Sunday, April 21, 2013
By Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press
A Canadian Sherman tanks of B Squadron, Lord Strathcona’s Horse grind a path up the bank of the Imjin River, in 1952.In his book, Deadlock in Korea, author Ted Barris chronicles the stories of the men who, after surviving the horrors and strain of war, often faced a new struggle to reintegrate into a society that was eager to forget the war. THE CANADIAN PRESS/National Archive of Canada
VANCOUVER – It was one of those aching moments of clarity, interview gold that every author and historian hopes to achieve, one that said so much about how the Korean War was perceived in its time and the wounds it left for the people who fought it.
It is a story that sticks with writer Ted Barris, but belongs to Bill Jackson, who fought with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.
He returned home to Brooks, Alberta to an empty train platform in October 1952 and when his proud father later introduced him at the local legion branch a voice from the back of the room told the young soldier to sit down.
“So you were in Korea? So what?”
The 516 who died in what the Liberal government of the day called a United Nations “police action” paled in comparison to the slaughter of the two preceding World Wars.