Marines of the First Marine Division are shown in this photograph paying their respects to fallen comrades during memorial services at the division's cemetery at Hamhung, Korea, following the break-out from Chosin Reservoir on December 13, 1950. A total of 36,576 Americans lost their lives in the Korean War, and 508 of them were from Iowa. Exact numbers are difficult to obtain, but estimates list the total military deaths from both sides of the Korean War at about 900,000, and the total civilian deaths at about 1,700,000.
- What cost of war does this photo show?
- How is honor being displayed in this memorial service?
- How are images like this one used to both encourage and discourage future involvement in armed conflict?
"Marines of the First Marine Division pay their respects to fallen buddies during memorial services at the division's cemetery at Hamhung, Korea, following the break-out from Chosin Reservoir," Morning Calm Weekly Newspaper, 13 December 1950. Courtesy of Morning Calm Weekly Newspaper