The Korean War, as we know it, raged from June 5, 1950 through July 27, 1953, beginning when North Korean forces overran the 38th parallel or the dividing line between North Korea and South Korea. Korea had only recently been liberated from Japanese colonial control at the end of WWII by Russia and the United States. Immediately post-war, the northern half of the peninsula was administered by Russia and the southern half by the United States. In 1948, early on in the Cold War, two sovereign nations were created, the Republic of Korea (south) and the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea (north). Just two short years later that shaky peace came to an end.
In Sheboygan County, 960 young men were called up by the local Selective Service Board for assignment to military service. 700 of these men served in Korea. 7 were Killed in Action, 5 died in POW camps, 1 remains listed as Missing in Action, and 2 died in non-combat events.
This book remembers Sheboygan County’s casualties, its prisoners of war, those still missing, soldiers of the occupation and others whose stories have impacted their lives forever.