Ethiopia - Korean War


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Entry: 96570
Subject: GRANDSON OF KOREAN WAR VETERAN

Nahom Tesfaye wrote on October 24, 2018


City and State: JIMMA

Unit:

Service or Relationship:

Comments: My grandfather have fought in the Korean war. I am looking for scholarship opportunities in Korea. I am also applying to some universities in Korea. Please inform me what scholarship opportunities are available for me and whether all universities in Korea accept descendants Korean war Veterans.

Keywords: Scholarship for Korean war descendants



Entry: 95961
Subject: RECOGNITION

Anberber Angagaw SR. wrote on July 6, 2018


City and State: ADDIS ABABA

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Service or Relationship:

Comments: My let Father Colonel Angagaw Haile was a member of the Ethiopian army who fought in Korea. I have all medals and the recognition letters from the Un. If there is any one who want to use it for back up for his /her book I can send it electronically.

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Entry: 95834
Subject: TO BE A MEMBER

senait atnafu Habtemariam SENIOR wrote on June 18, 2018


City and State: ADDIS ABEBA ND

Unit: THREE

Service or Relationship:

Comments:

Keywords: I want to be a member



Entry: 95387
Subject: FAMILY MEMBER OF KOREAN WAR VETERAN

Tefera Kebede JUNIOR wrote on March 1, 2018


City and State: GAMBELLA GAMBELLA

Unit: SON

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am son of Kebde wlde/sadik and my father was an army veteran in Korean war I have my father's medal he get from there so please contact me

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Entry: 94346
Subject: MY FOTHER KEBEDEHAGOS NAME ON LIST

feseha hagos JUNIOR wrote on February 20, 2017

Email Update Needed



City and State: ADDIS ABABA ET

Unit: ATAF

Service or Relationship: Air Force Veteran

Comments:

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Entry: 94329
Subject: JOB OPPORTUNITY

Sisay Mengesha SENIOR wrote on February 17, 2017


City and State: DEBRE ZEIT (BISHOFTU)

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am one from the nineth of the son who from Army veteran Mengesha Dechassa. He was in korean war on first Kagnew and 4th kagnew batalion.

In my home city Dukem one of giant steel factory is under construction this and other koean investors who invest in Ethiopia give an opportunity for Ethiopian veteran family member.

Investors like EKOS which is Ethiopian-Korean Steel mill give as an opportunity for us please.

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Entry: 91807
Subject:

Ahmed Ali wrote on September 1, 2015


City and State: ADDIS ABABA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Thanks to Korean people for not forgetting what Ethiopian soldiers fight by there side we are me and my family is great full for the responding and helps that sill going though hope this realeshin go more step forward to teach the new generation that Ethiopia and Korea have lot to share and to teach that as long as we are human we must help each other no matter how different we are in idea color religion .. thanks again

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Entry: 88619
Subject: ETHIOPIAN KOREAN WAR

Lema Tadesse wrote on March 26, 2014


City and State: SAN DIEGO CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father Tadesse Aggegnehu (Wendemaggegnehu), was one of the commanding officers in the field of the Ethiopian battalion in Korea and went through two tours. From a letter I have here, he must have been a friend of Major A. Irwin (the son of Lt.General N.M.S. IRWIN !). I also have a news paper clip from East African Standard (Kenya) printed in July 25th, 1952, and a newsletter from the American Library in Ethiopia, stating that my FATHER was given the Bronze Star Medal, by order of President Truman on July 4, 1952. I am interested to find out what other information you have available about my father in your Korean war archive.

