The Korean War and Anoka County

Sometimes referred to as the “Forgotten War,” the fight to keep Communism out of at least part of the Korean Peninsula affected the lives of many, both in the United States and in Korea. ACHS has more than 20 interviews with Korean War veterans, family, and in one instance with a North Korean refugee, documenting how the war affected residents of Anoka County.

The audio of these interviews is available for listening in the Reading Room at ACHS.

Many interviews are with veterans of the war, but some were conducted with family or spouses of military personnel, and a few with residents of the county who were connected to the war in other ways. A single interview will often cover several topics, and many do not focus solely on the Korean War. The list is alphabetical by last name of the interviewee(s).

Abeln, Jerry*
Benson, Kendall – Transcript
Bradley, Lyle – Transcript
Cronin, Larry and Mary Lou – Transcript
Erickson, Rex – Transcript
Johnson, Eugene – Transcript
Johnson, Russ*
Kim, John – Transcript
Kinney, Richard and Darlyn – Transcript
Lewandowski, Ervin – Transcript
Lilledahl, Donald and Bill – Radio Transcript
Mourstad, Ray and Marian – Transcript
Nelson, Gerry – Transcript
Opem, Elder – Transcript
Pickett, Wayne – Transcript
Sell, Charlie – Transcript
Skoglund, Chet – Transcript
Sorenson, Bill – Transcript
Swenson, Wayne and Evangeline – Transcript
Vevea, Curt – Transcript
Wilson, Ted – Transcript
Wojciechowski, Peter – Transcript


*Transcripts of these interviews are not currently available.

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