South Korea – Turkey

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Memorial Site

This memorial located in Yongin is dedicated to the Turkish forces that fought in the Korean war. The volunteers in the Turkish Brigade faced their fiercest battle of the war on the hills near Yongin between January 25-26, 1951, where they repulsed a Chinese force three times its size.

Turkey was the first country to join the U.N. Forces after the United States, sending the fourth most soldiers out of all U.N. allied countries. In total, they deployed 21,212 soldiers in four brigades. Turkey suffered the third greatest number of casualties with 3,000 dead, wounded, and missing in action.

The U.N. Memorial Cemetery in Busan is the final resting place for 462 of these soldiers.