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
24 June

1927 — Opening of the MENIN GATE Memorial at YPRES, Belgium. This Memorial records the names of over 56,000 Allied soldiers, including 6176 Australians, missing in the battles around YPRES in World War 1

1940 — The British Government requested Australian support in the provision of military assets to assist in the garrisoning Malaya

1942 — Rommel’s Afrika Corps attacked Egypt, forcing the Allied troops back to El ALAMEIN

1942 — Maroubra Force was formed from the 300 strong Papuan Infantry Battalion and the 39th Battalion, an Australian militia unit. Its job was to defend Port Moresby