Air Defense Artillery And Its Impact On The Korean War

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Air Defense Artillery and its Impact on the Korean War The Korean peninsula has had a long history of turmoil, miring the country in wars and disputes. Due to growing tensions in the region around the mid-1900s, it would soon become necessary for America to step in to assist in resolving conflict. The Air Defense Artillery (ADA), or the Anti-Aircraft Artillery (AAA) during the Korean War, played a major role in supporting the war effort during the Korean War. The AAA played an important role leading up to the war, during the war, and the lessons learned from the war assisted in building the branch for the future. Field Artillery “The King of Battle” dates back as far as the birth of the United States Army itself. The Battle at Bunker…show more content…
Using 3 inch or 105-mm guns fixed to mobile units made AAA one force to not to be messed with during the wars. One of which was when North Korea attacked South Korea in June 1950. In my generation, this was not the first occasion when the strong had attacked the weak. Communism was acting in Korea just as Hitler, Mussolini, and the Japanese had acted ten, fifteen, and twenty years earlier. I felt certain that if South Korea was allowed to fall, Communist leaders would be emboldened to override nations closer to our own shores. (Truman, 1955) “The Army Antiaircraft Command was established as a matter of priority to insure necessary joint planning, maximum efficiency and functional readiness of Army elements that become part of an air defense system for the Continental United States” (Lazar, p. 7). Throughout the Korean War, the Army Antiaircraft Command, currently known as Air Defense Artillery, had various missions. AAA units attached closely to infantry or armored divisions for additional ground support and depended completely on radio communications. However, Detachment X-Ray had a different mission to execute; establish air defense. Thirty-five top-quality troops from 507th AAA rapidly deployed to the Suwon airfield shortly after the Korean War kicked off. After arriving to their destination, the troops downloaded their equipment with the support of the South Korean soldiers. “Despite the language
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