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KOREAN CONFLICT

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KOREAN CONFLICT. The Korean Conflict refers to the military action between North Korea (officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea) and South Korea (officially the Republic of Korea) regimes. Major hostilities lasted from June 25, 1950 until the armistice signed on July 27, 1953.

The conflict began from the attempts of the two Korean powers to re-unify Korea under their respective governments. The period immediately before the war was marked by growing border conflicts at the 38th Parallel and attempts to negotiate elections for the entire Korean peninsula. These negotiations ended when the North Korean Army invaded the South on June 25, 1950.

Under the banner of the United Nations, nations allied with the United States fought on behalf of South Korea. After rapid advances in a South Korean counterattack, communist-allied Chinese forces attacked on behalf of North Korea. This shifted the balance of the war and led to an armistice that approximately restored the original boundaries between North and South Korea.

According to the National Archives, the following military personnel from Dubuque died during the Korean War.

HEALY ROBERT C PFC MARINES DUBUQUE IOWA 07 JUL 1952 KILLED IN ACTION

MC KENNA RICHARD J PVT ARMY DUBUQUE IOWA 20 JUL 1951 DIED WHILE MISSING

REUTER HARLAN R PFC ARMY DUBUQUE IOWA 10 NOV 1951 DIED WHILE MISSING

SCHMID EUGENE O SFC ARMY DUBUQUE IOWA 09 MAR 1953 KILLED IN ACTION

SCHMITT WARREN WENDOLEM A1C AIR FORCE DUBUQUE IOWA 09 NOV 1953 DIED WHILE MISSING

SCHROBILGEN JOHN C PFC ARMY DUBUQUE IOWA 07 OCT 1951 KILLED IN ACTION

SCHUSTER MERLIN N PFC ARMY DUBUQUE IOWA 13 FEB 1951 DIED WHILE CAPTURED

STANGL WILLIAM E PVT ARMY DUBUQUE IOWA 16 NOV 1951 KILLED IN ACTION

SULLIVAN HAROLD J PFC ARMY DUBUQUE IOWA 02 NOV 1950 DIED WHILE CAPTURED

WALTER JOHN G PFC ARMY DUBUQUE IOWA 06 DEC 1950 DIED WHILE CAPTURED

In 1958 announcement was made that the state bonus for Iowa veterans of the war would begin in September. Between 95,000 to 100,000 Iowans were eligible for the payment which would range up to a maximum of $500. Veterans were paid at the rate of $10 per month for domestic service and $12.50 per month of foreign service between June 27, 1950 and July 27, 1958. (1)

Many veterans of the war were given the opportunity to participate in HONOR FLIGHT DUBUQUE.


Safe Conduct Certificates were dropped by the millions to encourage enemy troops to surrender. Photo courtesy: Bob Reding

See: KORVETS

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Source:

"Korean Payments to Start September 1; $10 Per Month for Domestic, $12.50, Foreign Service." The Commercial (Dyersville) June 12, 1958, p. 6A