Ted Antaya (1932-)

Theodore Antaya was born on December 9th, 1932.  He served with the Canadian Armed Forces under the direction of the United Nations in the Korean War.  His service lasted for 6 years and 6 months.  At the age of 20, he was deployed to Korea in 1952.  He stated that he detested every moment of his deployment.  He commented on the many homeless Koreans and the wide-spread hunger, as well as the extreme weather conditions that the soldiers had to live through.  He stated that he and other veterans fought to have the conflict in Korea as a war; it was always referred to as a peace-keeping mission.  It took 35 years before he and other Korean veterans received a Korean Service Badge from the Canadian Minister of Veteran Affairs.  In addition to this badge, he received the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea and the Syngman Rhee Medal.  He also belongs to a group of Korean Veterans who meet on a regular basis and organize fundraisers; the money raised is sent to an orphanage in Korea.