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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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Julian Eugene Williams #1

View these amazing photos provided by Julian Eugene "Gene" Williams, a Navy Veteran of the Korean War, serving from August 1951 to August 1955. Born and raised in Scott County, Tennessee.

Julian served on the Destroyers; USS Erben, DD 631, for about 2 years and on the USS Stickell, DDR 888, for about 2 years.

Julian is a brother to Walter Howard Williams, a WWII Veteran of the Army and Army Air Corp.

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Julian Eugene Williams #2

View these amazing photos provided by Julian Eugene "Gene" Williams, a Navy Veteran of the Korean War, serving from August 1951 to August 1955. Born and raised in Scott County, Tennessee.

Julian served on the Destroyers; USS Erben, DD 631, for about 2 years and on the USS Stickell, DDR 888, for about 2 years.

Julian is a brother to Walter Howard Williams, a WWII Veteran of the Army and Army Air Corp.

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Julian Eugene Williams #3

View these amazing photos provided by Julian Eugene "Gene" Williams, a Navy Veteran of the Korean War, serving from August 1951 to August 1955. Born and raised in Scott County, Tennessee.

Julian served on the Destroyers; USS Erben, DD 631, for about 2 years and on the USS Stickell, DDR 888, for about 2 years.

Julian is a brother to Walter Howard Williams, a WWII Veteran of the Army and Army Air Corp.

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Teddy James "Ted" Austin

Served with the US Army during the Korean War. Was stationed at Fort Knox, KY; Alaska; and Fort Lewis, WA. Served in the Army from November 20, 1952, until March 5, 1956, received an Honorable Discharge. While in Korea, (in 1953) Ted was serving with Company E., 5th RCT (Regimental Combat Team).

Korean War: The 5th Infantry Regiment reactivated in South Korea on 1 January 1949, with personnel and support units from the departing 7th Infantry Division. It constituted the core of the 5th Infantry Regimental Combat Team (RCT) with the mission to provide security while all U.S. troops were withdrawn from the country. The 5th RCT left Korea effective 31 June 1949 and was transferred to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, where it was when the Korean War began.

It deployed to Korea on 25 July 1950 to reinforce Eighth Army in the shrinking area of United Nations control known as the Pusan Perimeter. In July and August it reinforced the 25th Infantry Division, then the 1st Cavalry Division on the Naktong River line. In September the RCT was attached to the 24th Infantry Division, replacing the 34th Infantry Regiment. It remained with the 24th Infantry Division until January 1952 when it officially became a separate RCT again and was assigned to IX Corps.

The 5th Regimental Combat Team consisted of:
- 5th Infantry Regiment
- 555 Field Artillery Battalion (105 mm) (The "Triple-Nickel")
- 72nd Engineer Company
- 5th Tank Company
- Heavy Mortar Company
- 5th Medical Company
- 5th Aviation Section
Fought in the Battle of Pusan Perimeter.

Two 5th Infantry soldiers received the Medal of Honor for service in Korea:
- Second Lieutenant Carl H. Dodd, Company E, 30–31 January 1951, near Subuk
- Master Sergeant Melvin O. Handrich, Company C, 25–26 August 1950, near Sobuk-San Mountain (posthumous)

On 11 October 1953, Company A, 1st Section, Machine Gun Platoon, Company D, and Forward Observer Team, 555th Field Artillery Battalion were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, for actions in the vicinity of Songnae-dong, Korea on 12 June 1953.[6] On 18 November 2005 the award was amended to include the following units:
- 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 7th Squads, 2d Section Machine Gun Platoon
- Recoilless Rifle Platoon
- Forward Observers, 81 MM Mortar Platoon, Company D

Actor James Garner (The Rockford Files) served in the 5th RCT during the Korean War, when he was awarded two Purple Hearts.

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