LtCol Charles Hercules Green

LtCol Charles Hercules Green

Birth
South Grafton, Clarence Valley Council, New South Wales, Australia
Death 1 Nov 1950 (aged 30)
Phyŏngannamdo, North Korea
Burial Busan, Busan Metropolitan City, South Korea
Plot Location: 35-8-10; Grave No. 2974
Memorial ID 69979024 · View Source
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KILLED in ACTION - Anju-si; NORTH KOREA.
Remains were recovered in 1955 and reburied.
NX121 - 2/11th Infantry Battalion 2ndAIF; Fought battles in Tobruk, Syria, Greece and Crete and later in New Guinea and Borneo in World War II.
Awarded the United States Silver Star Medal (posthumously) on 27th Sept 1951 for his gallantry in action on 22nd Oct 1950 in Korea.

CITATION for US SILVER STAR -
Lieutenant Colonel Green, Commanding Officer, 3 RAR, displayed gallantry in action against an armed enemy of the UN in Korea. On 22 October 1950, the Royal Australian Regiment was ordered to advance at dawn to seize a bridge over the river at Chongchon-Gang and to link up with the US 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team which had been dropped south of Sukchon. Colonel Green launched his battalion in a vigorous attack against the enemy in attempting to achieve his assigned objectives. The leading company of Colonel Green's battalion came under fire from each side of the road and from the rear soon after passing through Yongyu. Colonel Green immediately deployed a second company to seize high ground on the right of the road. Even though the men of the second company came under fire from the rear, they continued to advance, killing approximately seventy enemy soldiers. Mortar fire then began falling in the company areas, followed by shellfire. A third company was deployed to follow the second and to clear the high ground, while the fourth company was deployed to clear an orchard on the left of the road and follow up the action of the leading company. Troops of the fourth company killed about twelve enemy soldiers and continued to advance. Colonel Green then moved his small tactical headquarters into an orchard and was immediately attacked by the enemy. Colonel Green and his small contingent of troops engaged the enemy in fierce combat, killing thirty-four enemy soldiers. Three of Colonel Green's personal staff were wounded. Colonel Green continued his drive with unrelenting force through intense small arms, mortar and shell fire, until his battalion made contact with the airborne troops at 12.30. In this action Colonel Green's men killed over 200 enemy soldiers, despite the fact that he was unable to use either his artillery or mortars because of uncertainty regarding the position of friendly troops. The superb leadership, daring tactics and cool courage displayed by Colonel Green in deploying his units, coupled with his complete disregard for his own safety, resulted in a victory for his command. This action materially contributed to the successful prosecution of the campaign against an armed enemy of the UN, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of military service


Inscription

2/37504 LIEUT-COLONEL
C. H. GREEN, DSO.
3RD BATTALION
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT
1ST NOVEMBER 1950 AGE 30

Gravesite Details Buried at 1330 hrs on 20th October 1955.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LtCol Charles Hercules Green (26 Dec 1919–1 Nov 1950), Find A Grave Memorial no. 69979024, citing United Nations Memorial Cemetery, Busan, Busan Metropolitan City, South Korea ; Maintained by John Winterbotham (contributor 48166878) .