Agnew, Spiro Theodore, CPT

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1952-1953, 00G1, Army Garrison Fort Benning, GA
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1942 - 1953



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Baltimore, Maryland
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Berlin, Maryland

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Sep 17, 1996
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Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens - Timonium, Maryland
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Spiro Theodore Agnew was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 9, 1918. His father was a Greek immigrant, and his mother a widow from Virginia. After attending Baltimore public schools, in 1937, Spiro Agnew enrolled at Johns Hopkins University, where he studied chemistry. Three years later, he transferred to the University of Baltimore School of Law, and started attending night classes there. While Agnew was in law school, he earned a living with a day job at an insurance company.
In late 1941, Spiro T. Agnew was drafted into the peacetime Selective Service System. After completing his training as a tank officer at Fort Knox, in 1942, Agnew married his law school classmate, Elinor Isabel Judefind, nicknamed Judy. Not long after, Agnew was drafted into the U.S. Army to fight in World War II, ultimately earning a Bronze Star for his service.

In 1946, Agnew was able to go back to the University of Baltimore Law School through the GI Bill of Rights. That same year, his wife gave birth to the first of the couple's four children.

Spiro Agnew completed his law degree in 1947. Soon after, he began practicing at a Baltimore legal firm, and eventually started a private practice in nearby Towson. Agnew had just purchased a house in the suburbs when, in 1950, he was recalled to active duty in the Korean War. Upon his return to Baltimore, Agnew became active in local politics. In 1957, he was appointed to served on the Baltimore County Board of Zoning Appeals. In 1962, he was elected the first Republican county executive of the 20th century. Four years later, he won election to the Maryland governorship.

In 1969, Agnew was elected the 39th vice president of the United States, serving under Richard Nixon's Republican administration. During his term, he became known for his outspoken speeches criticizing protesters of the Vietnam War, and for accusing Democrats of being "soft on Communism."

In 1973, Agnew was accused of having committed extortion, bribery and income-tax violations while in office as Maryland's governor. Initially, Agnew refused to resign if indicted, stating that he would only leave his office by impeachment. Nixon was also in danger of being impeached, as a result of the Watergate scandal. When Agnew was indicted, his lawyers plea-bargained with a federal judge on his behalf; he ultimately agreed to resign on October 10, 1973.

Forced to leave politics, Agnew became an international trade consultant. He died of leukemia on September 17, 1996, at the age of 77, in Berlin, Maryland.
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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.
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