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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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24 April 2017

Remembering the Battle of Kapyong

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today encouraged Australians to pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who fought in one of the decisive battles of the Korean War.

Fought between 23 and 25 April 1951, the Battle of Kapyong involved the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR) part of the 27th British Commonwealth Infantry Brigade. Australian and other Commonwealth troops served in Korea as part of the United Nations force sent to repel the North Korean invasion of South Korea.

Mr Tehan said the Battle of Kapyong was a significant victory but Australia paid a heavy price.

“Thirty-two Australians died in the Battle of Kapyong, 59 were wounded and three were taken prisoner. For their courageous actions at Kapyong, 3RAR, the 2nd Battalion of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and the United States 72nd Heavy Tank Battalion were each awarded a United States Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation,” Mr Tehan said.

“The Korean War lasted from 25 June 1950 until 27 July 1953, when an armistice brought an end to the fighting. More than 17,000 Australians served during the combat phase of the war but Australian involvement in Korea continued into what is known as the ‘post-Armistice period’.

“In total, almost 20,000 Australians served in Korea during the war and the post-Armistice period. Three hundred and forty Australian service personnel lost their lives during the combat phase of the war and a further 16 Australians lost their lives during the post-Armistice period.

“Today we will stop, pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of the Australians who served in Korea.”

Media enquiries:

Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
DVA Media: Dale Starr, 02 6289 6203

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.