Belgium, together with Luxembourg, sent a UN-contingent to Korea in 1951. This contingent, the Belgian United Nations Command (BUNC), consisted exclusively of volunteer soldiers: 3.171 Belgians and 78 Luxembourgers.
Just like the Dutch UN soldiers, they travelled with the (Dutch registered) S.S. Waterman. This ship was built in the USA in 1945 as ‘La Grande Victory’ for the US War Ship Administration and meant for transport of (1.600) troops. Bought by the Dutch State in 1947 and renamed Waterman and used for transport of troops to Dutch East India. In 1951 it was renovated and used as both a ship to transport emigrants abroad and for transportion of troops to and from Korea.
There is a one line postmark S.M. Coree M.D.-Korea and a postmark Postagent a/b S.S./Waterman/2, 31-1-1953. Sent to Brussels.