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After intending to visit the Incheon Landing Memorial Hall for some time now, I finally was able to venture out to Incheon and take a looksee. Although, it was a little smaller than what I had anticipated, I was generally satisfied in wandering around the memorial hall picking up more informational tidbits about the Korean War and taking advantage of a not-so-chilly afteroon.
Here are some photos from outside the Memorial Hall:
Upon entering the memorial hall, I was kindly greeted by a woman site volunteer by the name of Sun-mi Kim and handed a pamphlet in English. After wandering and passing through various exhibits relating to specific aspects of the Incheon Landing and the Korean War, I was again later greeted by Sun-mi Kim amid one of the exhibits, and she asked if I could assist her with her English in explaining specific accounts of the Incheon Landing based on information and exhibits provided at the memorial hall. I kindly accepted to help.
For the next hour or so, we went through each exhibit and she shared with me her annuled version of various descriptions, and I kindly corrected her and gave options on how to say things a little better, in addition to pointing out numerous errors amid the translated descriptions. Also, many military-related objects were labled incorrectly, or with a word that was not entirely correct, such as a “knife” when it was clearly a “bayonet”, etc. She was definitely busy jotting down information throughout each exhibit. This was surely a question & answer dialogue, and I quickly discovered that all my History studies and interests definitely came in handy as I was able to discuss with her more aspects of what I know about the Incheon Landing, military weapons, and on the Korean War. Upon my departure, she gave me a handful of delicious chocolates for my assistance, and I facetiously commented that it’s great being paid in chocolates, which fostered a sincere laugh. After she insisted that we exchange emails, we have sinced emailed several times and I offered to help out the memorial hall with some translations, in addition to further aggrandizing her annuled version of English descriptions about the Incheon Landing.
In short, headed by General Douglas MacArthur, the Incheon Landing (Codename: Operation Chromite) took place on September 15, 1950 and had a strong resemblance to the Normandy operations during the the Second World War. Despite various geographical obstacles, such as the constant ebb and flow of the tide in Incheon harbor, it was successfully carried out reversing the state of war and making a stepping-stone for the recapture of Seoul that Communist North Korea had sieged just months before, in addition to allowing a full-scale counterattack against North Korean forces along the Nakdong River. The Korean army and U.N. forces incurred approximately 4,000 deaths during the entire Incheon landing operation, while the loss of North Korean military showed 14,000 deaths by gundown and more than 7,000 war prisoners. It was ultimately a huge victory for U.N. forces.
Below are several photos from within the memorial hall: