Location: Wisconsin Korean War Veterans Memorial; Plover, WI
I always drive by the memorial on my way up north, but finally stopped for the first time on my way home from the 4th of July weekend.
The memorial is located on an island in Lake Pacawa accessed by a walk way. It honors the 132,000 Wisconsin residents who served in the Korean War. 4,286 were wounded, injured or sick in action, 501 were killed in action, 111 were Prisoners of War of which 64 perished, and 84 are still missing in action.
The statues face Korea. A Nurse leads the group, because without the dedication, compassion, and bravery of the medics, many would not have returned. Next are Army and Marine Infantrymen, because the infantry bears the brunt of the battle. Then comes an Air Force Pilot and Sailor, without whose support, the battle would soon have been lost. There are no weapons in this memorial. This is to confirm the veteran’s wish for peace. All five figures are touching, symbolizing the brotherhood that comes from battle.
Behind the statues are 3 walls of memorial tiles, 2 walls added in recent years to accommodate the continuing orders of tiles.