"Ground Force USA". A weekly radio program produced in the Tokyo studios of the Far East Network of the United States Armed Forces Radio Service. This program pays tribute to the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment for its outstanding conduct at the Battle of Kapyong in Korea on 24-25 April 1951 for which it was awarded the United States Distinguished Unit Citation.

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Accession Number S00019
Collection type Sound
Measurement 29 min 20 sec
Object type Radio show
Physical description Disc 78rpm - Acetate; 16 inch
Maker Soneberg, Dick
Far East Network of the US Armed Forces Radio Service
Date made c December 1951-1952
Access Open
Conflict Korea, 1950-1953
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Description

The compere, Private First Class (PFC) Dick Soneberg, introduces the program followed by a song about the infantry; the compere "salutes" the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR) with "The Rip Song" played by the Ground Force USA Orchestra and Chorus; "March of the Conquerors" played by the Ground Force USA Military Band; the compere mentions the brave conduct of the men of 3RAR at the Battle of Kapyong then introduces song "Freedom" sung by Hubert Henry; "I Love a Lassy" sung by the Ground Force USA Chorus; "Saint Julia March" played by the Ground Force USA Military Band; the compere mentions that on 4 December 1951 3RAR was "awarded the United States Distinguished Unit Citation by a grateful US Government" for its conduct at the Battle of Kapyong on 24-25 April 1951, he reads part of the citation "...the men of the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment displayed such gallantry, determination, and espri de corps in accomplishing their mission in extremely difficult and hazardous conditions as to set them apart and above other units participating in the campaign. By their achievements they brought distinguished credits on themselves, their homelands and all freedom loving nations in the world"; "The Mail Call March" played by the Ground Force USA Military Band; "Waltzing Matilda" sung by Josh White; the compere lists those awarded the Silver Star: Lieutenant Colonel I B Ferguson, Major B S O'Dowd, Captain F Ness, Captain D P Loughlan, Captain W Keyes, Lieutenant J Ward; Staff Sergeant K D Lynch, Sergeant J D Harris, Staff Sergeant K V Tory; those awarded the Bronze Star: Staff Sergeant V J Healy, Corporal R R Wilson; "On the Road to Mandalay" sung by Hubert Henry; the compere refers to the Commanding Officer of 3RAR, Lieutenant Colonel Frank Hassett, and his being awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) by the Commander In Chief of the British Commonwealth Forces "...for personal gallantry in his battalion's epic battle north of the Imjin River last October (1951)"; "Regimental Pride" played by the Ground Force USA Military Band; program closing announcement by compere: "You have been listening to Ground Force USA with a musical salute to the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment in Korea" followed by musical theme and other program identifications. END OF RECORDING

  • Listen to "Ground Force USA". A weekly radio program produced in the Tokyo studios of the Far East Network of the United States Armed Forces Radio Service. This program pays tribute to the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment for its outstanding conduct at the Battle of Kapyong in Korea on 24-25 April 1951 for which it was awarded the United States Distinguished Unit Citation.