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Today in history: America sends troops to Korea
Over the course of the war, 36,516 Americans would be killed
 
U.S. Air Force B-29 Superfortresses drop bombs on a strategic target during the Korean War.
U.S. Air Force B-29 Superfortresses drop bombs on a strategic target during the Korean War. Keystone/Getty Images

June 27

On this day. 1950: Two days after North Korea's surprise attack on South Korea, President Truman ordered the Air Force and Navy to support the South. U.S. ground forces would soon get into the Korean fight as well; by the time a truce was signed in 1953, 36,516 Americans would be killed. The Korean War — "the forgotten war" — officially has not ended, and a state of war still exists today. Some 26,500 U.S. troops stand watch in South Korea today.

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"I don't like that man. I must get to know him better." -Abraham Lincoln


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