Brian Kanof was born in Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virginia on the 18th of May 1949. He served as a Reserve Officer in the U.S. Army after receiving his commission through the ROTC program at the University of Texas at El Paso in 1971. His experience as a Reserve Officer allowed him to do two 3 week deployments to Korea in 1978 and 1985, helping to build and operate a petroleum pipeline in South Korea. His experiences offer an interesting vantage point into the co-operation between the US Army, South Korean Army, and the South Korean people.
Running a Petroleum Pipeline
In this clip Brian Kanof explains his role in leading a specialist group in the running of the oil pipeline that was built, maintained, and manned by the US Army. The South-to-North pipeline helped supply petroleum to Seoul. Not only does he describe his role in operations, but also his battalion's interactions with the local South Korean people through cooking a meal to rival the spiciness of local cuisine.
An Appreciation for South Korea
Brian Kanof shares some of his thoughts about Korea and Korean culture. He also speaks about the progress he saw in Korea as a member of the U.S. Special Forces.