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The Maryland Korean War Memorial is located at the Canton Water Park, 2903 Boston Street, Baltimore, MD 21224. The Korean War Memorial contains the names of the 527 Maryland citizens who died in hostile action during the Korean War along with the names of those Marylanders still listed as missing in action in that conflict. (Additional names have been added since May 27, 1990.)

The centerpiece of the memorial is a 2 foot high ring of granite, measuring approximately 50 feet in diameter. The northern half of the ring is engraved with the names of soldiers who gave their lives during the conflict. The southern half of the ring consists of a series of panels depicting the history of the war. The center of the ring features a 26 foot diameter map of Korea embedded in granite. A walk, which bisects the ring, is anchored by a flag pole at each end: one flying the American flag and POW/MIA flag; the other flying the Maryland state flag.  A bust of General MacArthur overlooks the Korean War Memorial at the Canton Waterfront Park.

The Korean War Memorial commission was established in July, 1986 by an Act of the General Assembly. Governor Harry Hughes appointed The Honorable Daniel B. Brewster to serve as Chairman of the commission along with Charles A. Burton, Claude L. Callegary, Robert N. Ford, The Honorable G.R. Hovey Johnson, Warrent Keyser, Charles Kreatchman, The Honorable C. Bucky Muth, Jann Shenebeck, Eleanor Wimbish, Robert G. Wilson, and the Honorable Thomas M. Yeager. In December, 1986 the Honorable Mary A. Conroy and Jeanette Wolman were appointed to the commission. Additionally, in July 1987, Arthur A. Marshall, Jr. was appointed to the commission by Governor William Donald Schaefer.

The commission was charged with the responsibility of developing recommendations for submission to the Governor of Maryland General Assembly as to the design, construction and placement of an appropriate memorial or monument which would contain the names of the 527 Maryland citizens who died in hostile action during the Korean War along with the names of those Marylanders still listed as missing in action in that conflict. The Governor and state and local legislators were informed of the actions of the commission regarding the recommendations described in a preliminary report.

In the 1988 session of the Maryland General Assembly Delegates Anthony DiPietro, Cornell Dypski and American Joe Miedusiewski became the lead sponsors of a $750,000 bond bill that was enacted to fund construction of the memorial. Construction of the memorial was started on November 20, 1989, and completed on May 22, 1990. It was dedicated May 27, 1990.

[Source of information: Maryland Chapter #33, KWVA]


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