Korean War Photo Gallery and related media
The 38th parallel
Following World War II, the Korean peninsula was divided along the 38th parallel, with the creation of communist-backed North Korea and the anti-communist Republic of South Korea. On June 25, 1950, North invaded South, leading to the outbreak of the Korean War.
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On June 25, 1950, the Korean War began when communist North Korea invaded South Korea. The United States, fighting under United Nations command, would lose more than 36,000 soldiers in one of the first clashes of the Cold War.
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Throughout American history, a number of controversial generals have clashed with presidents and other officials.
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P-51 Mustang Redefines Combat Fighting
P-51 Mustang Redefines Combat FightingVideo Clip (2:13)
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The P-51 Mustang could stay in flight far longer than many other fighters. Check out the airplane that redefined combat fighting.
F-86 Sabre Fighter Jet
F-86 Sabre Fighter JetVideo Clip (1:55)
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The F-86 Sabre jet, equipped with six 50-caliber machine guns, was the first U.S. swept wing fighter ever produced. Find out why pilots called it the best plane they ever flew.
U.S. Jetfighter Ace of Korea
U.S. Jetfighter Ace of KoreaVideo Clip (2:23)
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Get to know Colonel Ralph Parr, one of the greatest jetfighter aces in American history, whose three-decade Air Force career encompassed three wars and five combat tours.
Korean War Homecoming
Korean War HomecomingVideo Clip (2:18)
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Korean War soldiers returned home to a population that was largely disinterested in the war effort.
First Hispanic-American Jet Ace
First Hispanic-American Jet AceVideo Clip (1:20)
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Get to know the first Hispanic-American jet ace in United States history, Captain Manuel J. Pete Fernandez, Jr. Fernandez flew the F-86 Saber for more than 125 combat missions in the Korean War.
Korea Vet Recalls War
Korea Vet Recalls WarVideo Clip (2:56)
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Veteran Sherman Pratt recalls the tough conditions during the Korean War.
Soviet MiG-15 Fighter Jet
Soviet MiG-15 Fighter JetVideo Clip (1:40)
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The Soviet MiG-15 took part in the first jet-versus-jet dogfights of the Korean War, and even outperformed the American F-80 due to its blistering rate of climb.
MiG-17 Fighter Jet
MiG-17 Fighter JetVideo Clip (1:34)
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Discover why the MiG-17, the first missile-armed fighter jet in Soviet service, was a thorn in America's side during the Vietnam War.
Korean War Veteran Edwin Simmons
Korean War Veteran Edwin SimmonsVideo Clip (2:44)
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Brigadier General Edwin Simmons recalls the Korean War.
Korean War POW
Korean War POWVideo Clip (2:41)
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Korean War veteran William Allen recalls being taken prisoner by North Korea.
Related Speeches & Audio (10)
JFK on Korean War Armistice Talks
JFK on Korean War Armistice TalksAudio Clip (1:11)
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In July 1951, John F. Kennedy, a promising young Democrat from Massachusetts, offers his views on the terms the United States should seek at the Korean War armistice talks in Kaesong.
Korean War Progress Report
Korean War Progress ReportAudio Clip (3:57)
Audio Clip (3:57)
Upon his return from the Far East, Supreme Commander of U.N. forces Gen. Matthew Ridgeway addresses a joint session of Congress on April 22, 1952, and recounts stories of Allied bravery on the battlefield.
Fall of Seoul
Fall of SeoulAudio Clip (3:47)
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In his weekly Hear It Now radio program on January 5, 1951, Edward R. Murrow reports on the fall of Seoul to North Korea during the Korean War.
MacArthur Gives Farewell Address
MacArthur Gives Farewell AddressAudio Clip (5:02)
Audio Clip (5:02)
On April 11, 1951, President Harry Truman relieved Gen. Douglas MacArthur of his command due to their disagreement over the handling of the Korean War. On April 19, 1951, after 52 years of military service, Gen. Douglas MacArthur delivers a farewell address to Congress, setting off a controversy among congressional members over whether or not the Joint Chiefs of Staff had approved the MacArthur plan for operations.
Eisenhower Announces Korean War Armistice
Eisenhower Announces Korean War ArmisticeAudio Clip (0:46)
Audio Clip (0:46)
On July 27, 1953, the Korean War armistice was signed, ending three years of fighting that involved two dozen nations. In his public statement delivered an hour after the signing, President Eisenhower commemorates those who fought to keep freedom alive.
MacArthur on Communist Advances in Korea
MacArthur on Communist Advances in KoreaAudio Clip (0:32)
Audio Clip (0:32)
On January 21, 1951, U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur, commander of United Nations forces in Korea, offers reassurance to the public that South Korea would not fall to communist forces.
Truman Orders U.S. Forces to Fight in Korean War
Truman Orders U.S. Forces to Fight in Korean WarAudio Clip (0:23)
Audio Clip (0:23)
On July 19, 1950, in a radio and television address, President Harry Truman announces to the world that America will intervene in the Korean conflict in order to stem the spread of communism.
USS Pueblo Commander Released by North Korea
USS Pueblo Commander Released by North KoreaAudio Clip (1:40)
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The Navy spy ship USS Pueblo was captured off the coast of North Korea in January, 1968. Imprisoned and tortured for 11 months, Cmdr. Lloyd "Pete" Bucher and his crew were released only after he signed a statement conceding that the ship was spying on North Korea. Cmdr. Bucher, who returned to a critical nation, speaks publicly about the experience.
Murrow Reports on Korean War
Murrow Reports on Korean WarAudio Clip (2:35)
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On April 27, 1951, in his weekly news program "Hear It Now," Edward R. Murrow reports on U.S. military progress in the Korean War.
Korean War Battlefield Report
Korean War Battlefield ReportAudio Clip (2:50)
Audio Clip (2:50)
A September 14, 1950, a live report from the battlefield by combat correspondent Ens. Jack Seigal captures the U.S. Marines landing at Wolmi Do Island in Ichon Harbor, Korea.