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Korean War


80-G-467293: Inchon Invasion, September 1950
Inchon invasion, September 1950: Troops unload landing craft at Inchon's Red Beach on 18 September 1950, three days after the initial landings there. The LCVP in the center is from USS Alshain (AKA-55). Wolmi-Do island is in the background (80-G-467293).

NHHC online resources related to the Korean War include U.S. Navy carrier combat action reports, discussion of Chinese intervention from the Colloquium on Contemporary History, and an overview of mine warfare.

Naval Operations

History of U.S. Naval Operations: Korea , an online version of James A. Field's comprehensive history of the Korean War, first released in 1962 and no longer in print.

Navy Interdiction Korea Vol. II, Task Force Seventy-Seven's "interdiction" strike to deprive the enemy of supplies and transport facilities. (1 January 1952) 

Essay on Naval Battles of the Korean War, by Edward J. Marolda (Reproduced with permission from: Tucker, Spencer C. ed. Encyclopedia of the Korean War: A Political, Social, and Military History)

Essay: Operation Chromite: The Invasion of Inchon, by Adam Bisno, Ph.D., NHHC Communication and Outreach Division

Overview: Chosin Reservoir—Battle, Fighting Retreat, and Evacuation, by Emily J. Lambert, intern with NHHC Communication and Outreach Division 

Korean War Chronology 

Hungnam and Chinnampo Evacuations

Navy Ships

Naval Aviation

Action Reports

Tactics and Technology
Mine Warfare

Special Operations

Additional Resources

Selected Imagery

 Navy Jets Hunt for Trouble in North Korea

Navy Jets Hunt for Trouble in North Korea. Hunting for a second target, the sleek Banshee aircraft from Task Force 77 follow rail lines in an effort to cut off supplies to the front. The ruin of a North Korean railway station shows clearly the force of naval interdiction. Drawing, Pencil on Paper; by Hugh Cabot; 1952; Framed Dimensions 24H X 31W. (88-187-T)

Gate to the City Seoul, Korea

Gate to the City Seoul, Korea. Battered from the onset of the war, Seoul, the capital of the south, was a valuable prize for both sides. It changed hands several times, to the North Koreans in June 1950, back to the Allies in September, retaken by Communist forces the following January, but finally regained by the Allies in April. Drawing, Pencil on Paper; by Hugh Cabot; C. 1951; Framed Dimensions 25H X 31W. (88-187-DS)

Photo #: 80-G-436371  Korean War Armistice Negotiations, Panmunjom, Korea

Korean War Armistice Negotiations, Panmunjom, Korea. United Nations' delegates to the conference, 30 November 1951. (80-G-436371) 

Photo #: NH 96379  Liberation of Seoul, Korea, September 1950

Liberation of Seoul, Korea, September 1950. Senior U.S. commanders assembled for the formal ceremonies in which General of the Army Douglas MacArthur returned the Capital city to the Republic of Korea Government, 29 September 1950. (NH 98379)

Photo #: NH 96378  Seoul, Korea

Seoul, Korea. U.S. Marines engaged in street fighting during the liberation of Seoul, circa late September 1950. Note M-1 rifles and Browning Automatic Rifles carried by the Marines, dead Koreans in the street, and M-4 Sherman tanks in the distance. (NH 96378)

Photo #: 80-G-434533  Hungnam, North Korea

Smoke rises ashore as USS New Jersey (BB-62) bombards targets near Hungnam. Photo is dated 5 October 1951. (80-G-434533)

Published: Tue Dec 03 10:16:39 EST 2019