(1950 - 1955)
Major Campaigns and Deaths
Pusan Perimeter 8/50-9/50) 3,603
Chosin Reservoir (11/50-12/50) 1,641
Kunu-Ri (11/50-12/50) 1,194
Naktong Breakout (9/50) 834
Hoengsong (2/51) 773
Taejon (7/50) 638
Heartbreak Ridge (9/51-10/51) 616
Kum River (7/50) 490
Unsan (11/50) 454
Soyang River (5/51) 406
Triangle Hill (10/52) 393
Seoul (9/50) 382
Pork Chop Hill (4/53-7/53) 342
Bloody Ridge (8/51-9/51) 341
Military Service Personnel
In Theater Deaths 36,576
Deaths in Service 17,678
Wounded in Service 103,284
Missing in Action 8,100
Illinois Deaths 1,744
Illinois Missing in Action 417
Kane County Deaths 32
Kane County Facts
Four (4) Missing in Action
1948 - South Korea declared itself an independent state.
1950 - North Korea invaded South Korea. The U.S. (as a part of a 16 nation United Nations force) called the invasion a breach of international peace and entered the war allied with South Korea. China entered the war allied with North Korea. The U.S. never declared war against North Korea.
1951 - Peace talks at Kaesong and Panmunjon failed over the issue of voluntary repatriation.
1953 - The U.N., North Korea and China signed an armistice agreement and a demilitarized zone (DMZ) was established at the 38th Parallel, the dividing line in place before the war began. A permanent peace treaty between South Korea and North Korea has never been signed.
The Korean War was the first war in which a world organization, the U.N., played a military role.
The Korean War marked the first battles between jet aircraft.
South Korea sustained military and civilian casualties estimated at more than 1,300,000.
United Nations Forces casualties (not U.S.) totaled over 10,000, including more than 3,000 dead.
Estimated North Korean and Chinese casualties were more than 1,500,000.
The war ended in a stalemate.
Depicted on Relief
F-86 Sabre fighter jet in flight.
M40 Gun Motor Carriage, nicknamed the "Long Tom", providing artillery support.
M.A.S.H. (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) ambulance transporting the wounded to a field hospital.
Troops advancing toward the front in their cold weather gear.
"In war, you win or lose, live or die - and the difference is an eyelash."
General Douglas MacArthur