About the Blog

This year, 2011, marks the sixty-first anniversary of the start of the Korean War.  It was variously called a “police action” and “the Korean conflict” but it was a war by any other name.  The Americans who fielded most of the troops on the United Nations’ side suffered 33,686 killed and 8,176 missing in action.  Canada with a 5,000-man force had 516 killed.  North Korean, South Korean and Chinese casualties numbered in the hundreds of thousands. Impressive figures for a police action!

The war was long ago and far away but it is still fresh in many of our memories.  Those of us who were there, are now pretty long in the tooth and if we are to do any more reminiscing or swapping of tales, we had better get on with it.  The purpose of this blog is to facilitate the story telling.

The blog is open to anyone interested in that war, whether a participant or not.  And since my entries will be based on my own experience as a member of the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps running a Mobile Laundry and Bath Unit, they will illuminate situations not necessarily experienced by those in the combat arms.  The MLBU, by the way, captured the first prisoners of war taken by the Canadian Brigade.

The invitation is extended to all readers to offer their own observations, correct errors and ask questions.  In support of the UN, nineteen countries, other than South Korea the USA and Canada, participated in the war in one way or another.  These countries are – the UK, Australia, Belgium, Colombia, Denmark, Ethiopia, France, Greece, India, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand and Turkey.  During my time in Korea, other than Brits and Americans, I encountered very few from the other countries.  I was once a guest at a curry dinner at the Indian MASH.  I had seen a couple of  fearsome looking Turks at a distance and had seen some non-Canadians using our MLBU.  But that was all.

With the communication available through the internet today it is possible for us to hear from people in the other participating countries.  I hope this blog will lead to contact with some of those other veterans.


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