A TIME OF TRANSITION: About this project
The conflict in Korea has often been called the forgotten war, but there are plenty of war veterans and their family members who beg to differ.
The Korean War essentially pitted the United Nations — led by the United States — in support of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), supported by China and the Soviet Union.
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Not long after World War II, the U.S. found itself in another international conflict. This one lasted from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953, when a cease-fire took effect.
The U.S. committed about 326,000 soldiers, and more than 36,500 were killed and another 103,000 were wounded.
In addition, more than 178,000 soldiers representing the newly formed United Nations were killed and more than 566,000 were wounded.
Estimates vary wildly, but the North Koreans clearly fared far worse, with hundreds of thousands killed and hundreds of thousands more wounded.
An estimated 2.5 million civilians were killed.
It has been more than 60 years since the armistice was signed.
In an effort to make sure the Korean War is not forgotten, we asked war veterans and their survivors to retell stories about their time during the war.
Some of them are first-person accounts; others are told by family members.
While the war gave rise to the Cold War, spurring the Red Scare and fallout shelters back home, it also ushered in the age of sock hops and soda shops, the heyday of radio disc jockeys and the dawn of the age of television.