The return to the 38th parallel gave President Truman an opportunity to end the Korean War. In late March, he was prepared to discuss conditions for a settlement in the United Nations. But before he did, he directed the Joint Chiefs of Staff to seek out Douglas MacArthur's views on the war so Washington could play its strongest possible hand. What followed was a series of events that abruptly ended MacArthur's military career. "Strong United Nations feeling persists that further diplomatic efforts towards settlement should be made before any advance with forces north of the 38th parallel. Time may be required to determine diplomatic reaction and permit new negotiations that may develop.
Left: North of the 38th parallel, Gls move up a lonely trail on the western front. Chinese troops hold the hills and there are reports of an enemy build-up.
Above: Generals MacArthur and Ridgway confer about progress in the 1st ROK Corps area at Kangnung before a jeep trip to Yang Yang, 15 miles north of the 38th parallel.