Obama Honors 600,000 African Americans Who Fought in Korea

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President Barack Obama recently issued a proclamation honoring Korean War Veterans, including 600,000 African-American troops who served in the Korean War, the first-integrated conflict fought by the U.S. military.

President Obama and Chuck Hagel, U.S. Secretary of Defense, saluted the Korean War Veterans on July 25, 2013. The 60th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended three years of fighting on the Korean Peninsula occurred on July 27, 1953.

The war began with North Korea's invasion of the Republic of Korea in June 1950. The Defense Department issued a statement regarding the role African Americans played in the war on August 14, 2013.

"Here in America, no war should ever be forgotten, and no veteran should ever be overlooked," said President Obama during a ceremony in July at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The Korean War was of particular significance to African Americans because it was the first war in which America fought with a military force that was officially integrated.

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