Military history


25 June 1950

NKPA invades South Korea.


U.N. Security Councils calls for end of aggression.

27 June 1950

U.N. asks members to go to aid of ROK.

28 June 1950

Seoul falls; ROK Army destroyed.

30 June 1950

President Truman orders U.S. ground forces into Korea.

5 July 1950

First U.S. ground troops go into action at Osan.

7 July 1950

U.N. creates United Nations Command, under commander appointed by U.S.

5 July-4 Aug.1950

U.N. Forces fight delaying action across South Korea.

4 Aug. 1950

Pusan Perimeter in southeastern Korea established.

5-19 Aug. 1950

First Battle of Naktong Bulge.

27 Aug.-15 Sept. 1950

Perimeter battles, heaviest fighting of war.

1 Sept.-5 Sept. 1950

NKPA great Naktong Offensive.

15 Sept. 1950

Inch'on landings.

18 Sept. 1950

U.N. breakout from Pusan Perimeter.

19 Sept.-1 Oct. 1950

U.N. pursuit and exploitation.

26 Sept. 1950

Seoul recaptured.

7 Oct. 1950

U.N. Forces cross 38th parallel.


U.N. sanctions defeat of North Korea, reunification of country.

12 Oct. 1950

First Chinese Communist troops enter Korea.

15 Oct. 1950

Truman and MacArthur meet at Wake Island.

19 Oct. 1950

P'yongyang, N.K. capital, taken.

26 Oct. 1950

X Corps lands at Wonsan on east coast.

1 Nov. 1950

CCF ambush 1st Cav. Div. at Unsan

10-26 Nov. 1950

X Corps advances toward Yalu in east, Eighth Army in west.

24 Nov. 1950

MacArthur's "final offensive" jumps off.

25 Nov.1950

CCF strike Eighth Army along Ch'ongch'on River in west.

27 Nov. 1950

CCF strike 1st Marine and 7th Division at Changjin Reservoir in east.

26 Nov.-1 Dec. 1950

U.S. 2nd and 25th divisions defeated along Ch'ongch'on in west. Retreat.

27 Nov.-10 Dec. 1950

X Corps fights back toward port of Hungnam in east. Marines retreat from Kot'o-ri.

22 Dec. 1950

Walker killed; Ridgway to command of Eighth Army.

24 Dec. 1950

X Corps sails from Hungnam. North Korea evacuated.

4 Jan. 1951

Seoul captured by CCF.

14 Jan. 1951

U.N. lines rest along 37th parallel in South Korea.

25 Jan. 1951

U.N. reassumes offensive.

1 Feb. 1951

U.N. votes to end Korean conflict by "peaceful means."

14 Feb. 1951

CCF counteroffensive; CCF turned back at Chipyong-ni.

17 Feb.-17 March 1951

U.N. continues offensive, moves north.

18 March 1951

Seoul retaken.

11 April 1951

MacArthur recalled; Ridgway assumes command at FECOM, Van Fleet of Eighth Army.

22 April 1951

CCF offensive; Glosters hold on at Imjin.

30 April 1951

CCF breaks contact.

16-22 May 1951

U.S. forces halt CCF Soyang Offensive.


May Massacre.

23 May-1 June 1951

U.N. drives north.

13 June 1951

U.N. on 38th parallel.

23 June 1951

Soviet Delegate Malik proposes truce in U.N.

10 July 1951

Truce talks begin at Kaesong.

1 Aug.-31 Oct. 1951

U.N. launches limited attacks to straighten lines: Bloody, Heartbreak Ridge battles.

27 Nov. 1951

Truce talks resume at Panmunjom; cease-fire line agreed upon, at line of contact.

Nov. 1951-April 1952

Stalemate along Korean battlefront during discussions at Panmunjom.

2 April 1952

Screening of U.N. POW's begins; Koje-do riots commence.

7 May 1952

General Dodd captured by Communist POW's at Koje-do.

12 May-12 June 1952

Mark Clark replaces Ridgway at FECOM. General Boatner quells disturbances on Koje.

June 1952-Oct. 1952

Stalemate along battlefront while truce talks deadlocked on pow repatriation question. Hill battles rage on Baldy, Whitehorse, elsewhere.

8 Oct. 1952

Truce talks recessed at Panmunjom; complete deadlock.

Oct.-Nov. 1952

Heavy pressure on ROK's in center of line.


ROK Army comes of age.

Nov. 1952

Indian proposal on POW's in U.N.

Dec. 1952

President-elect Eisenhower comes to Korea; intensification of U.N. psychological warfare.

Dec., Jan., 1953

Continuation of stalemate; hill battles.

11 Feb. 1953

Maxwell Taylor replaces Van Fleet at Eighth Army.

22 Feb. 1953

U.N. Command again proposes exchange of sick and wounded POW's.

5 March 1953

Death of Josef Stalin; struggle for power in Kremlin disaffection in Soviet satellites.

28 March 1953

Communists agree to pow exchange proposed by U.N.C.

30 March 1953

Chou En-lai indicates Communists will accept Indian U.N. proposal of November, 1952. Resumption of truce talks at Panmunjom.

16-18 April 1953

Battle for Pork Chop Hill.

20-26 April 1953

Exchange of sick and wounded POW's at Panmunjom.

27 April 1953

Resumption of plenary sessions at Panmunjom.

May 1953

Savage fighting along stalemated line while details of truce ironed out at Panmunjom.

4 June 1953

Communists agree in effect to all U.N. truce proposals.

25 June 1953

Robertson begins "Little Truce Talks" with Rhee to secure ROK acceptance of armistice; CCF launch massive attacks against ROK divisions.

7 July 1953

ROK agrees to truce terms.

27 July 1953

Cease-fire signed at Panmunjom. Fighting ends.

4 Sept. 1953

Screening and repatriation of POW's begins at Freedom Village, Panmunjom.

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