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DODDRELL, Arthur Sydney Roy, Captain (1/400148),
3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, 1951

During his time with 3 RAR, Captain Doddrell served initially as second-in-command of B Company and, from mid-October 1951, as company commander of D Company. During the attacks on Point 317 in October 1951, Captain Doddrell was responsible for B Company's resupply and the evacuation of casualties, which later numbered more than half the company. This necessitated his leading porter trains over extremely difficult terrain though areas which were subjected to heavy shelling and sniper activity. Considerable casualties were suffered by these porter trains, which made several trips daily. The resupply of B Company and the evacuation of its casualties were to a large extent made possible by the driving energy and courage of Captain Doddrell in keeping the porter trains operating. In the heavy fighting in the latter part of October and November 1951 and also in subsequent battalion operations, Captain Doddrell served as a rifle company commander. In this capacity he proved an outstanding leader, noted for his coolness and reliability in action. Throughout his time with the battalion Captain Doddrell served as an inspiration and won the respect and admiration of all ranks.


FORBES, Patrick Oliver Giles, Lieutenant (4/7538),
2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, 1953

Lieutenant Forbes commanded the assault pioneer platoon during 2 RAR's involvement in the Korean theatre. His work involved the checking and maintenance of minefield wire on the battalion front and the guiding of patrols through the minefields. He performed these dangerous tasks regularly and unflinchingly despite the fact that he frequently came under hostile fire. Lieutenant Forbes also supervised the construction of all the unit's defensive works. The main effort of defensive work construction was carried out on the forward company's area of 'The Hook' proper. This area had been subject to continual enemy attack and received considerable enemy fire. Lieutenant Forbes moved around the area each night supervising work. The fact that the defences of 'The Hook' were maintained and improved was largely due to Lieutenant Forbes' personal courage and efficiency and the fact that he discharged his duties with more than normal zeal and efficiency. He was constantly exposed to enemy fire and the dangers of unmarked or unfenced minefields. When an assault pioneer was required to carry out a dangerous or difficult task, Lieutenant Forbes was always ready to do so. On two separate occasions he was involved in recovering casualties from within a minefield. At all times, his personal courage, zeal and efficiency were a constant inspiration to those who worked under him and a great example to all members of the unit.


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