Korean Conflict

June 27,1950 to July 27, 1953

The Korean War has been widely considered America's "forgotten war" with little known by the general public about its causes or its action, except that is was waged to fight communism. There are no official statistics of the actual number of Jackson County citizens who served in the Korean War. Statewide statistics indicate that 132,00 people served from Wisconsin with over 5,000 casualties; and it is equally clear that many Jackson County men and women served in the military during the Korean War, but no one knows exactly how many. What is known is that local citizens answered the call once again and served bravely in all military branches. Young men from Jackson County were standing in the face of the Chinese when they crossed the Yalu River. They were manning tanks, walking patrols, refueling jets, and sailing Korean waters. Men and women were treating wounded, saving lives, and transporting honored dead. Many Jackson County veterans of World War II returned to serve again in harm's way, and some of them gave their lives in the second effort. A few local boys also discovered the horrors of Korean prison camps. Here at home there may have been less understanding of the politics of this war than there had been in the fight against the Japanese and the Nazis; but the fear of international communism was very real, and faith in America was never higher. The war effort was supported for those reasons, and they were enough. When the news of the cease-fire was received it was met with relief and great pride in the contributions of the new generation of Jackson County Veterans.