The Korean War

Jechonias James 

Truman Security Council Meeting, George Skadding, 1950-06-06, From the collection of: LIFE Photo Collection
In 1950, the National Security Council completed an analysis of US Foreign Policy, Its details were explained in the NSC-68.
Glory to the Soviet Weapon! Poster, Popov Ivan Vasilievitch, 1941/1945, From the collection of: The National Art Museum of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
NSC-68 concluded that the Soviet Union was seeking to impose its absolute authority over the rest of the world. War was considered imminent.
Military Statue, Edward Miller, 1956-11-07, From the collection of: Getty Images
As a result, the United States increased its annual defense to approx. $52 million. It bolstered its troops and ammunition significantly.
Korea, Carl Mydans, 1950-08, From the collection of: LIFE Photo Collection
On June 25, 1959, North Korean troops suddenly invade South Korea.
1950-10-21, From the collection of: LIFE Photo Collection
Truman saw the invasion as being equal the attack on Pearl Harbor and ordered US troops to defend South Korea.
1950-12-26, From the collection of: LIFE Photo Collection
The reasoning attributed to the war was that the US needed to stop communist aggression and demonstrate its ability to oppose Soviet influence.
1950, From the collection of: LIFE Photo Collection
US successfully stopped a North Korean Victory. However, they faced the dilemna of confronting Chinese nationalists in the region. They withdrew to the 38th parallel.
Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1951-05, From the collection of: LIFE Photo Collection
General MacArthur did not share the same passive views as Truman. He suggested publicly that the US should confront Chinese. He was subsequently fired by Truman in 1951.
Joe Scherschel, 1951, From the collection of: LIFE Photo Collection
Truce negotiations lasted two years and Truman allowed the Koreans that did not want to be repatriated to stay. Ultimately, the Korean War cost 34,000 American lives.
Seventh Fleet Story, Hank Walker, From the collection of: LIFE Photo Collection
The United States adopted a more aggressive policy in Asia. The 7th fleet was sent to the region and it is still present today.
Dien Bien Phu, Joe Scherschel, 1954-03, From the collection of: LIFE Photo Collection
The US also sent aid to support France's efforts in IndoChina. It believed that fall of this region would increase communism.
Constitution Promulgation Day (& Hirohito), John Florea, 1946-11, From the collection of: LIFE Photo Collection
In 1947, Japan implemented a constitution that prohibited war. In exchange for economic support, Japan allowed the US to build military bases in its country.
Truculent Turtle (Navy Plane), George Skadding, 1946-10, From the collection of: LIFE Photo Collection
The United States formed alliances with former enemies in Europe as well, Spain and Italy. It established bases in exchange for military support.
President Harry S. Truman Delivers His Farewell Address, Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum at the National Archives and Records Administration, 1953-01-15, From the collection of: U.S. National Archives
Truman's foreign policies were not viewed as effective by general population. Corruption within the government and economic instability characterized his final years as President.
Ike In Korea, Horace Bristol, 1952-12, From the collection of: LIFE Photo Collection
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