The DMZ War

1953 to Today

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DMZ Tours, "Dark Tourism" and the 

State of North/South Relations

Interesting analysis on the state of DMZ tours -- "a dangerous zoo" -- and their relation to South Korean attitudes toward reunification... The article reports that DMZ tours began in 1963 -- do any DMZ War readers remember them back then or before? One thing missing in this report, and a factor that probably played a role in those early tours, was the desire of South Korean residents (as opposed to fast-spending foreign tourists) to visit the 'Z to see their former homeland where loved ones often still lived, and/or honor their ancestors buried there.

“In 2006, South Korea rebranded the DMZ the Peace and Life Zone (PLZ).Untouched for decades, the area’s biodiversity and eco-credentials are now being pushed to the fore. Just pause and read that again: Peace and Life. In reference to what is effectively a scar severing the shared reality of a once united country; the last remnant of the Cold War that has divided families for generations and created one of the most extreme states of inequality on a national scale. As public relations go, it’s pretty audacious, like trying to reposition climate change as a way to get a better tan.” Read the rest here.

Korean DMZ, November 1974:

First North Korean Infiltration Tunnel Discovered

Presidents Meet
USN Cmdr. Robert M. Ballinger, KIA
In Nov. 1974, a South Korean DMZ patrol noticed steam rising from the ground. Investigators soon uncovered a North Korean tunnel leading to the South. U.S. Navy Commander Robert Ballinger from the UN Command's Armistice Affairs Division (who had been awarded the Silver Star for heroism in Vietnam years before) and a South Korean officer were killed by a DPRK booby-trap while examining the structure. Three more tunnels would be found in coming years; others are believed to exist. (North Korean tunnel experts have also been suspected of helping construct tunnels in the Middle East for terrorists to attack Israel, see the story on our sister site here.)


Days later, South Korean President Park Chung-hee and U.S. President Gerald Ford (along with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger), met in the Korean "Blue House" to discuss the security situation and other issues (Park had narrowly escaped a North Korean assassination attempt months before, see video here). Read part of the declassified transcript of the meeting below.


Despite the grim circumstances, Park and Kissinger managed to joke about what might be found while digging near the tunnel -- check out the last page.

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"The Bridge of No Return:" 1984

Veterans: The Video Below Explains the Korea Defense Service Media (KDSM)

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British Troops in the DMZ Conflict:

Brits in Korea 1956 & Imjin River. See it here

 
 

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1962 on the DMZ:

a More Dangerous and Eventful Year than Many Realize

Read About the Incidents in the transcript of tense MAC meeting.

Review the declassified intel file on a North Korean kidnap team.

Long Before the 2013 North Korean Detention of Merrill Newman,

There Were the Ashley Five

Americans Confirmed Alive in North Korean Hands But Never Returned

Newman Was Returned, They Never Were

An Intriguing Connection Between the Incidents
Gilbert Ashley & Hidemaro Ishada: Never Returned by North Korea
Gilbert Ashley & Hidemaro Ishada: Never Returned by North Korea
LA Times article on secret guerrilla unit behind Pyongyang's detention of Merrill Newman; includes our analysis of North Korean reaction... See the previously secret US documents on this unit here.

Click Here For Secret Documents on US Guerrilla Operations

 Linked to Korean War Vet Merrill Newman's Detention in North Korea

Plus Why Pyongyang Would Imprison an American Senior Citizen

Many US Files About Korean War Special Operations During and After the Korean War Remain Classified

We've Been Trying to Get Them for Years

Below is a Still-Classified Report from 1955 Concerning a Follow-On Unit Related to the One Merrill Newman Served in

RoK Troops Track North Korean Infiltration Team (Nov. '68)
The US Military Provided Air Support and Combat Cameraman
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Previously Secret '59 Army Intel Report on NK Infiltration Tactics
Other interesting sites:
 
Secrets of North Korea: www.koreanconfidential.com
 
The Cold War and Cold War Recognition Certificate: www.coldwar.me
 
Learn about American prisoners who never returned from the Korean War: www.kpows.com