Nearly 60 Years After Armistice, Korean War Hasn’t Ended — PICTURES

July 27, 2012, 4:30 p.m.

It was the war that stopped, but didn’t of­fi­cially end.

Fifty-nine years after the United States and the United Na­tions signed an armistice agree­ment with North Korea and China to end the three-year-old Korean War, all the parties to the war are still tech­nic­ally at war. No form­al peace treaty was ever signed.

“Dur­ing the ter­rible war, nearly 1.8 mil­lion mem­bers of the United States Armed Forces served along­side the forces of the Re­pub­lic of Korea and 20 oth­er al­lied na­tions from June 25, 1950 to Ju­ly 27, 1953,” Rep. Charles Ran­gel, D-N.Y., said in a state­ment mark­ing the 59th an­niversary of the armistice on Fri­day. In those three years, the “war was re­spons­ible for tak­ing 36,574 Amer­ic­an lives and wound­ing over 103,000,” said Ran­gel, a vet­er­an of the war.

Vet­er­ans had “hal­ted the tide of Com­mun­ism on the Korean Pen­in­sula and it is largely be­cause of their ef­forts that the Re­pub­lic of Korea was able to de­vel­op in­to a mod­ern and pros­per­ous demo­cracy,” Ran­gel said.

Be­low are some pho­tos of the first few months of the war and from the time of the armistice. (A more de­tailed his­tory of the war can be found on the Korean War 60th An­niversary Com­mem­or­a­tion Com­mit­tee web­site.)