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For several years, I have been setting up my Indiana and the Modern Age of War exhibit for the public. One area that I am not happy with is my Korean War display, it is much smaller than the rest and I am not sure what I could add to improve it. Space is a premium, I can allocate about 3 feet (1/2 of a 6 foot table) for the display. What could I add that does not make it look like a continuation of the WWII display? This could be posters, uniforms, equipment, etc. Feel free to make suggestions that are outside of the box!

 

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One suggestion I have for you if you don't already have it would be to try and get examples of all the divisional, command and corp patches worn by troops in Korea including the patch for the 187th Airborne that made the only combat jump in Korea. Also to have a display of the three main medals given for service during Korea would help. The national Defense Medal, US Service Medal for Korea and the UN Service medal for Korea. If I can think of other ideas I will add them. good luck! I am trying to expand my display on Korea in honor of my father, who I lost on January 10th. he served with the 8th Army and was in Korea from 1950 to 1952.

 

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See about obtaining a South Korean flag, a Captured North Korean Flag and some of the North Korean Propaganda leaflets that scattered the battlefields..You can also try to get tabletop size flags, oh and include a UN flag as well..

 

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MattS made me think of the AF Blue Ike which would stand out nicely and add a little color. you could also go up since your outward area is limited. Small shelves to place the uniformed torsos on will open up the space beneath them.

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For several years, I have been setting up my Indiana and the Modern Age of War exhibit for the public. One area that I am not happy with is my Korean War display, it is much smaller than the rest and I am not sure what I could add to improve it. Space is a premium, I can allocate about 3 feet (1/2 of a 6 foot table) for the display. What could I add that does not make it look like a continuation of the WWII display? This could be posters, uniforms, equipment, etc. Feel free to make suggestions that are outside of the box!

 

 

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You say it stands out from the others which is what bothers you. Could you add a photo of one if the other displays to better compare/contrast?

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Everyone has good suggestions and ideas. Coming in at 5 years after the end of WWII when so much of the same uniforms and equipment were being worn, it's going to run together a little to the untrained eyes. A relative of mine arrived in 1950 and wore M1943 'buckle' boots through his time there, along with HBT's the pile cap, etc. He left before the armistice, and you might look into what (if any) newer uniforms might have made it in theater before the armistice went into effect. If you can find some good photos showing the M1952 utilities, a 'Ridgeway' cap, etc. it helps to bridge the gap from the WWII leftovers to the 'modern' 1950s. I can't remember off the top of my head when the yellow and gold branch tapes came into use, but if it was by 1953, having a shirt or field jacket with one would help stand out. Like someone said above, a blue USAF ike would really pop and help to tell the early story of the USAF's newly won independence. Maybe something to show the UN side of things, would also help frame the story.

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You could have an USAF enlisted Ike with flight cap and a blue officer's 4-pocket coat with service cap, maybe with photos of F-84 Thunderjets or F-86 Sabres highlighting the first jet vs. jet dogfights. There's the transitional USAF uniforms too.

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possibly a USMC Alpaca vest, they are fairly lightweight and unique to the Korean war. or think "MASH" its the one show that has kept the Korean War in the collective memory of the average american. something medical related could trigger the reaction and make people indentify the the Korean War in that regard.

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One suggestion I have for you if you don't already have it would be to try and get examples of all the divisional, command and corp patches worn by troops in Korea including the patch for the 187th Airborne that made the only combat jump in Korea. Also to have a display of the three main medals given for service during Korea would help. The national Defense Medal, US Service Medal for Korea and the UN Service medal for Korea. If I can think of other ideas I will add them. good luck! I am trying to expand my display on Korea in honor of my father, who I lost on January 10th. he served with the 8th Army and was in Korea from 1950 to 1952.

 

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Robert, adding the insignia, especially if it is theater made is an excellent idea. It will help add color to the display. Good luck with your display honoring your father. I'm sorry to hear about your loss.

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Usmc p47 would look good with the helmet you have

Excellent idea. One of the challenges that I have is that, for uniforms especially, I wan them identified to veterans from Indiana. However, an unidentified shirt that would also show the filed gear would work well until I found an ID'd one.

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You say it stands out from the others which is what bothers you. Could you add a photo of one if the other displays to better compare/contrast?

This is a photo from a display that I did a couple of years ago showing the WWI section of the display. It just has more to look at and more variety.

 

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If you are interested, I have some other photos posted here:

 

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/193768-veterans-day-display-at-the-indiana-state-museum/

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MattS made me think of the AF Blue Ike which would stand out nicely and add a little color. you could also go up since your outward area is limited. Small shelves to place the uniformed torsos on will open up the space beneath them.

