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Study tour goes
to South Korea
CA’s Scholarship recipients depart for Korean War tour
Soldier On launches
VC medallion set
AUSTRALIA’s four living Victoria
Cross (VC) recipients and sole liv-
ing George Cross (GC) recipient
banded together in support of the
nation’s wounded servicemen and
women to launch a limited-edition
series of medallions for charity
Soldier On at the Australian War
Memorial on August 17.
Joined by CA Lt-Gen David
Morrison, the group officially
launched the set, which features
the images of WO2 Keith Payne
(ret’d), Cpl’s Mark Donaldson, Ben
Roberts-Smith and Dan Keighran
and Const Michael Pratt.
The series, “In the Service of
Others: For Valour and Gallantry”,
recognises those who have per-
formed extraordinary acts of valour
and gallantry through their duties
for the nation and community.
Soldier On patron-in-chief
Cpl Donaldson said he hoped the
medallions would inspire others
to acknowledge the sacrifices of
those wounded in the service of the
“Australians are becoming
increasingly aware of the impact
and sacrifices of our military per-
sonnel,” he said.
“It is clear the public wants to
help and these medallions are a way
for them to support our wounded.”
All profits generated by the
limited edition sets will go to
Soldier On to support Australian
servicemen and women who have
been physically and mentally
wounded on operations.
Soldier On CEO and founder
John Bale said it was an amazing
“It’s a tremendous honour to
have Australia’s four living VC
recipients and sole living GC recipi-
ent get behind the project,” he said.
“I hope the community also gets
on board by securing these unique
Each medallion is minted from
brass and finished in highly pol-
ished nickel, and also contains a
replica of the medal the individual
was awarded and their citation.
Cpl Keighran said it would take
a while getting used to seeing his
face on one of the medallions.
“Being part of this initiative and
giving back to the Defence com-
munity is very important to me,” he
The medallions are available
as a complete set and individually
with only 1000 of each available to
For more information on the
medallions go to the Soldier On
website at www.soldieron.org.au
or call (02) 6123 2950.
Embossed: VC recipients Cpls Dan Keighran and Mark Donaldson
tour the War Memorial after launching their special edition medallions
Photos by Lauren Black
Cpl Nick Wiseman
THREE junior NCOs have been
selected to take part in an intensive
overseas study tour of Australian
campaigns in South Korea.
LBdr Justin Donnelly, of 4 Regt
RAA, LCpl Danielle Mayo, of 33
Dental Coy, and LCpl Shane O’Mara,
of 2/14LHR(QMI), started their
adventure in Canberra at a small cer-
emony on April 18.
CA Lt-Gen David Morrison
awarded the scholarships to the three
in recognition of their outstanding
performances as Australian soldiers.
“You now have the opportu-
nity to travel through South Korea
over Anzac Day when the Battle of
Kapyong was fought,” he said.
“I look forward to seeing what
you have learnt and the photos from
The CA presented the trio with
history books to keep them enter-
tained on the journey and assist them
with their research assignments.
Each member will research two
participants during the war, as well as
They will spend a week in South
Korea as part of the fifth CA’s “I’m
an Australian Soldier” Scholarship
and visit battlefields and shipwrecks,
and participate in the Anzac Day
Accompanying the group on the
tour will be veterans who will guide
them throughout the tour and give
them first-hand insights.
LBdr Donnelly said he was look-
ing forward to the experience and
taking the information back to his
“Not only do we get to visit the
battlefields but we get to share that
experience and learn first-hand from
veterans who fought there,” he said.
“You don’t often get this type of
“Keeping this knowledge to
myself would just be greedy. I’ll be
able to teach many what I have learnt
and I’m sure my CO will want a
detailed report on my trip.”
Joining the group for the Canberra
ceremony was the South Korean
Defence Attaché, Col Dae-hee Ahn,
who provided the trio with a selection
of items to help with the tour includ-
ing a travel guide and magazine on
LCpl Mayo was told she would
be heading to South Korea when she
was called into her CO’s office while
preparing for an official unit function.
Assuming she had done something
wrong but unable to pinpoint what it
was, she was surprised to be told she
had won the CA scholarship.
Arriving in her CO’s office, LCpl
Mayo said she was asked if she had
ever travelled to South Korea before.
“I replied no and when asked
if I would like to I said of course I
would,” she said.
“My CO congratulated me and
then told me I had won the CA schol-
arship and would be travelling to
South Korea. I felt honoured and priv-
ileged to get such a great opportunity.”
The CA scholarship was created
to promote the study of military his-
tory and recognise and reward junior
soldiers who achieved in the core val-
ues of the “I’m an Australian Soldier”
LCpl O’Mara said he was look-
ing forward to the tour, having a keen
interest in military history.
“The Korean War is one of those
battles that slips in between the
cracks,” he said.
“This will be a really good oppor-
tunity to look into it and get a deeper
understanding of it.”
Study tour: From left,
LCpl Danielle Mayo,
LBdr Justin Donnelly
and LCpl Shane O’Mara
are in South Korea for
a study tour after being
selected for the CA
Scholarship. Inset, South
Korean Defence Attaché
Col Dae-hee Ahn
presents each recipient
with a guide book.
Photos by Cpl Nick Wiseman
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