Honoring the 60Th Anniversary of the Korean War Armisticeby Representative Beto O'Rourke
Posted on 2013-07-30
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Mr. O'ROURKE. Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize the 60th Anniversary
of the armistice that ended the Korean War on July 27, 1953 and honor
the Korean War Veterans and their families, who have taught us about
strength, duty, service, and resolve. I am proud to represent hundreds
of Korean War Veterans. Their service has been selfless and their
accomplishments have been extraordinary.
The 60th Anniversary of the end of the Korean War calls us to reflect on the immeasurable burdens of war that have been borne by our veterans and their families. We pay tribute to our wounded, our missing, our fallen, and their families. They know the true costs of conflict and deserve our deepest respect.
On June 25, 1950, the Korean War began when approximately 75,000 soldiers from the North Korean People's Army poured across the 38th parallel, the boundary between the [[Page E1157]] Soviet-backed Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the north and the pro-Western Republic of Korea to the south. This invasion was the first military action of the Cold War. By July, American troops had entered the war on South Korea's behalf.
Nearly 5 million people died as a result of the Korean War. More than half of these--about 10 percent of Korea's prewar population--were civilians, a rate higher than either World War II or Vietnam. Nearly 40,000 Americans died in action in Korea, and more than 100,000 were wounded.
289,000 Texans served in the Korean War. 1,916 were killed in action and 440 are still missing in action. 169 El Pasoans gave their lives in Korean War and 23 are missing in action. The President of the United States awarded the highest of military honors to 11 Texans, including one El Pasoan Modesto Cartagena, for their acts of valor during the war.
Today we remember our commitments to those who served in Korea. As we do so, let us reaffirm our promise that when our troops finish their tours of duty, they come home to an America that gives them the benefits they have earned, the care they deserve, and the fullest opportunity to keep their families strong and our country moving forward.