War: KOREA: THREE YEARS OF WAR

On June 29, 1950, the President of the U.S. told the American people that a "bunch of bandits" had crossed the 38th parallel in Korea. "Under the circumstances," said Harry Truman, "I have ordered U.S. air and sea forces to give the Korean government troops cover and support."

Korea is a war in which the U.S. 1) within six months, decisively defeated the original aggressor, North Korea; 2) has fought inconclusively for 2½ years with a second, Red China. It is an international war, piled onto a civil war, undertaken in behalf of the...

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