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:

The first “Forgotten War” in Korea

There was a Korean war before the one you’re thinking of.   Almost a century and a half ago,  on July 1st, 1871, an American expeditionary force of five warships arrived at Ganghwa Island, just off the Korean mainland. The … Continue reading

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Unsung Hero of Kapyong is Gone …

You’d never know Hub Gray was a pivotal figure in the battle for Kapyong in Korea. To read his own thrilling account, you’d scarcely know he was even there. But he was. Hub played a central role in saving his … Continue reading

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South Korea: Where Crooked Politicians Go to Jail

Sadly, South Korea is mired in a string of corruption scandals among the highest of the political elite. But happily,  in South Korea the crooks are going to jail. In other countries I can think of, such felons would be … Continue reading

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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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