Korea: Forgotten Wars
The Korean War, fought between North Korea and South Korea from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953, involved the world’s major and developing powers of that era. China and Russia supported North Korea’s military efforts while the United Nations, primarily the United States, supported South Korea in what became one of the most destructive modern conflicts, with an estimated 5 million people being killed and major cities throughout the peninsula being destroyed. The Korean Armistice Agreement signed on July 27, 1953 ended large-scale hostilities and created the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) – a 2.5-mile wide, heavily militarized dividing line that still separates the north and south of the Korean peninsula today.
But no peace treaty was ever signed and hostilities have continued over the decades, particularly from Oct. 5, 1966 to Dec. 3, 1969, when North Korea launched many armed incursions through and beyond the DMZ into South Korea. Hostilities continue to erupt, and American military personnel have continued to serve in South Korea and at the DMZ, lending to the term, “Veterans of the Z.”
The original list of Morris County Korean Wars veterans was published July 27, 2022, in honor of The Korean War Armistice.
Learn about the Korean Wars, and Morris County's veterans who served:
Download Morris County's Korea Vets(PDF, 3MB)
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To qualify for listing in the Morris County Veterans Compendium, a veteran must be born in Morris County or lived in the county for ten years. Veterans who meet the criteria but are now retired out of state qualify for addition.
If you have additional information, corrections or notice omissions, or if you wish to submit a photo, please contact Jan Williams, Cultural Resources Specialist at the Morris County Office of Planning and Preservation: [email protected]
Veterans, if you want to remember the buddies whose names you carry to this day, they will be mentioned in your biography.
If you would like to donate your personal Korean War items, or provide original or scans of photographs and documents, please contact:
The Morris County Historical Society
68 Lafayette Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960
Amy Curry: [email protected]
Anne Motto: [email protected]