Remembering the Forgotten War: Korea, 1950-1953

Battling to a Stalemate

In January 1951, the combined Chinese and North Korean forces pushed United Nations forces back below the 38th parallel, and for the next five months the war was one of offensive and counter-offensive, as the Chinese poured hundreds of thousands more men and tons of supplies and weapons into its attempt to destroy the Allied army. Finally, Mao Tse Tung admitted that his army would be unable to administer a final crushing blow.

The war became one of dogged endurance. Both sides entrenched, and for the next two years as peace negotiations began, broke off, and began again the war continued. The battle line wavered above and below the 38th parallel, but changed little between May 1951 and July 1953.


Bearding the Lion
Herbert C. Hahn #7
Pencil, 1950s

A cruiser steams daringly close to enemy-held land as it fires at targets far behind the lines.


A Hit
Herbert C Hahn #84
Colored pencil, 1950s

A battleship scores a hit at Wonsan, during the siege of this Korean city.


The Big Blow
Herbert C. Hahn #19
Colored pencil, 1950s

A destroyer rides out a typhoon in the Sea of Japan.


Herbert C. Hahn #2
Colored pencil, 1950s

This small, ancient South Korean craft is dwarfed by the huge bulk of the cruiser Los Angeles.


The White Buddha
Hugh Cabot #97
Pencil, 1953

Away from the busy roads of Seoul, the roads once leading to the front and the roads south, is a quiet valley. Untouched by this war or wars in the past, its only distinction is that it is the home of the White Buddha of Seoul.


Rest for the R.O.K. Soldiers
Hugh Cabot #103
Pencil, 1951

Republic of Korea soldiers relax after fighting on the east coast above the 38th parallel while local civilians go about their daily task of washing clothes in a small stream near the R.O.K. encampment. In the background can be seen a bridge which was destroyed by planes of Task Force 77.


The Corpsman
Hugh Cabot #38
Watercolor, 1952

Two U.S. Marine Corps tanks pinned down by artillery have suffered casualties and are coming under serious enemy fire. In the rugged mountainous regions of Northeast Korea, naval hospital corpsmen go in to evacuate the injured, wounded and dead. Under fire, the corpsmen carry a .45, medical equipment, a small corpsman bag and litter, if he can manage. He is helped by frontline cooks, bakers and ratings generally considered non-combatant in his effort to administer life saving forward aid to the combat man. In the Marine sectors, one of his most valuable friends throughout the Korean war has been the Korean Service Corps. (Item Company, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines First Marine Division)


United States Destroyer at Wonsan
Hugh Cabot #23
Pencil, 1952


A tin can patrols inside Wonsan harbor on the alert, as their position is to draw enemy fire. The enemy's carefully concealed shore batteries and bunkered artillery require expert observation from destroyer gunners' mates and a high element of risk involved in detecting gun positions and eliminating them. (on board U.S.S. Gregory)


Herbert C. Hahn #83
Colored pencil, 1950s


The cruiser U.S.S. Los Angeles receives vital guard mail from a destroyer.


Harbor at Wonsan
Hugh Cabot #100
Watercolor, 1951

During bombardment of this city, the U.S.S. St. Paul fires from inside the mined harbor at the closest point to the target. (May 1951)

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