Vietnam War Photos - Korean Forces

Though not a member of SEATO, the Republic of Korea began sending combat troops to South Vietnam in 1965 in response to President Johnson’s call for assistance from 'many flags'. Paid substantial sums by the U.S. for their military commitment, the RoK deployed over 300,000 men during the war, divided between Army (including Special Forces) and Marine Corps units.

The 'Blue Dragon' Marine Brigade was assigned to Quang Nam province in I Corps, whilst the Army units were located in the II Corps coastal provinces of Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa and Ninh Thuan. Though these forces began their withdrawal in 1971, approximately 38,000 RoK troops remained in country until the peace treaty was signed in January 1973.

The first elements of the Korean 9th (White Horse) Division come ashore at Nha Trang (II Corps).
A squad-leader and R.
Troops of the 2nd Company, 1st Battalion, Cavalry Regiment, ROK Tiger Division, relax during Operation Surprise in the Central Highlands, 5 miles south of An Khe Pass.
Soldiers of the 26th Regiment, ROK Tiger Division, give a presentation on the various types of booby-trap used by the Viet Cong.
The 60mm mortar team of Corporal Lee Won Koo, 9th Cavalry Regiment, Korean Capital (Tiger) Division, delivers a fire mission on suspected Viet Cong positions near Qui Nhon.
A member of the Korean Special Forces teaches Recondo students how to tie a Swiss Seat during their rappelling training.
Sergeant Song In Myung, 26th MP Company, passes traffic through the main gate at the 100th Logistics Command compound, located near Nha Trang (II Corps).
Aerial view of the bunkers at the 7th Observation Post of the Korean 100th Logistics Command.
Sergeant Lee Yong Bok, an instructor with the Korean Capital (Tiger) Division, breaks 15 bricks with his forehead during a Tae Kwon Do demonstration.
Sergeant  Lee Yong Bok executes a flying kick during a Tae Kwon Do demonstration held by the Korean Capital (Tiger) Division.
The flags of South Korea, South Vietnam and the U.
Private Shin (right) of the 10th Field Artillery Battalion, RoK Capital (Tiger) Division, takes a break from manning the machine gun post.
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