Korean War

June 25, 1950 - July 27, 1953. 132,000 Wisconsinites served during this war. 801 Killed in action; 4,286 wounded, sick or injured; 111 prisoners; 54 died in POW camps; 84 listed as missing in action.

The Wisconsin State Korean War Memorial is located in Plover, Portage County, Wisconsin at Lake Pacawa. (Geotags: 44.448736  -89.521266 ) Photos of Memorial taken May 31, 2012.

panorama of Korean War Memorial

Korean War from "Our County Our Story"

Malcolm Rosholt

After World War II, Korea, a Japanese possession since 1911, was divided by the United Nations for administrative purposes at the 38th parallel. Korea north of this line later became the Korean People's Republic, a Communist regime, and Korea south of this line, the Republic of Korea, a non-Communist regime. Antagonism developed and at five o'clock on the morning of June 25, 1950 north Korean ground forces crossed the 38th parallel in a campaign to wrest control over the entire peninsula. The United States and 14 other United Nations members sent ground, air, or naval units to help South Korea resist this action. A year later, after the enemy had been pushed back to the 38th parallel, a cease-fire was arranged. The truce negotiations failed and fighting was resumed. A final truce was not achieved until July 27, 1953 but no peace treaty was signed and a state of truce still exrists. It was a vicious war over mountainous terrain where men fought for days to take or hold a single piece of real estate - discouragingly suggested by such names as Heartbreak Ridge, Porkchop Hill, and the Punchbowl.

A total of 1,250 men and women from the county served in the ground forces during the Korean War. The figures for other branches of the service are not complete. Killed in action or line of duty from the county between June 25, 1950 and July 27, 1953 were:

Joseph S. Berna, killed in motor vehicle accident in Korea Nov. 16, 1952;
Jack L. Frater, killed in action June 17, 1952;
David E. Halverson, killed in action Sept. 2, 1952;
James Hofius, killed in action Aug. 27, 1951;
Ernest M. Kaminski, killed in action July 13, 1951;
Forrest N. Knich, killed in action July 31, 1950;
Clifford J. Lukasavage, killed by stray bullet at target practice, Patrick Air Force Base, Cocoa, Florida, May 12, 1953;
James L. McClenathan, killed in action in Korea, May 29, 1951;
Charles M. Ostrander, missing in action Dec. 1, 1950, officially listed as dead Dec. 31, 1953;
James M. Skupniewicz, drowned accidentally in Korea May 12, 1952;
Louis E. Slusarski, killed in action Oct. 10, 1951;
Robert J. Somers, died March 19, 1951 of injuries following auto accident in New Jersey;
Jerry A. Thompson, died in North Korean prison camp March 15, 1951;
Edward S. Waldoch, killed in action March 2, 1952.


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