What readers to make of this?
I always thought the Irish State was neutral in the Korean War (1950-1953)
In fact we were not even in the United Nations at that time.
Dear Joseph,Yesterday evening I attended Andrew Salmon’s lecture on the “The Fighting Irish of the Korean War” at the Korea Foundation...
It was really history as theatre and I, like the rest of the audience, left with a vivid account of experience of the 1st Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles (RUR) and 8th Kings Royal Irish Hussars in the Korean War....
The RUR were the spearhead battalion of the British 29th Brigade, Britain’s strategic reserve which was committed to the Korean campaign. Composed 50/50 of Catholics and Protestant, its soldiers were tough and experienced fighters, proud and quick with their fists....
Though he has interviewed many Irish veterans and clearly loves the men, ethos and memory of the RUR and Irish Hussars, he eschews the notion that he is an expert on Irish involvement. Still, I am deeply grateful for all that he has done to shed some light on this little known dimension of Irish Korean relations. You can check out his website here
To the Last Round | The Official Website of the Book by Andrew Salmon
Today, the RUR lives on as the Royal Irish Rangers.
Have a good weekend,
Irish Ambassador to Seoul
The Seoul Times