The darkest days of the Korean War were fought in the fierce heat of late summer 1950.
The dawn of a military breakout was approaching, but first a United Nations force had to cling to a precarious toehold that was hardly more than an expanded beachhead. The six-week period of daily crises and sharp fighting was necessary to defend the Pusan perimeter, a box at the lower end of the peninsula protecting the only port and airfield the Americans had left where they could land reinforcements and supplies. The perimeter—100 miles long and 50 miles wide—ran along the last
Above: Credit paid for credit due, Cpl. Ivan Burgess of Rock Hill, Missouri, paints his outfit's trade mark on a dead North Korean tank with its spiked gun while Cpl. Kenneth E. Taylor of Rochester, Massachusetts, offers critical advice.