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Soldiers on Wednesday reenact the Battle of Chipyong-ni for about 150 American, French and South Korean veterans of the 1951 Korean War battle. The reenactment was staged on the site of the actual battle in South Korea.
Soldiers on Wednesday reenact the Battle of Chipyong-ni for about 150 American, French and South Korean veterans of the 1951 Korean War battle. The reenactment was staged on the site of the actual battle in South Korea. (Courtesy of the U.S. Army)
Soldiers on Wednesday reenact the Battle of Chipyong-ni for about 150 American, French and South Korean veterans of the 1951 Korean War battle. The reenactment was staged on the site of the actual battle in South Korea.
Soldiers on Wednesday reenact the Battle of Chipyong-ni for about 150 American, French and South Korean veterans of the 1951 Korean War battle. The reenactment was staged on the site of the actual battle in South Korea. (Courtesy of the U.S. Army)
Soldiers hunker down under fire Wednesday during a reenactment of the Battle of Chipyong-ni, staged on the site of the actual 1951 Korean War fight between Chinese soldiers and troops from the U.S., France and South Korea.
Soldiers hunker down under fire Wednesday during a reenactment of the Battle of Chipyong-ni, staged on the site of the actual 1951 Korean War fight between Chinese soldiers and troops from the U.S., France and South Korea. (Courtesy of the U.S. Army)
Veterans of the Battle of Chipyong-ni walk into a ceremony honoring them Wednesday for their part in the historic 1951 fight, as residents of the South Korean town and others applaud. The battle is recognized as a turning point in the Korean War.
Veterans of the Battle of Chipyong-ni walk into a ceremony honoring them Wednesday for their part in the historic 1951 fight, as residents of the South Korean town and others applaud. The battle is recognized as a turning point in the Korean War. (Courtesy of the U.S. Army)

A battle considered a turning point in the 1950-53 Korean War was reenacted this week at the historic battleground about 30 miles southwest of Seoul.

About 150 American, French and South Korean veterans of the Battle of Chipyong-ni returned to see their victory restaged and to be honored by the townspeople.

Residents lined the streets as the veterans marched in. About 900 active-duty South Korean soldiers also took part in the reenactment.

The Battle of Chipyong-ni marked the first time United Nations Command soldiers succeeded in turning back the advance of the Chinese military. The battle was fought from Feb. 13-15 in 1951 and left almost 100 U.N. troops and about 2,000 Chinese soldiers dead or missing.

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