Supreme Sacrifice

Many young men fought in the battlefields of Korea after enlisting, being drafted, or activating with their National Guard units. Conditions for surviving were grim, and many soldiers were injured several times before returning to the front lines. Others paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives.

Yes, there is a war going on in Korea. Ask any veteran who has returned from those far-distant battlefields. They will tell you how they willingly fought in the mud, the snow, freezing winds, and how they inched their way up steep hills heavily guarded by the enemy’s guns.

"Ore, Iron, and Men," Vol. 1, No. 11, September 1951

Minnesota industries, such as mining, had to carry on while their employees were overseas. The Oliver Iron Mining Co. published a monthly magazine called “Ore, Iron, and Men” with updates from the mining and steel industry, as well as information about employees and their families. When four former employees were killed in Korea, the magazine ran a two-page spread about these men and asked that they had not died in vain.

Read the magazine article about Sheldon, Steven, Kenneth, and LaVerne below:

"Ore, Iron, and Men," Vol. 1, No. 11, pp. 12-13, September 1951

Communities in Roseau County also experienced the loss of young soldiers in Korea. The historical society compiled a Book of Honor with details about their service and sacrifice, and shared these stories on the local radio station in the 2000s.

Click or tap on the play button to listen to the story of Corporal John O. Hugg, who was wounded twice before being killed in action on October 18, 1951:

"A Look Back in Time" radio program on John Olof Hugg, Roseau, Minnesota, 2002

As his sisters said years later, “We are proud of him, and miss him very much.”

Learn how the war came to an end or check out additional resources using the page links below.