It is a very personal recollection. It is written for the 7 Platoon veterans of the Korean War, and my Judy and our family as well. It tells the story of the veterans in their words as well as my recollections of our war in Korea. My family and I have spoken of many matters over the many years of love and affection but little of the war. Perhaps this opens a few doors that have previously been closed. Soldiers are not fond of war and talk littler of it unless pressed.
There were two major influences which guided my life. Firstly, my wife Judy and our wonderful family who were everything in my life. Secondly, the Army, from Duntroon 1948 until resignation of my commission in 1970. I was mentored by wonderful and unique leaders and comrades from the army and the business world who influenced my future in a significant fashion.
These are my personal recollections in the Korean War with the warriors of 7 Platoon, 3RAR, 1951-53. They were there and fought face to face, eyeball with the enemy. They tell their story here of the Royal Australian Regiment in a long and arduous campaign under terrible climatic conditions from Pusan to the Yalu, Kapyong, Maryang San, the Samichon and finally the battle at the Hook. It was also an unforgettable adventure and a somewhat sad occasion for me to remember the 10,000 odd KIA, MIA, WIA, POW members of the regiment and their wives and families who kept the home fire burning; who failed to return or who suffer terrible wounds today; invalid and in need of physical and emotional support.
Amongst these a few were like the brothers I never had. They hold a special place in my heart which will never be filled.