RECOGNITION: Korean War veteran Max Gant unveils the new plaque at the Coffs Harbour cenotaph.
RECOGNITION: Korean War veteran Max Gant unveils the new plaque at the Coffs Harbour cenotaph. TREVOR VEALE

Forgotten war revisited

MAX Gant, a veteran of the "forgotten war", will stand proud in recognition this Friday when a Korean War plaque is consecrated at the Coffs Harbour cenotaph - 59 years since arms were laid down.

Mr Gant served in the Royal Australian Navy and saw two tours of duty in Korea between 1951 and 1954 on board the HMAS Sydney.

"Even though some 17,000 Australians served in Korea and 340 Australians died there, it's largely been the forgotten war because it fell between World War II and the Vietnam War," Mr Gant said.

The last of the line, Mr Gant, 85, is said to be among the sole surviving Korean War RAN veterans in Coffs Harbour.

"It marks and commemorates not just my own service, but the service of all Korean veterans."

In a special touch, the Korean War memorial plaque has been mounted next to the memorial in honour of Max's father.

Coffs Harbour RSL sub-branch president Bob Payne welcomed the families of all Korean veterans and the community to mark the 59th Korean War anniversary.

"We will have veterans travelling here from all over for the service," Mr Payne said.

The commemoration will form-up outside the Coffs C.ex at 10.45am on Friday, followed by the service at 11am.



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