(UPDATE: I'm bumping this up for two reasons. First, it is a great piece that should be read by all. Second, I'm swamped at work and don't have time to post.)
I found this piece in my local paper, the Raleigh News and Observer. It starts out like this:
Ron Rice crouched in a trench on a sweat-popping July afternoon, shaking off a long, dirt-kissing crawl to escape the crossfire of two North Korean machine gun nests
1950? Try 1967.
During the Vietnam war, the Norks tried to take advantage of the distraction to spread their special brand of communist 'revolution' to the South. But ROK and US forces were up to the task:
Few know about this successful defensive campaign against North Korean infiltrators who hoped to drive a wedge between the United States and South Korea. Fewer still realize that the fighting along the Korean DMZ marked an American military victory that offers bedrock lessons for the counterinsurgency campaigns against the irregular forces fighting American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"It turned out differently than the Vietnam War, but nobody knows about it," said Army Brig. Gen. Daniel P. Bolger, author of the most detailed comprehensive historical analysis of the Second Korean Conflict and commander of the team training the new Iraqi army
By the magic of the Internet, here is Bolger's piece. Be sure to read all the N&O piece. Bolger's report will take a little more work but the topic is fascinating for anyone interested in recent history in Korea.
Before you go, here is one more teaser from the N&O article:
The Second Korean Conflict started Nov. 2, 1966, just two days after President Johnson arrived in Seoul for a state visit, with the ambush of an eight-man American patrol less than a mile south of the DMZ. Six GIs and a South Korean soldier serving with them were killed.
In late October 1968, North Korean commandos landed along the east coast of South Korea, aiming to start a guerrilla movement among peasants and small farmers. South Koreans rejected their overtures, and South Korean soldiers killed 110 commandos.