Recognition for Korean War vets

Zach RelphSouth Western Times
Neil Young, Colin Sullivan, Stanley Morffew and Kevin Constantine were honoured with Korean Ambassador for Peace Medals on Monday.
Camera IconNeil Young, Colin Sullivan, Stanley Morffew and Kevin Constantine were honoured with Korean Ambassador for Peace Medals on Monday. Credit: Zach Relph / South Western Times

Stanley Morffew’s wife Joyce fought back tears as he received the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal alongside three fellow Korean War veterans.

Mr Morffew, 85, who served in the signal regiment of the British Commonwealth Forces from 1951 to 1952, was one of four soldiers bestowed with the honour on Monday.

“This is marvellous,” he said.

“We (Korean veterans) haven’t got a lot of recognition for our service at all.”

Kevin Constantine, Neil Young and Colin Sullivan were also presented the medal by Korean Veterans Association of WA president Junkil Lee at the Bunbury Returned Services League branch.

Mr Constantine, of Australind, and Mr Young, of Bunbury, served together on the HMAS Sydney as engineers, while Bunbury’s Mr Sullivan was part of an undisclosed unit from 1952 to 1953.

All four veterans said they were overjoyed to be recognised for their services during the conflict, which is often referred to as “The Forgotten War” or “The Unknown War”.

Through a translator, Mr Lee thanked his “comrades” for their courage and sacrifice which liberated South Korea from invading North Korean troops.

“This is a small way for us to express our gratitude,” Mr Lee said.

Bunbury resident Ken Howlett was also presented with the medal last month for his service as a No. 77 Squadron mechanical fitter with the Australian Royal Air Force.

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