A week after his reaction to the north korean invasion south across the 38th parallel us president harry s truman in compliance with a un security council resolution appointed that iconic second world war veteran general douglas macarthur commander in chief of forces in korea. North korea attacks across 38th parallel 60 years ago although armed clashes between north and south korea were common along the 38th parallel in june 1950 american observers did not . Korean war conflict between the democratic peoples republic of korea north korea and the republic of korea south korea in which at least 25 million persons lost their lives the war reached international proportions in june 1950 when north korea supplied and advised by the soviet union invaded the south. June 25 1950 north korea invades south korea after crossing the 38th parallel and continues on to the capital of seoul south korea does not have a strong enough army to stop it wins several important victories and pushes the us and south korean troops back across the 38th parallel november 24 1950
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