In January of 1968, 31 troops from North Korea slipped over the border into South Korea in the cover of the night. Dressed as soldiers from South Korea, their mission was to “cut off [South Korean president] Park Chung-hee’s head and, after that, to shoot his important lieutenants to death.” Soon after breaking through the fence, the militants came into an area patrolled by U.S. troops. Two days later they ran into woodcutters who informed the police of a suspected infiltration. A manhunt ensued, where all but two out of the 31 militants were killed or blew themselves up with grenades to avoid being captured.
The Crossroads of Special Operations