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Aussies Gain Royal Approval for AGSM

Posted by Jez on March 9, 2010 at 7:54 AM

The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support, the Hon. Dr. Mike Kelly AM announced on 12 February 2010 that Her Majesty the Queen has approved the official regulations and design for the award of the Australian General Service Medal for Korea.


Former Defence Force personnel who completed 30 days participating in operations in South Korea (including any location within 161 kilometres seaward from the coast) during the post-armistice period from 28 July 1953 to 19 April 1956 – the date when the last Australian operational troops were withdrawn – are entitled to claim the medal. The medal is expected to be available for dispatch to eligible recipients before ANZAC Day 2010.


We have not yet seen the regulations but I’m sure they will be posted soon on the Australian Department of Defence website very soon.


No such luck for British Korean veterans.


Read: Royal Approval Document

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Reply David Hamilton
8:05 AM on October 2, 2017 
I served in South Korea in A Coy I R Sussex under Major "Pip" Newton, and was proud to be not only in No 1 company on the Farewell to British Troops in Korea Parade on 13th June 1957, but as the right hand man of the back rank of company and thus of the whole Battalion, I fired the last shot, three times of the "feu de joie" and thus the last British shot in Korea. The inspection was made and the salute taken by President Syngman Rhee.
Last month I met a young South Korean, with his family, who lectures at Liverpool University. He became quite emotional when I told him of my service in South Korea, at the thought of so many soldiers from across the world, who previously had no connection with the country, but nevertheless gave their lives for the defence of the South Koreans He said that his father would have been ten in 1957 and so would have lived through the Korean war as a young child. If one such South Korean is so appreciative of the sacrifice made by so many troops from overseas, I wonder what the body of support amongst the South Koreans themselves might be to add their voices to those of the Korean Veterans in their campaign to persuade the HMG to award a medal retrospectively. Is it worth approaching the SK government
My own mother's best friend's son, as a young 2nd Lieut. was killed near Seoul in 1952 and is buried at Pusan.
I recollect spending a couple of nights in a trench hewn out of rock, not far from Gloster Hill, itself, in the middle of February 1957, when the temperature was many degrees below freezing, when we were on yet another "scramble", not knowing if it was just a practice or whether the North Koreans had invaded once more, and that it was for real. I remember the "standing to" at dawn, and it didn't take much imagination to wonder if the shadowy bushes further down the hill were really vegetation or might be Chinese soldiers creeping up on our positions. If that's not active service, I don't know what is!
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