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The Korean War is often referred to as the forgotten war There exist no monuments in Washington DC to acknowledge the thousands of American soldiers who fought valiantly and died for their countrys political interests There are no annual parades and little information in textbooks to shed light on the war The United States sustained over 140000 casualties with 33000 killed in action yet the US never formally honored its fallen soldiers The war was another chance to indirectly overpower communism in the beginning of the Cold War Interestingly it was fought on Asian soil through Asian politics The lack of interest by the American public following the war reflected a national desire to forget the events of the war as quickly as possible However the Korean War must be remembered in order to honor those who died for their countrys political convictions For hundreds of years Korea was dominated by the Chinese empire During World War II Japan seized Korea from the Chinese and used its natural resources to fuel its war effort After Japan was defeated by the allies Korea became occupied by the Russians in the North and the Americans in the South Both the United States and the Soviets realized Korea was a strategic country it was important to occupy because it laid in-between China Japan and the Soviet Union North and South Korea was divided by the 38th parallel it evenly split the country into two regions Both Russia and America became politically involved in Korea therefore each set up strong military and governmental tiesThe United States wanted Korea to be held under democratic rule while the Soviets wanted communist rule They took these conflicting views to the United Nations UN which had just been set up to prevent another world war and help with international elections The UN decided that both sides of Korea should have their own elections The elections were held on January 12 1948Since North Korea
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