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Asoke Banerjee

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DRAFT: Born on October 1, 1958, Brigadier Dr. Amitava Banerjee is the son of Korean War Veteran Lieutenant General Asoke Banerjee. The Lieutenant General was born on January 2, 1926, in Darbhanga, India, and passed away on January 22, 2018. He earned his medical degree in 1948 from Prince of Wales Medical College, Patna. In 1949, he became a Lieutenant in the army - served in Korea from November 1950 until June 1953. He joined 60th Para Field Ambulance Unit Medicine and military service are not new to the Banerjee family, as the father of Asoke, Captain AN Banerjee, was a medical officer in the British Army, and fought in Mesopotamia (Iran) in the early 20th century. specialized in radiology served in the Medical Corps of the Indian Army, and served 3 years with his father before his father retired. After the war, Asoke became a pathologist (AFMC Pune), joined the Royal College of Physicians in 1966, commanded the medical battalion 406 during the Bangladesh War, and served as a medical administrator in Jammu and Kashmir. His final appointment was Director General of Medical Services in June of 1983.

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Rajindar Chatrath

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Rajiv Chatrath is the son of Korean War Veteran Colonel Rajindar Chatrath. His father was born on September 19, 1923,  and passed away on May 18, 2018. He was born in Amritsar, Punjab, India on October 9, 1957. There is a rich military history in the Chatrath family, with both Colonel Chatrath's great grandfather and grandfather fighting in wars during their lifetimes.  Colonel Chatrath was a civilian worker in the British Royal Air Force and studied in schools in both Delhi and Shimla, India. Later he attended Saint Stephen's College in Delhi and a medical college in a city now located in Pakistan. He earned his permanent commission in 1952 and later became a part of the Armistice Commission of India, treating North Korean prisoners of war from August 1953 until March 1954.

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Ishwar Narang

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Ranjana and Naresh Paul, and Madhu Patel are descendants of Korean War Veteran Brigadier General Ishwar Chandra Narang.  He was born on November 4, 1924, and passed away just three years before this interview. He was Ranjana and Madhu's father. He left India for Korea in 1950 where he was a military surgeon, operating on wounded patients in Busan.  Shortly after leaving India, his ship hit a large rock and needed repairs before completing the trip to Korea. He did not know anything about Korea before he arrived. Ranjana mentions that her father was very enthusiastic about being a Korean War Veteran and that he revisited Korea multiple times.

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PD Sharma

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Rajeev Sharma is the son of Major General PD Sharma who was born in 1930 in Punjab, India. He was born on August 11, 1964. Major General Sharma was commissioned into the army in June 1952 and was an officer in the Army Education Corps, which was a part of the 60th Medical Ambulance Unit. He served in Korea from 1954 to 1955.

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Angad Singh

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Lieutenant Colonel Angad Singh was born on April 10, 1934, in Ambala, Punjab, India. He is one of eight children. His father was a history teacher and his mother, a homemaker. He recalls learning Hindu, Islamic, and Sikh teachings in school. After graduating high school with high marks, he wished to join the army. He enlisted in the military in October of 1950 and attended a one-year basic training in Bangalore, India. He recalls not knowing anything about Korea until after enlisting in the military. He remembers sailing from Madras, India, to Korea in 1953 where his unit served in the Panmunjom region of the DMZ until leaving Korea in 1954. Mandeep Singh, Angad Singh's grandson born in 1992, joins the interview near the end. He shares his reflections on his grandfather's service in Korea.

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Mathew Thomas

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General Mathew Thomas was born in Chennaguur, Kerala, India, on March 11, 1928. He grew up in an educated family, as his father was a journalist. His family moved to Bangalore, India, where he and his siblings were educated at English schools. He graduated from St. Johns European High School in 1944. He recalls his world history studies were limited to the regions of the British Empire; however, he was able to identify significant countries--such as Korea--on a world map. He studied languages and mathematics at St. Joseph's College for two years before seeing desperate signs around town recruiting soldiers for the Indian army. He decided to go to the services selection board to take tests to see if he could join the army. He then attended basic training at the Indian Military Academy and went to Korea after the armistice in 1953 as part of a medical unit. This unit was a part of a commission established by the countries of India, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland, and Czechoslovakia. Led by India and consisting of multiple battalions, the commission was established to look after the prisoners of war. The Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission was ordered for peace only, to commit no use of military force or coercion, and only worked in Korean water as well as within Korean neutral zones. He left Korea after nine months, in 1954.

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