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“My father, Lt. Ralph J. Bishop Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio was a tank commander at the Battle of the Bulge. He died on the second day of fighting. I was five months old … Memorial Day was the only day my mother flew the flag, and the only flag she ever flew was the one the army returned to her instead of my father. She never remarried.”

Ralph Bishop, III

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Remembering The Korean War

Remembering The Korean War

On June 25, 1950, the army of North Korea, supported by the Soviet Union, launched a brutal attack against South Korea.  As cold war tensions ignited, United Nations troops quickly came to South Korea’s defense.  In early July, the first American forces landed in Korea and over the next three years 1.5 million U.S. GIs served there. The lives of over 36,000 Americans were lost and over twice that number were wounded.  A cease-fire was finally signed on July 27, 1953.  Since that time, generations of U.S. service members have stood guard on the border between North and South Korea. 

In Tribute

Two-time Golden Globe Award-winning actor Ed Harris will host, and the National Symphony Orchestra will perform in this tribute to all those who fought and perished in the “forgotten war.”


In order to honor veterans of the Korean War, commemorate key events, and educate the American public on this historic conflict, the Department of Defense has designated a 60th Anniversary of Korean War Commemoration Committee. A related website offers a wealth of information and resources, including an overview of the war, historic photos, and an examination of the social advances made during the Korean War for women and minorities serving in the military. 

A Chance Meeting

Read about a chance encounter at the Korean War Memorial between a man from the South Korean village of Taegu and a Korean War veteran who was stationed there.

If you have a loved one or friend who served in the Korean War, we hope you’ll visit our Virtual Wall of Remembrance and share a memory of your hero. Sharing stories gives us an opportunity to support each other as we honor and celebrate the legacy of those we’ve lost.


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