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Key Roles

  • Korean War
  • UN Allies
  • Netherlands
  • Key Roles

The Dutch and Belgian Battalions were well-trained and had a strong sense of responsibility. Many of the soldiers from these countries also could speak English, so they had no difficulty communicating with the US troops.

The Dutch Battalion arrived in Korea on October 24, 1950, and finished adaptation training by the end of December 1950. Then the battalion was assigned to the US 2nd Division and took part in fierce battles in the central forward area. Particularly important was the battalions engagement with the NK 5th Army at the battle of Wonju. At this battle, the Dutch soldiers killed or captured 1,100 North Korean troops. It was an astonishing military achievement.

Participation History

Unit, Participation Period, Note
Unit Participation Period Note
Army Dutch Battalion Nov. 1950 to Dec. 1954 Assigned to the US 2nd Division
Marine Evertsen Jul. 1950 to Apr. 1951 Assigned to the West Sea Supportive Battle Corp
Van Galen Apr. 1951 to Mar. 1952 -
Piet Hein Mar. 1952 to Jan. 1953 -
Van Nassau Jan. 1953 to Nov. 1953 -
Dubois Nov. 1953 to Sept. 1954 -
Van Zijil Sept. 1954 to Jan. 1955 -

Casualty Statistics

Total, KIA, WIA, MIA, POW
Total KIA WIA MIA POW
768 120 645 - 3