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so. He threw a grenade into the bunker, but it was thrown out again by the enemy. With complete disregard for his own safety, he calmly stood his ground, although by this time he was wounded in the left arm and back and bleeding profusely. He released the striker pin on the second grenade, held it for a count of two seconds and then threw it into the bunker. The resulting explosion killed three Chinese and caused a fourth to crawl out wounded and surrender. This action allowed forward movement of the platoon to continue and thus ensure the occupation of the objective. Corporal Cameron stayed on the objective until fresh troops arrived to relieve his men and then walked to the Jeep ambulance, several times refusing to be carried out by stretcher.


CASHMAN, Ronald Kenneth, Private (Temporary Corporal) (3/2913),
3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, 1953

On the night of 24/25 June, Corporal Cashman was second-in-command of a fighting patrol of one officer and fifteen men. As the patrol neared the crest of the feature known as 'The Mound', it was heavily engaged at short range by small arms fire and grenades and the patrol commander was wounded. Corporal Cashman immediately took command and led a fierce assault against the enemy. After the assault Corporal Cashman quickly and calmly reorganised the patrol, which was still under heavy fire, and, realising that the majority of the members by this time had been wounded, ordered the patrol to withdraw, remaining himself with one other man to search for those who had been badly wounded. Throughout this subsequent search, Corporal Cashman and his companion were fewer than thirty yards from enemy soldiers who still occupied the feature. When a seriously wounded member of the patrol was found, Corporal Cashman prepared to carry him back to friendly lines. He quickly discovered that the shortest route was impracticable due to the heavy and slippery going, so he carried the wounded man around the base of the feature and across the enemy's rear, eventually bringing him to safety. Throughout the action Corporal Cashman's conduct was of the highest order. The coolness with which he commanded the patrol under the most adverse of circumstances, his determination to rescue the wounded members even in the face of the enemy, and his complete disregard for his own safety, were examples of leadership and personal courage in the highest traditions of the Regiment.


COOPER, Brian Charles, Corporal (Temporary Sergeant) (5/2053),
2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, 1953

On the night of 24/25 July 1953, Sergeant Cooper was commanding the 2 RAR medium machine-gun section of ten men on Hill 111, a feature on the extreme right flank of the US 1st Marine Division. The task of this section was to cover the western approaches to The Hook feature, some thousand yards away. At about 9.30 p.m., a heavy enemy artillery concentration pounded Hill 111, causing three casualties in

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