Norman H Goldspink MBE as a corporal section commander 11 Platoon D Company 1st Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR), Korea 1952-1953, interviewed by Bill Fogarty

Accession Number S02650
Collection type Sound
Measurement 1 hr 33 min
Object type Oral history
Physical description digital audio tape (DAT); BASF DM 124; two track mono
Maker Goldspink, Norman H
Fogarty, William 'Bill' Lawrance
Australian War Memorial
Preston, Lenny
Date made 25 July 2001
Access Open
Conflict Korea, 1950-1953
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use
Source credit to AWM Oral History Program
Description

Goldspink speaks of his family background and his military background during the Second World War; his work experience leading to his enlistment in the Army; recruit and infantry corps training; pre-embarkation leave, then joining 1 RAR training at Kaitachi in Japan; the battalion's move in April 1952 to a reserve position behind the main defensive line in Korea; 1 RAR's occupation of a position on the main defensive line, relieving a Canadian battalion; the organisation of a rifle section; the organisation of, preparations for and the conduct of patrols; minefields; medical evacuation; clothing worn, especially winter clothing; the Chinese Army; Australian soldier capabilities and unit morale; leave in Japan; the relief of 1 RAR by 2 RAR, and his posting to the Reinforcement Holding Unit (RHU) at Hiro, Japan; the nature of training at the Commonwealth Division Battle School at Haramura, Japan; return to Australia after two years in Korea and Japan, and his postings over the next seven years; experiences at the US Army School of Infantry at Fort Benning in Georgia USA; his instructional posting at the Officer Training (OTU) at Scheyville New South Wales; his service in South Vietnam with 5 RAR in 1967 then with the Australian Reinforcement Unit as company sergeant major (CSM); return to Australia as regimental sergeant major (RSM) at the Royal Military College (RMC) Duntroon; career decisions, his enjoyment of service life and his rejection of an opportunity to join the Western Australia Police; further postings in the Army; return to RMC Duntroon as the Ceremonial Officer, before taking his retirement.

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