Korean War Legacy Project

Ralph M. Wilkerson


Ralph M. Wilkerson served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He went to Korea as a Private but returned as a Staff Sergeant. His service came in January of 1951 when the United Nations forces pushed the Communist forces out of the South. Ralph M. Wilkerson was a driver of a tank that was modified to fit a mounted howitzer. The modification gave the United Nations more flexibility and the ability to be more versatile. After the Korean War, Ralph M. Wilkerson became a Green Beret, part of the Special Forces, inserted in Vietnam in 1963. In 1971, he re-visited Korea and was one of the commanders for Operation Freedom Vault that saw the extraction of the 7th Division from South Korea. After his military career, he helped gain financing for the State of Wyoming Veterans Memorial Park located in Cody, Wyoming.