ATAA Honors Korean War Veterans

On Veterans Day, ATAA honored the veterans who served and soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives in the Korean War. The Korean War holds special significance for the Turkish American community as the Turkish brigade of 5000-strong were cited for their heroism and courage as they served as a part of the United Nations forces between 1951-53.  The Turkish brigade fought shoulder to shoulder with the U.S. 25th Division against Communist forces and daunting odds.


The performance of the Turkish brigade became a case study which lead to a new Code of Conduct for the modern United States Marine Corp.  What transpired from the study was that “the Turks were best able to fight and survive because they had a firm belief in something beyond themselves and their personal considerations, whether that something was family, military tradition, or faith.”

The ATAA, representing over 60 local chapters and 500,000 Turkish Americans throughout the United States, serves locally and nationwide to develop an informed and empowered Turkish American community, and to support strong U.S.-Turkish relations.  The ATAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed under the laws of the District of Columbia. To learn more about ATAA, please visit us at