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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2018 11:40 a.m. PST

"Do I remember July of '53? Yeah, I remember it. I remember a helluva lot of rain, and I remember a helluva lot of Chinese. Damn right I remember it."

Marine veteran Anthony "Tony" Stasiak

With the arrival of spring 1953, North Korea's Chinese rescuers were looking for a way out of the Korean War. Since the introduction of the Chinese Communist Forces (CCF) into the war during the winter of 1950, Chinese casualties had soared to nearly 1,000,000 dead and wounded. Enough was enough.

Still, while the Chinese wanted out of Korea, they wanted to do it in such a way as to make them seem the victors. At the nondescript village of Panmunjom, the charade of truce talks that had dragged on for two years continued. The North Koreans, full of bluff and bluster, were the front men for those parlays, but it was the Chinese who were calling the plays. And it was the Chinese, betting on one final decisive thrust, who sought to use the truce talks to solidify a commanding communist position at Panmunjom…"
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Legion 408 Nov 2018 9:53 a.m. PST

And where the war ended, the "line" still exists to this day. The DMZ basically. I had 2 tours on the DMZ with a Mech Bn, '84-'85. We and the ROKs were actively patrolling along the "Z".

Armed with live ammo, etc. It was no game, some minefields have been there since then. They are clearly marked, mostly. Everybody stays out of those areas. But now and then a local wanders into some unmarked areas. And we had to medevac at least one when I was there.

And AFAIK looks like they can talk all they want, but the DMZ, minefields, etc., are still there. And I don't see anything really changing anytime soon. As basically we have been talking there since the Summer of '53. And remember it was and is a UN mission.

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