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Old 13-06-2011, 17:39
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Thank you Jainso,

There are a few more but not sure whether to put them on. There is also a newspaper clipping. He did tell a few stories but his letters make a facinating read.
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Old 13-06-2011, 18:17
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One of our Destroyers, Comus (I think) was hit in the for'd boiler room, I think a LSM was killed.
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Old 13-06-2011, 19:23
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Gillian-if the snapshots and cuttings are relevant by all means post them-I'd
be circumspect about personal letters ie. only those with general information about the Korean War only; but the choice is yours.

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Old 14-06-2011, 05:52
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South Africa contributed only one fighter-bomber squadron (No. 2 Squadron, SAAF) to the Korean War. The country could have sent at least one of its three frigates, as well as ground troops, to match the contributions of other Commonwealth countries. Sadly, South Africa had a change of government in 1948 - Field Marshall Smuts and his party were out and the Afrikaner Nationalists were in. The Korean War provided a test of the new government's intentions and it was soon clear that proceedings to divorce from the Commonwealth were underway. This became final in 1960. The Nationalist government welcomed English speakers only when the border wars in southern Africa started in the 1970's and it was clear that they could manage on their own. As it turned out, not even that was enough to save them and the National Party finally became extinct in the 1990's.

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Old 01-12-2011, 12:50
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PRIVATE W SPEAKMAN VC

During the "Gunpowder Plot" Battle on Sunday 4th Nov. 1951 Pte. William (Bill) Speakman,withhthe aid of six men from his Company organised a counterattack to hold off the Chinese advance on their position at the top of a hill.
Testimonies from witnesses said that Speakman was "fighting mad" on the exposed ridge throwing grenades at the Chinese, ascending the hill towards the KOSB positions.When he ran out of grenades he ran back to the ration dump ,grabbed a new supply of grenades and returned to the ridge and resumed his assault on the Chinese.
When a machinegun was knocked out,Speakman organised his men to defend the weapon and prevent the Chinese turning it onto his unit.His actions gave his company time to withdraw to safety.
He was awarded the Victoria Cross.
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:52
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The RCN also made a significant contribution in this "conflict" with destroyers in Korean waters from mid-1950 to late 1955.

A good summary of these RCN operations exists in the book "Canadian Naval Operations in Korean Waters 1950-1955" by Thorgrimsson and Russell.

Something of a personal interest here I must admit, as my father was CO of HMCS Sioux (DDE 225) for her first two "tours" in Korea
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:49
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Canadian troops fought as part of the 1st Commonwealth Division, and distinguished themselves at the Battle of Kapyong and in other land engagements. HMCS Haida and other ships of the Royal Canadian Navy were in active service in the Korean War. Although the Royal Canadian Air force did not have a combat role in Korea, twenty-two RCAF fighter pilots flew on exchange duty with the USAF in Korea.
The RCAF was also involved with the transportation of personnel and supplies in support of the Korean War.
Canada sent 26,791 troops to fight in Korea. There were 1,558 Canadian casualties, including 516 dead. Korea has often been described as "The Forgotten War", because for most Canadians it is overshadowed by the Canadian contributions to the two world wars. Canada is a signatory to the original 1953 armistice, but did not keep a garrison in South Korea after 1955.

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Old 11-07-2012, 19:19
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What were the medical services in Korea? was there a Hospital Ship and were the Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service involved?
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Old 11-07-2012, 19:37
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Tony-I presume you mean naval hospital ship and staff
During the Korean War, HMHS MAINE for four months was the only hospital ship conveying the sick and wounded from Pusan to Osaka. The heat, humidity and minimal staff made the nursing task most difficult.Staffed by QARNNS. Does that answer your question or do you require more detail??

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Old 11-07-2012, 22:15
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Thanks Jim

Would be interested to know who the QARNNS were if you know. If not don't worry I can do some fishing around.

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Old 11-07-2012, 23:14
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Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:23
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Thanks Scatari

I was aware of the service (Post 33). Perhaps I should have said "Who by name" in my question.

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Old 12-07-2012, 09:19
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Tony-that is why I gave the initials- because you were right in the first place. Hereunder some further details of the Maine

25 June 1950 on the outbreak of the Korean War she was at Kobe as the only Hospital Ship in the area. She was placed at the disposal of United Nations Forces and dealt with the initial evacuation of US casualties from Pusan. Throughout 1951 - 52 she operated from Hong Kong, Sasebo and sometimes Kure and handled large numbers of British and Commonwealth personnel. She was awarded the Korea 1950 Battle Honour.

14 July 1950 arrived at Pusan, Korea. Over the months carried 1,849 casualties to Fukuoka. The medical staff also treated 2,115 US personnel and up to 1,006 cases of surgery were performed.

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Old 12-07-2012, 15:33
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Towards the end of the war Maine was ending her task when she was abruptly re-activated to treat a pilot who had facial injuries from a crash on the Unicorn.
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Old 26-09-2012, 14:45
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CANADIANS IN ACTION

On 30 July 1950, three Canadian destroyers: Cayuga, Athabaskan and Sioux arrived in Sasebo, Japan, under orders to sail for Korean waters, the first Canadians to see action in Korea.
Five other tribal class destroyers, Crusader, Huron, Iroquois, Nootka, Haida, served under UN Command during the war.
Also in July, No. 426 Transport Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, flew the first of 600 round trips to the Far East during the war, carrying more than 13,000 passengers and 3,000,000 kilograms of freight.
In addition, twenty-two RCAF fighter pilots and a number of technical officers were attached to the U.S. Fifth Air Force in Korea.

