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Arthur Alsop served in the Royal New Zealand Army Service Corps (RNZASC) in Korea from June 1952 through November 1954. During the war he served as a storeman, which fulfilled his interests in auto mechanics. He describes his experience with basic training in Waiouru. Arthur Alsop did not know much about Korea, except that it had previously been invaded by Japan, but soon headed there for service. He shares how he arrived in Korea and asked himself why people would want to fight over such a country. He exhibits pride in his service both for his home country of New Zealand as well as for the progress that Korea has made.
Ernest J. Berry served in the New Zealand army during the Korean War. He was born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1929. Inspired by the poor treatment of his aunt in a geriatric hospital, he earned a nursing degree. When the Korean War broke out, Ernest Berry was working at a hospital in New Zealand. He enlisted in the New Zealand Army on his 21st birthday. He trained as a medic but officially served in sanitation following artillery units along the Han River. Ernest J. Berry left Korea in December of 1951 after contracting Korean hemorrhagic fever.
Charles Haronga Brown was born in Mangatu, New Zealand, the son of a Maori mother, who was later raised by his grandmother. He joined the New Zealand Navy in 1951 and served aboard the HMNZS Hawea. He operated the radios as the ship patrolled the West Coast of the peninsula. His ship frequently encountered the enemy from its base in Baengnyeongdo. He entered the conflict one day before his birthday in 1952 and left on Armistice Day July 27th, 1953.
Frank Butler grew up in Palmerston North, New Zealand. He worked for a milkman from one to six in the morning when he was eleven and then went to school after work. After graduating high school, he worked for a mechanic until joining the New Zealand Navy. He was just fifteen years of age when he joined and went to Korea. He left Devonport, New Zealand for Korea aboard the HMNZS Kaniere in late summer of 1952. Frank Butler served as a stoker in the boiler room for much of his service. Frank Butler was married for fifty-one years before his wife died. He returned to Korea three times after the war, developing a fierce love for the Korean people.
Colin Carley grew up in rural New Zealand until he was a teenager. At that point, his family moved from their farm to the city and at the age of seventeen, Colin Carley volunteered for the Army even though he was supposed to be twenty-one years old to join. After volunteering in 1950, he shares that he landed in Pusan in December of 1950. He remembers that the weather was so cold that glass bottles would break in the night and he never felt that type of cold ever again. Due to the age restriction, Colin Carley transferred back home after serving six months in the Korean War. Even though he never had the opportunity to return to Korea for a revisit, he would still love to fulfill this goal.
Robert Chessum served in the New Zealand military for both the Air Force during WWII and Army during the Korean War. While in Korea he achieved the rank of Temporary Captain and saw fighting action at the Battle of Kapyong. His occupation during Korea was with artillery, providing support and preventing Communist forces from defeating Commonwealth Forces. Robert Chessum shares how he was wounded during his time in Korea by an enemy mortar, evacuated to a hospital and eventually became Camp Commandant in Japan before returning to Korea. He also saw action during the Hill 355 and Hill 317 Campaigns. Robert Chessum is proud of his service and the relationship his country has established with South Korea.
Tom Collier was born in 1926 and his childhood was marked by the Great Depression. One of his earliest memories is of hardship as his parents had to grab work whenever they could find it. School was not required after age fourteen so he worked at a tree nursery until he joined the military at the age of twenty. He became part of the British Occupation Force in Japan. After his enlistment was up, he re-enlisted and went to Korea in 1952. Tom Collier also describes Hill 355 and the overall conditions of the people around Pusan and Seoul. He said he would like to see the reunification of North Korea and South Korea.
Kenneth F. Dawson was born and raised on Niue Island in New Zealand. After joining the New Zealand army, he was assigned to the 16th Field Regiment and traveled to Korea in 1952. Upon arrival, he served as a carrier for ammunition. He respected the Korean people and did all he could to help them. Kenneth F. Dawson witnessed many battles and deaths during his time in Korea.
Bruce W. Diggle is from New Zealand, and he joined the Army in 1952. He saw action on the frontlines of the conflict as a member of the second wave of the New Zealanders. From his civilian experiences as a surveyor, he was assigned as an artillery surveyor which allowed him more freedom of movement than the average servicemen. He took many photos documenting his time in Korea including photos of Pusan, Seoul, civilians he met, Hill 355, and surrounding positions on the frontlines. After his service in the Korean War, he married in London and returned to South Korea years later as part of the Revisit Program.
Richard V. Gordon served in Korea in 1950 as part of the New Zealand Navy. He speaks highly of his time in the Korean Seas and around Incheon harbor. He describes life aboard the Her Majesty's Ship (HMS) Tutira, the first ship to arrive in Korea from New Zealand. He speaks highly of his role in the Navy and is proud of the New Zealand contribution in the Korean War. While Richard V. Gordon did not see the Korea mainland, he describes his role in defending the seas of South Korea.
