November 2006

While working on the August, 2006, issue of KP, I became fascinated by the covers and questions related to ROK forces in Viet­nam. I have had a personal interest in the Ko­rean War and its covers and associated paraphernalia. So, I was extremely interested to ex­plore what was to me a new arena. While editing that piece, I got to thinking about the current conflict going on in Iraq.

I have a Korean friend whose son had been assigned to Iraq on a six-month assign­ment as a photographer with the Korean contingency there. So I sent him an e-mail asking if his son had sent a letter, card, or package to them from Iraq, or if any of his son’s friends had done so. I thought this would be a great opportunity to strike while the conflict is still ongoing.

I heard back almost immediately, and it was not the response for which I was hoping. Apparently, technology is affecting the military just as his the rest of the world—this shouldn’t have been a surprise to me. Apparently, they could use the phone or e-mail any time they wished to connect back home. Further, his son responded that they were kept so busy there that no one had time to write. I suppose there must be philatelic covers in existence, or the odd commercial cover, but I struck out with my efforts. He was able to provide me with a package cover that was sent from Korea to Iraq (see Figure 1).

Has anyone else attempted to find such covers? If so, what success have you had? I think the Korean contingent in Iraq has been quite small, so any that are found could be later rare!

In his response, he also provided me with some quotes from The Korean Herald, as well as an organization chart for the postal service in Korea (see Figure 2). I thought they might be of interest to readers, so I am passing them onto you.

I still have many postal items that might be of interest to some of you. I’m now prepared to share them with you for the cost of postage. If you are interested in receiving any of the following, please send me approximate postal cost (stamps or money), and I will mail them out to you:
   First is an official cover from the DPRK used to send new issue information. It does not bear any stamps, but it does have interesting handstamps.
   Second is the Catalogue from PHILA­KOREAI994 (168 pages).
   Third, I have several items from PHILAKOREA2002:
     Bookmark with Korean stamp attached; in cellophane packaging (3)
     Wall Posters (2 different, folded)
     Mascot Stickers (1 page, 1 missing)
     Program (one page)
     Guide Book with Program enclosed
     2003 Design Contest Flyer (one page) (2)
     Bulletin No. 2 (90 pages)
     Catalogue (184 pages) (4 available)
     Official Envelopes, large size (3 used, I unused)
     Half-sheets of old def,nitives, CTO at the exhibition for distribution to children (2 types available) (7 half sheets available)

    Finally, I have what I would guess would be a reproduction of a very large map of ancient Korea (I’m guessing).

    When you request your item, it would be great if you could include a letter to the editor, a good scan of a favorite philatelic item with a few words about it, or anything else that could be used in future issues.KP

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