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Dearborn County Korean War Memorial
By Ginger Drenning, August 23, 2009
This plaque is dedicated in grateful remembrance of the men of Dearborn County who served their Country in the Korean War.
In God we trust
Erected by the Citizens of Dearborn County Indiana.
Location. 39° 5.458' N, 84° 50.991' W.
Marker is in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, in Dearborn County.
Marker is on West High Street west of Mary Street, on the right when traveling west.
located at the front entrance (on a pillar to the right) of the Dearborn County Courthouse in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
Marker is at or near this postal address:
215 West High Street, Lawrenceburg IN 47025, United States of America.
Brief History by the Author
Korean War (June 25 - 1950)
The Korean War became the first armed conflict during the post World War II Cold War.
Korea occupies a peninsula northwest of Japan on that divides the Sea of Japan, the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea. Japan had taken advantage of the turmoil created by the Russo-Japanese War and annexed Korea using the Japan-Korea Annexation Treaty in 1910. Japan continued its expansionist policy in the years leading up to World War II, when its attack on the United States Naval base on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into war with Japan. By the end of the war, the United States had allied itself with Great Britain, France and the Soviet Union in their united effort to defeat the Axis powers of Japan, Germany and Italy. In the closing days of the war, the United States and the Soviet Union had agreed to divide the country, with the border at the 38th Parallel.
Invasion by the North
After the war tensions rose between the western capitalist, democratic nations with the Communist powers, China and the Soviet Union. US forces had occupied South Korea, which was developing into a democratic, capitalist nation. North Korea had adopted the Communist, authoritarian model of its larger mentors. In an attempt to conquer the south and bring it into the Communist fold, 75,000 North Korean forces invaded the South on June 25, 1950. The United Nations called for a cease-fire, which the North Koreans ignored. Chinese and Soviet Union supported the North Korean drive to unite the country and almost succeeded. United States forces, already in the country, responded. The fighting continued until the two countries signed an armistice on July 27, 1953. The nations have maintained a tense relationship in the years since, with US Forces still maintaining a strong presence along the border.
United States Deaths Korean War
The United State suffered 33,686 combat casualties doing the three-year war. The United States had provided about 88% of the UN forces that resisted the invasion.
For more information about Korean War veterans and memorials, contact:
Korean War Veteran's Association
KWVA, PO Box 407
Charleston, IL 61920-0407