Korean War Legacy Project

Peter Ford

Bio

Peter Ford was born in the borough of Waltham Cross in London, England in 1932.  As a young man, he and his friends used to pick up shrapnel from the bombs that were dropped on London during World War II. He left school at the age of fourteen and got a job at a Co-Operative cabinet factory in Enfield.  He worked there until he was “called up” for service in the Royal Army Services Corps in 1952.  After training as a driver, he received orders to go to Korea.  During the War, he was assigned to the 26th Field Ambulance unit of the 1st Commonwealth Division where he performed driving duties that included resupplying of rations as well as the evacuation of wounded soldiers.

Video Clips

Arriving and Korea

Peter Ford speaks about arriving in Korea in 1952. He describes driving through Seoul. He discusses how he had no idea why he was assigned to the 26th Field Ambulance. He explains where the unit was set up and being told what his assignment was. He shares a story of being stopped for speeding.

Tags: Seoul,Living conditions,Physical destruction

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLEAhXGoC9Q&start=585&end=796

Freezing Water and Oil

Peter Ford speaks about the cold weather. He gives an examples of how quick water would freeze. He shares that he had proper winter clothing. He shares the effects it could have on vehicles. He explains a scenario where he made a mistake in the cold.

Tags: Cold winters,Living conditions

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLEAhXGoC9Q&start=1113&end=1173

Games Anyone?

Peter Ford speaks about the Armistice Signing. He said he got a message one day. He speaks of the various nationalities that decided to hold a sporting event. He explains how he used to run and of another medic who was also a runner. He explains that there was a running event for all.

Tags: 1953 Armistice 7/27,Living conditions,Rest and Relaxation (R&R)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLEAhXGoC9Q&start=1647&end=1763