Korean War Legacy Project

Brian Kanof


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.

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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.

Tags: Daegu,Pyungyang,Seoul,Food,Impressions of Korea,South Koreans

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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.

Tags: Seoul,Impressions of Korea,Modern Korea,Physical destruction,South Koreans

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