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Entry: 88052
Subject: ETHIOPIAN BATTALION

Thomas E. (T.E.) Moore wrote on January 5, 2014


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Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: Ethiopia was the only African Nation to send troops to the Korean War, it was a charter
member of the United Nations. Located on the east-central side of Africa, where the Suez
Canal joins the Red Sea, in the Horn of Africa. Ethiopia is about the size of AR., LA., OK.,
and TX., 435,000 square miles. Her Emperor in 1950 was 5' 4 Haile Selassie, he was able
to claim direct descent from the Queen of Sheba, and King Solomon, and was the 225th.
Emperor of Ethiopia. The Ethiopian semitic language is Amharic. In Aug., 1950, Haile
Selassie offered Ethiopian soldiers for combat in Korea. He had men, but no up-to-date
weapons or equipment. He ordered his Imperial Guard, the Kagnew Battalion (named in
honor of Ethiopian King Menleik's war horse), the Imperial Guards were professional
soldiers, who were all over six feet tall. Then Haile Selassie sent a telegram to the American
Ambassador in Addis Ababa, stating he would like to procure weapons and equipment
from the United States. His soldiers trained for eight months in Ethiopia's mountains,
acclimatizing to mountain terrain, preparing for Korean War combat patrol, and ambush
defense. The headquarters force and infantry battalion of 931 men, commanded by Colonel
Kebede Gebre and Lt. Colonel Teshome Irgetu, with no weapons or equipment, departed
from Djibouti, French Somaliland for Korea on 16, April, 1951. Some U.N. nations did not
have the funds to deploy their troops to Korea. The United States sent the troop ship
USNS General J. H. Mc Rae-T-AP-149, to pick up Belgium, Dutch, Greek, and Ethiopian
troops, and they were delivered to Pusan, South Korea, in May, 1951. The Ethiopian Battalion was relocated to the U.N. reception center at Taegu, with the Colombian Battalion,
where they were issued and instructed in the use of American Army weapons and equipment.
They were then attached to the U.S. Army 7th. Infantry Division, 32nd. Infantry Regiment.
The U.S.; Army 7th. Infantry Division went into reserve in June, 1951. Later in 1951, U.S.
Army Lt. General Van Fleet exchanged the U.S. 7th. Infantry Division, with it's attached
Ethiopian Battalion, with the U.S. 2nd. Infantry Division, with it's attached French Battalion.
The U.S. 7th. Infantry Division to the X Corps, and the U.S. 2nd. Infantry Division to the
IX Corps. Then the U.S. 7th. Infantry Division moved to the Heartbreak Ridge area. The
Ethiopian's used unit, not individual rotation, and in March, 1952, a fresh unit replaced the
original battalion, then a new unit arrived in Korea again in March, 1953. The Ethiopians
fought also at Old Baldy and in the Pork Chop Hill area. The Ethiopian soldiers learned
about, and liked American Democracy, and gained intellectual knowledge that opened up a
whole new world for them. 3,518 Ethiopian soldiers fought in the Korean War, 121 were
killed in action, 536 were wounded in action, none were captured or reported missing in
action. Ethiopia paid the United States $42,000 for weapons retained by her soldiers after
the end of the Korean War. Her troops remained in Korea, protecting the peace, until
January, 1965.

Keywords: KAGNEW BATTALION KOREAN WAR U.S. Army 7th. Infantry Division
Haile Selassie Col.Gebre Lt. Col. Irgetu Heartbreak Ridge Old Baldy
Pork Chop Hill USNS General J. H. Mc Rae-T-AP-149 UNITED NATIONS



Entry: 87331
Subject: BEINING A MEMBER OF THE PROJECT

Hirut Tesfazghi Tekie wrote on October 2, 2013


City and State: STOCKHOLM

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: It makes me really glad to hear that the Ethiopian Korea war
veterans have gott recogniton for their contribution after so
many
years have passed away.I and 5 of my brothers are children of the
Ethiopian Korea war veteran Tesfazghi Tekie who joined and helped
the Korean war with the 3rd Kagnew Battalion Apr53-Apr54. Our
father like many of others has gone for good but the memory of
what he told us about Korea, Japan and the war lives in us. It is
absolutely incredible that the Ethiopian soldiers travelled 30
days and nights on enormously huge water bodies by ship to Korea
and fight for freedom of the country. I am really proud of
them.If
it is usable I can send som pictures of my father with other
fellow soldiers in Korea, in Japan with Japan ladies and others.

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Entry: 87001
Subject: RESPECT AND DIGNITY TO ETHIOPIANS KOREA VETERANS

Getachew Ayano wrote on August 14, 2013


City and State: BOSTON MA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments:

Keywords: My Father Ayano Janfe was a Korean Veteran.

