It has taken some 40 years, but the University of Idaho has honored its graduates who fell in the Korean War.
With tears rolling down her face Friday, Ann Somers said she was happy her late husband and others were remembered. Her husband, William F. Herrington, was killed in the Korean War 40 years ago this month.Herrington, a UI graduate, five other grads and four Latah County residents who died in Korea are named on a new plaque in UI's Memorial Gym.
"I am very pleased they were finally recognized," Somers said after the 45-minute ceremony.
There already are plaques honoring those killed in the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War hanging there, said Terry Armstrong, a professor of education.
"It was a glaring omission . . . so it is fitting we are doing that today," he told more than 100 people.
It took 15 months to come up with the 10 names on the plaque. Besides Herrington, the others are Richard L. Marshall, Floyd D. Crooks, John R. Linnenkamp, Dwight M. Goss, Jay M. Gano, Donald D. Ellis, Ralph Cross, Raymond E. DeMers and Robert O. MacDonald.
John Love of Garfield, Wash., a retired Naval rear admiral, said the Korean War is sometimes referred to as the "forgotten war" because it was between World War II and the Vietnam War. The Korean War lasted from June 25, 1950, to August 1953, he said.
"Our forces did save (South Korea) the Democratic form of government," he said. The world would be different today if the United States had not had the base of support there over the years, he said.