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A veteran recalls the Battle of Kap'yong

It is called Canada's "Forgotten War." Over 500 Canadians died in the United Nations' struggle to repel the communist forces that invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950. To the people they helped liberate, the Canadians were heroes. Yet those who made it home returned to an indifferent country and a government that took 40 years to officially acknowledge their sacrifice.

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Of the Princess Patricia's many battle honours, the Battle of Kap'yong represents a Canadian first. Beginning around 10 p.m. on Apr. 24, 1951 and lasting into the early hours of Apr. 25, the Princess Patricia's withstand a fierce assault by Chinese and North Korean soldiers on the unit's position atop a hill called 677. Veteran Don Hibbs recalls the heroic stand that made the Princess Patricia's the only Canadian battalion in history to win a U.S. Presidential Unit Citation for valour.
The battle for Hill 677 cost the Princess Patricia's 10 lives and 23 wounded. For their courage, Pte. Wayne Robert Mitchell received the Distinguished Conduct Medal and Pte. Kenneth Francis Barwise received the Military Medal. Capt. J. G. W. "Wally" Mills earned the Military Cross. Pte. Mitchell was one of eight Canadians to win the Distinguished Conduct Medal in Korea, the award for gallantry second only to the Victoria Cross.
Medium: Television
Program: The National Magazine
Broadcast Date: July 27, 1999
Guest: Don Hibbs
Reporter: Dan Bjarnason
Duration: 1:53

Last updated: August 11, 2014

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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