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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Plover in Portage County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Korean War

June 25, 1950 · July 27, 1953

Korean War Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, March 27, 2010
1. Korean War Memorial
132,000 of Wisconsin's sons and daughters served the cause of freedom

801 Killed in Action
4,286 Wounded, Sick or Injured in Action
111 Prisoners of War, 54 Died in POW Camps
84 Still Missing in Action

Erected 1993.
Location. 44° 26.929′ N, 89° 31.279′ W. Marker is in Plover, Wisconsin, in Portage County. Marker can be reached from Maple Drive near Village Park Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Memorial is located on an island in Lake Pacawa, adjacent to Worzella Pines Park. Marker is in this post office area: Plover WI 54467, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. American Legion War Monument (approx. 1˝ miles away); September 11th, 2001 (approx. 1˝ miles away); Whiting Village (approx. 3˝ miles away); The Historic Southside Railroad Complex of Stevens Point (approx. 5.2 miles away); Veterans World War I Memorial (approx. 5.2 miles away); Casimir Pulaski (approx. 5.4 miles away); Portage County Civil War Memorial (approx. 5.8 miles away); St. Stanislaus Church World War II Memorial (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plover.
More about this marker.
Korean War Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, March 27, 2010
2. Korean War Memorial
At one point, the memorial was going to be built at the Westfield-Coloma rest area along U.S. Highway 51. In 1991, the Village of Plover offered to lease the island as the site of the memorial for 99 years at no cost. The cost to build the memorial was $450,000; $300,000 came from a state grant and $150,000 came from donations. Ground was broken on May 22, 1993.
Source: Milwaukee Sentinel April 17, 1993

Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway. The department shall designate and mark the route of USH 51, extending from the Wisconsin-Illinois border to the Wisconsin-Michigan border, as the "Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway" as a living memorial to and in honor of all Wisconsin veterans, living and dead, of the Korean war.
—1987 Wisconsin Act 117, Wisconsin Statutes 84.103(2)
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
Also see . . .  Wisconsin Korean War Veterans Memorial. "The Village of Plover, Wisconsin is pleased and proud to provide a site on the island in Lake Pacawa for the home of the Wisconsin Korean War Veterans Memorial. Funding for this Memorial comes solely from donations, sales of Memorial Tiles and other memorabilia sold during Memorial events." (Submitted on April 16, 2010.) 
Categories. MilitaryWar, Korean
Korean War Memorial Statues image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, April 10, 2010
3. Korean War Memorial Statues
Statue Explanation image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, April 10, 2010
4. Statue Explanation
These statues face Korea in the Far East, in memory of all who lost their lives, and for those still missing in action. They came from different walks of life to help defend freedom in a country that was unknown to many. A Nurse leads the group, because without the dedication, compassion, and bravery of the medics, many would not have returned. Next are Army and Marine Infantrymen, because the infantry bears the brunt of the battle. Then comes an Air Force Pilot and a Sailor, without whose support, the battle would soon have been lost. There are no weapons in this memorial. This is to confirm the veteran's wish for peace. All five figures are touching, symbolizing the brotherhood that comes from battle. They stand in memory of all veterans who served our state.
Causeway to the Memorial Island image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, March 27, 2010
5. Causeway to the Memorial Island
U.S. Highway 51/Interstate 39 is just east (to the left) of the memorial.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 16, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 536 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 16, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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