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Navy unveils monument for '2nd Incheon landing operation'

By Yonhap
  • Published : Nov 15, 2017 - 10:37
  • Updated : Nov 15, 2017 - 10:37

South Korea's Navy said Wednesday it has set up a monument for a lesser known but significant victory in Incheon, west of Seoul, during the 1950-53 Korean War.

Called the 2nd Incheon amphibious operation, it took place on Feb. 10, 1951, five months after the historic Incheon battle commanded by US Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur.

Led by a joint commando unit of South Korea's Navy and Marine Corps, the second landing operation in Incheon, spelled Inchon at that time, helped the UN forces retake the strategically important port city.

A monument for the 2nd Incheon landing operation during the Korean War is shown in this photo provided by the Navy. (Yonhap)

It provided the UN troops with a bridgehead for logistical support following the Jan. 4 retreat caused by the Chinese military's participation in the war.

The South's Navy and Marine Corps mobilized six warships and formed a special team of 73 sailors and a company of marines.

They killed 82 enemy soldiers and captured another and some military equipment, including armored vehicles and field artillery, according to the Navy.

The operation enabled the massive supply of goods for the South Korean and UN forces and made a big contribution to their retaking of Seoul and other South Korean territories, it added.

The Navy plans to hold an official ceremony later in the day to mark the erection of the three-meter-tall monument at the entrance of MacArthur Road in Wolmido Park. (Yonhap)