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A memorial commemorates those Australians who died or were killed in the Korean War.

The Korean War began on 25 June 1950, when North Korean forces launched an invasion of South Korea. Personnel from the Australian Army, RAAF, and RAN fought as part of the United Nations (UN) multinational force, defending South Korea from the Communist force of North Korea. In the three years of fighting 1,263 men of the Commonwealth forces were killed and a further 4,817 were wounded, while the US lost 33,000 men. Australian casualties numbered more than 1,500, of whom 339 were killed.

The end of the war came with the signing of an armistice on 27 July 1953, three years and one month after the war began. The ending was so sudden that some soldiers had to be convinced it really was over. After the war ended, the presence of Australians in Korea continued with a peacekeeping force until 1957. 


Address:Valley View Drive, Memorial Park, McLaren Vale, 5171
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.216667
Long: 138.538056
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:25-June-1950
Actual Event End Date:27-July-1953


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 25th June, 2010
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25-June-1950  Korean War   27-July-1953

Dedicated to the memory of the 339 Australians who fell in the Korean War

They died with men from other countries fighting to uphold the ideals of the United Nations

60th anniversary 25 June 2010

Source: MA
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