Burns, Hugh, LTC

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Current Service Status
USA Retired
Current/Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Current/Last Service Branch
Special Forces
Current/Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Current/Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 11A, United Nations Command (UNC)
Previously Held MOS
745-Rifleman
667-Message Center Clerk
3152-Photographer Still
941-Camera Technician
152-Photographer
1745-Rifle Platoon or Squad Leader
3945-Photography Laboratory Specialist
6-Student Officer
11A-Infantry Officer
Service Years
1946 - 1969
Foreign Language(s)
Korean
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Special Forces


Special Forces
Lieutenant Colonel


Two Service Stripes



Six Overseas Service Bars


 Official Badges 

1st Cavalry Division Special Forces Group Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007)

Honorably Discharged WW II


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Chapter I/XVIII - The Samuel S. Theriault/Aaron Bank ChapterBerlin U.S. Military Veterans Association1st Cavalry Division Association187th Airborne Infantry Regiment Association
Special Operations Association (SOA-MACV)
  1968, Special Forces Association, 1, Chapter I/XVIII - The Samuel S. Theriault/Aaron Bank Chapter (Executive Officer) (Fayetteville, North Carolina) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1970, Berlin U.S. Military Veterans Association [Verified]
  1990, 1st Cavalry Division Association [Verified]
  1990, 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment Association [Verified]
  1991, Special Operations Association (SOA-MACV) [Verified]


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Korean War
From Month/Year
June / 1950
To Month/Year
July / 1953

Description
The Korean War; 25 June 1950 – 27 July 1953) began when North Korea invaded South Korea. The United Nations, with the United States as the principal force, came to the aid of South Korea. China came to the aid of North Korea, and the Soviet Union gave some assistance.

Korea was ruled by Japan from 1910 until the closing days of World War II. In August 1945, the Soviet Union declared war on Japan, as a result of an agreement with the United States, and liberated Korea north of the 38th parallel. U.S. forces subsequently moved into the south. By 1948, as a product of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States, Korea was split into two regions, with separate governments. Both governments claimed to be the legitimate government of all of Korea, and neither side accepted the border as permanent. The conflict escalated into open warfare when North Korean forces—supported by the Soviet Union and China—moved into the south on 25 June 1950. On that day, the United Nations Security Council recognized this North Korean act as invasion and called for an immediate ceasefire. On 27 June, the Security Council adopted S/RES/83: Complaint of aggression upon the Republic of Korea and decided the formation and dispatch of the UN Forces in Korea. Twenty-one countries of the United Nations eventually contributed to the UN force, with the United States providing 88% of the UN's military personnel.

After the first two months of the conflict, South Korean forces were on the point of defeat, forced back to the Pusan Perimeter. In September 1950, an amphibious UN counter-offensive was launched at Inchon, and cut off many of the North Korean troops. Those that escaped envelopment and capture were rapidly forced back north all the way to the border with China at the Yalu River, or into the mountainous interior. At this point, in October 1950, Chinese forces crossed the Yalu and entered the war. Chinese intervention triggered a retreat of UN forces which continued until mid-1951.

After these reversals of fortune, which saw Seoul change hands four times, the last two years of conflict became a war of attrition, with the front line close to the 38th parallel. The war in the air, however, was never a stalemate. North Korea was subject to a massive bombing campaign. Jet fighters confronted each other in air-to-air combat for the first time in history, and Soviet pilots covertly flew in defense of their communist allies.

The fighting ended on 27 July 1953, when an armistice was signed. The agreement created the Korean Demilitarized Zone to separate North and South Korea, and allowed the return of prisoners. However, no peace treaty has been signed, and the two Koreas are technically still at war. Periodic clashes, many of which are deadly, have continued to the present.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
June / 1950
To Month/Year
July / 1953
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
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My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  867 Also There at This Battle:
  • Ashley, Joshua, SFC, (1950-1970)
  • Atchley, Oren, LTC, (1940-1950)
  • Aylward, William, LTC, (1950-1984)
  • Badger, Thomas Jenkins, COL, (1932-1965)
  • Ballard, Clarence Commodore, CPT, (1941-1950)
  • Barker, William, Sgt, (1950-1951)
  • Barksdale, Thomas Jefferson, Sgt, (1946-1950)
  • Barnes, John, T/Sgt, (1949-1952)
  • Battiste, Alfonza, LTC, (1951-1972)
  • Becker, Jim, S/Sgt, (1948-1952)
  • Beckwith, Charles Robert, SGT, (1946-1955)
  • Beilstein, James, SGT, (1949-1957)
  • Bell, Thomas, PFC, (1950-1952)
  • Block, Kenneth, Cpl
  • Bohmer, Frederick, Sgt, (1950-1953)
  • Bridges, Shelton, SFC, (1938-1968)
  • Brown, M.D., Robert W., CPT, (1952-1953)
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