a war begun on June 25, 1950, when North Korea, supported by the Soviet Union and China, invaded South Korea, which was subsequently supported by the United States and numerous allies within the United Nations: armistice signed July 27, 1953.
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How to use Korean War in a sentence
Soon after, Kim and Moon met at the Korean demilitarized zone that has separated its communist North from its capitalist South since an armistice effectively ended the 1950–53 Korean War.South Korean President Moon Jae-in Makes One Last Attempt to Heal His Homeland | Charlie Campbell | June 23, 2021 | Time
In 1951, Harry Truman fired Gen. Douglas MacArthur during the Korean War.
In the Korean War, they took six weeks to train them how to use a rifle and then sent them off to war.
Currently, there are two veterans of Korean War on Capitol Hill and both are seeking re-election.
However, Congress is also getting close to being without a single veteran of the Korean War either.
In contrast, 137 such awards were made during the Korean War, and nearly twice that many during Vietnam.
Authorized black strength would remain at about 1,500 men until the Korean War.
The reduced manpower ceilings imposed on the Navy, even during the Korean War, had caused a drastic curtailment in recruiting.
Twenty years after the Korean War Almond's attitude toward integration had not changed.
But such talk quickly faded as the Korean War wound down and the percentage declined.
The catalyst for the sudden shift away from these sentiments and practices was the Korean War.
British Dictionary definitions for Korean War
the war (1950–53) fought between North Korea, aided by Communist China, and South Korea, supported by the US and other members of the UN
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Cultural definitions for Korean War
A war, also called the Korean conflict, fought in the early 1950s between the United Nations, supported by the United States, and the communist Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea). The war began in 1950, when North Korea invaded South Korea. The United Nations declared North Korea the aggressor and sent military aid to the South Korean army. President Harry S. Truman declared the war a “police action” because he never asked Congress to pass an official declaration of war. He thereby established a precedent for President Lyndon Johnson, who committed troops to the Vietnam War without ever seeking a congressional mandate for his action.
General Douglas MacArthur commanded the United Nations troops, who were mostly from the United States. The tide turned against North Korea with the landings at Inchon, and its troops were pushed back into the north; but reinforcements from the People's Republic of China soon allowed the North Koreans to regain lost territory. In 1953, with neither side having a prospect of victory, a truce was signed. In the course of the war, President Truman removed MacArthur from his command for insubordination. (See Truman-MacArthur controversy.)
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