Blytheville Being Touted as Potential Site for Korean War Museum

MAY 25, 2004 - Posted at 7:28 a.m. CDT

BLYTHEVILLE, AR - The National Korean War Museum in Hawaii is running out of room, so organizers are looking for a mainland location for a sister museum.

The museum is looking at land at 70 closed military bases.  The president of the museum's board of trustees named Blytheville, Arkansas as being among possible locations for the museum.  The former Eaker Air Force Base at Blytheville closed in December of 1992.

The current museum is too small for planes and tanks and a wall featuring the names of more than 33,000 fallen American soldiers lost in the war.  Organizers had hoped to expand in Hawaii but now say they can't afford the land they would need.

Organizers say more people who fought in the war would be able to visit the museum if it had a mainland branch.

The board president also named Plattsburgh, New York, as being among many possible sites.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)