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In July of 1950 North Korean communist forces invaded South Korea. The United States sent task force Smith, a group of 400 soldiers to delay the North while additional U.S. troops were shipped to Korea. Many believed the North Koreans would run away in terror when they saw U.S. troops who had defeated the hated Japanese just five years before. The American soldiers, some thought, would march home victorious to a ticker tape parade after a short butt kicking session. That belief was a big mistake. Task force Smith took heavy losses and was routed by the more numerous and better equipped North Korean force. U.S. forces eventually regrouped and were able to drive communist back to the north but the incident served as a lesson for the Army to never be complacent about...
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