• The 2nd Operations Command Soldiers re-enact the pivotal battle of the Nak-dong River against north Korean Soldiers, in which U.S. and Korea combined forces defended the Busan perimiter along the Nak-dong River.

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    The 2nd Operations Command Soldiers re-enact the pivotal battle of the Nak-dong River against north Korean Soldiers, in which U.S. and Korea combined forces defended the Busan perimiter along the Nak-dong River.

  • The 2nd Operations Command honor guard platoon performs in the opening ceremony at 60th Anniversary of the Nak-dong River battle at Waegwan, Sept. 3.

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    The 2nd Operations Command honor guard platoon performs in the opening ceremony at 60th Anniversary of the Nak-dong River battle at Waegwan, Sept. 3.

  • Republic of Korea and U.S. Soldiers re-enact the victory celebration in the pivotal battle at Nak-dong River that fortified the Busan defensive perimeter.

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    Republic of Korea and U.S. Soldiers re-enact the victory celebration in the pivotal battle at Nak-dong River that fortified the Busan defensive perimeter.

  • At the end of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War ceremony, the audience as well as the event participants commemorate those who sacrificed their lives for freedom in a celebratory balloon finale, praying for hope and peace.

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    At the end of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War ceremony, the audience as well as the event participants commemorate those who sacrificed their lives for freedom in a celebratory balloon finale, praying for hope and peace.

  • A Republic of Korea army soldier prepares to fire at on-rushing north Korean soldiers, who crossed the Nak-dong River during the re-enactment.

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    A Republic of Korea army soldier prepares to fire at on-rushing north Korean soldiers, who crossed the Nak-dong River during the re-enactment.

  • In the re-enactment, militia, student soldiers and the U.S. Army arrive at Nak-dong River battlefield as reinforcements when the Republic of Korea soldiers are in danger of being overrun.

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    In the re-enactment, militia, student soldiers and the U.S. Army arrive at Nak-dong River battlefield as reinforcements when the Republic of Korea soldiers are in danger of being overrun.

  • The 2nd Operations Command drum band performs "the Beat of Victory" during the welcoming ceremony for the 60th Korean War anniversary at Nak-dong River Sept. 3.

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    The 2nd Operations Command drum band performs "the Beat of Victory" during the welcoming ceremony for the 60th Korean War anniversary at Nak-dong River Sept. 3.

  • The Nak-dong River battle re-enactment begins with the re-enactment of the demolition of a Waegwan railroad bridge. The historical bridge was destroyed during the Korean War to delay the north Korean army. It was re-stored in 1993 and is now called the Bridge of Patriot.

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    The Nak-dong River battle re-enactment begins with the re-enactment of the demolition of a Waegwan railroad bridge. The historical bridge was destroyed during the Korean War to delay the north Korean army. It was re-stored in 1993 and is now called the...

  • A Korean soldier helps out an injured fellow soldier during a north Korean bombardment re-enactment.

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    A Korean soldier helps out an injured fellow soldier during a north Korean bombardment re-enactment.

The Republic of Korea Army 2nd Operations Command hosted the Nak-dong River battle re-enactment with support from the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command at Waegwan Sept. 3. The re-enactment commemorated one of the major battles during the early Korean War for its 60th anniversary.
The broad-scale event organized from efforts of hundreds of U.S. and ROK Soldiers was planned and prepared for about half a year, with coordination between the 2OC and the 19th ESC. With help from 30 U.S. Soldiers, about 300 Soldiers from the ROK 201st Special Forces Brigade performed a realistic re-enactment, not to mention preparations from hundreds of other Soldiers who particiA,A!pated in the set-up and rehearsals.
The opening ceremony included the Gumi city chorus choir, 2OC honor guard and a band performance. "We are here at the Nak-dong River where the fiercest battle had been fought, to commemA,A!orate the fallen Soldiers 60 years ago. It was the battle of life or death for the ROKA with nowhere to retreat, and was also the first major victory where the U.S. and ROK allies defeated the north Korean army," said Gen. Lee Chul-hee, 2OC commander. Kim Kwan-yong, Kyungbuk province governor, and Park Hee-mo, war veterans association chief, also congratulated the victory from 60 years ago.
The recreation of the battle started off with the re-enactment of the Waegwan railway bridge demolition. It was the U.S. 1st Cavalry.
The opening ceremony included the Gumi city chorus choir, 2OC honor guard and a band performance. "We are here at the Nak-dong River where the fiercest battle had been fought, to commemA,A!orate the fallen Soldiers 60 years ago. It was the battle of life or death for the ROKA with nowhere to retreat, and was also the first major victory where the U.S. and ROK allies defeated the north Korean army," said Gen. Lee Chul-hee, 2OC commander. Kim Kwan-yong, Kyungbuk province governor, and Park Hee-mo, war veterans association chief, also congratulated the victory from 60 years ago.
The recreation of the battle started off with the re-enactment of the Waegwan railway bridge demolition. It was the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division's decision to stop the north Korean army from advancing toward Busan. The plan played a big role for the allies in holding the Busan defense perimeter, stopping the north from reaching any further. The bridge was restored in 1993, to be appointed as a culA,A!tural property and is now named the Bridge of Patriot.

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