The Korean Conflict era saw 35 Southern Ute tribal members enlist or be drafted. Some went to war in Korea, while others stayed stateside and performed their duty to the country they swore to protect.
The monument has an image of group of soldiers equipped for battle in the field, similar to the Korean War veterans memorial in Washington, D.C. The monument also includes a map of North and South Korea.
The group of Southern Ute Korean War veterans included one who would become our greatest tribal leader, Leonard C. Burch. He foresaw the needs of the people and the wealth the tribe could control. Under his leadership, we would become one of the wealthiest tribes in the country.
July 27, 1950 – Jan. 31, 1953
The Korean Memorial honors those Americans who answered the call of duty.
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