Colonel Peter Scott is lucky to be alive. In October 1951, the 22-year-old Peter was an intelligence officer during the battle of Maryang San.
“A lot of the other officers were just as young, if not younger than I was,” he said.
“There was artillery, bursting shells, and fights overhead, and it was just pandemonium really; dust and pieces of metal going in all directions.”
The fight for the strategically important Hill 317 was later described as “one of the most impressive victories achieved by any Australian battalion”, but for Peter it was one of the many close shaves he faced during his decorated army career.
“It was a big part of my life… and I can still visualise it now.
“It was very, very, successful and I think we got out of it very, very, well because we really stirred up the Chinese.
“They really hit back in the last couple of days, with artillery and mortars, just about blanketing the whole of that ridgeline.
“But sitting on top of 317 on the 7th of October, being shelled out of existence is the day that sticks in my mind.”