Foreign wars continues to have an impact on Sherman County. The Korean conflict was based on the division between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in the north and the Republic of Korea in the south, both of which claimed to be the government of the whole country.
During the Cold War, North Korea was backed by the Soviet Union, China, and other Communist states, and South Korea was backed by the United States and its allies. The division of Korea occurred at the end of World War Two in 1945. Tensions erupted into the Korean War in 1950
Korean Conflict 1950-1953 – Sherman County Casualties
|Donald Davis Ellis||Sherman County’s first Korean Conflict casualty, was born October 5, 1928 in Wyoming. Lin, Doris, Evan and Donald Ellis, lived in Converse County, Wyoming, in 1935 and in Whitman County, Washington, in 1940. Records for U.S. Korean War Casualties indicate that Donald Ellis, a U.S. citizen of Sherman County, Oregon, U.S. Army corporal, specialist 4th Class, died June 13, 1952 in Korea, casualty type Hostile – Killed. U.S. Headstone Applications for Military Veterans give his birth and death dates with burial at Pine Grove Cemetery, Kooskia, Idaho County, Idaho. Find-a-Grave notes for Corporal Ellis of 179th Infantry Regiment, 45thInfantry Division, was wounded while fighting enemy forces in North Korea on June 13, 1952.
People hated and killed each other back then. Now even those who survived are dying, leaving this world one by one. Unless we find a way to forgive one another, none of us will ever be able to see each other again. (2007: 88) ― Hwang Sok-yong, The Guest