The Korean War Quiz

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About This Quiz

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?

Korea remained under Japanese rule until Japan surrendered to the Allies at the end of WWII.

Which two countries took over rule of Korea after Japan gave up its hold on the country in 1945?

The U.S. occupied the southern portion of Korea from 1945 to 1948, while the Soviets occupied the northern portion of the nation.

In 1948, Korea held national elections and elected a single national government to rule the nation.

In 1948, both the northern and southern portions of Korea held their own independent elections, resulting in two conflicting governments.

What happened on June 25, 1950 to trigger the start of the Korean War?

The Korean War began on June 25, 1950 when 135,000 troops from the North invaded the South.

What marks the border between North and South Korea?

Prior to the Korean War, the 38th parallel marked the boundary between North and South. This line still serves as the boundary to this day.

Both North and South Korea were led by communist leaders at the start of the Vietnam War.

When the war began, the South was ruled by an anti-communist dictator named Syngman Rhee.

North Korean leadership fought hard to form a democracy before the Korean War started.

Prior to the war, North Korea was led by Communist dictator Kim II Sung.

Who was the U.S. president during the Korean War?

Harry Truman warned that the Korean War was a war against communism itself, and to lose the war would mean that the communists would soon takeover the globe.

Truman hoped that the conflict in Korea would also lead to a war with communist China.

Truman was so against war with China that he fired Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who had campaigned hard in favor of declaring war on China.

When did peace talks aimed at ending the Korean War first take place?

The first peace talks in the Korean conflict took place in July 1951. The talks ended when no one could agree what to do with POWs.

Which side did the U.S. support during the Korean War?

More than 90 percent of all troops supplied to help the South came from the U.S., though more than a dozen other countries sent supplies and equipment.

Which country actively fought on the side of the North during the conflict?

Chinese troops fought on the side of the North, while the Soviets sent supplies and equipment to aid the communists.

The North Koreans were much better prepared for war than the South.

The North easily defeated the South early in the war thanks to significant advantages in military training, equipment and weaponry.

When did Truman order U.S. troops to Korea?

Truman ordered ground troops to Korea in June 1950, just days after the war began.

Where did U.S. troops fight their first major battle in the war?

On July 5, 1950, U.S. troops fought the Battle of Osan, which was the first battle involving U.S. forces since the end of WWII.

The Korean War was the first conflict that the U.S. Air Force was involved in.

The U.S. Air Force was formed just three years before the Korean War began, making this the first major conflict for the organization.

The U.S. and Soviets both used nuclear weapons during the Korean War.

While the U.S. considered using nuclear weapons, neither side unleashed these bombs. Both sides did use jet fighters however, resulting in the first all-jet dogfights of any war in history.

U.S. jet fighter planes were far superior to those used by the Soviets in the Korean War.

Soviet MiG-15s were superior in every way to the U.S.-made F-86 Sabres. They not only flew higher and faster but also had greater firepower than the U.S. jets.

Where was Johnny Cash stationed during the Korean War? (Yes, that Johnny Cash.)

Future star Johnny Cash used his radio experience to intercept Morse code while stationed in West Germany during the war.

Both Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin served as fighter pilots during the Korean War.

Both future Apollo 11 astronauts piloted planes in Korea, with Aldrin completing 66 missions and Armstrong completing 78.

What happened at No Gun Ri?

On July 26, 1950, U.S. soldiers massacred as many as 400 civilians at No Gun Ri.

How many statues of soldiers make up the Korean War Memorial at the National Mall in Washington?

The Korean War Memorial consists of 19 steel statues, each measuring around seven feet tall, as well as a peaceful Pool of Remembrance.

How do North Koreans refer to the Korean War?

North Koreans refer to the conflict as the Fatherland Liberation War.

How do South Koreans refer to the Korean War?

South Koreans refer to the Korean War as 625 — based on the June 25th start date of the conflict.

How many Americans lost their lives during the Korean War?

More than 100,000 Americans were injured and 40,000 killed during the Korean War.

Roughly 10 percent of Korea's prewar population died during the conflict.

Around 2.5 million civilians — 10 percent of Korea's population — died during the war.

When was an armistice signed to stop the fighting in Korea?

An armistice was signed on July 27, 1953, effectively ending active fighting in the country.

The Korean War never officially ended.

There has never been a peace treaty signed to end the war, so officially it is still ongoing to this day.

What happened to Korea after the war?

Since the end of the war, Korea has operated as two independent nations divided along the 38th parallel.

What TV series famously was set during the Korean War?

"MASH," which stands for "Mobile Army Support Hospital," took place during the Korean War.

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