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In Wisconsin, Korean War not forgotten PDF Print E-mail

(Editor’s note: Saturday, July 27, marked the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.)

Letter to the Editor:

The signing of the ar­mistice between the United States, China and North Korea on July 27, 1953, ended what many have called “America’s Forgotten War.”

The place in history af­forded the Korean conflict, which raged from 1950 to 1953, is unfortunately almost a distant third to World War II and Vietnam.

For a couple of reasons, Korean has been the “forgotten war.” Global war and stories of heroism and sacrifice of the Second World War, just years before Korea, as well as the social upheaval and politics associated with Vietnam, often make the Korean War less important to the history books.

It is not, however, less important to history — and certainly not less important to the soldiers who slogged through the mud and snow fighting the North Koreans and Chinese communists in numerous battles. The Korean War was a bloody three-year battle that claimed the lives of more than 33,600 Americans, more than 700 of whom were from Wisconsin.

Wisconsin soldiers contributed notably in Korea, just as they did before and after in many other conflicts.

Today, the home of the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea is Camp Red Cloud, named after Wisconsin native and Medal of Honor recipient Mitchell Red Cloud of the Ho-Chunk Nation. Red Cloud’s heroics in battle in the Korean War saved the lives of those in his company, at the cost of his own life, and earned him the military’s highest honor for bravery.

The armistice, which was signed 60 years ago on July 27 as a temporary agreement, is still the only truce that exists preventing the war from resuming. All sides have yet to sign a peace treaty making the Korean War Armistice one of the most notable agreements in history.

The situation between the two Koreas has at times been tense over the past 60 years, but generally South Korea has thrived and been a great ally of the United States, while at the same time North Korea is one of the most reclusive nations, as well as one of the most economically depressed and challenged.

In Wisconsin, the Korean War is not forgotten; the soldiers who fought in this war are not forgotten. With more than 40,000 Korean War veterans alive in Wisconsin today, we honor their service and sacrifice and ensure no soldier from any war is ever forgotten or left behind.

As part of honoring our state’s Korea veterans, Sept. 21 the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs is hosting a ceremony at the Milwaukee War Memorial. Veterans from all eras, as well as others who wish to recognize Korea veterans, are welcome to attend.

John A. Scocos

Secretary of the Wisconsin

Department of Veterans

Affairs

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 2:50 PM
 

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