Tragedy struck Canadian troops early--even before arriving in Korea--when 17 gunners of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery were killed when a passenger and a troop train crashed head-on at Canoe River, B.C. on 21 November 1950. (Like many events of the Korean War, the memory of this tragic event was buried until a cairn was erected and dedicated on 12 May 1990.)

A few weeks later, the first contingent of Canadians, the Second Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry arrived in Korea. The following April, this unit was awarded a U.S. Presidential Unit Citation for preventing an enemy breakthrough of the UN lines at Kap'yong. In May 1951 the 25th Canadian Infantry Brigade, comprised of the Second Battalions of the Royal Canadian Regiment, and of the Royal 22e Régiment along with supporting arms, entered the Korean theatre. In June, 2PPCLI which had been attached to the 28th Commonwealth Brigade, rejoined the 25th, which in turn became part of the First Commonwealth Division. The Brigade’s first important battle took place at Chail-li at the end of May.

During the summer and fall of 1951 the UN forces continued their advance to the 38th Parallel, during which time peace talks were held in Kaesong and later Panmunjom. Opposing armies dug in. The enemies faced each other across a no-man’s-land ranging from a few hundred metres in width to several kilometres.
During this phase of the war, and until the cease-fire of 27 July 1953, bloody battles raged for strategic high ground. Battlegrounds such as the Sami-chon Valley, Hills 187, 227, 166, 113, 159, 355, and The Hook rank prominently in Korean War Canadian military history.

All together 26,791 Canadians served in the Korean War, with 1,558 casualties. 516 Canadian's are listed in the Korea Book of Remembrance for their sacrifice.

Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_C... ixzz27aTqkXpG
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Old 26-09-2012, 18:13
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Jim:

A minor correction if I may ... CRUSADER wasn't in fact a "Tribal", rather an ex-RN CR Class

Interestingly, SIOUX, despite her "Tribal" name, wasn't a Tribal either, but an ex-RN V Class (HMS VIXEN).

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Old 26-09-2012, 18:27
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It is just as well you told me Tim-the blog obviously was incorrect.Sorry about that.I must confess I had an inkling that Crusader was not a Tribal-hence name not emboldened.Sioux had me foxed though.

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Old 26-09-2012, 18:41
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It is just as well you told me Tim-the blog obviously was incorrect.Sorry about that.I must confess I had an inkling that Crusader was not a Tribal-hence name not emboldened.Sioux had me foxed though.

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No problem Jim ... must confess that I have always had a soft spot for SIOUX, as my father was her Commanding Officer for her first two tours in Korea!

She was also the first warship in which I ever went to sea.

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Old 27-09-2012, 07:55
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Tim-no coincidence I presume-your father being a commanding officer of Sioux-and Sioux being your first ship.Did you enjoy your time in her.??

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Old 27-09-2012, 18:17
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Tim-no coincidence I presume-your father being a commanding officer of Sioux-and Sioux being your first ship.Did you enjoy your time in her.??

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Jim:

I suspect my previous post was a little misleading, for which I apologize!

I first went to sea in SIOUX at the tender age of 3, shortly after she returned from her second tour in Korea. Must admit that I don't remember much of that day!

Many years later I was fortunate enough to spend a day at sea in her in 1963 when she was on her last cruise before decommissioning. She came up to the Great Lakes and as my father was then in command of HMCS PATRIOT in Hamilton, Ontario, he, my brother and I were invited to spend the day "at sea" as she transited the Welland Canal between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. I remember that day vividly as it was the day I decided to follow a naval career myself.
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Old 27-09-2012, 18:43
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A very nice story Tim-a little blast from the past-Ah!! the golden days of one's youth.I hope you enjoyed your naval career.

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Old 27-09-2012, 19:08
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A very nice story Tim-a little blast from the past-Ah!! the golden days of one's youth.I hope you enjoyed your naval career.

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Loved every second of it Jim - 38 years sailing in some wonderful ships, seeing the world, working with some of the finest people one could ever hope to meet - what more could a man ask?

As an old Canadian Forces recruiting slogan used to say "There's no life like it!"

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Tim: Your Dad was Commander, later Captain, P.D. Taylor, D.S.C., I presume.
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Tim: Your Dad was Commander, later Captain, P.D. Taylor, D.S.C., I presume.
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He was indeed Brian.

He had a rather successful career, joining the RCNVR in 1940, transferring to the permanent force in 1946 and being promoted to Commodore in 1960 ... not bad in 20 years! During his career he held five seagoing commands, HMC Ships Esquimalt, Shediac, Matane, Sioux and Crescent. While CO of Crescent he was also Commander of the Second Canadian Escort Squadron. He finally retired in 1965.
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PRIVATE W SPEAKMAN VC

During the "Gunpowder Plot" Battle on Sunday 4th Nov. 1951 Pte. William (Bill) Speakman,withhthe aid of six men from his Company organised a counterattack to hold off the Chinese advance on their position at the top of a hill.
Testimonies from witnesses said that Speakman was "fighting mad" on the exposed ridge throwing grenades at the Chinese, ascending the hill towards the KOSB positions.When he ran out of grenades he ran back to the ration dump ,grabbed a new supply of grenades and returned to the ridge and resumed his assault on the Chinese.
When a machinegun was knocked out,Speakman organised his men to defend the weapon and prevent the Chinese turning it onto his unit.His actions gave his company time to withdraw to safety.
He was awarded the Victoria Cross.
For further details see link ap
http://www.britains-smallwars.com/korea/KOSB2.htm

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I hate to be the one to detract from Speakmans achievement but everyone who was in Korea at that time knew that he was blind drunk during this incident. In later reports he admitted this himself but so what, he got the job done.
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