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Home - UK Medals - Korean War 1950-53 - UN Military Cemetery Korea (UNMCK)

Introduction

The Parliament of South Korea, in order to honor the services and sacrifices made by the UN forces during the Korean War, provided some land for permanent use by the UN as a cemetery in August 1955. The General Assembly accepted the proposal and UN Resolution #977(X) to establish a United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK) became effective in December 1955.

The UNMCK had been managed by the UN Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea (UNCURK) until UNCURK was dissolved in 1974. Since then The Commission for the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (CUNMCK), which consists of 11 UN-member nations (Australia, Canada, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Turkey, UK, USA and South Korea) whose fallen during the Korean War are buried in the cemetery.

The CUNMCK Chair rotates annually, in the alphabetical order of the member nations' names, starting on November 1 of each year and ending on October 31 the following year.

UN Military Cemetery Korea

The cemetery is located in Busan, which is South Korea's 2nd-largest city located on the south coast of South Korea.

The UNMCK web site, www.unmck.or.kr, contains information about how to reach the cemetery, as well as its open hours.

There are the remains of 2,300 servicemen in the cemetery: 36 Koreans, 11 non-combatants, 4 unknowns plus the country totals shown below.

Nation UN Force Fallen

Buried in Cemetery

USA 1,600,000 36,492
36
UK 56,000 1,177
885
Turkey 14,936 1,005
462
Canada 27,000 516
378
Australia 8,407 346
281
France 3,760 270
44
Colombia 5,100 213
-
Greece 4,440 186
-
Thailand 6,326 136
-
Netherlands 5,320 124
117
Ethiopia 3,518 122
-
Philipines 7,500 120
-
Belgium 3,590 106
-
New Zealand 5,350 41
34
South Africa 900 37
11
Norway 623 3
1
Luxembourg 89 2
-
Denmark 630 0
-
India 346 0
-
Italy 185 0
-
Sweden 380 0
-
TOTALS: 1,754,400 40,896
2,249

Figures extracted from UNMCK.

Belgium, Colombia, Ethiopia, Greece, Luxemburg, Philippines and Thailand have taken back all of their fallen.

The USA, who had the highest number of casualties in the war, took all of their fallen home soon afterwards. However, 36 members of the UNC dispatched from the USA and stationed in Korea after the war, who died and wished to be interred at the UNMCK, also reside at the UNMCK.

Wall of Remembrance

Those service personnel with no known grave are commemorated on the Wall of Remembrance, which is located in the cemetery.

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