Canada’s Involvement in the Korean War

Canada's involvement in the Korean War began when the United Nations Security Council approved military intervention to repel North Korea's invasion of South Korea in June 1950. Canada was among the first countries to contribute troops, sending a Royal Canadian Navy destroyer to the war zone in July 1950, and committing an army brigade to the United Nations Command in August. Canadian forces played a significant role in the fighting, participating in major battles such as the Battle of Kapyong and the Battle of Hill 187. In total, over 26,000 Canadians served in the Korean War, with more than 500 killed and 1,200 wounded. Canadian forces remained in Korea until the armistice agreement was signed in July 1953, and a small number remained until the end of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in 1957.