“This alliance between our nations was forged in the crucible of war and strengthened by the trials of history.” President of the United States Donald Trump spoke at the National Assembly of Korea on November 8, 2017.
In human history, Korean War stands out as the most unique and a non-resulting civil war. Nearly two million soldiers representing countries from all over the world fought for the freedom of South Korea. Sixty-three countries out of ninety-three independent nations in the world supported the Republic of Korea with troops and war materiel. The 1,129 days of the war resulted, in addition to vast destruction of the infrastructures in both South and North Korea, in the casualties and losses of; South Korean Forces: 137,899 dead, 450,742 wounded, 24,495 MIA, and 8,343 POW. And the United States Forces: 36,574 dead, 103,284 wounded, 7,926 MIA, and 4,714 POW, and 17 more nations, including the United Kingdom, Turkey, Canada, so on, had suffered considerable casualties in participating in the battles. The numbers of the casualties of South Korean civilians are estimated to be 373,599 killed, 229,625 wounded, 387,744 abducted or missing.
On the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the signing of the Mutual Defense Treaty between the Republic of Korea and the United States of America, the War Memorial of Korea is holding a special exhibition; “The Journey of the Greater Alliance towards Peace,” from November 9 ~ February 17, 2019. And we the yongsanlegacy.org (YSL) were given a chance to support the exhibition. And so, YSL team is pleased to summarize the exposition for those who are unable to visit the museum located in the next door to the U.S. Army Yongsan Garrison, Seoul City.
“I believe that all parents feel the same way. Our sons were doing their duty and serving to the country. Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends,” the words of the U.S. Army General Van Fleet.
We are going together 같이 갑니다.
The ROK-U.S. alliance began as a military alliance but developed into a comprehensive and strategic partnership. Although sometimes there were conflicts between South Korea and the U.S. with the spread of anti-American sentiment, in the long run, the ROK-U.S. alliance became more mature and deepened in the process. The U.S. Forces Korea, that were sometimes at the center of the conflict, are continuously trying to communicate with the Korean people through various programs. The “Good Neighbor Program,” officially launched in 2003, promotes the positive role of the USFK and mutual understanding by recognizing organizations that contribute to the development of the Alliance. “We go together,” the well-known motto of the ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command, represents efforts to understand each other.
By YSL Team, Seoul, November 18, 2018