Submitted by: Mike Perry
“Where the Hell is Korea?” – Warfare in the land of Sorrow.”
The Korean War, often referred to as the “Forgotten War” is being remembered at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) with a new special exhibit. On Armed Forces Day, May 18, 2019, and in anticipation of the 70th commemoration of the start of the Korean War in June 2020, the Center will open a new exhibit - “Where the Hell is Korea?” – Warfare in the land of Sorrow.”
Jack Leighow, the director of the Army Heritage Museum at USAHEC explains why this exhibit was needed. “The Korean War is often overshadowed by the sheer magnitude of World War II and by the media coverage and social upheaval associated with the Vietnam War. This exhibit seeks to illuminate this conflict and once again demonstrate the adaptability, toughness, and dedication of the soldiers of the United States Army through the eyes of the soldiers themselves".
Two years in planning, the exhibit attempts to promote a better understanding of the war through graphic presentation of the war’s phases and through the stories of the soldiers who fought and those that supported soldiers on the front lines. In total, more than 12 soldiers’ personal stories are highlighted in the exhibit. The exhibit also highlights often overlooked aspects of the war and particular units – the Eighth Army’s partisan forces. These forces and their mission in the Korean War remained unnoticed for almost 40 years and were only made public in 1990.
In addition to showcasing the stories of individual soldiers, the exhibit highlights the war through photographic images including maps that highlight decisive phases of the war. Also on display are the U.S. Soldier’s clothing, accouterments, and weapons and those of the Chinese and North Korean Soldiers. For more information on the exhibit, please visit https://www.armyheritage.org/news-events/topics-of-interest?view=entry&i....
The exhibit will be on display in the Soldier Experience Gallery beginning May 18, 2019. The staff of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center hopes that you come to visit. The Center also has other exhibits within the Soldier Experience Gallery, on Army Heritage Trail and a special exhibit on WWI.
The USAHEC is located at 950 Soldiers Drive in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The facility is open to the public Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and offers free admission.
About the author:
Mike Perry is the Executive Director of the Army Heritage Center Foundation. The Foundation supports the development of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. He is a U.S. Army veteran of 28 years.