FORT DRUM, N.Y. (WWNY) - A display was recently unveiled at Fort Drum in remembrance of the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment “Chosin,” 1st Brigade Combat Team’s role in Operation Paul Bunyon.
In August of 1976, U.S. soldiers attempted to cut down a tree that was obstructing a lookout post in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.
The North Koreans demanded it was not cut down because they claimed it had been planted by Kim Il-sung himself. The U.S. continued to work on cutting it down and two soldiers were killed in the struggle.
A few days later, in response, the U.S. came in with reinforcements and cut the tree down as 200 North Korean soldiers watched.
Part of the display unveiled on Fort Drum last month includes a piece of wood from that tree.