The Battle of Taejon (14–21 July 1950) was an early battle between
United States and North Korean forces during the Korean War. U.S. Army
forces, attempting to defend the headquarters of the 24th Infantry
Division, were overwhelmed by numerically superior forces of the Korean
People's Army (KPA) at the major city and transportation hub of Taejon.
The Americans were already exhausted after two weeks of attempting to
stem the KPA's advance. The entire 24th Division gathered to make a
final stand around Taejon, holding a line along the Kum River to the
east of the city. The American forces, outnumbered, ill-equipped and
untrained, were pushed back from the river bank after several days,
before fighting an intense urban battle to defend the city. After a
fierce three-day struggle, they withdrew. Although they could not hold
the city, the 24th Infantry Division achieved a strategic victory by
delaying the North Koreans, providing time for other American divisions
to establish a defensive perimeter around Pusan further south. The KPA
captured Major General William F. Dean, the commander of the
24th Infantry Division, and the highest-ranking American prisoner
during the Korean War.
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