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Army August 15, 2013
LS Helen Frank
AS INFANTRYMAN LCpl
Neil Bautista stood in Kapyong
Memorial Park in South Korea,
he looked up at the hills surround-
ing him and tried to imagine what
the soldiers of 3RAR experienced
as they fought against the North
Koreans and Chinese in April
LCpl Bautista is a guardsman
with AFG and has previously
served with 5RAR. He admires
what 3RAR achieved during the
“I’m really proud to be here in
Korea with my infantry forefathers
and sharing these moments with
them,” LCpl Bautista said.
“I really respect what the
and to see that is so inspiring,”
LCpl Bautista said.
“I was thinking about the hard-
ships, what it would have been like
for the infantrymen in Korea. It’s
very hard terrain, surviving that
really amazes and inspires me.
“I’ve been to Iraq, East Timor and
Afghanistan. Each had its own hard
moments but nothing compared to
what those men were up against. To
be honest I can’t even compare it.”
Korean War veterans achieved.
Men like Stan Starcevich; he is in
his 80s and he did six years in the
Army and 76 [parachute] jumps
and he is still walking around like
he is in his 40s.”
Mr Starcevich joined 3RAR
in Korea in May 1951 and later
fought at the battle of Maryang San
in October 1951.
“Mr Starcevich still goes out
bush and does hard yakka stuff,
Forgotten War recalled
Memories and tributes flow as veterans and guardsmen mark the Korean War Armistice’s 60th anniversary
LS Helen Frank
FROM laughter to tears, the members
of Australia’s Federation Guard
(AFG) felt a range of emotions while
taking part in memorial services in
the Republic of Korea.
July 27 marked the 60th
Anniversary of the signing of the
Korean War Armistice that brought
the hostilities of the Korean War to
an end. The AFG provided catafalque
parties and other ceremonial duties
at memorial ceremonies throughout
Thirteen guards made the trip with
15 Korean War veterans from the three
Army Principal Chaplain Chap
Geoff Webb, RSM Ceremonial-
Army WO1 David Lehr and Musn
Kaid Normington from Army Band-
Melbourne also supported the mission.
Members of the AFG shared
stories with the veterans and the
generation gap was bridged as
ex-servicemen and women spoke to
Guardsman Cpl Ben Redman said
he felt privileged to meet the men who
fought in Korea.
“It was a great honour to stand
beside vets and heroes of the past,”
“To see their raw emotion and the
camaraderie they still have between
each other was amazing.”
The mission visited the sites of the
battles of Kapyong and Maryang San,
where Australian troops played vital
roles in the outcome of the war.
The group also visited the UN
Note of sadness: Musician Kaid Normington, of Australian Army Band-Melbourne, at the Australian commemorative service at the UN Memorial
Cemetery in Busan, South Korea.
Photos by LS Helen Frank
Memorial Cemetery in Busan, south
of Seoul, the only UN cemetery in the
“Looking at the grave sites it’s
hard to comprehend the magnitude of
the loss the veterans must feel,” Cpl
“I can only imagine how they must
feel seeing their mates’ names on the
graves,” he said.
Australia committed about 18,000
troops to the Korean War, including
infantrymen from the newly formed
Royal Australian Regiment.
From the beginning of the war on
June 25, 1950, until the Armistice on
July 27, 1953, Australia suffered about
1600 casualties, including 340 killed
During the war, 30 personnel were
captured and one died in captivity.
There are still 43 personnel
registered as missing in action from
the Korean War.
“Coming to Korea, visiting the
sites and speaking to the veterans has
opened my eyes to what happened in
the Korean War,” Cpl Redman said.
Journey to a mate’s resting place
Sgt Dave Morley
A FORMER 3RAR soldier who spent
almost two years fighting in Korea
has returned from his second trip
there 60 years after the signing of the
Former LCpl Dudley Goodwin,
84, of Padbury, Western Australia, was
part of a DVA-sponsored tour to com-
memorate the 60th anniversary of the
end of the Korean War.
Mr Goodwin said he joined the
Army with five mates after seeing
an Army recruiting table set up on
William Street in Perth.
“I said to my mates, ‘let’s give it
a go and see what happens’,” he said.
“Thirty-three years and three
months later I got out.”
Mr Goodwin deployed to Korea
from Japan in September 1950 with
B Coy, 3RAR, as it advanced through
Korea almost to the North Korean
border with Manchuria.
“We thought it would all be over
pretty quickly the way we were going,
but it didn’t happen,” he said.
Mr Goodwin said he remembered
the night the CO, Lt-Col Charlie
Green, was killed.
“I hadn’t met him personally, but
it was bloody lousy losing your CO,”
The other enemy in Korea was the
Mr Goodwin said all their clothing
was WWII vintage.
“We were pretty cold until the
Yanks gave us warm clothing,” he said.
He said the best part of the DVA
tour was seeing his mate’s final resting
“It took me 60 years to get back to
Korea and see my mate’s grave,” he
“It was very sad. When you have
been mates for a long time before you
joined the Army and after and then
you see him killed alongside you; it
really knocks you around.”
Reflection: Former RAAF 77 Sqn member Walter Perkins, of Georgetown
in Tasmania, and former 3RAR infantryman Dudley Goodwin, of Padbury in
WA pay their respects at the commemoration of the Battle of Maryang San.
WA, with LCpl
Guard, at the
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