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Matfield Green in Chase County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

38th Parallel

 
 
38th Parallel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Onions, July 3, 2010
1. 38th Parallel Marker
Inscription. Located south of the Matfield Green service area is mile marker 88, which is 38 degrees North latitude. This latitude became better known as the 38th Parallel at the beginning of the Korean Conflict. Korea was temporarily divided along the 38th Parallel in 1945 after the Japanese occupation during World War II. Because of political differences and mutual distrust between the United States, who supported South Korea, and the Soviet Union, who supported North Korea, the two halves were never united. On June 25, 1950 North Korea, a Communist industrial region, crossed the 38th Parallel and launched a military attack on South Korea, an agricultural region dependent on aid from the United States. The United Nations intervened with military force and the war that followed resulted in more than 3 million Koreans dead, millions of refugees homeless, about 1 million Chinese dead and 54,246 American casualties. The war ended July 27, 1953 with an armistice that established the 38th Parallel as the permanent border between the separate countries of North and South Korea.

During the Korean Conflict, 415 Kansans died or were listed as missing. Four Kansas Army National Guard united mobilized during the Conflict. These were the 130th Field Artillery Group, the 174th Military Police Battalion, the 195th Field Artillery Battalion and the
38th Parallel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Onions, July 3, 2010
2. 38th Parallel Marker
Area photo of Marker
127th Fighter Squadron.
 
Location. 38° 5.665′ N, 96° 34.802′ W. Marker is in Matfield Green, Kansas, in Chase County. Marker is on Interstate 35 at milepost 96, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker is south of the gas station in the Matfield Green Rest Area. Marker is in this post office area: Matfield Green KS 66862, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. The Bluestem Pasture Region of Kansas (here, next to this marker).
 
Also see . . .
1. 130th Field Artillery Group. Information on the 130th Field Artillery Group service during Korea. (Submitted on July 9, 2011, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 

2. 174th Military Police Battalion. Information on the Service of the 174th Military Police Battalion in Korea. (Submitted on July 9, 2011, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 

3. 195th Field Artillery Battalion. Information on the service of the 195th Field Artillery Battalion during Korea. (Submitted on July 9, 2011, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 

4. 127th Fighter Squadron. Information on the service of the 127th Fighter Squadron during Korea. (Submitted on July 9, 2011, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 

5. Wikipedia site on the Korea War. (Submitted on July 9, 2011, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
 
Categories. War, Korean
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 9, 2011, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. This page has been viewed 1,097 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 9, 2011, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.
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