First Bridge


The first talks between UN forces and the Korean People’s Army and the Chinese Volunteers began in the summer of 1951 in the village of Kaesong.  UN forces were on the south side of the Imjin river at the time.  Although helicopters could be and were used to shuttle between Munson-ni and Kaesong, ground forces still needed to get to Kaesong via ground transportation.  Enter the 2998th ETBC (Engineer Treadway Bridge Company) and the Treadway Bridge.

Billy F. McClean was very generous in allowing the use of his personal photos for this page.  He sent dozens of photos on CD — a few of which appear here.  Thank you, Billy, for sharing your memories with me and this web site.  Photos and captions by Billy F McClean.

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