Korean veterans remembered

AUSTRALIANS took time out this week to reflect on their countrymen who served in the Korean War.

Yesterday marked the 64th anniversary of the 1953 Armistice Agreement.

Minister for Veterans Affairs Dan Tehan said that of more than 17,000 who served, 340 Australians lost their lives and more than 1200 were wounded.

"Australian soldiers, sailors, airmen and nurses made an important contribution to this international endeavour, serving both during the conflict and in the post-armistice period which continued until 1957," Mr Tehan said.

The battles of Kapyong and Maryang San have become the focus of commemorations.

At Kapyong 32 Australians died in fierce fighting, and the battle of Maryayng San where 20 Australians died, was described by official historian Robert O'Neill as the greatest single feat of the Australian Army in Korea.



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