I am honored to accept on behalf of my late Father, the Respect and Dignity

Memorial from grateful Koreans,that has been ignored by Ethiopian Government.





Entry: 86937
Subject: ETHIOPIAN KOREAN WAR

Abebe Baraki wrote on August 7, 2013


City and State: RICHARDSON TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: my father was one of Ethiopian army ,he was been in Korean 1952
and 1953 to help korean.

Keywords: battle



Entry: 86875
Subject: LOOKING FOR SCHOLEASHIP

Kumneger Hailu wrote on July 31, 2013


City and State: ADDIS ABABA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: HELLO I AM LOOKING FOR FURTHER EDUCATION IN KOREA.MY GRAND FATHER
HAVE SERVED YOUR COUNTRY.NOW I AM ASKING FOR YOU TO GIVE
ME OPPORTUNITY FOR EDUCATION IN SOUTH KOREA.I WILL
LOOK FORWARD FOR YOUR RESPONSE SOON.THANKS!!

Keywords: units



Entry: 86837
Subject: I AM GRAND DAUGHTER OF THE VETRAN WHO FOUGHT FOR THE 1950-53 KOREAN WAR

Feven Andargie SR. wrote on July 27, 2013


City and State: ADDIS ABABA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: HELLO I AM LOOKING FOR FURTHER EDUCATION IN KOREA.MY GRAND FATHER
HAVE SERVED YOUR COUNTRY WITH COMMITMENT AND COURAGE. HE DIED OF
COLD HE HAD WHEN HE WAS AT WAR. NOW I AM ASKING FOR YOU TO GIVE
ME OPPORTUNITY FOR EDUCATION IN YOUR COUNTRY.THIS IS HOW YOU CAN
REPAY THOSE WHO BEEN THERE FOR YOU WHEN YOU NEED THEM. I WILL
LOOK FORWARD FOR YOUR RESPONSE SOON.THANKS!!

Keywords: NAME----GULELAT MENBERU
BATTLE----1950-1953



Entry: 83951
Subject: AM GRANDESON OF WAR VITRAN

Yonas Belete wrote on August 19, 2012


City and State: ADDIS ABABA AA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: hi i need help for further education in Korea. My
grandfather is a war vi trans who participated in
Korean war of 1950-1953. He was passed away in 1973
E.C.so if you interested to help me please send a message

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Entry: 81802
Subject: NEED SOME INTERVIEW-PARTNERS TO ANSWER MY QUESTIONS PLEASE!

Timo Mueller wrote on January 21, 2012


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: hello, i am writing an essay about the ethiopian
troups in the battles in the iron triangel in October
1952. I would appreciate it if i could interview
someone? :)

Keywords: ethiopian war veterans, the iron triangle, interview
partner, 32nd infantry, 7th division



Entry: 79438
Subject: THANK YOU ETHIOPIANS! YOUR SUPPORT PROTECTED OUR COUNTRY, SOUTH KOREA.

James Kim wrote on June 26, 2011


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: Hello, I am a student who feel the great amount of
gratitude to the countries participated in the Korean
War.
In Republic of Korea, we commemorate the outbreak of
the Korean War in June 25th.
As a Korean student, I have been interested in the
history of the Korean War, and then, I just found out
that many Ethiopian soldiers joined and helped the
Korean War.
Although I am not very fluent in English, I sincerely
feel fortunate that I can express the gratitude to the
veterans and their family.
You bravely fought to protect the freedom and life of a
country that you did not even know at that time.
As a result, we think that we are now able to live in
such a peaceful country and like to express the
gratitude to you.
Our country stands in the center of the world as the
presidency of Nuclear Security Summit held in next
year.
We will always remember that our country have been able
to develop this far due to your help.
I truly appreciate to you. I will always pray for you
to be healthy.

