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The Korean War Across TIME

This page showcases several TIME magazine articles that discuss the Korean War. Journalism on the Korean War in this time period was often clearly influenced by the Vietnam War, but there were also several events which temporarily reoriented public focus on the Korean War. One such event was the death of Gen. Douglas MacArthur on April 5th, 1964. Due to his controversial firing by Pres. Truman during the war, MacArthur’s name was intimately tied to the Korean War in American Memory, and his death inevitably triggered discussion of the conflict. Americans were also given cause to remember the Korean War during periods of increased tension and hostility with North Korea, notably after the Pueblo and Axe Murder Incidents. The Pueblo incident occurred when the U.S.S. Pueblo, a U.S Navy vessel was attacked and seized by North Korean forces on January 23rd, 1968. The Axe Murder Incident occurred on August 18, 1976 when two U.S. Army officers were killed by North Korean Soldiers while cutting down a tree in the Demilitarized Zone in between North and South Korean. Both incidents resulted in heightened tensions between the United States and North Korea and considerable media attention.