CROSSING THE HAN RIVER NEAR SEOUL
Bren Gun Carrier No-3323, (Note United Nations Bullseye) with crew, Driver, Darkie Ogilvy. Corporal Greg McGee, No.1 Gunner M.C.(Snow) Dicker. Reg. No. 2/400004, fourth K. Force enlistment N.S.W. August 1950.and Scotty Record No.2 Gunner. Crossing the Han River, Seoul, Capital South Korea, across a Pontoon Bridge, erected by American Engineers. A very sturdy,and important piece of work to speed up the advance, and pursuit of the Red Army in their flight back to north Korea. A very hectic and important role played by 3 Batt. R.A.R. as part of the 27th British Commonwealth Brigade in its Spearhead of the main thrust North, in 1950.
We carried two extra men, as their Carrier had hit a Tank mine in a earlier skirmish, killing the driver, K. Sketchley, and an Officer, Lt.K.Hummerston.
When we crossed the Han River and entered Seoul, we followed a Yan convoy through the town. Half way through, we saw an Aussie with a water cart who signalled us to stop. He then invited us to fill our water bottles with his special brew, as he called it. Turned out he had been into the local brewery and found a vat full of beer ready to be bottled, and filled his cart with the brew. Now he was playing Santa Claus in the main drag of Seoul, for all Aussies he could find to join him. Definitely Medal material.
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