Overland Park in Johnson County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Korean War Veterans Memorial
Freedom Is Not Free
sons and daughters
who answered their
country's call to
defend a country
they did not know
and a people they
had never met
Over a million and a half U.S. Soldiers
served in the Korean War, 1950-53.
36,940 lost their lives, including
415 from the State of Kansas.
8,171 are still Missing in Action (MIA).
This memorial is to honor them
as well as all members of the
Armed Forces who defended freedom in
Korea. Overland Park, Kansas Chapter
#1-181, Korean War Veterans Association
has erected this memorial to honor their
sacrifice in what many called,
America's "Forgotten War".
Korean War Veterans extend their gratitude
to all who helped make this
Place of Honor possible.
"The Korean landscape in the
early 1950's was rugged terrain
with numerous rocks and boulders.
Major battles were fought on
rocky Korean hills resulting in
many killed and wounded.
The rock hills you see here
are a representation of those
in Korea at that time."
These 38 pylons are symbolic.
They represent the 38th Parallel
which was of major significance in
bringing about the truce that ended
the Korean Conflict.
As of today, September
this 15-mile wide Demilitarized Zone
still serves as the dividing line
between North and South Korea.
Medal of Honor [Recipients]
Adams, Stanley T.
Rank: Master Sergeant
(Then Sergeant First Class).
Organization: U.S. Army, Company A.
19th Infantry Regiment.
Place and date: Near Sesim-Ni
Korea, Feb. 4, 1951
[Citation not transcribed]
Davenport, Jack A.
Organization: U.S. Marine Corps.
Company C, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines,
1st Marine Division [Reinforced]
Place and date: Vicinity of Songnae-do
Korea, Sept. 21, 1951
[Citation not transcribed]
The Purple Heart
is awarded to those brave
soldiers who were wounded
or killed in military action.
The Kansas Korean War Veterans
recognize and honor the recipients
of this symbol of courage
Troops from many nations around the world aided in this effort
Australia • Belgium • Canada
Columbia • Denmark • Ethiopia
France • Greece • India • Italy
Luxembourg • New Zealand • Norway
South Africa • South Korea • Sweden
Thailand • The Netherlands
The Philippines • The Republic of South Africa
Turkey • United Kingdom • United States of America
628,833 UN Soldiers were Killed in
during the conflict
36,940 Killed by Enemy Action
8,176 Missing in Action
7,140 Prisoners of War
2,701 Died in Captivity
Source - The Center for the Study
of the Korean War
Erected 2006 by Overland Park, Kansas, Chapter #1-181, Korean War Veterans Association.
Location. 38° 54.753′ N, 94° 40.643′ W. Marker is in Overland Park, Kansas, in Johnson County. Marker is at the intersection of West 119th Street and Lowell Avenue, on the left when traveling west on West 119th Street. Click for map. Memorial is adjacent to the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11902 Lowell Avenue, Overland Park KS 66213, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Santa Fe Trail (approx. 3.8 miles away in Missouri); New Santa Fe / Trail Remnants (approx. 3.9 miles away in Missouri); New Santa Fe (approx. 3.9 miles away in Missouri); Stanley Rural High School (approx. 3.9 miles away); Santa Fe and Oregon Trails (approx. 4.1 miles away); Bradshaw Park Santa Fe Trail (approx. 4.7 miles away); Wilson-Weldon Buildings (approx. 4.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Overland Park.
Also see . . .
1. Korean War Veterans Association. (Submitted on October 8, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Korean War Medal of Honor Citations. (Submitted on October 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Patriots & Patriotism • War, Korean •
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