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Charles Green : 28-October-2011
Charles Green : 28-October-2011

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A plaque commemorates Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Green, an officer in the Australian Imperial Force during World War Two and the Korean War who came from the Grafton area.

Lieutenant Charles Hercules Green DSO (December 1919 – November 1950) was a senior officer in the Australian Army. He served as a battalion commander in World War Two, and again later during the Korean War, where he was killed in action while commanding the 3rd battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. He was the youngest battalion commander in the Second Australian Imperial Force(2nd AIF), and was reputed to have been one of the Australian Army's better unit-level commanders.

Location

Address:Prince Street, Korean War Memorial, Memorial Park, Grafton, 2460
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -29.693291
Long: 152.931983
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Military

Dedication

Front Inscription

In Memory Of Lt Col Charles H. Green DSO and Silver Star
Born : Swan Creek Clarence Valley 26th December 1919
K.I.A. : Talchon RIver Chongju Korea 1st November 1950

One of a select group of Officers to ever command three Battalions in different areas of the infantry in the Military Forces.

He started Military life in 1936 : 41st Bn, Militia.  
Commissioned 1939 in both : 41st Bn, Militia and 2nd/2nd Bn, 2nd AIF

Commands :
His first battallion 2nd /11th Bn, 2nd Australian Imperial Force 1945
                                 41st Bn, Byron Bay Scottish,  Citizen Military Forces 1948
                                 3rd Bn, Royal Australian Regiment, Australian Regular Army 1950

A man with only one year of high school behind him - undaunted - took on sub contracting on the Pacific Highway at 16 years while studying at night and rose to become a highly qualified Commander of the Australian Army.  May he always be an inspiration to the youth of the Clarence Valley.

Source: MA
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