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"For most Americans, Korea was nothing more than a hazy backdrop to one of the most popular television series in history - M*A*S*H. But the comedy show had little to do with the bitter reality of fighting in Korea. On June 25, 1950, North Korean troops stormed across the 38th parallel, invading the South. President Truman swiftly sent in ground, sea and air power. The UN condemned the action and committed a token force. The operation officially became a UN ěpeace action.î General Douglas MacArthur became the supreme commander. The North quickly overran the South. While the UN held on to a tiny corner of the peninsula at the port of Pusan, MacArthur masterminded a dramatic amphibious landing at Inchon, at the western corner of the 38th parallel. Within months, MacArthur drove the North Korean forces almost to the Chinese border. On November 10, 1950, hundreds of thousands of Chinese troops poured across the Yalu River and drove the UN forces back into the South. The invasion resulted in the bloodiest fighting since the darkest days of World War II. 54,000 Americans died and 103,000 were wounded and battles such as Pork Chop Hill, Inchon, and Heartbreak Ridge became engraved into the U.S. military history. Losses for the North and South Koreans were at least ten times as great as losses for the Americans. The Korean War has often been called the forgotten war, but not by those who fought it. "
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