By CAPT. TIM IRVIN
North Korea’s invasion of the Republic of Korea June 25, 1950, prompted U.S. President Harry S. Truman to order U.S. ground forces into South Korea on June 27. Three long years later on July 27, 1953, the Korean War armistice was signed, ending the three-year conflict. The Armistice allowed South Korea to finally be a free republic and to continue the alliance with the U.S. To this day, South Korea is one of the closest allies of the U.S. Army.