WARSAW — Korean War Veterans residing in Kosciusko County will be honored at the War Memorial at the Kosciusko County Courthouse in Warsaw at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2 as part of the First Friday event.
The ceremony is a continuance of the “Honor & Remember Committee of Kosciusko County.” The program recognized World War II Veterans last year on June 6 and presents the annual “Thaddeus Kosciuszko Award”.
Veterans who served during the Korean War era from June 1950 to July 1953 are encouraged to send information to the committee by Aug. 26. The following is requested: full name, rank, branch of service and service dates. Any special awards the Veteran may have been awarded may also be noted along with a contact phone number and address. Information may be mailed to GWMA, P.O. Box 1797, Warsaw or emailed to [email protected]. Veterans are then invited to the “Roll Call” on September 2 to be recognized for their service.
According to Department of Defense statistics 5,720,000 Americans served during the Korean War era with 1,789,000 in the theatre of action. There were 54,246 casualties during the war with 7,800 American service personnel still unaccounted for as of April 2015.
According to the History Channel on June 25, 1950, the Korean War began when some 75,000 soldiers from the North Korean People’s Army poured across the 38th parallel, the boundary between the Soviet-backed Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the north and the pro-Western Republic of Korea to the south. This invasion was the first military action of the Cold War. By July, American troops had entered the war on South Korea’s behalf. As far as American officials were concerned, it was a war against the forces of international communism itself. After some early back-and-forth across the 38th parallel, the fighting stalled and casualties mounted with nothing to show for them. Meanwhile, American officials worked anxiously to fashion some sort of armistice with the North Koreans. The alternative, they feared, would be a wider war with Russia and China–or even, as some warned, World War III. Finally, on July 27, 1953, the Korean War came to an end. In all, some 5 million soldiers and civilians lost their lives during the war. The Korean peninsula is still divided today.