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Korea Bound

Heroes Remember

It was rough on the boat. There was some real bad storms and I guess November and December are bad times in the Pacific. And it was really rough. And it was an old Second World War Liberty ship and that, and they weren't noted for, like, cruise line facilities. You were way down in the hole and four or five bunk high with about two feet between bunks up and down. It was pretty primitive and a lot of people were sick. I was lucky. I never got sick but a lot of people did get sick. Sea sickness and that. Interviewer: Where did the ship dock? Pusan. Interviewer: You went directly from North America to Pusan? Yep, Pusan.

In November 1950, Mr. Nickerson's PPCLI Battalion sailed for Korea. It was an uncomfortable crossing.

Ray Nickerson

Mr. Nickerson's father was a farmer and Veteran of the First World War. Mr. Nickerson was the second youngest of 10 children. Three of his older brothers served in the Second World War. He left school at the age of 16 and enlisted in the army with the PPCLI. His parents were not happy with this. After enlisting, Mr. Nickerson went to Curry Barracks in Calgary for basic training. He did his advanced training in Curry and in Wainwright, Alberta. In November 1950, his battalion was told they were going to Korea to serve with the U.N. force. Mr. Nickerson saw action near Pusan, Seoul and at Kapyong. While in Korea, Mr. Nickerson was wounded by a land mine. He was hospitalized for nine weeks. After his recovery, he returned to the front . Mr. Nickerson's tour of duty ended late in 1951 and he returned to Canada. He remained in the Canadian Army until his retirement in 1968.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
Ray Nickerson
War, Conflict or Mission:
Korean War
Pacific Ocean
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI)

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