Norway - Korean War


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Entry: 49599
Subject: MEDICAL RECORDS

Gayle Kutuzov wrote on March 17, 2005


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Comments: My father is interested in finding any medical records from his time spent in a Norwegian MASH. He was there in 1952 and does not recall exact dates. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Entry: 33780
Subject: BIOGRAPHY OF HUGH VAN OPPEN

Colin Baker wrote on April 23, 2003


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Comments: Dear Veteran,
   I thought you might be interested in the biography of Hugh van Oppen who served in Korea in the British Royal Tank Corps in 1952-3. He spent a good deal of his spare time at the Mess at Normash. The book deals in detail with his time in Korea.
   Best wishes to all.
   Colin Baker.
WILD GOOSE
THE LIFE AND DEATH
OF HUGH VAN OPPEN
W
ild Goose is the name given to the many thousands of Irishmen who left their native land and, like the wild birds, migrated to other countries to fight as mercenaries in foreign armies after the Battle of Aughrim and the Surrender of Limerick in 1691. The Wild Goose was adopted in the 1960s as the symbol, flag and shoulder badge of members of 5 Commando fighting in the Congo. One of the mercenary officers in 5 Commando was Hugh van Oppen.
   
   In this biography, Colin Baker examines the extraordinary life - and death - of a remarkable and extremely colourful man. After schooling at Oakham and a year as a trainee tobacco planter in Southern Rhodesia, van Oppen joined the army. He was court martialled at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and sent to Korea and later Egypt. Leaving the Royal Tank Regiment in 1956, he joined the Northern Rhodesia Police, where he came unstuck again and resigned just before being dismissed. He then served with the Royal Rhodesia Regiment during the 1959 State of Emergency in Nyasaland, and played the key role in quelling the most serious riot there, at Nkata Bay. This was followed by overt intelligence-gathering work along the Northern Rhodesia-Katanga border for the federal government and clandestine operations in Katanga itself and elsewhere in the Congo. Following a precarious and unsuccessful period in business in Rhodesia, he returned to England where he found life distinctly uncongenial. He went first to Holland and worked in the Rotterdam docks and then to South Africa where he took up trawler fishing with an incompetent crew and in an unseaworthy boat. He then spent several sponsored months in the USA, lecturing on the evils of communism and lobbying politicians to do something about it. Virtually penniless on his return to South Africa, he joined Colonel Mike Hoare’s 5 Commando in the Congo. He proved himself a gifted leader and military commander, but was killed just before he was due to take over as commanding officer of 5 Commando. The author examines in detail each of these phases in van Oppen’s fascinating life and concludes with an analysis of his constant search to prove himself, his relationships with women, his right wing political stance, his tendency to embroider many aspects of his life and career, and, finally, his death.

   Colin Baker, Professor Emeritus in the University of Glamorgan, specializes in the post-war political history of Central Africa, primarily Nyasaland-Malawi, and is the author of eight books in this field, including the biographies of Nyasaland’s last three governors, and over a hundred articles in learned journals. He is currently working on the biographies of Sir Richard Turnbull, last Governor of Tanganyika, and of John Archer, one time Regimental Sergeant Major of the 1st Battalion, King’s African Rifles, in Zomba, Nyasaland.

   Wild Goose: the Life and Death of Hugh van Oppen, is published by Mpemba Books, 2002, ISBN: 0 9542020 0 7, soft back, demy, pp. xix, 274, three maps and fourteen photographs. Price: £10.50, plus p and p [UK £1.50] Cheques, payable to ‘Mpemba Books’ should be sent to Mpemba Books, 55A Lon Y Deri, Cardiff, CF14 6JP, UK

Keywords: Korea 1952-3. Normash. British Forces. 'The Rhodesian'.



Entry: 21343
Subject: ANYONE WHO WAS AT NORMASH FROM 4-52 UNTIL 12-52

Ralph Livingston wrote on December 9, 2001


City and State: EXCELSIOR MN

Unit: 8055 MASH/NORWEGIAN MASH

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

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Entry: 20270
Subject: NORWEGIAN MASH 1952 TO 1953

Ralph Livingston wrote on October 30, 2001


City and State: EXCELSIOR MN

Unit: NORMASH,DETACHED SERVICE FROM US 8055 MASH

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: I would like to hear from anyone that was at Norwegian Mash from April to December of 1952

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Entry: 9217
Subject: NORWEGIAN PILOTS

Anne Callaghan wrote on June 6, 2000

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City and State: LAS VEGAS NV

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Comments: Looking for names of all Norwegian Pilots that served in the Korean war in 1951-1952. In specific a pilot from Oslo that was born in 1931.

Keywords: norwegian pilots Korean war 1951-1952



Entry: 8540
Subject: I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT NORWAY, PLEASE?

Kjerstin Swick wrote on May 8, 2000


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Comments: Do you know why Norway joined the United Nations? I am writing a report on Norway and would love to hear some interesting details or a story or two on your experience(s). Thank you.

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