This Month in Arlington History


A memorial bench sits in silent remembrance of the departed and the missing near the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery.
On July 27, 1953, the armistice ending the Korean War was signed. The United States, North Korea and China signed the armistice, which ended the war which began in 1950. A total of 33,651 service members died in battle during the Korean War: U.S. Army - 27,709; U.S. Marines - 4,269; U.S. Air Force - 1,198; and U.S. Navy - 475. A total of 7,140 service members became prisoners of war. The Unknown from the Korean conflict was interred at the Tomb of the Unknowns on Memorial Day, May 30, 1958 and symbolically represents all Americans who died during that war.