Another medal for ‘Super Vet’

‘Super Vet’ Reg Bandy, who will be awarded the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal this weekend. Picture: Matthew Poon d400389
‘Super Vet’ Reg Bandy, who will be awarded the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal this weekend. Picture: Matthew Poon d400389

Surviving Australian veterans of the Korean War will receive the medals at a remembrance service on May 11.

The annual service will this year mark the 60th year since Australian digger Private Gerald Russell was killed in action at 21 during the Korean War, the same year the armistice was signed.

In 1941, aged 17, Mr Bandy said he was older than he really was in order to enlist in the Australian army.

‘If you’re big enough, you’re old enough,’ he said of the measure as far as he was concerned.

Mr Bandy was sent to Japan immediately after WWII ended to serve in the British Commonwealth Occupation Force, among the first servicemen to be sent after the cessation of hostilities.

He spent nearly five years in Japan and was only once sent back to Australia on leave. He was then posted to Korea when war broke out there in 1950.

When that war ended in 1953 he was back in Australia until being posted to Vietnam, where he served from 1963-64.

His next service away from Australia was in London to the post of Regimental Sergeant Major at Australia House, a position awarded to him for his service to his country. He was later honoured as a Member of the British Empire.

He retired in 1977 and now, at age 90, is known to his friends as ‘Super Vet’.

City of Armadale residents can attend the commemorative ceremony at Gerald Russell Reserve.

Mayor Henry Zelones said the reserve was named in honour of a local Digger who was buried with fallen comrades in the Tanggok Military Cemetery in South Korea.

For ceremony details call 9399 0175.