About Ned

Ned's museum photo shoot.2

Recent Articles

Peace in our 'PyeongChang Olympic' Time The Korea Times, February 2018

Moon and Trump Highlight Korean-American Friendship
KOREA.net, November 2017

All Eyes on Korea - and Trump
The Korea Times, November 2017

You can read more of Ned's articles here.

Ned Forney is a writer living in Seoul, South Korea. He is currently working on a non-fiction book about North Korean refugees rescued from Hungnam, North Korea, during a little-known 1950 US/UN humanitarian operation.

With the support of the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (MPVA) and the Hungnam Evacuation Memorial Committee, Ned has interviewed 30 former Hungnam refugees and in his book will weave their tragic stories into the larger untold saga of the Hungnam Evacuation - the largest US military amphibious evacuation of civilians, under combat conditions, in American history. 

100,000 North Korean civilians were saved during the 15-day operation, and it is estimated that nearly a million descendants of those rescued now live in freedom in South Korea, the United States, and throughout the world.

Ned is a Marine veteran and the grandson of the late Edward H. Forney, USMC, who served as the evacuation control officer at Hungnam during the Korean War.

Watch Ned and J. Robert Lunney talk about the Heungnam Evacuation at The Korea Society in New York City on Dec. 14, 2017.

For a brief history of the Heungnam Evacuation, listen to this short podcast of Ned talking with Jenna Gibson at the Korea Economic Institute (KEI).



Heungnam Remembered Presentation

Ned was invited to present with Mr. J. Robert Lunney at the Korea Society in NYC on Dec. 14, 2017. They talked about the Heungnam Evacuation and Mr. Lunney's experience on the Meredith Victory

Chosin Battle and Hungnam Evacuation Wreath Laying Ceremony

Ned was invited by the Korean government to attend a wreath laying ceremony in Quantico, Virgnia on June 28, 2017. South Korean President Moon Jae-in honored the Battle of Chosin and Hungnam Evacuation veterans during the event.


Peace Rally ned

Remembering 625 Peace Vigil

On June 25, Ned gave a speech at Seoul's historic Gwanghwamun Square highlighting the 67th anniversary of the start of the Korean War and the Heungnam Evacuation. Click here for more pictures.


Ned speaking at the Hungnam Memorial on Geoje

Heungnam Evacuation Memorial Ceremony 

Ned was a guest speaker at the Heungnam Evacuation Memorial Committee's annual ceremony on Geoje Island, South Korea on May 26, 2017. His speech was mentioned in an article written by Yonhap News.

Ned presenting to students at Korea University
Ned presenting to students at Korea University

Guest Lecturer at Korea University

On April 6, 2017, Ned gave a presentation about Hungnam to over 150 students in the Business Department of Korea University. 

Ned with former refugees of Hungnam Evacuation
Ned with former refugees of Hungnam Evacuation

Dr. Hyun Bong-Hak Memorial Statue

Ned served on the Dr. Hyun Bong-hak Memorial Committee. The statue unveiling ceremony took place on December 19, 2016 at Severance Alumni Building at Seoul Station.

Kiosk featuring Ned's interview
Kiosk featuring Ned's interview

Heungnam, The Winter of 1950 Exhibit

The Museum of Contemporary Korean History celebrated the 65th anniversary of the Heungnam Evacuation in December 2015. Letters, pictures and personal objects from the collections of Dr. Hyun Bong-hak and Col. Edward H. Forney, USMC, were featured in this educational exhibit as was an interview with Ned.