Korean War Quiz


Some call this four-year conflict a "forgotten war," but here's your chance to prove them wrong. Make a Korean vet proud!

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Question 1 of 10

Beginning with its capture by North Korean forces in June 1950, how many times did Seoul change hands during the course of the war?


... Seoul changes hands four times. Captured by the North Koreans on June 28, 1950, it was retaken by U.N. forces that September. The Chinese seized it in January 1951, but gave it up two months later.


Question 2 of 10

What U.S. weapon was rushed into service in the first weeks of the war to provide an effective counter to North Korean armor?

90-mm M-67 recoilless rifle
Rockeye II aircraft rocket
M-1A1 anti-tank mine
3.5-inch M-20 bazooka

... In 1950, the U.S. Army rapidly tested and deployed an upgraded version of the original World War II bazooka, nicknamed "super-bazooka," that fired a larger 3.5-inch rocket capable of defeating North Korean armor.


Question 3 of 10

Which of the following countries did not contribute combat troops to the U.N. forces in Korea?


... Italy provided no combat troops, but it did send a much-needed medical unit. The other three countries all supplied battalion-sized detachments that fought bravely alonside U.S. and other U.N. forces.


Question 4 of 10

Which tank used in the Korean conflict carried the largest main gun?

Soviet-made T-34/85
American M-26 Pershing
British Centurion
American M-46 Patton

... With a 105-mmmain gun, the 67-ton Centurion was the most powerful tank to see service in Korea. The T-34s carried a 85-mm gun, while both the Pershing and Patton were fitted with 90-mm guns.


Question 5 of 10

True of False: Porkchop Hill is the name givem to one of the battles fought by U.S. Marines during their withdrawal from the Choisin Reservoir in December 1950.


... Porkchop Hill was a hotley-contested piece of high ground along the largely static "Main Line of Resistence" near the 38th parallel. From April to July 1953 it saw some of the most intense fighting of the war.


Question 6 of 10

The top-scoring American ace of the Korean War, Air Force Capt. Joseph McConnell was also the first "triple ace," shooting down three MIG-15s in a single day. What was his final tally of aerial victories?


... Capt. McConnell scored a total of 16 victories flying F-86 Sabres. Tragically, he died in a test flight accident in August 1954, but the next year, Hollywood released a full-length film celebrating his career.


Question 7 of 10

True or False: Surprisingly, the most costly phase of the war for U.S. forces in Korea was not during the enemy offensives of 1950-51, but closer to the end of the war when positions had become largely static.


... The deadliest period was August to December of 1950, in particular the battles of the Pusan perimeter, Chosin Reservoir and Kunu-ri Pass. These three battles alone produced roughly a quarter of all American KIAs.


Question 8 of 10

Despite the superiority of newer jet aircraft, many propeller-driven combat aircraft were used effectively by American forces. Which of the following World War II-era planes were not used in Korea?

F-4U Corsair
P-51 Mustang
F-7F Tigercat
F-8F Bearcat
AD Skyraider

... Developed for the U.S. Navy near the end of World War II, the Bearcat fighter just missed combat service in 1945 and was never used in Korea. It did, however, see plenty of action with the French in Indochina.


Question 9 of 10

Which gernal of World War II fame replaced General Douglas MacArthur as the supreme commander after he was relieved by President Truman in April 1951?

Matthew Ridgway
Mark Clark
Joe Stilwell
Lucien Truscott

... MacArthur named Matthew Ridgway as his successor, an easy transition since Ridgway had been in Korea as the 8th Army's commander since 1950. Ridgway led the famed 82nd Airborne in World War II.


Question 10 of 10

Had nuclear war broken out in 1952 as a result of the tensions created by the Korean war, which weapons did the U.S. have available for a strategic nuclear response?

Atomic bombs delivered by B-29s
Atomic warheads delivered by Redstone missiles
Atomic bombs delivered by B-47s
Both A and B

... With strategic missiles and thermonuclear (hydrogen) bombs still in testing mode, the U.S. arsenal consisted of bombs similar in yield to the 1945 devices which would be delivered by the new B-47 bombers


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