Essay on Nuclear Age And The Cold War

1818 Words Jan 5th, 2016 8 Pages
After the end of World War II, the 38th parallel latitude line became the division in Korea, splitting the tiny, East Asian peninsula into what we know today as North Korea and South Korea (Pierpaoli, Paul Jr., 1). In 1948, the Republic of Korea was established in South Korea, while in North Korea, the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea took hold. The Soviet Union occupied the Northern half of Korea, and the United States occupied the Southern half. The government 's’ contrasting aspirations for their different halves of the country soon caused tension between the North and the South (“Korean War.” 1).

On the 25th of June, 1950, the Soviet forces in North Korea launched an attack on South Korea. This marked the beginning of the Korean War. It became the “ first major conflict of the nuclear age and the Cold War’s first hot war.” (Pierpaoli, Paul Jr., 1). The Korean War helped the United States Air Force (USAF) grow by providing them with many challenges, giving them the opportunity to gain military experience, and allowing the Air Force to become one of the most important parts of the US military. The war also gave local and global military forces the ability to make advancements in their weapons technology. It also impacted the United States both negatively and positively by creating confusion and panic throughout the country and by making changes to life in the Koreas and the U.S.

The Korean War aided the United States Air Force in developing as a branch…

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