Picture of the Day: The Bridge of No Return

In December 2000, while writing a news story “Christmas in the JSA” I got which amounted to a VIP tour of the JSA (Joint Security Area) and the chance to take this photo of the Bridge of No Return.

It was across this bridge in 1953 that POWS were repatriated at the end of the Korean War. In December 1968, the crew of the USS Pueblo were also repatriated across this same bridge.

This photo exudes a Cold War feeling.

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4 Responses to “Picture of the Day: The Bridge of No Return”

  1. Nye July 27, 2010 at 1:02 am # Reply

    Jeffrey, a very interesting name. This made me wonder what it would feel like to walk across that bridge. I think I would try to look back.

    • Jeffrey July 27, 2010 at 8:11 am # Reply


      For all those who have crossed that bridge, it was literally a bridge to freedom.

  2. Bill Ferguson July 28, 2010 at 9:10 pm # Reply

    Ah, the memories that brings back. Halfway across the bridge is the boundary of the JSA and then North Korea. Back in ’76 the North Koreans would occasionally try to kidnap people that were working at the checkpoint there by the bridge (not in your picture, but just to the left of where this picture was taken from). I even had had my turn at a kidnapping attempt. These kidnapping attempts were why we wanted to trim the tree in Aug. 1976, so at least one UNC checkpoint could maintain visibility with it for the safety of the two people working there.

    Anyway, I also remember playing hopscotch on the bridge, and walking almost to the boundary so the North Koreans would send a guard truck racing over from their side to try and hit us or at least make us jump off the bridge. Fun times back in those days!

    • Jeffrey July 29, 2010 at 12:01 am # Reply


      Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing some of your anecdotes. Hard to believe that next year will be 35 years since the Ax Incident.

      I linked to the story on ROK Drop figuring that some people might have missed the story I wrote back in 2001 on the 25th anniversary.

      Always appreciate when folks like yourself stop by to comment.

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