A symposium at Xavier on the Korean War focuses on the battle of Chosin Reservoir

"The Coldest Winter: Business Lessons from History" marks the 60th anniversary of the war | October 15, 2010

The Departments of History, Military Science, and Management and Entrepreneurship in the Williams College of Business are presenting a free symposium marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.

“The Coldest Winter: Business Lessons from History,” is being held on Friday, Oct. 22, in Kennedy Auditorium of the Conaton Learning Commons from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The event includes a film and panel discussion with local Korean War veterans. About 35 veterans and 40 business people are attending in addition to about 80 Xavier students. The public is welcome to attend.

From 1950-1953, this “forgotten war” cost 53,000 American soldiers their lives—more than in the Vietnam War. What happened to the U.S. Army 2nd infantry division and the U.S. 1st Marine Division 60 years ago in the fall of 1950 has lessons for business managers today. Upper-level complacency and arrogance led to the worst disaster in U.S. military history—7,800 casualties in just a few days.

On the other hand, preparation and contingency planning led to an important successful campaign for the U.S. Marine Corps at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. About 25 minutes of “Chosin” by Brian Iglesias is being shown. Bob McGeorge and members of the Greater Cincinnati Korean War Veterans Association, headquartered in Colerain Township, are being recognized during the event.