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By Caroline Downs
The Korean War ended 60 years ago on July 27, 1953, when leaders from the United States, North Korea and China forged an agreement to end the fighting, although a permanent peace was not and has not yet been achieved between South Korea and North Korea.
Known for brutal combat and winter weather conditions that rivaled North Dakota’s harshest storms, the Korean War has been nicknamed “The Forgotten War,” with little attention given to the conflict in history textbooks.
As one of countless examples across the country, the war’s end during the summer of 1953 was ignored or overlooked by The Kenmare News as the paper instead reported on the effects of a severe hailstorm in the region, a marketing referendum that impacted farmers, and the upcoming school registration dates and requirements.
For the thousands of men and women who enlisted or were drafted into the Korean conflict, including those from Kenmare and the surrounding communities, memories, photos and, in some cases, wounds from the war provide daily reminders of their service to the United States.
Three local individuals--Lloyd Holter, Gerald Lawson and Jerry Rasmusson--shared portions of their stories on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the war’s end, after quietly receiving the Korean War Service Medal in late July 2013, issued in recognition of their sacrifices.
*Click on the links above to read each veteran's story.