Korean War Legacy Project

Elliott Landill

Bio

Elliott C. Landill 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.

Video Clips

Conditions in Korea

Elliott Landill describes the weather in Korea. The winters were extremely cold and summers extremely hot. He explains that men were well fed and living conditions had ten men to a tent.

Tags: Seoul,Cold winters,Food,Living conditions,South Koreans

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLLrRIktS-4&start=376&end=501

Seoul During the War

Elliott Landill describes how Seoul was in a terrible state. He explains that the people were living in a shell of a city and he felt sorry for them. He was amazed at the spirit of the people, including how the people would listen and were good learners.

Tags: Seoul,Civilians,Cold winters,Impressions of Korea,Living conditions,North Koreans,Physical destruction,Poverty,South Koreans

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLLrRIktS-4&start=579&end=784

Forgotten War

Elliott Landill is satisfied with his service in the Korean War. He really liked helping the people of South Korea and feels he had a lasting impact. He explains that the Korean War is Forgotten War because it was sandwiched between the "Big Wars," World War I and World War II.

Tags: Seoul,Civilians,Impressions of Korea,Living conditions,Modern Korea,Physical destruction,Poverty,Pride,South Koreans

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLLrRIktS-4&start=954&end=1111