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Korean War

Page 10 – Kiwi stories

Listen to some of the stories of New Zealanders involved in the Korean War, 1950-1957. They are drawn from interviews in Pip Desmond’s book, The war that never ended: New Zealand veterans remember Korea, published by Penguin in 2013. Each image links to an audio extract and a transcript of the interview.

Wiremu (Bill) Keiha

Wiremu (Bill) Keiha, of Rongowhakaata and Te Aitanga-a Māhaki, was a signalman with the 7th Reinforcements in the Korean War. Here he discusses food in Korea with oral historian Pip Desmond. Listen here...

Laurie Valentine

Palmerston North-born Laurence (Laurie) Valentine was an artillery gunner with East Troop, 163 Battery. Here he describes the Battle of Kapyong during the Korean War. Listen here... 

Lindsay Glassey

Lindsay Glassey served as a signalman on the frigate HMNZS Taupo during the Korean War. Here he describes shelling trains in tunnels from offshore. Listen here...

Alan Cull

Alan Cull was working as a dentist in Wellington hospital prior to joining Kayforce. Here he describes arriving in Korea and daily life as a dentist during the war. Listen here...

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