Battles of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral

The Report of this Inquiry, including the below recommendations, was provided to Government on 3 April 2018.  Government accepted these recommendations on 13 May 2018.  A copy of the full report is available for download here.  A corrigendum notice to this report is available to download here.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Recommendation 1:   To recognise all participants in the battles, the Tribunal recommends that the 1st Australian Task Force (Forward) be awarded the Unit Citation for Gallantry for extraordinary gallantry in action at the Battles of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral, between 12 May 1968 and 6 June 1968.

Recommendation 2:  The Tribunal recommends that no minimum period of service with the 1st Australian Task Force (Forward) in AO SURFERS between the dates 12 May 1968 and 6 June 1968 be imposed as eligibility criteria for individual entitlement to wear this award.

Recommendation 3:   To capture the legacy of the gallantry displayed by participants in the battles, the Tribunal recommends that the following Australian units substantively deployed to AO SURFERS between 12 May 1968 and 6 June 1968 be awarded the Unit Citation for Gallantry for extraordinary gallantry in action at the Battles of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral:

  • 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
  • 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
  • A Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment
  • C Squadron, 1st Armoured Regiment
  • 12th Field Regiment, Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery
  • 1st Field Squadron, Royal Australian Engineers

Recommendation 4:   With regard to the unique contributions of No 9 Squadron RAAF and 161 Reconnaissance Flight, the Tribunal recommends that any 9 Squadron or 161 Reconnaissance Flight members who flew missions in direct support of the Battles of Coral and Balmoral, or who were forward deployed to the Fire Support Bases and therefore attached to 1st Australian Task Force (Forward), be entitled to wear the insignia.

Recommendation 5:   The Tribunal recommends that servicemen from United States and New Zealand units who participated in the Battles of Coral and Balmoral under the command of the 1st Australian Task Force (Forward) should also be considered for recognition.

 

 


 

Insertion
by Ken McFadyen
Oil on canvas on hardboard, 1968

RAAF's first operation over North Korea
Robert Taylor
Oil on canvas, 1986