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Ethiopians in South Korean War

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After Communist North Korean forces invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950, the war raged up and down the peninsula several times as the United States, the United Nations (U.N.) and finally Communist China sent ground forces there.

It was during this time that Ethiopia sent 1,271 – 3,518 troops as part of the United Nation Forces to aid South Korea. The troops were known as the Kagnew Battalion under the command of General Mulugueta Bulli.

Ethiopia furnished three 1,200-man battalions to the UN Command, beginning in June 1951 but only one battalion at a time. The first of these battalions — known as Kagnew (Conquerors) Battalions — arrived in May 1951 and was assigned to the U.S. 7th Infantry Division.

• 1st Kagnew Battalion Jun 51 — Apr 52
• 2nd Kagnew Battalion Apr 52 — Apr 53
• 3rd Kagnew Battalion Apr 53 — Apr 54

The Ethiopian army was attached to the American 7th Infantry Division, and fought in a number of engagements including the Battle of Pork Chop Hill. 121 were killed and 536 wounded during the conflict in Korea.

Keywords: United Nation Forces, South Korea, Kagnew Battalion, General Mulugueta Bulli,


5 Comments so far ↓

  • glenn

    for those that gave there lives so the south koreans could in a minnor safe way i salute you

  • John

    Colonel Teffera Wolde Tensay passed away in early June 2009 at the age of 79. He was buried at Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa.

  • zewdu

    ethipian hroisem

  • MIf

    We Ethiopian didn’t forget those who sacrifice their life, and release their blood in Korea war, they always in our memory, i wish the best haven, even though, today we are under poverty, Korean’s are best friend of our country to enhance our economy.

  • Jim Myers

    My father, Captain Harold W. Myers served as the first liaison officer to the Ethiopian Bn… I have a newpaper photo and of him being awarded the Star of Ethiopia at the time of his departure from the unit…

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