Korean War

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A Forty-Minute Korean War: The Soviet Defector Firefight in the Joint Security Area, Panmunjom, Korea, 23 November 1984

Written By: Colonel Thomas Hanson, USA-Ret. Vasilii Yakovlevich Matuzok had dreamed of fleeing the oppression of communism since his high school days in Moscow.  At age twenty-two, he became a…

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1st Signal Brigade

Written By: Howard Bartholf In the storied annals of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, the 1st Signal Brigade has earned a heralded position.  From the jungles, central highlands, and coastal…

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8204th Army Unit (American Graves Registration Service Group)

The first shipload of remains of Americans killed in Korea arrived in Japan on 3 January 1951. By the end of January almost 5,000 bodies had been removed from military cemeteries…

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187th Infantry Regiment

Originally organized as a glider infantry unit in World War II, the 187th Infantry Regiment fought in the Korean War as part of an airborne regimental combat team. Later, in…

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5th Infantry Regiment

With its lineage extending back to 1808 when the Army organized the 4th Infantry, the 5th Infantry Regiment is one of the Army’s longest serving infantry units.  In 1815, several…

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Lieutenant General Walton H. Walker

After a distinguished career as commander of XX Corps during World War II and command of Fifth Army following the war, LTG Walton H. Walker assumed command of Eighth Army…

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General of the Army Douglas MacArthur

Douglas MacArthur was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on 26 January 1880. He graduated first in his class from the United States Military Academy in 1903. Commissioned a second lieutenant, he served in the…

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General John William Vessey, Jr.

John W. Vessey, Jr., was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 29 June 1922. In high school, he joined the Minnesota National Guard; in 1940, his unit was called up to…

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General George Henry Decker

George Henry Decker was born in Catskill, New York, on 16 February 1902. He graduated from Lafayette College in 1924 and was commissioned a second lieutenant. He was assigned to the 26th Infantry…

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General Frederick Carlton Weyand

Frederick Carlton Weyand was born in Arbuckle, California, on 15 September 1916. He attended the University of California at Berkeley, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army through the Reserve Officers Training…

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