On June 25, 1950, the Communist forces of North Korea, with backing from the Soviet Union, invaded their neighbor to the south. President Harry S. Truman ordered American troops to the Korean peninsula where they were soon joined by soldiers from 15 other United Nations member countries. Suddenly the Cold War was a lot hotter. Things got really bad when the Chinese rushed in. After three years, the fighting ended with the signing of an armistice on July 27, 1953. There was no victor. Peace was never declared. The country remained divided. And the Korean conflict would soon be pushed off the front pages by events in a place called Vietnam. Now, on this 50th anniversary of the war's end, we look at why and how the war was waged and the effect it had on the United States, on our communities and on many of the tens of thousands Korean War veterans who live in the Tampa Bay area.