Sixty years after the signing of a truce, it's clear that this
conflict set the pattern for multiple American wars to come.
The demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas, in Paju, about 55 km (34 miles) north of Seoul (Lee Jae Won/Reuters).
This week marks an important anniversary. Sixty years ago, on July
27, 1953, representatives of the United Nations, led by U.S. Army Lt.
Harrison, met their North Korean counterparts in Panmunjom, Korea,
to sign an armistice agreement ending the 37-month-long war. Negotiators
discussing the agreement for nearly 25 of those months in 158
The document was not a peace treaty. It provided for a truce. The
historic occasion had no mark of formality and no sense of finality. The
signed the agreement without speaking a single word to each other,
and no one offered handshakes. The South Korean representatives refused
to sign and did
not join in the meeting. There surely was no ceremony comparable to the
one on the battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay in September 1945. The New York Times
reported from the treaty site, "Outside the thin wooden walls there was
the mutter of artillery fire - a grim reminder that even as
the truce was being signed men were still dying on near-by hills and
the fight would continue for twelve more hours."