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Professor shares expertise at Korean War symposium

November 5, 2002

An Austin Peay professor presented last week at a symposium “Korea: The Peninsula War” in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the 50th anniversary of America's “Forgotten War.”

Dr. Malcolm Muir, military expert and professor of history, spoke about key combat operations of the Surface War Branch of the Navy in his talk, “Sea Power and Limited War: The U.S. Surface Navy in Korea.” The missions included naval gunfire surface, interdiction of supply, amphibious operations and mind warfare.

Muir was one of only nine speakers at the Naval Heritage Center to present to an audience of scholars, active duty and retired military including veterans of the Korean War, as well as Undersecretary of the Navy Susan M. Livingstone.

The symposium included international scholars from countries of the United Nations, which played an integral part in attempting to prevent the conquest of the peninsula by the North Koreans and communist Chinese during the war. The most inspiring speakers, however, were the veterans themselves.

“The personal perspective was illuminating,” said Muir. “Personal memories of veterans added a lot to the story of the war that you don't get from the records.”

The one-day program was sponsored in part by the Naval and Marine Corps Historical Centers.

Muir has been a professor of history at Austin Peay for 19 years and has enjoyed visiting teaching appointments with the Virginia Military Institute, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base.

He has published two books: “The Iowa-Class Battleships: Iowa, New Jersey, Missouri and Wisconsin” and “Black Shoes and Blue Water: Surface Warfare in the United States Navy, 1945-1975.” He contributed to the edited series “The Human Tradition in America” and has written 64 essays, entries and articles, as well as 39 book reviews on military matters.