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This rather new memorial is located just southeast of the Lincoln Memorial and the reflecting pool on the National Mall. It was confirmed by the Congress in 1986. The final design was conceived by Cooper-Lecky Architects, responsible for overseeing collaboration among several designers. George H.W. Bush was present for the groundbreaking, on June 14, 1992. It was dedicated on July 27, 1995, the 42nd anniversary of the armistice. Then-President Bill Clinton and Kim Young Sam, the President of the Republic of Korea were present.

The design takes the form of a triangle intersecting a circle. It features walls 164 feet long and 8 inches thick, which incorporate more than 100 tons of polished Academy Black granite from California. It differs from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in that the walls are etched with more than 2,500 photographic and archival images. Seen prominently in this photo are the 19 stainless steel statues, designed by Frank Gaylord, each standing between 7'3" and 7'6" tall. Each weighs almost 1,000 pounds, and they represent a squad on patrol, although figures are drawn from each of the branches which served. Fourteen are from the Army, three from the Marine Corps, one from the Navy (a Corpsman) and one from the Air Force (a Forward Air Observer). All are fitted in full combat gear. They appear to be making their way among strips of granite and juniper bushes, representing the difficult terrain. The circle also contains the Pool of Remembrance, which is lined with black granite and surrounded by a grove of linden trees. The US lost 54,246 soldiers officially, with another 103,000 wounded and approximately 8,200 missing in action.

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