The Korean War began 25 June 1950, when North Korean armed forces invaded South Korea. The war’s combat phase lasted until an armistice was signed 27 July 1953.
As part of a United Nations (UN) force, 26,791 Canadian military personnel served in the Korean War, during both the combat phase and as peacekeepers afterward. After the two world wars, Korea remains Canada’s third-bloodiest overseas conflict, taking the lives of 516 Canadians and wounding more than 1,200.
Prime Minister Louis St-Laurent announced the creation of a Canadian Army Special Force, later named the 25th Canadian Infantry Brigade Group to serve under the United Nations in Korea August 7th, 1950
The first contingent of Canadian troops, the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, departed Canada for Korea November 1st, 1950.
The Canadian HMCS Cayuga and HMCS Athabaskan assisted in the evacuation of 7,700 US troops trapped in the port of Chinnamp'o, on the west coast of the Korean peninsula December 1, 1950
Significant battles Canadian troops were involved in were:
The Battle of Kapyong April 1951
Battle of Hill 355 November 1951
Koje-Do Incident at an American Prison May 1952
Battle of Kowang-San October 1952
Battle of Hill 187 May 1953
* information taken from the Canadian Encyclopedia