During the Korean War, hundreds of American pilots fought and died in a hot aerial war with the Soviet Union, which flew 75% of all fighter missions in support of North Korea. This was kept secret by both countries until the end of the Cold War to avoid pressure for confrontation.
The Soviet Union could have vetoed the Korean War, but did not. Their delegates were boycotting the UN over a separate issue when the resolution was proposed.
During the Korean war, pilot James Risner chased a Russian MiG pilot back to his base in China and while flying between hangars and avoiding anti-aircraft fire, he shot it down into parked fighters.
The U.S. government spent years holding fake arrival ceremonies honoring the return of American soldiers killed in WWII, Vietnam, and Korea to American soil, but the planes were actually empty. The ceremonies were known by staff as “The Big Lie.”
More than 900 American troops were alive at the end of the Korean War but were never released by the North Koreans. In 1996, as many as 15 of them might have still been alive.
US Army Master Sergeant Ernest R. Kouma was awarded the Medal of Honor in the Korean War for singlehandedly killing approximately 250 North Korean troops.
Korean War soldier Eduardo C Gomez took out an enemy tank by crawling across an open rice field, got up on top of the tank, and then pried open the hatch and dropped a live grenade into the tank, killing the tank’s crew.
To annoy his captors, an American POW in North Korea would pretend every day that he was riding around on an invisible motorcycle until eventually, his captors “confiscated” the motorcycle and stated that it was “against the rules and regulations.”
A British soldier once won the Victoria cross for attacking the enemy with beer bottles during the 1950 Korean war. “By the time the platoon were attacked, the bottles were empty, thus constituting suitable weaponry.”
During the Korean War Air Force pilot James Risner successfully “pushed” his wingman’s incapacitated jet fighter into friendly territory using the nose of his own jet. A maneuver that had never been attempted in history.