Have a great summer and I hope everything goes well in
your life :)

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Entry: 73110
Subject: BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

Solomon Tesema wrote on January 13, 2010


City and State: LONDON

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am a son of Ethiopian Korea War Veteran Mamo Tesema Beseture. Korea war is the major war Ethiopia as a nation participated in UN organised endevour. Ethiopia's Participation in the war benefited Ethiopia in many ways.
Ethiopia's participation in the war placed Ethiopia among great countries and helped Ethiopia to get more humaniterian donation from South Korean Government to mention one of the clear recent time benefit. I personally worked for Relief and Rehabilitation Commission of Ethiopia and can witness that the Korean Government was one of the major donor countries. Korea Government gave a lot of Pony and Kia Master cars to the relief effort. Besides the Korean public philantrophic nature Ethiopia's participation in the Korean war played major part in Ethiopia getting these large sum of technical and financial donation and it is appreciated.
So far all Ethiopian regimes used Ethiopian Korea war Veterans and the connection ad network established because of them to get donations and for diplomatic purposes. Which is good and I believe all veterans would be proud for doing their bit to their mother country.
On the other hand what the veterans got from the previous Ethiopian Governments was so disappointing. Confisication of their house which is not returned to them or to their family so far and killings during the derg regime and looting of their money and killings during Haileselassie regime.
The participation in the Korean war along the American soldierrs made the Ethiopians exposed to new idea of Democracy and human right. The veterans on their return to Ethiopia they were changed men. They became more American phile and loved America as a nation and Americans as people.
My father in his return from Korea left the imperial body guard and employeed as physical education teacher in the Ministry of Education and settled as far away possible from Addis Ababa. He was lucky enough, his skills as a military trainer helped him to get a job as physical education teacher. His commerades ended up as barbers in and around jalmeda area, some unempoyeed and their army unit dismantled some remained in Imperial body guard unit others scattered all over other army units.
While he was working as a teacher he had two American Peace Core friends who came there to teach English and other subjects. I don't know their where about I hope they are alive. Their name is Mr Cody (Codi)and Mr Page. I wish I can get their contact detail . I remeber they took our family picture while they were peace core teachers in Goffa region. Mr cody who enjoys sport used to compete with my father in 100 meter sprint. I mentioned this fact which is actually personal to show how the korean war changed Ethiopian korean war veterans thinking.
My father who was lower in academic level than other teachers was the best friend of the Americans peace core teachers. These is because of my fathers love to America the nation he herd about but never visited and Americans the people who he fought along them.
During Derg regime because of Korean war Veterans western inclination they were closely watched by derg security regime. In all two regimes Korean war verterans suffered a lot of hardship and their families also endured the same fate.
At last when things start gettng better it was too late to them to get the reward specially psychological one. Most of them including my father gone for good. At list the remaining few, Korean war veteran families including myself and Ethiopia the nation and the people they fought for rejoice and appreciate the effort to keep their job shining.

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Entry: 72580
Subject: A TRIBUTE

James Furqueron wrote on November 28, 2009

Email Update Needed



City and State: RICHMOND VA

Unit: USAF VET, VIETNAM

Service or Relationship: Air Force Veteran

Comments: I recently reread S.L.A. Marshall's marvelous history entitled Pork Chop Hill and was reminded of the outstanding achievements of the Kagnew Battalion. I do not know if a history of these outstanding soldiers has ever been written, but if not, it cries out for an author. I would appreciate it if anyone can suggest any work(s) about these men. As a military historian, I am well aware that Marshall's statement, "Sometimes the bravest meet death with their deeds known only to heaven.", is all too true. Let us make sure that the valor and deeds of these marvelous men are never forgotten.

