Date of Award

Summer 1989

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

Brian M. Linn

Committee Member

Patrick Rollins

Committee Member

Joan E. Supplee

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.H47A94


When the Korean War began in June 1950, the South Korean Army was unprepared and was unable to cope with the forces from the North. This study seeks to determine whether the decisions made by the US Army as to the building of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Army during the period from 1945 to 1950 were appropriate in regard to the political and strategic situation in the Korean peninsula. The study approaches the problem by examining us documents and other archival material concerning the Army's policies toward Korea, how these policies were developed and executed, and what effect they had on the building of the ROK Army. While the period between World War II and the Korean War is the focus of the study, the effects of the Japanese occupation and the Korean political situation are reviewed to determine their effect on US policies. In the end the actions and decisions that affected the development of the ROK Army demonstrate that the us did not have a planned strategy for Korea or the building of its armed forces prior to the outbreak of the war.


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