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Watch: Korea - Survivor Stories

Korean War - Survivor Stories

By the end of the Korean War on July 27, 1953, some 6.8 million Americans had traveled to Asia for the war effort; 33,686 died, and 103,284 were wounded. Although the Korean conflict ignited just five years after World War II, South Dakotans answered the call. An estimated 26,000 South Dakotans traveled far from home to fight, and 170 died in that effort.

The 1-hour program includes:

  • Dramatic stories like those of a 26th Infantry Scout Dog Platoon member.
  • A POW who spent six weeks in captivity.
  • A pilot who faced complex challenges during evacuations for the wounded.

The program uses interviews, veterans’ photographs, archival footage of the war, and background on the conflict to bring the stories to life. Includes interviews with veterans across the state, including those who attended the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War 2000-2003 Commemoration in Huron on July 27, 2003. In addition, SDPB crews traveled to Tyndall and Armour to interview those who served in Korea.

Watch: South Dakota Korean War Memorial Dedication

South Dakota Korean War Memorial, September 18, 2004

The memorial will be a lasting monument to more than 26,000 South Dakotans who were called to service in the Korean War and more than 170 who never returned from combat. These men and women will always be remembered for their bravery and dedication to South Dakota and the United States.


Honoring South Dakota's Korean War Vets - Korean Ambassador'