Dates of the Korean War


The foundation for the Korean war was laid as early as 1945. The majority took place largely from 1950 to 1953.

On January 12, 1950 Truman's Secretary of State Dean Acheson confirms Korea and Taiwan are outside American Far East Security cordon.

On June 25, 1950 North Korea invades Republic of South Korea without Warning.

On July 12, 1950 US 8th Army takes command of ground operations in Korea.

On July 13, 1950 Lt. General Walton Walker takes command of ground forces in Korea.

On September 27, 1950 MacArthur given permission to cross the 38th Parallel into NK

On November 30, 1950 President Truman threatens use of atomic bomb against CCF

On February 1, 1951 the UN resolves to end the Korean War.

On July 10, 1951 Truce talks begin at Kaesong

On August 23, 1951 Communists break off communication

On December 18, 1951 POW lists are exchanged by opposing armies.

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