Victory or Deafeat: The Korean War

Victory or Deafeat: The Korean War

Larry Linville Wayne Rogers Gary Burghoff

On paper and in history, the Korean War was viewed as neither a victory or a defeat, published here. A cease fire and peace treaty was written between them instead. The battles went on for 3 decades. On July 27, 1953 the two sides signed an armistice and a new boundary was set on a few miles from the original 1950 border. In my view the Korean conflict/war was a success in a way aside from the original goals set by the United States.The war ended in a draw. The Korean War did not end in a complete victory for the United States or anyone else. Rather, both sides settled for an uneasy peace that still exists to this day in the time of the writing of the article 12-24-15. The answer to that question may be more in the minds of people who study what actually happened and what is happening now. How I see it, the end result has been a victory when you compare what’s happening today in South Korea to what was happening before the attack, before one of the bloodiest wars our world ever saw, and compared to North Korea today. Many people felt and might even still feel today that the United States did not belong there. I have heard this myself even in this year of 2015. People grumble saying,”we did not belong in Korea.”I strongly disagree. My own father was one who fought in Korea from 1950 to 1953. He was just a young boy age 16 entering the military at Fort Knox, Kentucky Army foundation for a military career. He got sent directly into a violent and horrible bloody conflict during a few of the roughest weather anyone could ever imagine. He spent much of his time in conflicts in tanks. Short recreation breaks were spent in Japan.One of his greatest memories of course was the time he was injured trying to save another fellow soldier and did save him. He would say over and over again like elated:”they covered me up for dead, but I was still alive.”This was a technique done by his fellow soldiers by moving the tank over his wounded body to conceal him from the enemy as he was then pulled into the tank to await the M.A.S.H. units.He had been taken to a hospital in Japan where they placed a steel plate in his chest that he had no idea even existed until he found out he had lung cancer later in life at age 56. He died of lung cancer.The specialists said”we would like to find out more about this steel plate we found on x-ray on your chest.” Dad did not even know he had a steel plate. It had to have been put there while at the Korean War at the hospital in Japan. He received a chest wound. Just think of that, and I do very often now, just 16 years old placing now under an Army tank, not knowing if he would survive or not.I strongly disagree. He watched every war movie he could find and never missed an episode of “The Big Picture.”I was born in 1956 and I recall much of his early life following that war. He would awaken in the middle of the night”reciting orders” over and over again, sometimes screaming and crying. He suffered in the memories of that war, but not once said he was sorry he went. He said the worst aspect of it all to him was to see that the suffering little children. Lots of the deaths of that war were innocent civilians.Why was the United States in Korea 1950 to 1953?The United States responded to South Korea’s defense after North Korea invaded. The original goals were to restore the global border along the 38th Parallel and to eject North Korean forces from South Korea territories. Everyone actually thought the conflict was over before the Chinese entered into the film.United States leaders also wanted to show North Korea that this kind of aggression wouldn’t be tolerated. To this day, year of 2015, North Korea still reveals hostility toward South Korea. There’s been no more battle equal to what was from the 1950’s. That is why among other reasons, I believe the decision to go into the battle ended in more of a victory than a defeat. It appears clear to me that all who entered that conflict in opposition of communism did put a lid on the horrific aggression toward innocent people.Additional reasons I see this as being a victory for the United States:When you compare the economy of North Korea into the market of South Korea today we find the war allowed for a rebirth of South Korea. Since the end of the 1950’s conflict/war and cessation of intense hostilities South Korea has become a vibrant and powerful republic.People all over the world now benefit from South Korea’s economic success. The capital of South Korea, Seoul, has become an international center of trade and industry. Today, South Koreans enjoy one of the greatest standards of living in the world.None of the above would have occurred had the communists been successful in their invasion of the South.By comparison, North Korea is one of the best examples of communism’s collapse. The United Nations reports that the North Korean economy is ranked much lower than South Korea in the world. North Koreans suffer far more from starvation and malnutrition.Meanwhile, the South Koreans are thriving. Firms like Daewoo, Hyundai, LG, Samsung, Kia Automotives are some of the largest business conglomerates in the world and have become household names in U.S. family rooms, garages and offices.Everyday, I see more and more Kia automobiles on the roads. I have considered purchasing a Kia Soul automobile now for years and probably will finally buy one if I want another car. My older chevy still runs! But when I have need of a new car, I am always looking toward the Kia as purchasing one. Without the United States and these other nations who joined in to fight against the communist aggression in the 1950’s, none of the things for South Korea would be in existence today. We today wouldn’t be enjoying the economic growth in South Korea. It is a fantastic thing also the President stopped the atomic bombing efforts also, as it might have taken over 100 years for any kind of culture to be in that area again.As recorded in our history, there were mistakes made because there are in any kind of war, many innocent people were killed, but the positive outcomes of the war informs me it was definitely a victory, not a defeat, for the United States in terms of”long term events.”

 


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