Remembering the ‘Forgotten War’: Veterans reflect on Korean War, 67th anniversary of conflict’s end amid virus

The Korean War Memorial stands in Wailoa River State Park in Hilo on Thursday.

In this photo provided by the U.S. Marine Corps, returning from patrol duty in wintry Korea, U.S. Marines set up shelters near Koto station, on the way from the Communist encirclement near the Changjin reservoir to Hungnam, Dec. 1950. Other camp units are in the background. (AP Photo/U.S. Marine Corps)

This June 8, 1950, file photo shows a view from South Korean front line lookout post along the 38th parallel. On the immediate left is South Korea. Communists controlled the territory in the right background and the valley which follows a winding course in the center distance. (AP Photo/Charles Gorry, File)

The Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Ron Cole/Special to West Hawaii Today)

At his Waimea home, Herbert Lum holds a Russian-made rifle he took off of a North Korean soldier during the Korean War. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Known as the “Forgotten War,” the Korean War started 70 years ago with North Korea invading the South on June 25, 1950. Ultimately, nearly five million civilians and soldiers were left dead, including nearly 37,000 American servicemen and an additional 7,800 classified as missing in action.