America's involvement of the Korean War

By Lee

Before America joined the Korean War, President Truman met with Uyacheslav Molotov, which was the foreign minister of the Soviet Union. Mr. Truman was very angry that the Soviet Union did not keep their promise to allow Poland and other nations to freely choose their new government.

It all started on January 12, 1950 by Secretary of State Dean Acheson. He pulled out U.S. forces from South Korea. This caused North Korea to think about attacking the unguarded South Korea. On June 25, 1950 they did exactly this. The United Nations called the North Korean government to stop attacking. The North did not stop. All of sudden the United States was sending military supplies to the South. Why did we get involved in a war that we weren’t a part of originally? (Does this sound like WWII?)


The Korean War was in Korea which is located on the southeastern tip of China. The Korean War was a war fought between North Korea and South Korea. The border that separated these two countries was called the 38th parallel. The war started on June 25, 1950 and ended on July 27, 1953.

First of all you might want to know who was involved in this war. China, the Soviet Union, and North Korea were on the north side of the 38th parallel. In the South there is the United Nations, the United States, and South Korea.

The United States of America was on the South Korean side because North Korea was communist. American's were afraid that communists would take over. Communism is a form of government that everything is shared and you work for the government. So we supported anyone that wasn’t communist.

This topic matters because the U.S. provided South Korea with 90% of their military equipment. The United States gave troops and military equipment to South Korea. Without the United States, South Korea might have lost the Korean War. We sent over troops and military equipment. So the U.S. was a major factor in contributing to South Korea.

Extra Focus

Something interesting I found on this topic was that the borderline through Korea was called the 38th parallel. It was called this because the 38th parallel was an invisible line that split North Korea and South Korea during the Korean War.
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Another interesting topic I found was that when they met in Switzerland for peace negotiations, the two countries failed to draw a permanent peace plan. Also they were not able to unify Korea. So they made North and South Korea.

Source Citation

Gardner, Lloyd C. "Korean War." World Book Online Reference Center. 2007. World Book. February 5 2007.

Flint, Roy K. "Korean War." Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. 2007. Grolier Online. 7 Feb. 2007

Uschan, Michael V. The Korean War. San Diego California: World History Series, 2001.

"Korea and 38th parallel." 12 Feb. 2007