Over 17,000 Australians in the Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force served in Korea during the Korean War; 340 Australians died, over 1,200 were wounded, and 30 became prisoners of war. Australians also served as chaplains, Salvation Army representatives, war correspondents, artists and photographers.

Here are the profiles of a few Australians with extraordinary stories of service and sacrifice during the Korean War:

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Frank Norton

Lieutenant Commander Frank Norton, Official War Artist for Korea

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Ivor Hele

Captain Ivor Hele, Official War Artist in the Second World War, Japan and Korea

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Reg Saunders

Captain Reg Saunders, Commanding Officer of C Company, 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment 

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Francis Hassett

Lieutenant Colonel Francis George Hassett, Commanding Officer of 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment 

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Stafford Kenny James Lenoy

Sergeant Stafford Kenny James "Len" Lenoy, Medium Machine-Gun Section Commander who was killed in action during the battle of Kapyong in April 1951

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Bruce Ferguson

Lieutenant Colonel Ian Bruce Ferguson, Commanding Officer of 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment 

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Perditta McCarthy

Captain Perditta McCarthy, Royal Australian Army Nursing Service

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Lionel Terry

Private Lionel “Bomber” Terry who went missing in action during a snatch patrol in January 1953

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Louis Spence

Wing Commander Louis Spence, pilot and commander of No. 77 Squadron, RAAF was killed in action during an operation in September 1950

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Charles Green

Lieutenant Colonel Charles Green, Commanding Officer of 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment who died of wounds in November 1950

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Vance Drummond

Sergeant Vance Drummond, pilot in No. 77 Squadron, RAAF who was captured as a prisoner of war in December 1951

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Phillip Bennett

Captain Phillip Bennett, Platoon Commander, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment

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Richard Cresswell

Squadron Leader Richard “Dick” Cresswell , pilot and commander of No. 77 Squadron, RAAF who received the US Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross for service in Korea

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Warwick Bracegirdle

Commander Warwick Seymour Bracegirdle, commander of the destroyer HMAS Bataan during Operation Round-up

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Bob Parker

Private Robert Parker, Lieutenant Colonel Bruce Ferguson’s despatch rider. He was captured as a prisoner of war during the battle of Kapyong in 1951.

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George Larkin

Lieutenant Colonel George Larkin, Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment

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Ian Hutchison

Lieutenant Colonel Ian Hutchison, Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment

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Maurice Austin

Lieutenant Colonel Maurice Austin, Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment

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Otto Becher

Captain Otto Becher, commander of destroyer HMAS Warramunga

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Galfre Gatacre

Captain Galfrey Gatacre, commander of destroyer HMAS Anzac

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Richard Peek

Commander Richard Peek, commander of destroyer HMAS Tobruk