Though some insist it should be referred to as the “Korean Conflict” or a police action because the participants never officially declared “war,” there are few veterans who would disagree that the fighting in Korea between 1950 and 1953 was as bitter as any war.


Canadian Nursing Sisters in the Korean War, Michael Bedford, Friends of the Canadian War Museum (2013)

During the United Nations Operations in Korea, Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps  Nursing Sisters served in Japan and Korea. Royal Canadian Air Force  Sisters qualified as Flight Nurses, flew air evacuation with casualties to Canada. In Korea, Canadian nurses were again faced with providing medical services in a combat zone. They also faced the daunting challenge of both battle-inflicted injuries and infectious disease. When the ceasefire came into effect in 1953, the sisters worked with the newly-released prisoners of war, helping to restore their physical health –  this is their story


The following articles provide some insight on the war from a medical services perspective; specifically Canada and India:

  • The RCAMC in the Korean War, BGen K. A. Hunter, MD, DGMS Canadian Army, and Col J.E. Andrews, MD, Professional Advisor to DGMS, Canadian Medical Association Journal, February 1995


  • The MASH Heros You’ve Never Heard Of, Henry Champ, extract, from Dan Bjarnason’s book “Triumph at Kapyong, Canada’s Pivotal Battle in the Korean War.” Henry Champ and Dan Bjarnason were both television news and documentary reporters for “The National” at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation