The Korean War Created by laura burns, Conner Bgshaw, and dazíer brundidge


On June 25, 1950, the Korean War began when some 75,000 soldiers from the North Korean People’s Army poured across the 38th parallel, the boundary between the Soviet-backed Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the north and the pro-Western Republic of Korea to the south. This invasion was the first military action of the Cold War. By July, American troops had entered the war on South Korea’s behalf. As far as American officials were concerned, it was a war against the forces of international communism itself.


This armistice signed on July 27, 1953, formally ended the war in Korea. North and South Korea remain separate and occupy almost the same territory they had when the war began.


DMZ: Division of Korea; The DMZ is a de facto border barrier that divides the Korean Peninsula roughly in half. It was created by agreement between North Korea, China and the United Nations in 1953.


  • President Truman in office during this time period

-ordered U.S. forces into South Korea to resist invasion

-sent General Douglas MacArthur to Korea to command U.N. forces

- wanted to liberate China from communist control by invading China

  • Dwight Eisenhower was the former commander of Allied forces invading Western Europe on D-Day and was also elected president


  • Truman-MacArthur Controversy: During the invasion of China, MacArthur exclaimed that he was willing to use atomic weapons if needed like the U.S. did to Japan

-As a result from MacArthur criticizing Truman to a congressman and getting the news media involved after Truman refused MacArthur's idea, President Truman relieved MacArthur from his command in order to remain civil.


  • General Douglas MacArthur commanded U.N. forces
  • General Harrison Jr. signed the armistice ending the Korean War


Created with images by Old Guard Museum - "1958-05-Funeral for World War II and Korean War Unknowns-01" • Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections - "1st Marine Division Flamethrower, 5 May 1951" • Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections - ""Reading the Letter in a Foxhole in Korea""

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