The Korean Military Academy unveils a plaque honoring 1947 West Point graduates killed in the Korean War on September 24, 2021. (Korean Military Academy)
CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea – Twelve West Point graduates killed in the 1950-1953 Korean War have been commemorated on a plaque erected last week at the South Korean Military Academy.
The Korean Military Academy, about 7 miles from Seoul, was established in 1946, a year before the 12 cadets graduated from the US Military Academy in West Point, NY
The 12 West Pointers of the class of 1947 fought in fierce battles during the Korean War, including the 55-day battle of the Nakdong River Defense Line in 1950. Of the dozen killed in that class, the remains of three have not yet been found. .
âWe will admire their ultimate sacrifice and professional military spirit,â a statement from the Korean Military Academy said. âTheir sacrifice reminds people of the importance of [South Korea]-American Alliance.
Three more memorials honoring West Point alumni from other graduating classes are on the grounds of the South Korean academy and three more are due to be built by 2023.
Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Kim Jeong-soo said at the unveiling ceremony on Friday: [South Korea]-American Alliance and strive more to grow as elite officers, dedicated to the state and the people.
More than 23,600 American soldiers were killed in action during the Korean War, according to the Defense Casualty Analysis System. Thousands of soldiers from the war are missing and unidentified remains are still found on the Korean Peninsula.
Last week, South Korean President Moon Jae-in attended a repatriation ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii and received the remains of 68 South Korean soldiers from the US accounting agency Defense POW / MIA. The South Korean Defense Ministry also transferred the remains of six servicemen from unmarked graves to the United States.
âWhat our heroes wanted to see on the Korean Peninsula was complete peace,â Moon said during the transfer ceremony.
Stars and Stripes reporter Yoo Kyong Chang contributed to this report.