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The Korean War intensifies

The Story

Five days after the outbreak of war, the United States commits ground forces to its defense of South Korea. Reports that the Soviet Union might respond by sending its own troops to help North Korea provokes widespread fear of a shooting war between the two nuclear superpowers. While determined to secure peace through UN negotiations, Canada commits the destroyers HMCS Athabaskan, Cayuga and Sioux to the United Nations' task force destined for Korea.

Medium: Radio
Program: CBC News Roundup
Broadcast Date: June 30, 1950
Commentator: Willson Woodside
Reporter: Ross Munro, John Rich
Duration: 7:20

Did You know?

Eight Royal Canadian Navy destroyers and 3,621 Canadian sailors served in Korean waters from 1950 until 1953. Canada's ships fired over 130,000 shells at communist positions on the Korean mainland. Canadian destroyers in the famed "Trainbusters Club," instituted in July 1952, claimed eight of the 28 Communist supply trains destroyed by the group, with four attributed to HMCS Crusader alone.



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