A milestone comes this summer for one of America’s bloodiest wars. Korea was not a triumphant war, which angers those who fought in it and believe that they have been overlooked. But the sacrifice of those who didn’t come home is no less just because the war fits less easily onto the shelf of history.
On July 27, it will be 60 years since three years of war on the Korean peninsula ended in stalemate. The armistice — there never was a peace treaty, much less a surrender — left the country divided on the 38th parallel, where it remains divided north and south. During those three years, about 54,000 Americans were killed. For perspective, roughly 58,000 Americans died during the 11 years of the Vietnam War.
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