Veteran Stories:
Clifford Churchill

Army

  • Clifford Churchill's service medals (left to right): Order of Military Merit, 1939-1945 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, War Medal (1939-1945), Palestine General Service Medal 1945-1948, Korea Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal For Korea, Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal For Korea, United Nations Forces in Cyprus Medal, Emergency Force Middle East Medal, Canadian Forces Decoration.

    Clifford Churchill
  • Clifford Churchill's identification tags.

    Clifford Churchill
  • Canadian shoulder patches in Korea - United Nations, 25th Canadian Infantry Brigade, and 1st Commonwealth Division.

    Clifford Churchill
  • Clifford Churchill's collection of patches and tags from his military career.

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"It was a peculiar outfit, there was about 300 members. And they were representative groups from all the units that were going to Korea: the infantry, and the tanks, and the engineers, and they formed up this unit, and we went by ship to Pusan."

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Well, I joined the Regular Force in August of 1950 to go to Korea.  But I had been in the militia from February 1949, I guess it was.  And, I was in Peterborough in Ontario.  I was in an anti-aircraft regiment in the militia.  And I enjoyed it immensely.  And, I was really getting a little tired of civilian life… and this was a way of getting back into the forces, I guess.

It was a peculiar outfit, there was about 300 members.  And they were representative groups from all the units that were going to Korea: the infantry, and the tanks, and the engineers, and they formed up this unit, and we went by ship to Pusan [South Korea].  As a matter of fact, we were greeted on the dockside by Syngman Rhee.*  I shook hands with him.  His family was standing there and they greeted all of us as we landed.  It was quite interesting.

Second trip, left Seattle, 20th of April 1951, arrived in Pusan 4th of May, and returned to Canada, 15 December 1951.

I was in charge of the electrical section in the [No.] 191 [Canadian] Infantry Workshop, which was the support workshop for the [Canadian Army] brigade in Korea.

*The President of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea

 

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