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Positive Thoughts on Korea Today

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Positive Thoughts on Korea Today

You know there’s a sacrifice when you go there, you may not realize you’re going there as something new, as a young man and so on. Adventure, there are so many reasons why some people went to Korea. Some only to find a job. The timing, if you take in terms 1950 was not the best time economically speaking especially for eastern Canada. When you look back and you recall what you saw at the time you were there and through the revisit program you have a chance to see what it is now. Where Korea has done a rebuild program which is beyond imagination. We all realize that they have been helped quite a bit. Yes they have been helped quite a bit to do that but the Korean people also did it. There are so many places in the world where there has been funds committed to reconstruct or to improve and what not but never came through and the money has disappeared here and there. In Korea that’s not the case. This is a brand new, very advanced country. It is becoming, economically it’s about tenth in the world.

Reflecting back on time in Korea, Mr. Charland gives a very positive opinion on the life of the Korean people today and how much improvement resulted through the rebuild program.

Claude Charland

Mr. Claude Charland was born February 27, 1929 in Montreal, Quebec. As an only child and born during the Great Depression, Mr. Charland was placed in a boarding school in hopes of experiencing a better life. After obtaining a high level of education, he made the choice to join the military. In 1948, he took part in the Canadian Officer Training Corp and underwent infantry training in Camp Borden followed by additional training in Val Cartier. In 1950 the Korean War started and Mr. Charland became an instructor for francophone officer recruits. In 1951, joining as a callout, Mr. Charland chose to be part of the Korean War. He joined with the 3rd Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment and upon retirement held rank of Lieutenant. Mr. Charland holds great pride for his service during Korean War. In 2018 during the Korean Olympics, Mr. Charland had the great honour and privilege to be the torch bearer as part of Team Canada and carried the torch 100 metres through the rink grounds where he had served and played hockey many years before. Mr. Charland retired from the military in 1982 and remains very active in his community.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
May 23, 2018
Person Interviewed:
Claude Charland
War, Conflict or Mission:
Korean War
Royal 22e Régiment
Infantry Officer

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