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Indiana's History of the Korean War

Like most of the country, Indiana's history with the Korean War was a complicated one. While most of Indiana supported the conflict in the early stages, those feelings of patriotism began to waver after many grievances and decisions made by "politicians."

Many Hoosiers believed that the start of the Korean War was not unlike the start of World War II for Europe and didn't want to wait to become involved again. Their immediate mobilization and deployment turned disastrous when China joined the war. However, it was the political and partisan debates on what to do in Korea that ran Indiana out of goodwill for the war effort. Many Hoosiers were in favor of using the atomic bomb against China proper and ending the war, but President Truman was in favor of "limited war." According to the Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, "The city’s feelings about the war changed after Truman removed MacArthur from command. [...] Local residents viewed MacArthur as the only man who was willing to achieve victory in Korea. With his dismissal, the city became disillusioned with, and eventually disinterested in, the war effort."

However, Indiana still honors and respects the veterans who served there and has made many memorials to those who served, even if their feelings around the politics of the conflict are complicated.


Korean War memorial

Learn More about the Korean War IN Indiana

While Hoosier's feelings about the Korean War are complicated, they still honor and respect the veterans who served. Through memorials, markers, museums, and more, the history of the Korean War can be explored in Indiana. With so much to explore, we made exploring easy with our map. Find your location and explore what is near you or plan a trip to see some of the amazing locations throughout Indiana.

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