New monument to honor local Korean War veterans
The Harold F. Adkinson Chapter #255 of the Korean War Veterans Association will dedicate Saturday a monument in memory of the service members who lost their lives in the war.
The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. at the Midland Valley-Horse Creek Veterans Park at 1600 Augusta Road in Bath.
The monument will list the names of the soldiers from six local counties who were killed in the Korean War: Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, Edgefield, McCormick and Saluda.
The Korean War started in June 1950 when an estimated 75,000 soldiers from the North Korean People’s Army crossed the 38th parallel, the boundary between the Soviet-backed Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the north and the pro-Western Republic of Korea to the south, according to www.history.com.
In July, American troops entered the war to support South Korea. The war ended in July 1953.
At least 5 million soldiers and civilians lost their lives during the war. The Korean peninsula still is divided today.