KATUSA to celebrate 66th anniversary on Aug. 15

July 28, 2016

SEOUL, July 28 (Yonhap) — The Korean Augmentation Troops to the U.S. Army, or KATUSA, will celebrate the 66th anniversary of its foundation next month, the KATUSA Veterans Association said Thursday.

Some 400 U.S. military officials in Seoul, KATUSA war veterans, KATUSA reservists and active-duty KATUSA soldiers are expected to participate in the event scheduled at Camp Jackson, a U.S. military base, in Uijeongbu, north of Seoul, on Aug. 15, the association said.

KATUSA was established on Aug. 15, 1950, when the three-year Korean War broke out. Then-President Rhee Syngman and General Douglas McArthur who led the United Nations Command during the early part of the inter-Korean War agreed to bolster communication between the U.N. Forces and the Korean Army.

So far, about 300,000 KATUSA soldiers have contributed to beefing up the joint defensive capabilities between U.S. and Korean military forces.