My name is Rod Middleton. I served the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry during the Korean War.
I enlisted in the summer of 1950, was assigned to the Patricia’s. We trained in Wainwright, and moved by train down to Fort Lewis, Washington, and departed by US troopship to Korea, leaving on the 25th of November and finally arriving at the port city of Pusan in South Korea on the 18th of December. Long sea voyage. Because of the time we spent at sea we required a further six weeks of conditioning and hardening and moved about fifty miles to the north of the port of Pusan to a place called Miryang where we trained. Deemed fit for action, we were assigned to the 27th British Commonwealth Brigade and served with them up until July when we finally reverted back to the Canadian Brigade, which did not arrive in theatre until May of 1951.
I served as an infantry platoon commander, and some of my experiences included mounting attacks on several Chinese features, and my most memorable experience was probably an attack that we mounted on Hill 532 on the 7th of March. (more…)