RSL golfers today paused after the game to remember another significant moment in Australia’s military history that has often been described as “The Forgotten War — that is the Korean War which ran from June 1950 until July 1953.
Australia’s commitment to the US-led United Nations Force was the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.
The Chinese Army, having entered the war after the Allies entered North Korea, were preparing a major offensive against the UN Forces who were defending the South Korean capital of Seoul.
Next morning, April 23, the British Commonwealth
Brigade, which included the 3rd Battalion, Canadian troops and NZ Artillery were ordered into the valley of the Kapyong River approx 60km north east of Seoul.
The Australians were tasked with defending Hill 504 and after a night and day of fierce fighting, repelling wave after wave of the Chinese troops in the darkness, and holding relatively open positions in the daylight under heavy enemy fire, they stalled the advance of the Chinese 60th Division, until eventually withdrawing under cover of darkness.
The Australians lost 32 men killed in action and a further 59 were wounded. Three men were unlucky to be taken prisoner.
For this action, the 3rd Battalion was awarded the first ever US Presidential Citation for bravery.
Playing under much better conditions for the April
Monthly Medal, the RSL golfers were still struggling to come to terms with the recently cored greens and the windy conditions.
The coffers of the three putt tin (50c a three putt) swelled considerably.
However, it was Charles Seeto who managed the conditions best to come away with a win. His round of 69, relegated three players on 71 to a count back for runner up.
Eric McLellan eventually took the place from Aaron Simmers and Graham Tonkin.
Kev Eckersley, visiting from Brisbane won the third pin shot, with Max Hunter and Graham Tonkin taking out the remaining two.
Once again, Max hunter was awarded with the NAGA award. It has been rumoured that Max is putting in a practice bunker in his backyard.
The ladies handled the windy conditions a bit better, with Neta Thouard and Linda Kelly fighting it out, each recording a 71. Neta won on the count back.
Run-down went to Lynette Ludlow and Linda won the putts. It was a Kelly/Ludlow show on the pin shots as well with both ladies sharing them.
Next week is a single stableford for both groups. Visitors are welcome.