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03-February-2016 (Roger Johnson)
03-February-2016 (Roger Johnson)

Photographs supplied by Glen Yeomans / Roger Johnson / Sandra Brown

The monument commemorates those who served with the United Nation forces in the Korean War.

The Korean War (25 June 1950 – 27 July 1953) was a war between the Republic of Korea (South Korea), supported by the United Nations, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), at one time supported by the People's Republic of China and the Soviet Union. It was primarily the result of the political division of Korea by an agreement of the victorious Allies at the conclusion of the Pacific War at the end of World War Two.

After the war ended, the presence of Australians in Korea continued with a peacekeeping force until 1956. Of the 340 Australians killed during the Korean War, 43 were classified as ‘missing in action’ (MIA) and presumed dead.


Address:Prince Street, Memorial Park, Grafton, 2460
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -29.693291
Long: 152.931983
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:19-April-1956


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 26th July, 2003
Front Inscription

Memorial Plaque

In honour of all those who served with the United Nations Forces in Korea.

Korea was the first action taken by the newly formed United Nations. 21 Member Nations supported the South Korean people in this bitter struggle from 25th June 1950 until cease fire 27th July 1953. Over two million combatants and civilians lost their lives.

The Australian contingent consisted of 17,164 Army, Navy and Air Force personnel
339 K.I.A. – 1,216 Wounded – 29 P.O.W.

This stone is a representation of the type of terrain our infantry had to conquer before coming to grips with their opponents in the field. In both instances, they excelled in their achievements.

To honour the 339 Australians who didn’t return from active service, including:
Australian Army Korea Force 293
Royal Australian Air Force 41
Royal Australian Navy 5 

Lest We Forget

Left Side Inscription

In memory of Korea

1950 - 1956

Right Side Inscription

Lest We Forget

Our comrades who remain on the battlefield of North Korea

Army 1 - 2 -3 RAR
[ Names ]

RAAF - 77 Squadron
[ Names ]

RAN - Fleet Air Arm - 805 Squadron
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Missing in action their souls finding their way home

This plaque was generously donated by Grafton & District Funerals as a community service project


Source: MA,NRWM
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au