Korea: Troubled Truce

A hush settled over the blasted land scape at 10 p.m. on July 27, 1953. General Matthew Ridgway, commander of the United Nations forces, later recalled that "there was no wild celebrating or fraternizing such as had marked the end of other wars." Men slumped wearily around a bottle of whisky or tried the unusual sensation of standing upright without flinching. Thus, after two years and 17 days of simultaneous fighting and negotiating, the Korean War came to an end just 15 years ago this week. The U.S. suffered 140,000 casualties, including...

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