UNMCKDesignated by the UN, the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea is the only holy ground of its kind in the world.
The Korean War broke out on June 25, 1950, when North Korea suddenly invaded South Korea. The UN hurried to convene a meeting of the 2nd UN Security Council and decided on the 27th of June 1950 to dispatch UN troops to Korea. This remains, in the history of the UN, as the unique resolution where troops were dispatched in the name of the UN.
In all, 22 nations volunteered to assist under the UN flag to help Korea—16 nations provided combat troops, equipment, and armaments, while 6 nations provided non-combat assistance by dispatching medical ships with staff and medicine.
During the Korean War (June 25th, 1950 – July 27th, 1953), a total of 40,896 UN Forces fell. Those soldiers were from 17 countries (including Norway that provided medical aid) among the 22 countries that provided either combat or medical support.
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