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The Bridge Of No Return

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The JSA brassard worn by soldiers of the JSA.

I've always had a fascination with The Bridge Of No Return and can remember the first time I saw it.  Right there in front of me was history. 

Very little is found on the web about the bridge so I would like to start this page with an invitation to gather more information about this structure.

Trivia:  Only US Presidents to stand on the bridge:  Bill Clinton and Barack Obama

Date last vehicle drove across the bridge: September 1976

"Replaced" by: 72-hour Bridge

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MIA CULPA!!!

The following from Jim Mazour

I enjoyed your recent addition to website of Bridge of No Return photos.  I do have a correction to offer on the trivia question.  The date last vehicle drove across the bridge would have been sometime in September 1976 and not 1975.  On September 06, 1976 the 446th Military Armistice Secretaries meeting was held where an accord was reached by both sides to formally separate the Joint Security Area into a north side and a south side along a continuation of the military demarcation line through the JSA.  On September 16th an 18 inch wide concrete line and markers are put into place formally dividing the JSA, which puts the Bridge of No Return in the south side.  North Korea builds a new bridge across the Sachon River, which allows them access to the JSA from their north side.

 Also, the word "vehilcle" should be spelled "vehicle."

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From Bill Ferguson

... those early pictures really show how deep the depression was, where Lt. Barret got killed. Those pics are of the area before the roads and 'bases' for the KPA CP's were put in, so it's easier to visualize how deep they were.