Korean War Memorial

Description: 

The memorial consists of two brick pillars in between which stands a large piece of sandstone. The stone was sourced locally and it's shape was chosen to represent the landscape of Korea. It is mounted on a conrete base on the front of which is KOREA 1950- 53 and plaques representing the Army, Navy, Air Force and Nursing Corps. At the rear of the base are plaques representing the 41st Btn The Byron Scottish, Australian Imperial Forces and Royal Australian Regiment. There are also two plaques attached to either face of the stone. One gives a brief history of Australia's involvement in the war including numbers of casualties and the other is a short biography of local man Lt. Col. Charles H. Green, DSO and Silver Star who was born at nearby Swan Creek. Lt. Col Green died of wounds on the 1st November 1950 and was the highest ranking Australian officer killed in the war. Over the top of the memorial is an arch that bears the United Nations symbol.

 

Inscription: 

In Honour of all those who served with the United Nations Forces in Korea Korea was the first action taken by the newly formed United Nations 21 Member Nations supported the South Korean People in this bitter struggle from 25th June 1950 until Cease fire 27th July 1953. Over Two Million Combatants and Civilians lost their lives. The Australian contingent consisted of 17,164 Army, Navy and Air Force personnel 339 K.I.A. – 1,216 Wounded – 29 P.O.W. This stone is a representation of the type of terrain our infantry had to conquer before coming to grips with their opponents in the field. In both instances, they excelled in their achievements. To honour the 339 Australians who didn’t return from active service, including: Australian Army Korea Force 293 Royal Australian Air Force 41 Royal Australian Navy 5 Lest We Forget In Memory of Lt Col Charles H. Green DSO and Sliver Star Born: Swan Creek, Clarence Valley, 26th December 1919 K.I.A: Talchon River, Chongju Korea, 1st November 1950 One of a select group of officers to ever command three Battalions in different areas of the infantry in the Military Forces. He started Military life in 1936: 41st, Bn, Militia Commissioned in 1939 in both: 41st, Bn, Militia and 2nd/2nd Bn, 2nd AIF Commands: His first Battalion, 2nd/11th Bn, 2nd Australian Imperial Force 1945 41st , Bn, Byron Bay Scottish, Citizen Military Forces 1948 3rd, Bn, Royal Australian Regiment, Australian Regular Army 1950. A man with only one year of high school behind him – undaunted – took on sub contracting on the Pacific Highway at 16 years while studying at night and rose to become a highly qualified Commander of the Australian Army. May he always be an inspiration to the youth of the Clarence Valley.

 

Dedication date: 

2003-07-26 00:00:00.0
 
 

Recorded by: 

Peter Hay, Clarence Valley Council
 

Established date: 

2003
 

Location/surrounding area: 

Memorial Location
 

Address Data: 

Memorial Park,Prince St
Grafton NSW 2460
 
 

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