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.