and All Veterans' Memorial Walkway
Welcome to the
Ohio Korean War Memorial
and All Veterans' Memorial Walkway
During the 120th General Assembly regular
session 1993-1994, both houses of the
State of Ohio Legislature unanimously
voted Dayton as the official site
of the Ohio Korean War Memorial.
This memorial site was dedicated by
Lieutenant Governor Michael Dewine on
July 19, 1993
As you enter the 475-foot-long All Veterans'
Memorial Walkway leading to the Ohio Korean War
Memorial, you will notice gray and black granite
tiles on the right-hand side. The gray tiles
list alphabetically by state the names of the
8182 Missing in Action from the Korean War.
This list is the same as that located in the
Punch Bowl Crater National Cemetery in Hawaii.
This is the only memorial within the continental
United States which lists the names of these MIA's.
The black tiles chronologically explain the 10
major campaigns and other significant events of
the Korean War from the first action on June 25, 1950
through the signing of the cease-fire armistice
on July 27, 1953.
On the left-hand side of the walkway are engraved
bricks purchased by individuals and organizations
to honor veterans who have proudly served their
country from the time of the Revolutionary War
through Desert Storm. The bricks near the end of the
right-hand side of the walkway recognize Medal of
Honor Recipients and Prisoners of War.
This memorial was dedicated September 9, 1995
As you enter this area of
the memorial to your right
the gray granite tablets lists
alphabetically by county
the 3625 Ohioans killed as
a result of the Korean War
Dedicated September 9, 1995
This memorial and all veterans memorial
walkway is dedicated to all who
served in the military during
the Korean War
especially those who made
the supreme sacrifice and
those missing in action.
This is a place for their
family and friends to
come and know their loved ones
are not forgotten
All Veterans Memorial Walkway
On your right - the names on gray
granite tiles are the MIA's from the
Korean War listed alphabetically by state.
The black granite tiles list the 10
major campaigns of the Korean War
On your left - are bricks purchased
in memory of someone or those listed
who supported the efforts of
The gray granite tiles list major
monetary and in kind contributors
to this project.
UAW Local 696 Dayton, Ohio
The heroic, selfless and invaluable contribution of the Army nurses to the
eminent success of the Army Medical Service throughout the Korean Conflict
is beyond the power of words to extol. Certainly, you have enhanced in the
highest degree the esteemed record of the glorious and galant [sic] Army Nurses Corps.
General Matthew B. Ridgway
Little has been written about the women's role during the Korean War, but much is remembered about those angels in O.D. [olive drab] whose hospitals were tents called MASH units, often in sound of gunfire, and in direct threat of loss of life. During the Korean War over 2000 women saw duty. These nurses are credited in helping bring the ratio of wounded to deaths to the lowest factor of any American war to that point. We choose to honor those brave and galant [sic] women by sharing a few quotes of two individuals who experienced first hand their valor.
With Army nurses somewhere in Korea - 1951
This is the story of the Army nurses, a small group of women so devoted and so humble in their service here to the wounded fighting men of all countries that they seem a species apart from ordinary people. I have met these girls in forward mobile and field hospitals, watched them at work, and billeted with them for days at a time through their light and heavy loads of the wounded. Often in their Army slacks and olive drab sweaters pulled over rough shirts, they don't even look like women but field soldiers. Yet they are women in the richest and most merciful sense - women who sometimes show stress at the demands of their skill, endurance and courage who react with human, though controlled, emotions to terrible sights and conditions - but never quit. No praise can be too extravagant for the great physical and psychological contributions that they are making for not only do they know how to handle the complicated medical equipment and processes, the anesthetics, the splints, the blood that will heal and save what the guns and machinery have sought to destroy, they also understand above all - because they have brothers and fathers and sweethearts - how to talk to the woundedin spirit, to ease their mental shock, to free their minds.Gertrude Samuels