The main fighting in the Korean War lasted from June 1950 to July 1953, claiming the lives of 36,574 Americans who fought to prevent the spread of communism through Korea pushed by the Soviet Union and Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Chinese soldiers streamed over the borders to press the campaign of former CCP leader Mao Zedong. Over 2.5 million Korean citizens were killed, and Korea was divided, with a brutal communist regime in the North and a free society in the South.
The war never officially ended, and only recently through peace talks between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un does it appear an end is in sight. With that, families separated for decades could be reunited, and the remains of U.S. troops who fought in the war could finally return home.
Bernard Farnan was among the 326,863 U.S. troops who fought in the war shortly after World War II, when Americans were ready to move on and enjoy peace again. Farnan was nominated twice for bravery—once for a Bronze Star and once for a Silver Star.
The troops fought in the bitter cold from bunkers and outposts, with most fighting taking place at night in the roughly 1,500 yards of no-man’s land between the Chinese line and the American line.