Arriving by air from Japan, Task Force Smith was the first U.S. combat unit to take on invading North Korean forces.

The task force, named after its commander, Lt. Col. Charles B. Smith, was outnumbered almost 10 to 1 in that first fight, called the Battle of Osan.

In order to buy time for more troops to arrive, they attempted to stop nearly 5,000 advancing enemy soldiers and 34 Soviet-built tanks,

with a limited amount of anti-tank weaponry.

The battle ended in defeat for the UN, but its significance lies in communicating to the North Koreans that the Americans were militarily involved in the Korean War.

It was also the first military action taken by the UN after their foundation in order to protect liberty and peace. Read More


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