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- VIETNAM PHOTO COLLECTION
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- KOREAN WAR PHOTO COLLECTION
- Facts of the Korean War
The Korean War started on June 25, 1950 between North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) and South Korea (Republic of Korea), when North Korea invaded South Korea. The war stemmed from the attempts of both countries to reunify Korea. Both North and South Korea believed that the country should be unified under their administration. The disagreements in unification talks became intense and resulted in both countries attacking the other by crossing the 38th parallel, which was the dividing line for the countries.
The Korean War was a civil war at its core, similar to the U.S. Civil War, where Koreans fought each other on their own soil. The Korean War was also a part of the Cold War between the United State and Soviet Union. In addition to North and South Korea being involved, other countries joined in supporting the two sides. The division of power was based on ideology of Cold War participants.
Aiding North Korea, who had a communist philosophy, was the Soviet Union and China, with additional medical support provided by Czechoslovakia. South Korea received the backing of the United Nations peace keeping force and had assistance from the United States, England, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Greece and several other countries.
The war lasted until an armistice was signed on July 27, 1953, and as a result a Korean Demilitarized Zone was established. Over the course of the three years of civil war, the country was the scene of constant fighting and damage to property. Because of the war, over 2.5 million civilians, both North and South Koreans, were killed. In addition, over 1 million soldiers lost their lives during the war.
The war was brought to an end by the participation of the United Nations forces. With a military power such as the United States sending nearly a half million soldier, the South Koreans were able to fight off the attacking North Koreans, and counter attack by going into North Korea. U.S. military legends such as General Dwight Eisenhower, General Douglas MacArthur and General Omar Bradley were instrumental in planning the counter attacks, including several bombing raids on North Korea.
The Korean War was fought for three years, with no real victory on either side. The same geography existed after the war that was in place before the war. It was also one of the earliest events in the Cold War, which would continue for several more decades.
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Over 12,000 Soldiers marched today, and Vietnam Veterans were honored
- May 22, 2014
by Sgt. William Battle, 372nd MPAD
The sun may have been bright this morning, but it could not shine brighter than the pride of the 101st Airborne Division as Soldiers stood together on the Division Parade Field to close out this year’s Week of the Eagles celebration.
The theme of the 2014 observance was “Remembering the 101st in Vietnam: Building on the legacy of courage and strength,” and gathered at the parade field were representatives of the division’s history looking upon the Soldiers that are the division’s present and future – building on that legacy created by the Veterans in attendance.
This ceremony has marked the closing of Week of the Eagles for more than 40 years, but the tradition is much older than the Army itself. Originating in medieval times, its purpose is to allow commanders to inspect troops, present awards, and issue information, according to TC 3-21.5, Chapter 11. Several thousand troops marched to their positions on the field to continue this custom that has been handed down through the centuries by the warriors that came before them; it is the legacy of the Soldier. In continuing with tradition, the formal sound off beginning the ceremony was provided by the 101st Airborne Division Band led by Sgt. 1st Class John Ellis.
This celebration also marks the last Week of the Eagles observance under the command of Maj. Gen. James C. McConville. The 44th “Eagle Six” will leave as the longest serving commander in the division’s 72-year history and pass the title to a new commander in June.
Vietnam Veteran Mike Yancy, who served in the 101st in 1967 and 1968, was on hand as one of the distinguished visitors. “The 101st Airborne Division has been one of the greatest parts of my life,” he said. “It’s an honor just to be here.”
Visitors were also treated to a parachute jump by the 101st Parachute Demonstration Team, as they received an explanation of the mission of the 101st Airborne Division. Sgt. Don Fitz of the 716th Military Police Battalion and Staff Sgt. Edward Sears landed expertly on the field to the sound of applause from the crowd.
The history of the 101st was highlighted as McConville and Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo J. Smith, along with a group of special guests, mounted two humvees to begin the inspection of the gathered troops standing proud and ready. Once the inspection was complete, the colors from each battalion marched and centered upon the Nation’s colors to begin the presentation of awards.
Charles R. Gant, who was one of the Vietnam Veterans participating in the pass-in-review ceremony, representing the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment “Strike Force,” was there to honor all Soldiers of the 101st past and present. “I will always be a Strike Force Soldier and I will always be a Screaming Eagle.”
The Commander’s Cup, presented for excellence in the events throughout the Week of Eagles, was presented to 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” who scored 1,725 points during the week’s events.
Also presented with awards were: NCO of the year Sgt. Erin Squires of the 526th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Soldier of the year Spc. Jannise Rodriguez of the 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team and post Soldier of the year Spc. Nicole Faure from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 86th Combat Support Hospital.
Upon the closing of the awards presentation, the colors returned to their respective units as they prepared for the traditional pass in review. Led by their command teams, each unit marched past the post command and spectators; demonstrating the discipline and precision that the 101st Airborne Division is known for. Followed by a procession of vehicles from armored personnel carriers to Chinooks, the Soldiers left the parade field to continue the legacy of courage and strength that was established by those that came before them.
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