Twenty-seven thousand Canadians served in the Korean War. The first fighting units in the theatre were Royal Canadian Navy destroyers HMC Ships Cayuga, Athabaskan, and Sioux. The Army was next, with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Royal Canadian Regiment, and the Royal 22e Regiment, the 2nd Battalion in each case. Also in close support to the infantry were troopers of the Lord Strathcona’s Horse and gunners of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. Transport of men and supplies was carried out by the RCAF, and many other support units were involved.Nearly sixty-three years have come and gone since the Korean War broke out in 1950. Not surprisingly, even the teenaged soldiers and sailors who were there are old men. The Korean Veterans Association has fewer and fewer members, having resolved early on that only personnel who served in Korea could become members. Soon the Association will be gone, and with it, another of Canada’s living memorials to the generations of warriors who have served their country so well.
In the photo above, Harold Finnegan, who served with Lord Strathcona's Horse, is toasting the memory of a departed comrade. Most of the other men in the photo have since passed away.