Jeffrey Miller

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Battle of Taejon — July 14, 1950

On this day in 1950, the Battle of Taejon (Daejeon) began.

After U.S. forces, (Task Force Smith) were overrun north of Osan on July 5 and Chonan fell three days later on July 8th, the North Korean juggernaut rolled into Tajeon. One week later, Taejon would fall, but not before the U.S. 24th Infantry Division managed to buy other U.S. forces time as they quickly dug in at what would soon be called The Pusan Perimeter.

During the Battle of Taejon, General William Dean was captured and would spend the rest of the war in a POW camp. Dean, whose jeep driver took a wrong turn in the city, which resulted in him being captured, managed to escape his North Korean captors and elude them in the mountains for 35 days as he tried to get back to the American line. Some say that South Koreans sympathetic to the North Koreans who saw Dean alerted North Korean soldiers to his whereabouts.

I briefly describe this battle in War Remains to give readers some background information about the war and the arrival of the U.S. Second Infantry Division and Bobby at the end of the month.

In this photo you can see Taejon Train Station. I live about 15 minutes behind it. About three quarters of a mile to the left of the train station is where the SolBridge International School of Business is located.

This is what Taejon looked like after it was liberated in September following the breakout from the Pusan Perimeter:

The area in the photograph above is not too far from where I live and teach in Daejeon. Today, on the taller mountain in the back, are some antennae.

This is a monument on Battle Mountain (Bomun-sa) for the 24th Infantry Division:

The General Dean monument.

1 Comment

  1. Jack calderon

    July 9, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Arrived Pusan 7/2/50. From japan. Was at chonan. And Taejon 7/20 /50 saw Gen Dean. It was no police action. It was a real war

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