The shelling started on Sunday morning, before sunrise. It was June 25, 1950. A couple of hours later, dozens of Soviet-made, state-of-the-art battle tanks from the Korean People’s Army — along with about 90,000 troops — began moving across the 38th parallel to attack South Korea.
Suddenly, the Cold War had turned into a full-blown shooting war.
A day later, from his base in Tokyo, General Douglas MacArthur sent a bleak assessment of the situation in Korea back to Washington.
“Complete collapse is imminent,” MacArthur told the Joint Chiefs of Staff.