The Caine Mutiny Wins The Pulitzer Prize

The Caine Mutiny, a novel by Herman Wouk, won the 1951 Pulitzer Prize. Derived from Wouk's personal experiences aboard destroyer-minesweepers in the Pacific during WWII, the novel deals with the moral and ethical decisions made at sea by a...

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Commonwealth Forces in Battle of Kapyong

In April 1951 UN forces fought the Chinese Peoples Volunteer Army at the Battle of Kapyong in one of the most famous actions fought by the Australian, New Zealand and Canadian armies in the Korean War. In the battle, occurring during...

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Chinese Spring Offensive Air War

https://youtu.be/HNgrTVzYDHA The Air Plan After their New Years' offensive, the Chinese People's Volunteer Army high command decided to use the People's Air Force in support of future ground operations. In preparation for this move, an air-ground training...

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Korean War Comic Books

Following the sudden onset of hostilities in June 1950, the Korean War became the focus of a number of comic books.Source: Advancing in another Direction Beginning in 1951, E-C Comic's Two-Fisted Tales followed the United States into the Korean war.Two-Fisted...

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Marijuana Scare Films

In the 1950s increased access to automobiles gave American teenagers a variety of freedoms and temptations that were unimaginable to previous generations. As many American parents became worried, marijuana became a major source of concern. The Complicated History...

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Tootsie Rolls Saved US Marines

https://youtu.be/8emP0_xDP2Q As the temperature reached -38°C during the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir in late November 1950, weapons began to malfunction. Tank fuel pipes froze and cracked. Running out of mortar rounds, the US Marines requested more mortar shells...

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Cold War ~ Polish Movie

Cold War is a Polish film directed by Pawel Pawlikowski that stars Joanna Kulig and Tomasz Kot. The plot follows the passionate and fateful romance of a couple from the ruins of post-war Poland through Cold War East Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris. Shaped by politics,...

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UCLA Red Cell

With the rise of anti-Communist rhetoric reminiscent of the post-WWI Great Red Scare, the University of California system was accused in the late 1940s of harboring Communist infiltrators. In 1949 the Regents of the University adopted a policy requiring all faculty...

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China Enters the Korean War

https://youtu.be/M_aY_GMcPng Historians still debate the relative positions of the USSR and Communist China re: involvement in the Korean War. The traditional view has been that, emerging from the catastrophe of WWII, Joseph Stalin insisted that the North Korean...

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Bombing North Korea

https://youtu.be/TGY7_WAvkj0 From 1950-53 the United States Air Force (USAF) carried out an extensive bombing campaign against North Korea. It is estimated that conventional bombs, incendiaries and napalm destroyed ~85 percent of the buildings in major...

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American Home Front

As their sailors, soldiers and airmen became mired in a brutal war in Korea, life went on in the USA. https://youtu.be/R1zM5WF1NF0

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Duck and Cover

In December 1950, President Harry Truman created the Federal Civil Defense Administration (FCDA). The FCDA was charged with creating shelter, evacuation, and training programs to be implemented by state and local governments. However, no funds were assigned to...

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Korea Blues – Fats Domino

Uncle Sam ain't no woman but he sure can take your manUncle Sam ain't no woman but he sure can take your manHe's taking them in the daylight to go to Korea and fightThe people over there are messed up, they are many very roughThe people over there are messed up, they...

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Korean War ~ Summer 1950

Well-trained and equipped, the North Korean People's Army swept rapidly south in the first phase of the Korean war. In contrast, the South's Republic of Korea forces were often disorganized and inclined to flee the battle field. http://www.emersonkent.com/ July 5,...

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Task Force Smith

https://youtu.be/Qk4lKp1C3ls On July 5, 1950 the first engagement between United States forces and the North Korean People's Army (KPA) occurred near the city of Osan south of Seoul Korea.400 infantry men of Task Force Smith, supported by an artillery battery, were...

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Seoul Falls

On June 25, 1950 the Korean People's Army (KPA) equipped with T-34 tanks and artillery support, advanced rapidly on the South Korea capital of Seoul. http://www.famousdaily.com/history/battle-of-seoul-north-korea-captures-seoul.html Sutori The Republic of Korea (ROK)...

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Veterans Day 

Veterans Day was formerly known as Armistice Day, a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. https://youtu.be/2A6HQtPWatc In 1938 U.S. legislation dedicated November 11 as a day to celebrate the cause of world peace— hereafter...

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Taiwan Strait Tension

https://youtu.be/wByvdYGfyiI Although U.S. policy in early 1950 was not directly poised to prevent a Communist Chinese invasion of the Nationalist Chinese stronghold on Taiwan, the outbreak of the Korean War changed the equation. On June 27, 1950, the United States...

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Truman Report: Korean War 

President Truman's June 1950 report to the nation, although laced with Cold War assumptions and righteous/patriotic jargon, seemed forthright and accurate regarding the status of the war in Korea.

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Eve of Korean War

researchgate.net The breakup of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s opened previously-closed archives that contained information on Soviet-North Korean-Chineserelations during the Cold War—of particular interest, correspondence between Josef Stalin, Mao Zedong and Kim...

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Dean Acheson ~ Pacific Defense

https://youtu.be/i9c4c6J9GfM In January 1950 U.S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson gave a speech to the National Press Club intended to outline the Pacific defense posture of the United States. He named Japan and the Philippines in the U.S. defense plan,...

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Cigarettes Linked to Cancer

https://youtu.be/gCMzjJjuxQI 1949 Camel ad In 1950 The Journal of the American Medical Association published two articles linking smoking and cancer: Tobacco Smoking as a Possible Etiological Factor in Bronchogenic Carcinoma: A Study of Six Hundred and...

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Understanding Post-WWII East Asia

East Asia ~ Wikimedia I am currently on a trip to Seoul, Vladivostok and Tokyo to research locations for my upcoming historical-fiction novel covering the years 1940-1950. My protagonists are: a young Korean physician, trained in the Imperial Japanese medical system...

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