives by helicopter at Freedom Village, Korea., ca. 08/05/1953.
Credit: National Archives.

 


CALLIE OETTINGER was Command Posts’ first managing editor. Her interest in military history, policy and fiction took root when she was a kid, traveling and living the life of an Army Brat, and continues today.

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