Korean War Legacy Project

Edgar Green

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Edgar Green enlisted in the British Army in 1949 and was stationed in Hong Kong when the Korean War broke out. He describes the feeling of nervousness he and fellow soldiers experienced boarding the HMS Unicorn in Hong Kong destined for Korea but shares that having World War II veterans among the crew was helpful as they offered advice. He recounts having to line up with other fellow soldiers along the flight deck and endure a round of injections prior to arriving in Korea, relating that the needles were not changed as the medical team made its way down the line. He reflects on his first impressions of Korea and recalls the stench of human waste as they drew nearer to the dock in Busan. He shares that they were part of the very first British land forces to enter the Korean War and comments on having to rely on the Americans for food and transport for the first several days. He recalls the weather he experienced while in Korea. He recounts how they only had tropical clothing when the temperature dropped to forty degrees below zero and shares that the Americans brought them parka jackets. He comments on his visits to a MASH unit on multiple occasions as he dealt with pneumonia and a broken tooth. He is proud of his service and expresses his desire for Korean War veterans to be recognized.

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Shipped to Korea

Edgar Green describes the feeling of nervousness he and fellow soldiers experienced boarding the HMS Unicorn in Hong Kong destined for Korea but shares that having World War II veterans among the crew was helpful as they offered advice. He recounts having to line up with other fellow soldiers along the flight deck and endure a round of injections prior to arriving in Korea. He relates that the needles were not changed as the medical team made its way down the line. He recalls writing a letter home to inform his family that he was being sent to Korea.

Tags: Fear,Front lines,Letters

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDm4CRR-vxg&start=695&end=830

First Impressions and Relying on the Americans

Edgar Green reflects on his first impressions of Korea. He recalls the stench of human waste as they drew nearer to the dock in Busan and remembers an American band and Korean choir there to welcome them. He shares that they were part of the very first British land forces to enter the Korean War and comments on having to rely on the Americans for food and transport for the first several days.

Tags: Busan,Civilians,Food,Impressions of Korea,Living conditions,South Koreans

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDm4CRR-vxg&start=841&end=1032

Cold Weather and Visits to the MASH Unit

Edgar Green recalls the weather he experienced while in Korea. He recounts how they only had tropical clothing when the temperature dropped to forty degrees below zero and shares that the Americans brought them parka jackets. He describes his visits to a MASH unit on multiple occasions as he dealt with pneumonia and a broken tooth.

Tags: Cold winters,Living conditions,Rest and Relaxation (R&R)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDm4CRR-vxg&start=2883&end=3104