Going vertical is a great idea as you are correct, it will give me more table space.

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After seeing the WW1 display. I think what's missing from the Korean is more poster/paper pieces.

Wanted: Missouri Medals

 

I am always in search of Missouri Medals and Items. This could be anything from WW1, WW2, Prisoners of War, Ephemera, or anything pertaining to Missourians.

 

I thank you for your time and consideration.

 

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possibly a USMC Alpaca vest, they are fairly lightweight and unique to the Korean war. or think "MASH" its the one show that has kept the Korean War in the collective memory of the average american. something medical related could trigger the reaction and make people indentify the the Korean War in that regard.

The alpaca vest would look good over the wool field shirt worn by the Marines. The MASH idea is intriguing also. A set of period surgical scrubs with supporting photos would look good and different.

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You could have an USAF enlisted Ike with flight cap and a blue officer's 4-pocket coat with service cap, maybe with photos of F-84 Thunderjets or F-86 Sabres highlighting the first jet vs. jet dogfights. There's the transitional USAF uniforms too.

MattS, The whole idea of the jet age was my first thought. An KW pilot mannequin (USAF/USMC/USN) would look good as well as the blue Ike with 5th AF SSI. I'm going to have to do much more in-depth research on this period no matter which way I go.

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After seeing the WW1 display. I think what's missing from the Korean is more poster/paper pieces.

I agree, I was thinking that if I can't find proper posters, maybe one of the US Army historical series prints may work.

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See about obtaining a South Korean flag, a Captured North Korean Flag and some of the North Korean Propaganda leaflets that scattered the battlefields..You can also try to get tabletop size flags, oh and include a UN flag as well..

 

Leigh

Leigh, I have one surrender leaflet now, adding a few more would look good. The flags would make a good backdrop also. A UN blood chit maybe?

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I agree, I was thinking that if I can't find proper posters, maybe one of the US Army historical series prints may work.

It'll add more color and or verticality to it.

Wanted: Missouri Medals

 

I am always in search of Missouri Medals and Items. This could be anything from WW1, WW2, Prisoners of War, Ephemera, or anything pertaining to Missourians.

 

I thank you for your time and consideration.

 

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Leigh, I have one surrender leaflet now, adding a few more would look good. The flags would make a good backdrop also. A UN blood chit maybe?

 

You can also add the short lived small chevrons that identified combatant from non-combatant troops ( blue chevrons, yellow background for combat troops, and yellow chevrons on blue background for non-combat troops).. Many Korean War veterans will relate to those Chevrons..

 

My Father wore them initially..

 

I like the UN blood chit idea as well..

 

For a conversation starter with my Korean War exhibit, I have a large Tootsie Roll bank and plush toy that I exhibit. A US Marine Veteran of the Chosin Reservoir (Fox Company 2nd Battalion 7th Marines) 1SG Robert L. Gaines (The Last Stand of Fox Company) described to me that it was so cold that the only food that was consumable were the tootsie roll candies. They would suck on the hard candies for nourishment. 1SG Gaines told me he kept his inner pockets full of the candies...

 

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You can also add the short lived small chevrons that identified combatant from non-combatant troops ( blue chevrons, yellow background for combat troops, and yellow chevrons on blue background for non-combat troops).. Many Korean War veterans will relate to those Chevrons..

 

My Father wore them initially..

 

I like the UN blood chit idea as well..

 

For a conversation starter with my Korean War exhibit, I have a large Tootsie Roll bank and plush toy that I exhibit. A US Marine Veteran of the Chosin Reservoir (Fox Company 2nd Battalion 7th Marines) 1SG Robert L. Gaines (The Last Stand of Fox Company) described to me that it was so cold that the only food that was consumable were the tootsie roll candies. They would suck on the hard candies for nourishment. 1SG Gaines told me he kept his inner pockets full of the candies...

 

Leigh

 

 

 

 

Leigh, Thanks for the reminder about the small chevrons. I do have an Ike worn by a Hoosier that has the small chevrons. I also like the idea of taking a common item such as the tootsie roll and incorporating it.

 

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A COLORFUL SUGGESTION TO YOUR DISPLAY: ADD AN ARRAY OF KOREAN WAR IDENTIFIED UNIFORM SLEEVE PATCHES, WHETHER U. S. ARMY, NAVY OR USMC. EVERY COMBAT SOLIDER WILL TAKE PRIDE IN HIS UNIT/DIVISION PATCH, REGARDLESS OF CIVIL WAR OR THE CURRENT ONGOING CONFLICTS. I HOPE THIS WILL BE HELPFUL. GIH

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