Keith G. Hall was born in Auckland, New Zealand on August 10, 1928. He worked as a plumbing apprentice at a New Zealand naval dockyard in 1944 and volunteered for the New Zealand Army's Kayforce in August 1950 when the war broke out. He did not know anything about Korea from his school studies. Upon arrival in Korea, he was struck by the primitive living and working conditions, which he compares to the amazing growth evident in modern Korea today. Keith Hall's main duties in Korea involved building roads and clearing minefields so troops could navigate the front lines safely. He spent much of his time near Hill 355 during the Battle of Maryang-san in October of 1951 primarily fought by British and Commonwealth forces.
Colin J. Hallett served in the New Zealand Navy during the Korean War on the HMNZS Kaniere. He joined the Navy at the age of 15, knowing that he would go to Korea. During his time in the Navy, he was a gunner and served in the China Sea. He describes what life was like on the ship. He met his wife while on leave and kept in contact with her throughout the war. He married her after his 10 year Naval career. Colin J. Hallett is proud of his military service and of helping of the South Korean people.
Donald Clouston Hay served in the New Zealand Navy during the Korean War. He grew up in Gisborne, New Zealand on a dairy farm. Leaving high school at 15, Donald joined the Navy as a Seaman Boy in 1948. The New Zealand Navy continued with the education of boys while they served. Donald C. Hay served aboard the HMNZS Rotoiti. This ship was the third New Zealand vessel to join in the Korean War. Donald Hay manned the anti-aircraft gun and saw action along the West coast of Korea including around Inchon and up the Han River.
Arthur Herbert Hazeldine was born in the mining town of Reefton, New Zealand and grew up attending a one-room schoolhouse with under twenty students. He was raised on memories of his uncle, a Spitfire pilot in World War II. He joined the New Zealand Navy in 1949, rotating from duties first in New Zealand waters and then serving in the East Sea of Korea beginning in 1950. His frigate, the HMNZS Taupo patrolled the waters from the Soviet Union down along the coast of the Korean Peninsula engaging enemy supply lines and soldiers as a gun direction specialist. He is proud of his service and has shared his experiences with his grandson Jeremy who joins him in this interview.
Patrick Vernon Hickey was born May 18, 1929 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Although his father did not want him, a Mrs. Cameron took him in until his father reclaimed him at age eight. Mistreated by his father, he learned to survive and joined the New Zealand Army in 1947. After serving as a baker in Japan, he shipped to Korea and requested a change to the front lines. As an engineer for 163 Battery, he maintained guns in support of Australian troops fighting on the front. Patrick Henry revisited Korea in 2013 and was amazed at Seoul and all the buildings. He said he was treated very well on his return visit and he felt like a king.
Graham L. Hughes enlisted in the New Zealand Navy at sixteen years old and was assigned to the HMNZS Pukaki. The ship was an anti-submarine frigate that served in the Korea Sea on Korea's west coast. As a radio operator, he experienced long hours and overall stress of a four-hours-on-and-four-hours-off shift. The loss of three sailors on his ship had a lasting impact on him. He is proud of his military service, how the military shaped him, and his contribution to the South Korean people.
Robert Carr Jagger was orphaned at two months old around Wellington, New Zealand in 1925. He was adopted into a loving family and entered the family business, cheese-making, during World War II. He began his service in Korea in 1952 with the New Zealand army. He worked with artillery units primarily in signals and communication near the famous Hill 355. He served over two years in-country and participated in Armistice Day. He has remained a friend of the Korean people to this day and is proud of the progress that Korea has made.
Bryan J. Johnson enlisted in the New Zealand Navy at the age of 15 in 1946. He remained in the Navy through 1952 and ultimately became a quartermaster, who is in charge of steering the ship. He served on the HMNZS Hawea during the Korean War from 1951 to 1952. The HMNZS Hawea was tasked with patrolling the West Sea and providing military escorts for supplies. He explains a time when he rescued a family, moments of combat, and even witnessing smuggling. After the war Bryan J. Johnson became a teacher and even taught Social Studies, however he did not teach the Korean War because of exclusion from New Zealand curriculum. The growth of South Korea impresses Bryan Johnson, based upon his re-visit to South Korea.
Elliott C. Landall enlisted in the New Zealand Army in 1944 and served as a Divisional Signalman. He remembers the living conditions well, including the winter weather which was the most difficult thing for him. While he did not see direct combat, he served an integral role sending messages to the forward troops. While there he and the New Zealand military helped South Koreans, not just in combat, but by helping to build structures. The willingness and spirit of the people of South Korea have left a lasting impression on him.
Robert M. Longden answered a call for compulsory military training at age eighteen and volunteered to go to Korea with the New Zealand Army. He arrived in South Korea soon after the truce was signed and was struck by the hungry children in Seoul. Stationed near the DMZ, his regiment endured cold winters to protect the area. He expresses hope for a unified Korea through the meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.