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06 August 2009
Battle of The Samichon memorial service held in East Timor

A small but moving ceremony was held at Camp Phoenix, in Dili, East Timor, on the 24th July to commemorate the Battle of The Samichon.

Members from the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR) currently serving in East Timor with Timor-Leste Battle Group VI (TLBG VI) were joined by other members of the International Stabilisation Force for the short but moving service to remember those who fought in the 1953 Battle.

Similar memorial services were conducted at each of the TLBG VI Forward Operating Bases and were preceded by historical presentations regarding the Battle by 2RAR junior Officers and Sergeants.

56 years ago, on the ground overlooking the Samichon Valley in Korea, 2RAR engaged in one of the least celebrated but most fiercely contested battles involving Australian troops during the Korean War.

The battle raged over three consecutive nights and proved to be the last major action of the war, with the armistice being declared after the last night of the battle.

Casualties from the Battle included about 3,000 Chinese killed and five soldiers from 2RAR lost their lives.

Four decades later, 2RAR was given the Battle Honour ‘Samichon’, in recognition of the Regiment’s efforts during the 1953 Battle.