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Passage to Pusan: One Mother's 15,000km Journey to Find the Final Resting Place of Her War Hero Son
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Louise Evans
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Passage to Pusan: One Mother's 15,000km Journey to Find the Final Resting Place of Her War Hero Son

Louise Evans


PB Publishing

Biography: historical, political & military


220 pages

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Strong, big-hearted and Hollywood handsome, Vincent Healy carries the pride of his large Brisbane family on his muscular shoulders when he becomes a soldier and is sent to multiple war zones. His letters from Japan and the Korean front line keep his mother sane as she endures endless hardship to protect and provide for her other nine children during World War II and the Cold War years.
After Vince is killed in action, his mother embarks on a harrowing journey of discovery.
This fascinating book explores untold stories from WWII and the Korean and Vietnam Wars, delving into working class life in the suburbs of Brisbane in a compassionate, yet unsentimental, narrative.
It describes the experiences of soldiers on the ground in Australia's Asian theatres of war and reveals how they viewed their role in these struggles. It stirringly reveals the sometimes troubled life of Vince Healy's family at home, and the harrowing journey his devastated mother takes to find his grave.
Passage to Pusan fills a vacuum in our understanding of life experiences that were duplicated in many families across Australia during this volatile period of our history.
The Australian: 27 July 2018
Korea Ceremony Honours Search for Digger

Australian digger Vince Healy and his mother's search for his grave in Korea have featured in Seoul's official ceremony to mark the 65th anniversary of peace on the peninsula.

With the world's focus on a possible end to the Korean War following US President Donald Trump's Singapore meeting with North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un, Friday's event in Seoul marked 65 years since the signing of the armistice between the warring sides.

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon spoke at the ceremony at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul that honoured the UN forces, including Australia and New Zealand, that fought for democracy and freedom in the South in the 1950-53 war.

Australia was the first of 21 nations in the UN force to have boots on the ground in 1950.

Sergeant Vince Healy - killed in action in March 1951 - was one of 339 Australians who died fighting the Communist North, supported by Russia and China.

A decade later, his mother Thelma was the first civilian to travel to a still war-ravaged South Korea to find his grave in the southern port city of Pusan, now called Busan.

The family's story was a highlight of the ceremony in Seoul, with Korean actors playing the roles of Vince and Thelma in a seven-minute re-enactment.

Louise Evans, who wrote the book Passage to Pusan, which tells the story of her Uncle Vince and grandmother Thelma's journey to Korea, thanked the Korean government for continuing to honour the legacy of the Korean veterans and UN forces.

"My family is eternally grateful to the Korean people, especially war widow Kim Cheung Keun, for taking such great care of my Uncle Vince's grave in Busan for the past 65 years," Ms Evans told the ceremony.

The 65th anniversary of the armistice was also marked by North Korea returning what is believed to be the remains of US troops killed during the war.

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By:   Louise Evans
Imprint:   PB Publishing
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 147mm,  Spine: 150mm
ISBN:   9780987191182
ISBN 10:   0987191187
Pages:   220
Publication Date:   December 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

During a diverse thirty-year career, Louise Evans has worked around Australia and around the world as a journalist, columnist, foreign correspondent, editor and media executive. She has worked for Australian Associated Press, Fairfax, News Corp and the ABC in Australia, China and the UK. Louise is now based in Sydney where she works as a media and communications consultant and lives with husband Michael.

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