South Korea – Thailand

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    Memorial Site

    This memorial located in Pocheon is dedicated to the soldiers of Thailand. One of the largest contributors to the Korean War, the Royal Thai Expeditionary Forces consisted of 13,000 who gallantly served from October 22, 1950 to the summer of 1972.

    The Thai forces were comparatively small but outstandingly fierce in battle that they earned the moniker “Little Tiger.” The most notable Thai contributions were in the Third Battle of Seoul (December 1950–January 1951) and the Battle of Pork Chop Hill (April–July 1953). A total of 129 Thai soldiers lost their lives, 1,139 were wounded, and five were missing in action from their service in the war.

    For nearly twenty years after the armistice on July 27, 1953, twenty airmen volunteered to remain in Korea for a year. Even today, there are 15 Thai soldiers stationed near the border between South and North Korea.