India’s healing hand 

Commemorating the contributions of the Indian 60 Para Field Ambulance in the Korean War,  Korean Cultural Centre’s exhibition is bringing forth archived photos showcasing the joint efforts of the troops   

On the 71st anniversary of the Korean War, Korean Cultural Centre India commemorates the contribution made by the 60 Para Field Ambulance through a special exhibition. It showcases the joint efforts of Indian and Korean Troops with the help of 32 archived photographs. 

The online exhibition titled “Korean War Special Exhibition <60 Para Field Ambulance>” opens with a short video consisting of the exhibition images, and a short message of remembrance to the troops. 

The purpose of this exhibition is to introduce the audience to the Korean War, the role played by the Indian troops and how it contributed in building a good relation between the two countries.

Korean War, the conflict between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) and People’s Republic of Korea (South Korea), broke out in June 1950 in which millions lost their lives. During this time of war, India supported the UN Security Council Resolutions and deployed a medical troop “60 Para Field Ambulance” that provided medical support to those injured in the war. The troop totaled 627, and was the largest troop of medical units during the Korean War.

The troop included four combat surgeons, two anesthesiologists and one dentist. Commanded by Lieutenant Colonel A.G. Rangaraj, the 60 Para Field Ambulance provided assistance to an estimated 2.2 lakh wounded during the war, and performed 2,324 field surgeries. The troop was further divided into smaller support units like Daegu Station and Uijeongbu. Among the 627 medical aid workers dispatched, a total of 10 members of the unit were injured and two lost their lives. 

Unit Members of the 60 Para Field Ambulance Boarding the ship

Through this exhibition Korean Cultural Centre India expresses their gratitude and pays homage to them. The contributions made by them played an important role in bringing peace and harmony to the Korean Peninsula. The 60 Para Field Ambulance and the Korean troops also played an important role in strengthening the relationship between the two countries.

The exhibition initially planned for the 70th Anniversary of the Korean War had to be postponed due to the ongoing pandemic and have been shifted to an online platform this year, to reach our audience worldwide.

The exhibition can be viewed on the website of Korean Cultural Centre India till August 25


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