The Monday American | American History Podcast

American History Podcast That Never Takes The Story Out Of History.

A Podcast revisiting American history one story at a time. Studying history teaches that contrary to popular belief, hindsight isn't always 20/20. A history podcast presenting American history while ensuring the "story" is never left out of history.

The Korean War Series

Battle Maps and Sources used for the series can be found below. As always, if you have any questions about a specific source or piece of information please don't hesitate to reach out directly to the host, Andrew. Thank you!


Excerpt from the intro of part one of this series: 

One interesting trait about humans as a whole…is that we seek patterns, or patterned behavior throughout the course of our lives; to explain that a bit further there’s a good quote from Ted Michael Shermer that says: 

We’re predisposed, as pattern-seeking mammals, to find “causes” for things we can’t explain.This is why we’re all so riveted by stories of any kind – movies, TV shows, novels, theater. These big brains of ours love explication and resolution.

We seek patterns and explanations all around us, its a concept that we develop from a very early age and continue developing throughout our lives. So take one of the most common examples of this which is the common “cause and effect” analogy: when you’re a child you don’t know the stove is hot unless you touch it or unless you heed the directions of your parent that you will get burned. Regardless of which way you learn it’s hot, you still learn that the stove is hot and touching it will burn. That’s the most basic analogy of humans seeking pattern, or explanation or resolution (as Ted Michael Shermer phrases it), that I can think of.

How can you learn a lesson from a past experience if you, collectively as a nation, forget that the entire experience occurred in the first place? Its the story Korean war, America’s forgotten war and consequently the first time that the nation collectively learned that the metaphorical stovetop burner of Asia, was hotter than hell…


Initial Assault on South Korea

This map shows the movements of the North Korean Army (DPRK or NKPA) during their attempt to overwhelm and take over South Korea. The South Korean Army (ROK or ROKA) was almost completely overrun in the face of a much larger, well equipped, battle hardened and fanatical army that North Korea had built.

The Inchon Landing

This map shows the detailed movements that took place in order to successfully land the United States Marines at Inchon, effectively flanking the North Korean Army that was in South Korea. This Landing was Gen. Douglas McArthur's biggest success militarily as well as the last he would experience.

The Inchon Landing Significance

This map displays Inchon in relation to the North Korean Army as well as the U.N. and U.S. troop movements from Inchon after the landing was completed.


Sources Used (Entire Series):

1. Cumings, Bruce. The Korean War. New York, NY: Modern Library, 2011.

2. Fehrenbach, T. R. This Kind of War: The Classic Korean War History. Dulles, VA: Potomac Books, 2008.

3. "Military Memoirs of Floyd E. Gehrt." Letter from Floyd E. Gehrt, Col. USAF (Ret). Lawrence, Kansas.

(The military memoirs of USAF (Retired) Colonel Floyd E. Gehrt were written by Floyd in order to keep a historical accuracy to the family history of the Gehrt family. Floyd is the paternal grandfather to the host of this podcast, Andrew Gehrt.)

4. Halberstam, David. The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War. New York: Hyperion Books, 2008.

5. Hastings, Max. The Korean War. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998.

6. Steil, Benn. The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2018.


 

Colonel Floyd E. Gehrt (Ret. usaf)

Grandfather of Andrew T. Gehrt, host of this podcast. Photo for reference and to honor the life and service of Floyd E. Gehrt (8/17/1929 - 6/27/2016)