Keywords: chickamauga



Entry: 72369
Subject: ETHIOPIAN KOREA WAR VETERNS

Solomon Tesema wrote on November 15, 2009


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Dear Sir,

It is nice to hear and read that Ethiopian Korea war veterans are recognized for their contribution. During King Haile Selassie era after the end of Korean War the USA government gave some amount of money to be given to those who helped the war to be finalized in favor of USA.
The money allocated to them is used by some of the then government official. The left over is used to the construction of the beautifully built Addis Ababa Municipality.
This theory made the Imperial body Guards to rebel against the emperor. They were not happy the money supposed to be theirs was taken by people closer to the Emperor. Their revolt was crashed by the Emperor supporters and some of Korea war veterans hacked to death by them. This was what they got for putting Ethiopia to the level of great powers.
I my self a son of Korean War veteran Mamo Tesema Besetur herd this from my deceased father. Like most other Korean War veterans our family used to live poor living.
The only good thing they herd from their fellow country men was the song cold "eruke mesrak salehu japanewan wedege by the late telahun gesesse".
Though my father is not lucky to live and see this I am glad some of his comrades lived to witness the recognition of their contribution to their country.
I have photograph of my father and his friends relaxing in Tokyo with Japanese national during a break in the war. If it is important I will give this picture to be kept in the Korean War veteran museum.

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Entry: 62658
Subject:

Sinan Hatamleh wrote on October 19, 2007

Email Update Needed



City and State: IRBID NO

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Air Force Veteran

Comments:

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Entry: 60689
Subject: SPONCER SEEKER TO ATTAIND CM 2007 KORIAN STUDENT CONFERENCE

Abraham Ayalew wrote on April 16, 2007


City and State: ADDIS ABABA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Dear Sirs,
I am an Ethiopian 43 years married and a father of 4 children.
M y father Colonel Ayelew Bogal who had been second vice President of Korean  Ethiopian war Veteran association. He has been passed away after his stay in your country for kidney transplantation .Though he couldnt recover from his sickness I would like to thank your government and those how assist him financially during his stay in your country.
Now I have a plan to attain CM@2007 conference which will be held starting coming June there by to visit my fathers second country South Korea.
How ever, I am unable to cover travel and accommodation cost.
I am looking for your quick response.
May god richly bless you!
Abraham Ayalew

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Entry: 58866
Subject: ETHIOPIAN KOREAN WAR VETRANS WEBSITE

Abebe Kebede wrote on September 13, 2006


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Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: http://www.geocities.com/lmak27455/Ethiopian_Korean_War_Veterans/index.htm

This site is being develpoped to document the accomplishments of Ethiopian forces during the Korean War. This site also connects friends and families of soliders who served along side the Ethiopian Forces. We encourage visitors of this site, to provide information on Ethiopian Korean War Vetrans, their surviving families, and any artifacts that relate to Ethiopia vetrans who served in Korea. Please be reminded that this site is not sanctioned by the Ethiopian Korean War Veterans Association. This is an attempt by the Ethiopian Community, to bring forth the contribution of Ethiopia in securing peace and stabilty for the people of Korea and the World. Please proivide information on Ethiopian Korean War Vetrans, by sending email to Abebe kebede (gutaye@ncat.edu)

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Entry: 58865
Subject: ETHIOPIAN KOREAN WAR VETRANS WEBSITE

Abebe Kebede wrote on September 13, 2006


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: This site is being develpoped to document the accomplishments of Ethiopian forces during the Korean War. This site also connects friends and families of soliders who served along side the Ethiopian Forces. We encourage visitors of this site, to provide information on Ethiopian Korean War Vetrans, their surviving families, and any artifacts that relate to Ethiopia vetrans who served in Korea. Please be reminded that this site is not sanctioned by the Ethiopian Korean War Veterans Association. This is an attempt by the Ethiopian Community, to bring forth the contribution of Ethiopia in securing peace and stabilty for the people of Korea and the World. Please proivide information on Ethiopian Korean War Vetrans, by sending email to Abebe kebede (gutaye@ncat.edu)

Keywords: Ethiopia, Ethiopian, Korea, Korean, War Vetrans, Website, network, Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa University Alumni Network, Ethiopian Korean War Vetrans Website



Entry: 51304
Subject: USS MILLER 1952-1953

Josehp W. Hoak Hoak wrote on June 2, 2005


City and State: MIAMI FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: Im interested in finding out about a Korea war ring that was offerd in honer of the veterans.

