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This Month in the Korean War: December 1950 - 1952


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canadarecruitment-ad-1950.jpgCanadian Recruitment Ad - 1950



December 4, 1950: Lieutenant (jg) Thomas J. Hudner crash-lands his F4U Corsair in the mountains of North Korea in an unsuccessful attempt to save the life of Ensign Jesse L. Brown, the first African American naval aviator.  President Truman later awards Hudner the Medal of Honor.

December 23, 1950: LTG Walton Walker, the Commanding General of the Eighth U.S. Army, is killed in a vehicle accident.

December 23, 1950: Eighth Army establishes defensive positions around Seoul.


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December 26, 1950: LTG Matthew Ridgway arrives in Korea as 8th Army Commander to replace LTG Walker.

December 31, 1950 - January 7, 1951: Third Battle of Seoul results in the loss of the city to communist forces.

December 31, 1950 - January 8, 1951: Third Phase CCF Offensive: 500,000 enemy troops push U.N. forces 50 miles south of the 38th Parallel and recapture Seoul.


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December 1951: FEC establishes the Combined Command for Reconnaissance Activities, Korea, 8240th AU, to coordinate the partisan and intelligence operations behind enemy lines.

December 1951 - February 1952: 40th and 45th Infantry Divisions (California National Guard and Oklahoma National Guard, respectively) replace 24th Infantry and 1st Cavalry Divisions.  The latter two divisions return to Japan.


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December 25, 1952: T-Bone Hill.  The 38th Infantry Regiment (2nd Infantry Division) repels Chinese forces during an intense battle.


Aussie-sniper.jpgAustralian Sniper - 1951


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