Veterans’ stories needed for new South Dakota book

Veterans' stories needed for new South Dakota book Gov. Mike Rounds is looking for South Dakota Korean War veterans' names and stories to help tell an account of the war in a new book to be distributed at the Korean War Memorial dedication.

"Our wish is to learn more about all who served during the Korean War period," said Gov. Rounds. "whether they served in Korea, stateside or in some other distant location. We want to honor veterans born in South Dakota, veterans who went to service from here, returned here, moved here, or moved away from here in retirement. We also want the information for deceased Korean Veterans. This is a time to honor all who served from 1950 to 1955."

There are multiple ways Korean War vets can tell their stories:

* Visiting and clicking on "DMZ Stories."

* Completing a Korean War Veteran Information Sheet and sending it to:

Military and Veterans Affairs

Attn: Bev Mickelson

500 E. Capitol Ave.

Pierre, SD 57501

Fax: (605) 773-5380

* Persons may obtain information sheets from:; Military and Veterans Affairs in Pierre; county or tribal Veteran Service Officers; and Veteran Service Organizations.

For more information, South Dakotans can call the Korean Vet Hotline at 1-800-577-5152 from 4 to 10 p.m. any day of the week.

The book will concentrate on stories from the Korean War from 1950 to 1953, but will include other stories as space permits. Biographical information of all veterans from 1950 to 1955 will be included.

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