On June 25, 1950 North Korean troops invaded South Korea, igniting a three year conflict that ended with both sides occupying the same positions as when the war started.
As a participant in the UN action in Korea, America suffered 54,284 killed plus over 100,000 wounded and thousands more missing in action or taken prisoner.
Korean War Memorial
A memorial to Korean War Veterans was authorized by Congress in 1986. The site was completed and dedicated in 1995.
The Korean War Memorial is located at the west end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It is adjacent to the Lincoln Memorial and immediately across from the Vietnam War Memorial.
Nineteen sculptures of American servicemen form a tableau as they trudge across a grassy field. The stainless steel statues portray all services and a mix of American ethnic groups.
The Memorial is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. National Parks Service rangers are on site from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. every day to assist visitors.