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The Low Density War 1966-1969

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I used to know a guy, whose Marine patrol was attacked along the DMZ in the mid 50's, long after the official armistice. He took a number of rounds to the head and body, before being successfully evacuated.
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Were there fights on the border? Never heard of it!
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Were there fights on the border? Never heard of it!
Apparently, it was a common occurance, back in the day and alot of ambushes were laid and tripped by both sides.
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Korea DMZ 1955 to 1975

Unfortunately, the North Koreans have never really stopped fighting, they signed a Cease Fire agreement. I posted some pictures of my sister, who was an Army Nurse in Korea from 1966 to 1967. But the worst years were 19688-69. Infiltrators had gotten into Seoul, and there were a few fire fights with them. They had also infiltrated the 8th Army Command with civilian workers.

I went from North Korean Communists to East German Communist. Berlin was a 'hot bed' for spies up until the demise of the Soviet Union. The picture is from 1987, but you never knew who you might be talking to, just like in Korea.

There are some pictures of the post op ward of the 121st Evac Hospital in Korea. The other 2 pictures are from a book that one of the guys in my PTSD class gave me about Berlin.
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While stationed at Ft. Polk in 1981-82, I drove the firing platoons' NCO around. He was an SFC and told us one night while on a field problem about his involvement in this 1976 incident:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axe_Murder_Incident

IIRC, he was on the security team for the response, Operation Paul Bunyan.

I also remember him hating the N. Koreans for obvious reasons.
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1.^ CHOE, SANG-HUN (2010-05-27). "Succession in N. Korea May Be Behind New Belligerence". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-27.
2.^ Former commander honors victims of DMZ ax murders
3.^ a b c d e f Oberdorfer, Don (1997). The Two Koreas: a contemporary history. Perseus Books Group. pp. 74–83. ISBN 0-465-05162(pbk).
4.^ a b Operation Paul Bunyan (from Imjinscout.com, based on a story in the Korea Times, Friday 17 August 2001)
5.^ Atkinson, Rick “The Long Gray Line: The American Journey of West Point's Class of 1966”, p. 426.
6.^ http://www-2id.korea.army.mil/news/i...head060915.pdf
7.^ a b c d e f g Probst, Reed R. (16 May 1977). Negotiating With the North Koreans: The U.S. Experience at Panmunjom. Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania: U.S. Army War College. Retrieved 17 December 2009.
8.^ a b c U.N. Korean War Allies Association (1976). Axe-Wielding Murder at Panmunjom. seoul, South Korea: U.N. Korean War Allies Association. p. 7.
9.^ The "Axe Murder Incident" and Operation Paul Bunyan (from a Veterans of Foreign Wars organization website)
10.^ Former commander honors victims of DMZ ax murders
11.^ Hazardous Duty — Singlaub, John K., Major General, chapter 12 (partial reprint with author's permission)
12.^ Richard A. Mobley. "Revisiting the Korean Tree-Trimming Incident".
13.^ Memories of the JSA from SP4 Bill Ferguson (from an eyewitness account (Bill Ferguson) of Operation Paul Bunyan)
14.^ Excerpt from Diary of SP4 Mike Bilbo (from another eyewitness account (Mike Bilbo) of Operation Paul Bunyan)
15.^ Camp Bonifas at globalsecurity.org.
16.^ Military marks date of DMZ incident in which two Army officers were slain — Stars & Stripes, Pacific edition, Saturday, 18 August 2001.
17.^ Memorial roll call for soldiers killed in infamous DMZ incident — Stars & Stripes, Pacific edition, Sunday, 20 August 2006.
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If I had known the North Koreans were out there trying to kill me, I would have been a bit more cautious, I would roam around alone with no weapon. DUH!
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I was with the 2nd Division on the Korean DMZ from August 1969 until September 1970, so this thread hits close to home. Soon after I arrived in country, NK infiltrators ambushed a 4-man communications team. The Americans were pulled from their vehicle and had their hands wired behind their backs. They were then dispatched with bullets in the backs of their heads. During my tour, it wasn't that unusual for our aircraft to return to base with the odd bullet hole in the fuselage. Even though we were an aviation unit, and thus were considered "rear echelon", there were several instances when we were required to perform sweeps to locate infiltrators who were constantly tunneling under the wire. June 1970 was an exceptionally busy time as the North Koreans had special plans for the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the war in 1950.
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The North Koreans we encountered during our operations had no desire to get involved in a firefight. They had crossed the line to accomplish a specific mission, and whatever that mission was, it wasn't to get into a fight that they couldn't win. As soon as they were cornered, they dropped their weapons and put their hands up.
The North also sent small balloons over the South that dropped propaganda leaflets. Still have a couple of them. Wish I could read Korean, would probably be pretty entertaining. One of them has a picture of President Johnson holding his dog up by its ears.
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Yea, I also found that they were more willing to give up. The one we caught outside the wire, was bare foot and had just pants, jacket, and a hat on. I think they were surprised at how well the South Korean Militia was, the NKA would come into a village and threaten everyone, take rice and left. The village militia would gather up their ole M-1s, contact the ROK soldiers in the area. The militia didn't get into fire fights just followed them to let the ROK to take care of them.

There were plenty to go around some 4,000 infiltrators between 1966 and 1969, with '69 being the worst.
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I arrived with a group from Fort Rucker, Alabama at Fort Lewis, Washington in the summer of 1969 with orders for 'Nam. During processing, several of us had our destination changed to South Korea, apparently due to the increased tensions in the area. Unfortunately, the people responsible for my personal gear didn't get the word, and so it was sent to my original assignment in Southeast Asia. That wasn't any concern of the US Army's, but it was a major inconvenience for the young PFC that had to replace his initial issue out of his $84 a month paycheck.
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