Humour, honour, integrity and courage made him a real life hero
BRAVE: Vic as a young soldier
DUTY FIRST: Vic at the 60th RAR anniversary. He retired from the Army in October 1975 after 33 years and two months
The battle raged all night with 1 Platoon A Company being overrun by Chinese troops.
T h e p l a t o o n c o m m a n d e r Freddie Gardner believed that his platoon had been wiped out but at daylight Sergeant Major George Harris gathered two sections of men from the company and attacked in to the 1PL platoon area and found Mr Svenson still in control with his force reduced from 26 men to 13.
During the night Mr Svenson had thrown an incredible 52 hand grenades.
Years later at a reunion when acting Battalion Commander Benny O’Dowd was asked why he didn’t decorate Mr Svenson and Sgt Harris, he said they were professional soldiers doing what they were paid to do and didn’t expect decorations.
Following Kapyong in June, Mr Svenson was promoted Company Sergeant-Major and remained in this position until the completion of the battle of Operation Commando in October 1951.
After his service in Korea, he was back in Australia teaching recruits at various battalion areas.
From 1952 to 1954 he was posted to Papua New Guinea and next major posting was Singapore/ Malaya from 1960 to 1962. It was during this posting as part of the 1960 New Year’s Honours Li s t t hat he was awarded an MBE at a special presentation.
In 1963 Mr Svenson went to Canungra to teach the first training team to be sent to Vietnam.
He was promoted to Regimental Sergeant-Major of 31st Battalion Kennedy Regiment in Townsville in 1963.
In 1967 he returned to Papua New Guinea and remained there on and off until 1972 when he was promoted to Captain and Quarter Master of 1RAR.
In October 1975 he was discharged at his own request after dedicating an incredible 33 years and two months of his life to the defence of our nation.
Mr Svenson also lead a fulfilling life outside the defence force.
In 1951 after returning from Korea he met his lovely wife Betty on a blind date and when she put her hand under the table and squeezed his leg, he instantly knew she was the one.
They married after a whirl- wind six week courts 1953 they started th with son Greg who followed by Narelle, Carole.
He was a dedica father to Trent, Tam Chris, Tim, Verus Tiana.
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