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On August 5, the North Korean 4th Division pushed hard against the southern end of the perimeter near the confluence of the Naktong and Nam rivers. After two weeks of on-and-off fighting, the reinforced 25th Infantry Division pushed the North Koreans out of the area. In the second week of August, the North Koreans hit hard at ROK forces in the center of the perimeter near Taegu and Waegwan. S. reinforcements, held the charge. S. airfield at Yonil. It looked like they might break through there, but they withdrew after only minor resistance, apparently low on materiel and too far from their supply lines.

1 Truman reacted to these grim reports by allowing air strikes into South Korea (but not above the 38th parallel). S. bombing raids in the South. MacArthur’s actions here were a foreshadowing of problems to come between the president and his commanding officer. Truman resisted sending in ground forces immediately because his air force generals insisted that the invasion could be repulsed through the sole use of air power. S. casualties? The air force in all three wars would insist that it could.

Action in Korea was designed to prove to the world that America, and not the Soviet Union, was the most deserving of that leadership role. The Korean War was a new stage in the cold war. At home Americans again felt confident that they were fighting on the right side and for the right reasons. Allied and UN involvement legitimized the actions. S. military, it seemed, was again leading the world against the dark forces of aggression. 2 Across the Parallel and into Stalemate On Monday, June 26, Truman met again with his Pentagon and State Department advisors at Blair House.

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