Australian, Filipino, American and British military personnel missing in action during the Korean War were remembered in a ceremony at the Blacktown RSL last Saturday March 17.
A memorial plaque on the Korean War Missing in Action (MIA) soldiers was unveiled on the club’s grounds to mark the occasion.
In attendance were the NSW Governor Professor Marie Bashir and other military and government officials.
Major Tom Baena, of Australian Philippines Services League NSW Chapter, shares his report and some photos [ click image to zoom in ]:
“On the occassion of the unveiling of the Memorial Plaque on Korean War Missing In Action (MIA), Saturday March 17, 11am at the City of Blacktown RSL Club.
Dignitaries in Attendance:
“H.E. Professor Marie Bashir AC, CVO, The Governor of NSW
Rear Admiral Ken Doolan, AO RAN (rtd), RSL National President
The Honourable John Robertson, MP and Leader of Opposition, NSW Parliament
Mayor Alan Pendleton, Blacktown City Council
Councillor Charlie Lowles and wife
Mr. John Haines, Vice President, NSW RSL State Branch
Mr. Gary Ohlson, Vice President, City of Blacktown RSL Sub Branch
Commander Rick Palenzuela PN (ret.), Commandant, Australia Philippines Services League NSW Chapter
Korean War Veteran’s Assocition
Korean Soldier’s Association
Members of Blacktown RSL Sub branch
Facts about the Korean War 1950-1953
Based on military records, the Philippines through the Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea (PEFTOK) sent a total number of 7,500 which included former Philippine President Fidel Ramos, as a young Lieutenant.
The number of soldiers missing in action are: Philippines (57), Australia (39), USA (8,196), and UK (1,263).
‘The Korean War (25 June 1950 – 27 July 1953) was a war between the Republic of Korea (supported primarily by the United States of America, with contributions from allied nations under the aegis of the United Nations) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (supported by the People’s Republic of China, with military and material aid from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics). ‘
‘The Korean War 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 II. The Korean peninsula was ruled by the Empire of Japan from 1910 until the end of World War II. Following the surrender of the Empire of Japan in September 1945, American administrators divided the peninsula along the 38th parallel, with U.S. military forces occupying the southern half and Soviet military forces occupying the northern half.’ //Wikipedia. “