Korean vets remember the fallen

AN EXCLUSIVE band of Coffs Coast war veterans had their day in the sun, as the Coffs Harbour RSL sub-branch paid homage to the "forgotten war"- the Korean conflict 1950-1953.

Commemorating the Korean ceasefire 69 years to the day, local veterans and their families paid tribute to the Australian servicemen Missing In Action during the campaign.

A plaque mounted on the walls of the Cenotaph has been consecrated in their honour.

Korean veteran Bernard Dowling, who served in the British Army's Centurion Tank Regiment, 8th King Royal Hussars, gave the official address.

"The Korean War Veterans Association is doing marvellous work taking Korean War information kits into schools, and teaching students about the Australian service in Korea where 17,000 troops served, 339 were killed, 1,216 were wounded, 29 were Prisoners of War and 43 were Missing in Action.

"We hope that one day the resting places of these missing soldiers are found to bring closure for their families," he said.



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