It's Still a War
It may have been called a “police action”, but it was still a war; death could be unexpected and unpredictable. On the 21st of January 1952, Craftsmen Douglas Nicholson and Ralph Mintz were passengers in a ¾ ton truck on their way to carry out weapon inspections when the driver lost control on an icy patch of road. The vehicle spun around and rolled down an embankment into a minefield. Cfn Mintz and the driver were not seriously injured but Cfn Nicholson died at the scene.
Nicholson was from Montague, Prince Edward Island. He enlisted in 1939 and after joining the PEI Highlanders, he eventually became a RCEME Armourer. After leaving the Army as a Sergeant in 1945, he returned home where he was employed as a water well driller in eastern PEI for several years. In 1949 he re-enlisted as a RCEME Cfn and later found himself in Korea as a member of 193 LAD. He was in the process of replacing Cpl Mintz when the accident occurred.
Peace negotiations dragged on until the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed on 23 July 1953. On 8 November 1954, Headquarters 25 CIB shut down and, except for one infantry battalion and its supporting troops, Canadian units began returning home. By early 1957, all troops were back in Canada except for the 376 Canadians buried at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan (formerly Pusan), including Craftsman Nicholson.