Danbury in Fairfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Danbury Area Korean War Memorial
1950 – 1953
to those who died
Honor and Eternal Rest
to those still missing
Rememberance and Hope
to those who returned
Gratitude and Peace
[Inscribed on the left panel]
Lee R. Hartell 1st Lt USA KIA 27 Aug 1951 Medal of Honor
Richard C. Newton Pfc USA KIA 22 Jul 1953
Donald J. Cunha Cpl USMC KIA 17 Sep 1951
Leonard C. Hull Cpl USA MIA 20 Jul 1950
Albert W. Plumb Pvt USA KIA 30 Nov 1950
Francis W. Dwyer Sgt USA KIA 27 Jul 1950
Kenneth R. Mahon Sgt USA MIA 18 May 1951
Ernest B. Richard PFC USA KIA 26 May 1951
James Harrison, Jr. PFC USA KIA 24 Oct 1952
Gerald D. Troccola Cpl USA MIA 29 Jul 1950
Ralph A. Britton Cpl USMC KIA 7 Oct 1952
George A. Perdrizet, Jr. Pvt USA MIA 23 Apr 1961
Gerald V. Yarrish PFC USA MIA 30 Nov 1950
Redding / Georgetown
Leonard H. Bennett Cpl USA KIA 12 Jan 1952
Daniel G. Hill PFC
Earle M. Lockwood, Jr. Sgt USA KIA 15 Sep 1950
[Inscribed on the left panel]
The Korean War
On June 25 1950, communist North Korean armed forces crossed the 38th parallel and invaded South Korea in a full scale war of aggression, determined to place the entire Korean peninsula under their control.
Reacting to this invasion, the United Nations Security Council, for the first time in history, created a United Nations Command to restore peace and security in the area. The President of the United States, Harry S. Truman, ordered American combat units into Korea to support the Republic of South Korea in repelling the armed attack.
This war produced some of the most difficult and heartrending combat in the history of the United States Armed Forces. It was the least expected of wars. Fought under the most unfavorable possible military conditions. The human and material cost was staggering.
After three years of bitter combat, an armistice was signed on July 27, 1953, establishing the boundary line between North and South Korea at the 38th parallel, the point of the initial invasion. The Korean War occupies a unique place in world history – it was the first time a United Nations coalition turned the tide against communist aggression.
United States War Statistics
Stationed in Far East: 1,789,000
On Active Duty 1950 – 1953: 5,764143
Combat deaths: 33,629
Wounded In Action: 103,284
Missing In Action: 8,177
Prisoners of War: 7,140
Prisoners Returned: 4,418
Died In Captivity: 2,701
Non-Combat Deaths: 2,786
Unaccounted For: 389
Medal of Honor Recipients: 131
Army Navy Air Force Marines Coast Guard
[A plaque in front of the memorial reads]:
This memorial is dedicated on the 25th day of July 1993, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the armistice ending the hostilities of the Korean War.
People from the Greater Danbury Area towns of Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, and Sherman have established this monument to honor and express enduring gratitude for the courage and sacrifice of the American men and women who served during the Korean War and to remember forever those who gave their lives to the cause of freedom.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, Korean. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #33 Harry S. Truman series list.
Location. 41° 23.163′ N, 73° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Danbury CT 06810, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Danbury Area Vietnam War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Danbury Veterans Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Site (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route (approx. 0.2 miles away); John W. Leahy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Danbury During the Revolutionary War (approx. ¼ mile away); Danbury World War II Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Danbury 9-11 Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danbury.
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