The Korean War took the lives of millions, separated families and heavily
influenced the Pacific Northwest. Sixty-five years later, the war resonates with
veterans who survived savage combat, the loved ones of soldiers who
never returned and thousands of orphans adopted by Washington
families. More than 60,000 Koreans and Korean Americans live in
Washington today. South Korea is one of the state’s leading partners
in international trade.
Korea 65: The Forgotten War Remembered is a series
of online stories and an exhibit at the Washington State
Capitol that document the broader impact of war. The
extraordinary experiences of Washingtonians invite visitors to
think critically about the different aspects of the conflict and its
In Korea 65 visitors will meet Dan Keenan of Spokane, an infant in
war-torn Korea shunned because of his mixed heritage and rescued
by sailors aboard an aircraft carrier. The story that brought Keenan to
Washington is an unforgettable tale of human compassion.
When the Korean War broke out, Patsy Surh O’Connell was 7. Invading North
Koreans took over the Surhs’ large home in Seoul to use as offices, forcing
Patsy’s father into hiding. The family eventually fled to safety in Busan, the
port city at the bottom of the Korean peninsula.
They called him Fearless Frailey. Flying a sleek F-86 Sabre, Richard
Frailey of Tumwater prowled “MiG Alley” along the Chinese border
during the war. In a stunning turn of events, Frailey was shot down by
friendly fire a few weeks after bagging his first enemy jet.
As a teenager during World War II, Barbara Nichols of Lacey built B-17
bombers at Boeing. By 1950, she was one of the first Army nurses sent to
Korea. Nichols soon received a battlefield promotion to captain, and in her
spare moments aided missionaries to help children orphaned by the war.
Help support the Korea 65 project
Legacy Washington exhibits offer visitors a unique and interactive
opportunity to learn about our state’s history and the people who
made it remarkable. The State Capitol Building and the Office of
Secretary of State welcome more than 40,000 people annually.
Visitors include student groups from across the state. Many
are enrolled in social studies and state history classes.
This collaborative program enjoys a strong partnership
with the Puyallup School District and the Karshner
Museum. Exhibits are on display for one year in the
Capitol Building before traveling to the Karshner
Museum and other venues around the state.
Legacy Washington is currently seeking sponsors for the
Korea 65 project. All Legacy Washington exhibits are made
possible with private funds raised by the Washington State
Heritage Center Trust, a 501(c)3 non-profit.
Exhibit sponsors will be invited to attend the opening ceremony,
programs and events throughout the year as either guest
speakers or discussion group participants. Their names will
be displayed on all electronic marketing and printed
material as well as on the Secretary of State website.
Additionally, sponsors will be invited to a special
reception with Secretary Wyman and exhibit staff after
Help us share these fascinating stories and consider
sponsoring Korea 65. Contact Laura Mott, Director of
Development, at (360) 902-4171.