Wedged between the bloody battles of WWII and the controversial Vietnam War, the Korean War is referred to as "The Forgotten War," despite its many causalities. Take our quiz to see how much you remember about this often overlooked conflict.
Which country ruled Korea until the end of WWII?
Which two countries took over rule of Korea after Japan gave up its hold on the country in 1945?
- China and Soviet Union
- China and U.S.
- U.S. and Soviet Union
In 1948, Korea held national elections and elected a single national government to rule the nation.
What happened on June 25, 1950 to trigger the start of the Korean War?
- South Korean leader assassinated
- U.S. invaded North Korea
- North Korea invaded the South
What marks the border between North and South Korea?
- 38th parallel
- Yalu River
- Paektu Mountain
Both North and South Korea were led by communist leaders at the start of the Vietnam War.
North Korean leadership fought hard to form a democracy before the Korean War started.
Who was the U.S. president during the Korean War?
Truman hoped that the conflict in Korea would also lead to a war with communist China.
When did peace talks aimed at ending the Korean War first take place?
Which side did the U.S. support during the Korean War?
Which country actively fought on the side of the North during the conflict?
- United States
The North Koreans were much better prepared for war than the South.
When did Truman order U.S. troops to Korea?
- June 1950
- June 1951
- June 1952
Where did U.S. troops fight their first major battle in the war?
The Korean War was the first conflict that the U.S. Air Force was involved in.
The U.S. and Soviets both used nuclear weapons during the Korean War.
U.S. jet fighter planes were far superior to those used by the Soviets in the Korean War.
Where was Johnny Cash stationed during the Korean War? (Yes, that Johnny Cash.)
Both Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin served as fighter pilots during the Korean War.
What happened at No Gun Ri?
- hundreds of U.S. soldiers slaughtered
- hundreds of Korean civilians massacred
- the final battle in the war
How many statues of soldiers make up the Korean War Memorial at the National Mall in Washington?
How do North Koreans refer to the Korean War?
- Fatherland Liberation War
- War With the South
How do South Koreans refer to the Korean War?
- Fatherland Liberation War
- War With the North
How many Americans lost their lives during the Korean War?
Roughly 10 percent of Korea's prewar population died during the conflict.
When was an armistice signed to stop the fighting in Korea?
The Korean War never officially ended.
What happened to Korea after the war?
- It was unified into a single country.
- It was split into two independent countries.
- It was placed back under Japanese rule.
What TV series famously was set during the Korean War?
- "McHale's Navy"
- "Hogan's Heroes"