Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Joy, Relief on Ceasefire Day

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Joy, Relief on Ceasefire Day

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Byline: Matt Deans

ARMISTICE: Coffs Harbour Digger Keith Hasler marks the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

KEITH Hasler says he'll never forget the elation and relief he felt when a ceasefire took hold on the Korean War frontline.

As a 23-year-old infantryman, he manned the trenches at Samichon River with the Royal Australian Army's 2-Battalion D company, enduring daily barrages of Chinese mortars and shells.

On the 38th parallel - the disputed demarcation line between North and South Korea - Mr Hasler said he'll never forget the events of July 27, 1953.

"There was a real cause for celebration," Mr Hasler said.

"Military intelligence indicated there were in the order of 60,000 Chinese troops massing, who were set to make a push to take the parcel of land we defended alongside the US Marines, notori- ously called The Hook.

"In four weeks, 2-Battalion lost 17 soldiers in action and a further 31 were wounded on the Hook. …

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