Keywords: Navy Veteran-Korea
USS Miller

Daughter inlaw Debi



Entry: 49703
Subject: TO MY ETHIOPIAN FRIENDS

Michael Tragoutsis wrote on March 22, 2005


City and State:

Unit: 32 INF 7TH DIV

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments:

Keywords: RADIO OP DETACHED TO ETHIOPIAN BTL 1951-1952



Entry: 49702
Subject: TO MY ETHIOPIAN FRIENDS

Michael Tragoutsis wrote on March 22, 2005


City and State:

Unit: 32 INF

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments:

Keywords: RADIO OP DETACHED TO ETHIOPIAN BTL 1951-1952



Entry: 49700
Subject:

Michael Tragoutsis wrote on March 22, 2005


City and State:

Unit: 32 INF

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments:

Keywords: RADIO OP DETACHED TO ETHIOPIAN BTL 1951-1952



Entry: 49699
Subject:

Michael Tragoutsis wrote on March 22, 2005


City and State:

Unit: 32 INF

Service or Relationship: -

Comments:

Keywords: RADIO OP DETACHED TO ETHIOPIAN BTL 1951-1952



Entry: 49605
Subject:

John W. Allen JR. wrote on March 17, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State: DENVER CO

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: When I was in college at the University of New Mexico, I met a young woman by the name of Toni Lonning. Her father had been an adviser to the Ethiopian Brigate in Korea. Does anyone remember Colonel Lonning?

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Entry: 45405
Subject: AM A GOOD CITIZEN

Danny Devitoex wrote on August 24, 2004


City and State: ADDIS ABABA WA

Unit: NONE

Service or Relationship: -

Comments:

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Entry: 42050
Subject: ETHIOPIAN VETERAN OF KOREAN WAR SON

David Mesfin wrote on March 31, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: This is just a note on behalf of my father who fought in
the Korean War.

In 2002 I had an opportunity to visiting the
headquarters for the Ethiopian Veterans of the Korean
War in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. It was great to see the
office of these brave man and women, the office is
located on the back of the Trinity Chapel in Addis
Ababa was full of pictures and historical information
about the Kagnew Battalion.

It's was really impressive to see how the members use
this office as a place where they can share there
experience to friends, ethiopians and family members.

My hope is to build a web site for them so they are not
forgotten if you have any information, pictures or ideas
please send them to david@visualmorph.com. I will be
back this Summer 2004 to collect more information.

Dawit Mesfin

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Entry: 37616
Subject: MY PEOPLE IN KOREA

Wesenachew Zebdewos wrote on October 16, 2003


City and State: SUITLAND MD

Unit: =

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Ethiopia was a powerfull country untill hundred years ago from today. The only African country to mention never surrendered to European colonialists is Ethiopia. The first known human race first lived in that country. The first civilized nation, before Tigres and Mesopotamia is also Ethiopia. This much capacitated country lost its pride and teritorial integrity by unfair decission of todays UN. The "world" took Eritrean region from Ethiopia forcefully. Yesterday, citizens of Ethiopia fought to imancipate Koreans, but who gona do the same for Ethiopia ?

Unfair !

Keywords: My people, including my uncle participated in libration of Korea, a country they never been heared of and the people they never mate before, travelling all the way from Ethiopia.



Entry: 35051
Subject: EMBASSY LOOKING FOR ETHOPIAN VETS

B. Hailu wrote on June 23, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State: WASHINGTON DC

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: The Embassy of Ethiopia is currently trying to contact Ethiopian veterans of the Korean War who live in or around the Washington DC metro area (including MD and VA) or who may be coming to Washington, DC to attend the 50th Anniversary of Korean War Armistice Day to be held July 25-27, 2003. The Embassy would like to involve Ethiopian veterans in some of the programs surrounding the events of that weekend. If anyone is interested, please contact Dr. Brook Hailu at 202-274-4565 or brookh@ethiopianembassy.org; or, contact Mr. Demeke Atnafu at 202-274-4554.

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Entry: 32358
Subject: S-2 32IR W/ETHIOPIANS

Irwin Braun (Zabusky) wrote on February 26, 2003


City and State: MERRICK NY

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I served with the ethiopians in 1952 and 1953 as a member of S-2, 32nd Infantry Regiment.

