Between 1950 and 1953, nearly 30,000 Canadian volunteers joined
the effort to contain communist incursions into South Korea and
support the fledgling United Nations. All the services were there
and all served with distinction. The Royal Canadian Navy led a
daring rescue of troops from the port of Chinnampo in 1950; members
of the Princess Patricia''s Canadian Light Infantry won the highest
US battle honour at Kap''yong in April 1951; the Vandoos turned the
tide at Hill 355; and twice -- at Hill 355 in October 1952 and Hill
187 in May 1953 -- members of the Royal Canadian Regiment held firm
against forces that greatly outnumbered them.
The navy and the infantry were bolstered by the Royal Canadian
Horse Artillery and Lord Strathcona''s Horse tanks, as well as
members of the service, medical, engineers, provost, chaplain and
intelligence corps. Still more, from the RCAF Thunderbird Squadron,
took part in the Korean Airlift -- three years of non-stop supply
flights across the Pacific.