HOT BLAST: 60 years ago, the armistice
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A U.S. soldier comforts another soldier during the Korean War. (AP photo)
A U.S. soldier comforts another soldier during the Korean War. (AP photo)
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July 27 isn't automatically remembered by most Americans as one of the important dates in U.S. military history, but it is.

Sixty years ago Saturday, the armistice was signed that halted fighting in the Korean War in 1953. The United States, which entered the war in support of South Korea, suffered nearly 34,000 battle deaths and more than 10,000 wounded and/or soldiers missing in action. The United States still has nearly 30,000 active military in South Korea.

Famously, the war between Korea's two sides is not officially over. The armistice stopped the fighting but did not declare a victor. The Korean peninsula is divided at the 38th parallel, with soldiers on each side still on guard. Earlier this year, North Korea claimed it had invalidated the 1953 armistice.

President Obama has declared Saturday Korean War Veterans Armistice Day. If you're interested in such things, there are all kinds of sites dedicated to the war, including a Department of Defense 60th anniversary site, a DOD news site, and the Alabama state archives' site on the war.

-- Phillip Tutor
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