Medals issued to Staff Sergeant Alexander Lavell

Historical note: 

Staff Sergeant Alexander Lavell was awarded many medals for his service in conflicts including the Second World War, Korean War, Malayan Emergency, and the Vietnam War. These medals are mounted as Lavell wore them during his final years in the Australian Army and at ceremonies after his discharge. The medals include: the 1939-45 Star; the Africa Star; the Pacific Star; the Defence Medal; the British War Medal; The Australian Service Medal; The Korea Medal; the United Nations Service Medal with bar "KOREA"; the General Service Medal (1918-64) with bar "MALAYA"; the Vietnam Medal and the South Vietnam Government Medal with clasp "1960-". Pinned above the Korean War medals is the blue ribbon brooch with gold boarder of the US Presidential Unit Citation (PUC). Lavell served with 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), at the Battle of Kapyong in April 1951. 3RAR was awarded the PUC for this action and those who fought in the battle could wear the PUC on their uniform for the rest of their service career regardless of which unit that served with subsequently.

Category: 
Awards and decorations
Themes: 
Bravery
Conflict: 
Second World War
Korean War
Malayan Emergency
Vietnam War
Story: 
Staff Sargeant Alexander Lavell

On this day

On this day
11 December

1899— 29 NSW LANCERS were part of a British force which suffered a heavy defeat at the hand of the BOERS at MAGERSFONTEIN, South Africa

1918—  HMAS BRISBANE arrived in Sevastopol, Russia, in support of White Russian forces fighting against revolutionary Bolshevik forces

1952— Operation FAUNA began in Korea. This action was planned to take prisoners to find out more about recently arrived Chinese troops and to destroy enemy trenches. It was 1RAR’s last action of the Korean War

1969— HMAS JEPARIT was commissioned into the RAN to transport stores and equipment to Vietnam. The bulk carrier had been the subject of ongoing union action since August 1966.