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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on June 25th, 2010 at 3:53 am

ROK Drop’s Korean War Battle Site Tours

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This 60th Anniversary of the Korean War I recommend everyone read my prior postings from various Korean War battle site I have visited.  Most of the battle sites in Korea are easily accessible and well worth checking out for those interested in military history.  Visiting these sites really allows visitors to better appreciate the difficulties in terrain and weather that the veterans from the Korean War had to face during those rough years between 1950-1953.  Even today some of these battle site locations continues to be pieces of key terrain along the DMZ that the ROK military continues to man to this day.  If anyone has any questions on how to reach these sites, please let me know.

1. The Battle of Uijongbu – This was one of the first battles of the Korean War between the North and South Korean armies just north of Seoul.  It was a battle that if it had gone a little differently, it could have changed the entire course of the war.

2. Taskforce Smith – The first American unit to see combat in the Korean War first made contact with the enemy on a hill near Osan.  From the hill it is easy to picture the undermanned and equipped Americans trying to fight off the overwhelming North Korean force.

3. No Gun Ri – This site of an alleged Korean War killing of civilians continues to be a subject of controversy to this day.  By visiting the site it is easier to picture whether or not a mass killing happened there or not.

4. The Incheon Landing Operation – This operation was a pivotal turning point in the war and the site of General Douglas MacArthur’s last great military feat.

5. The Battle of Chipyong-ni - This battle was also a pivotal turning point in the war, but this time against the Chinese. It was the first major battle the UN forces won against the advancing Chinese in hellish winter conditions.

6. The Battle of Solma-ri - The British Gloucestershire Battalion may their famous final last stand on a hill at Solma-ri.  The memorial in place below the hill is one of the nicest Korean War memorial on the peninsula.

7.  The Battle of the Imjim -The best view of the Imjim River area can be seen from the summit of Kamak Mountain, which served as a piece of key terrain for the Chinese during the Battle of the Imjim.

8.  The Battle of the Kapyong Valley – Primarily the Canadians, the Australians, and a US tank company was responsible for turning back an overwhelming Chinese attack through this valley in their attempt to recapture Seoul.

9.  The Punchbowl – This was site of such infamous Korean War battles as Heartbreak Ridge and Bloody Ridge that claimed the lives of thousands of allied forces.  The Punchbowl continues to this day to be an important strategic location for South Korea as the modern day ROK Army soldiers continue to man the defense of this valley like their forefathers before them.

10.  Geoje-do POW Camp – The prisoner of war camp on Geoje-do Island ended up being just as much of a battlefield as anywhere else during the Korean War, but fortunately one man had the tenacity to regain control of the camp from the communists who had effectively taken it over.

11. The Iron Triangle - The best place to view one of the most key pieces of terrain along the DMZ, The Iron Triangle is from the summit of Godaesan Mountain outside of Chorwon.

12. Freedom Bridge – Not really a battle site but still an important location where anyone coming and going from the DMZ had to cross in order to reach Panmunjom.

Note that this list is not in any order of importance, but rather in sequence of when the battles occurred.  I hope everyone enjoyed the list and if you have a battle site that you recommend people visit please let everyone know in the comments section.

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  • Col Louis Dechert
    12:31 pm on June 25th, 2010 1

    Outstanding series. Thank you.

    Lou DFechert

  • Paula Sue Dechert
    1:10 pm on June 25th, 2010 2

    Thank you so much for sharing! Many, Many thanks to all who served in the Korean War… your sacrifices are NOT FORGOTTEN! "Freedom isn't Free!"

  • Kingkitty
    8:26 pm on June 25th, 2010 3

    Its a nices set of historical accounts all rolled in one. I do wish the Incheon Marines momument was not placed in a storage yard

  • Aggie
    8:44 am on January 8th, 2012 4

    Thanks for sharing info. as I was a Huey crew chief in 71-72 and was fortunate to have seen most of the country and remember those locatons by name anyway. We flew USO girls, dignitaries to Panmujon and would hang out at DMZ all day playing pool. The tallest N. Korean named weird Harold by our MP’s on the DMZ was the best they could do. It was who had the tallest & biggest: Building, flag, soldier etc. that I remember. Flying into Panmujon over the buffer zone fence into No mans land while machine guns are trained on you was a true experience for a 18 y.o. kid from Reno! Best thing I ever did was to serve my country and I’m proud as I know those who served are too. It’s truly a brotherhood. God Bless

  • Mark
    10:52 am on March 1st, 2012 5

    I’m traveling to South Korea in the next two weeks.. Is the an english speaking guide that can take me to these places ? please advise.

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    4:46 am on March 2nd, 2012 6

    @5 – All these areas are easily accessible if you have a rental car and a good map. However, some of these sites would be quite difficult for someone new to Korea to try and reach by public transportation. As far as a company that offers English speaking guide services, that I don’t know. Maybe some other readers have a recommendation? :?:

  • Colonel louis T Dechert
    8:14 am on March 2nd, 2012 7

    The car rental desk at Dragon Hill Lodge http://www.dragonhilllodge.com used to arrange guides. I hope that you have a great trip to a great frontier of freedom.
    LTD

  • Jinro Dukkohbi
    6:19 pm on March 2nd, 2012 8

    There is also a rental car desk on the 2nd floor of Moyer Rec. center in the leisure travel office. They have all kinds of cars for rent, including mini-vans, SUVs and full-size (Korean) vans as well…

 

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