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c. 1954

Marilyn serenading the troops

After the Korean war ended, Marilyn Monroe stopped by to entertain the military men still stationed there

The year after the Korean War ended, Marilyn Monroe stopped by to entertain the U.S. troops still stationed there. It was only a minor detour for the film star—Marilyn was on honeymoon in Japan with baseball player Joe DiMaggio after their wedding.

But while Marilyn visited Korea solo, she was certainly not alone. She toured more than ten bases, and gave a show in every one. In total, she performed to more than 100,000 military men.

Korea had been divided into the North and South zones at the end of the Korean war. And on a micro-level, Monroe had escaped her own zone of conflict: Just eight months after the wedding, she and DiMagggio would be divorced. 

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