Korean War Veterans Memorial This Memorial honors those Americans who answered the call from 1950 to 1953 to join U.N. forces against a communist threat to democratic nations worldwide. The war began only five years after the end of World War II. Some 1.5 million American men and women fought. A group of 19 stainless steel statues, created by WW II veteran Frank Gaylord, depicts a squad on patrol. Strips of granite and scrubby juniper suggest the rugged Korean terrain while windblown ponchos recall the harsh weather. This symbolic patrol depicts members of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy. A black granite wall mirrors the statues, intermingling the reflected images with faces etched into the granite. An adjacent Pool of Remembrance lists numbers of those killed, wounded, MIAs and POWs.