ANNAPOLIS -- The Maryland Board of Public Works approved $6,600 last week for the planning of a waterfront memorial in Baltimore to honor Marylanders who served in the Korean War.

The memorial has the support of Gov. William Donald Schaefer, said Mark Wasserman, a Schaefer aide.

The 1988 General Assembly will be asked to approve the site and as much as $750,000 for construction costs.

Daniel Brewster, a former U.S. senator from Maryland who heads the Korean War Memorial Commission, said the memorial will be built at the park that Baltimore City plans to build on the waterfront in Canton east of the Inner Harbor.

The main feature of the memorial would be a curved wall with the names of 518 state residents killed in the Korean War. Between the wall and the water would be a paved area inset with a map of Korea listing sites of major battles.

Still closer to the water would be two staffs bearing U.S. and Maryland flags.

A visitor looking from the monument across the harbor would have a view of Fort McHenry framed between the U.S. and Maryland flags, Brewster said.

He said the commission found a perfect site in the Canton Waterfront Park. "It will be a magnificent park," he said, "a first-class operation."

The park and the memorial site would be connected to downtown Baltimore by a walkway that would follow the waterfront from the Inner Harbor past Little Italy and Fells Point to the Canton area.

Brewster said the Korean War Memorial Commission does not expect to face the problem that has developed over plans for a memorial to Vietnam War veterans.

The Vietnam commission recently abandoned plans to build a memorial wall on Federal Hill overlooking the Inner Harbor because of opposition from neighborhood groups.

Fred L. Wineland, chairman of the Maryland Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission, announced last week that the monument would be built in Annapolis at a small park near the Old Severn River Bridge overlooking the river, Annapolis and the Naval Academy.

Brewster said his commission already has an endorsement from the Baltimore City Arts Commission, the Board of Recreation and Parks and the Canton-Highlandtown Community Association, which represents residents of the area around the proposed park.

"Every step of the way we've secured unanimous, enthusiastic support," Brewster said.

"We have no site problems. We're wanted by the community and the city."