Author Archives: Dan Bjarnason

About Dan Bjarnason

Dan Bjarnason is the author of "Triumph at Kapyong, Canada's Pivotal Battle in the Korean War." Bjarnason was a television news and documentary reporter for The National at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for over 35 years, He specialized in military history and has worked on documentaries from the Little Bighorn to the Falklands. He now lives in Toronto and can be reached at:

Moina Michael And Her Wonderful Poppy Brainstorm

This Remembrance Day, spare a moment to remember Moina Michael. Never heard of her? Shame on you! Next to the Coca Cola logo and Apple’s Apple, this dynamic woman from tiny Good Hope, Georgia (pop. 200) came up with perhaps … Continue reading

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General MacArthur, where are you?…

History may not repeat itself, as Mark Twain famously noted, but sometimes it rhymes. Nervous eyes are now on China and North Korea. And this is where the rhyming comes in. We’ve been here before: Almost seven decades ago, the … Continue reading

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66 Years Ago … Canada’s Korean War Begins …

It was going to be a miserable Christmas. Sixty-six years ago this month the geriatric rust bucket USS Private Joe P. Martinez puffed and wheezed and gasped its way to dockside in Pusan harbour. It had been a wretched voyage. … Continue reading

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Hello, Mr Trump: Here’s A Remembrance Day Reminder

Among the many curious positions Donald Trump staked out during the campaign marathon that’s just ended: South Korea is getting a free ride … that it pays nothing for its own defence. It’s outrageous, he charges, that South Korea freeloads … Continue reading

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Trump’s South Korean Untruths

Korean War veterans should have steam boiling out of their ears when they hear some of the odd ideas coming from the hyper-ventilating Donald Trump. He claims – based on God-knows what – that America is getting ripped off — … Continue reading

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War Heroes as Anti-Semitic Targets

  Tibor Rubin could be the poster boy candidate for all immigrants, anywhere. He embraced his adopted country  with a devotion right out of the U.S. national anthem: to him America literally was  the Land of the Free and Home … Continue reading

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Mapping Canada’s War Dead

Map journalism? Who’d have guessed  that maps could be such a fascinating way to paint a picture of Canada at war? Who’d have thought a television network could convey drama and danger and heartbreak … and all without a single reporter … Continue reading

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