Maryborough Museum
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Maryborough Museum

Korean War (1950 – 1953)

Sergeant Healy

1341 Sergeant Vincent Joseph Healy

3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.

Sergeant Healy of Brisbane saw service at the end of World War 2, and went on to serve with the British Commonwealth Occupation Forces in Japan.

He then served in Korea with 3 RAR and was killed in action during 'Operation Woodbine' on 7th March, 1951.

He is buried in the Tanggok War Cemetery at Pusan, South Korea. His medals were kept by his mother for many years in a large matchbox and she was one of the first Australian next-of-kin to visit the cemetery after the Armistice.

Korean cap

Korean Cap

This item of head-dress, of US military origin, was issued to Australian troops as the Australian army had very little cold weather gear.

Equipment was obtained from both US and British sources.

Japanese binoculars

Japanese Binoculars

These binoculars were made in Occupied Japan.

They were purchased by Sergeant Healy whilst he was a member of BCOF.

Communist Chinese Poster

Communist Chinese Poster

This original poster is an excellent example of Chinese propaganda material produced during the Korean War.

Harry Smith SG MC was posted to Korea in 1954 but that was changed to 2RAR Malaya and he served two years in the Malayan Emergency as 9 Pl C Coy Commander 1955-57.

Keith Payne VC OAM served with his unit in Korea between April 1952 and March 1953. He served in Malaya in 1965.
Keith was posted to Korea with the 1st Battalion RAR and 28th British Commonwealth Infantry Brigade. He later served in Malaya with the 3rd Battalion RAR. In February 1969 Keith Joined the Australian Army Training Team in Vietnam, he was awarded the Victoria Cross for action at Kontum Province.

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