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The Korean War conflict is often referred to as “The Forgotten War” —The sacrifice of Korean War Veterans has escaped the consciousness of most and is rarely, if ever acknowledged in text books or by the public. The timeline of the Korean War puts it between the long wars of World War II and Vietnam. A total of 1,789,000 Americans served in the Korean Theater from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953. Of those brave young men and women, 36,940 Americans gave their lives. The United States Armed Forces suffered 33,665 Americans killed in action in Korea; 3,275 died there from non-hostile causes. There were 92,134 Americans wounded in action in 103,284 incidents. There are still 7,986 MIAs as of October, 2011, according to VFW Magazine
The Korean War (25 June 1950 – 27 July 1953)
On June 25, 1950, the Korean War began when some 75,000 soldiers from the North Korean People’s Army backed by the Soviet Union & the People’s Republic of China poured across the 38th parallel, the boundary between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the north and the pro-Western Republic of Korea (supported by the United Nations) to the south . This invasion was the first military action of the Cold War. By July, American troops had entered the war on South Korea’s behalf.