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Entry: 16386
Subject: HAILIE SELASSIE MEDAL

Andrew Yanek wrote on May 6, 2001

Email Update Needed



City and State: COLORA MD

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: My name is Andrew Yanek and I am currently a student at West Nottingham Academy. My school recently received some medals from the widow of Colonel Richard R. Hallock. Colonel Hallock was a graduate of our school who later served in the 32nd Infantry and assisted the Kagnew Battalions in the Korean War. In 1954 he received the Hailie Selassie Medal with One Palm for his services to the Ethiopian units.

On the 22nd of May my school will hold a ceremony to honor his widow’s gift to this school. As part of the ceremony I am researching the Hailie Selassie Medal and Colonel (then Major) Hallock’s involvement with the Ethiopian forces during the Korean War.

   If you have any information about Colonel Hallock or any resources that we may refer to about him we would appreciate it. You may email myself at Ayanek@wna.org or the Coordinator Rusty Eder at reder@wna.org. The school address is: 1079 Firetower Road,
                               Colora, MD 21917
You can also contact the school at 1-800-WNA-1744. Thank you very much.


Sincerely,


Andrew Yanek

Keywords: Colonel Richard R. Hallock



Entry: 12396
Subject: THE MIXED BLOOD

Shewan Yitayew wrote on October 17, 2000

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Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: It is about two men that history never forgets about their sacrifices, pride and performance on the battlefield, which will remain unforgettable by the allies, as well as by enemy. It is about two different men of different nationalities who signed with their mixed blood the contract for the security of international peace. This common action of these two heroes will also remind the free world the struggle against the force of violence and darkness that took place in Korean War five decade ago. It is one of so many actions that should be worth mentioning.
The mixed blood was performed by PVT Melese Berihun and a South Korean civilian who was assigned on engineering work on MLR on June 21, 1952, it was both gallantry and humanitarian in nature.
Here is what Kimon Skordiles said in his book “Kangew”. “ On the morning of the 21st of June, South Koreans attached to the unit for miscellaneous job, were trying to lay wires for defensive reinforcement in front of the 1st company of the Ethiopian Battalion. While the South Korean civilians were doing this job, the enemy observed them and opened fire with heavy mortars. Two of these men did not have enough time to get under cover. One man fatally wounded, the other critically wounded by an enemy shell. PVT. Melese Berihun of the 1st company left his bunker to determine the site of the falling shells. There in the pandemonium he heard cries of pain from the South Korean civilian, calling for help in his own language. The Ethiopian soldier did not understand what the wounded Korean was saying; but the painful cries were directed not only to the ears, but to tender heart. The Ethiopian soldier heard the voice of the wounded, and while the shells of the enemy mortar fell around him, ignored the danger, risking his life to rescue the helpless man. While he was lifting the man in his arms a shell blew them up nearby, instantly killing them both.
They died in each other’s arms. That was how they were found. That was how they were buried at the Pusan cemetery – in a common grave, a symbol of their common sacrifice, in a common struggle, for a common goal.
The mixed blood is the foundation of friendship and a symbol of unity between Ethiopian and Korean. It is the fire of comradeship that come alive in the dark days of the Korean War, the friendship that will remain in perpetuation in the history through the joining of the hands of the two countries.

The above story was taken from the Ethiopian Korean War Veterans association’s annual magazine. If you would like to contact the association or its members, please email me.

Shewan

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Entry: 7488
Subject: LOOKING FOR VETERANS

Shewan Yitayew wrote on March 15, 2000

Email Update Needed



City and State: LONDON

Unit: KANGEW

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments:
I have been trying to locate some of my dad's friends who had served with him during the Korean War.
I have a few photos at this address:

http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Ridge/5680/photo.htm

These are some of his close friends. I would be very happy to here from some one who recognises them. I am also trying to find an American veteran by the name James Brett (Bret? Burty? I am not sure the spelling). He was a member of special guard of honour to General Taylor. He was also a good basketball player and was wearing number 14.

Shewan@tdksys.com

Keywords: Yitayew Getahun







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