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From the archives: Remembering the Korean War

As North Korea marks the 60th anniversary of what is sees as its victory in the Korean War, we dug into the NBC News archive to see how the commemoration of the 1953 armistice was covered through the years. 

The 1950s conflict that some Americans now call the "Forgotten War" began on June 25, 1950, and ended with the two sides signing a truce -- a peace treaty has yet to be negotiated. This 1953 report features first-hand accounts from U.S. soldiers and their recollection of life on the frontline. 

After three years of bloody war, President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced the armistice on July 27, 1953. 

"With special feelings of sorrow -- and of solemn gratitude -- we think of those who were called upon to lay down their lives in that far-off land to prove once again that only courage and sacrifice can keep freedom alive upon the earth," Eisenhower said.

More than two years before that moment, the firing of Gen. Douglas MacArthur set off an uproar among the American public. He returned to the United States to a hero's welcome and gave a memorable address.

"I am closing my 52 years of military service," MacArthur said in his 1951 address to Congress. "The world has turned over many times since I took the oath at West Point, and the hopes and dreams have all since vanished, but I still remember the refrain of one of the most popular barracks ballads of that day which proclaimed most proudly that old soldiers never die; they just fade away.

And like the old soldier of that ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty." 

This 1952 video shows missiles guided by radio and sent directly to their Korean targets, in a move that heralded a new era of warfare. 

Finally, the 1950 news report below features exclusive footage of the largest refugee camp in the peninsula, with the dire warning that it was just the beginning of a drawn-out conflict that would displace tens of thousands.