Arkansas in the Forgotten War: The Korean War Remembered

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Wire Section, 936th Field Artillery Battalion, Arkansas National Guard unit© Butler Center

As an extension of our successful Korean War project, the Butler Center hosted its first conference on the Korean War on Saturday, May 22. "Arkansas in the Forgotten War: The Korean War Remembered" was a one-day conference that featured five sessions highlighting various aspects of the war.

The keynote speaker was Dr. James I. Matray, Professor of History at California State University, Chico. Dr. Matray's numerous publications on the Korean War include Korea Divided: The 38th Parallel and the Demilitarized Zone and The Reluctant Crusade: American Foreign Policy in Korea, 1941-1950. He is editor of East Asia and the United States: An Encyclopedia of Relations Since 1784, Historical Dictionary of the Korean War, and Korea and the Cold War: Division, Destruction, and Disarmament. Matray is currently working on a book about the Battles of Pork Chop Hill. His presentation at the conference will focus on the hill fighting that characterized the later phases of the war.

In addition to the keynote speaker, Dr. Roger Pauly from the University of Central Arkansas provided a general overview of the war and its historical context. He was followed by Steve Rucker, Director of the Arkansas National Guard Museum, who discussed the many contributions of the Arkansas National Guard to the war effort. The afternoon sessions featured a panel discussion of local Arkansas Korean War veterans as well as the premiere of a video documentary about the service of Arkansans in the Korean War.

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About the Project

The Korean War has often been overshadowed by other conflicts, such as World War II and the Vietnam War. Much of the history of the war exists only in the memories and mementos of its veterans. Approximately 6,300 Arkansans served in the war, including six who received the Congressional Medal of Honor. The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies is gathering Arkansas-related Korean War materials to preserve this important history.

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