Veterans Association of Australia

Korean war 1950 - 1953
The destroyers HMAS Bataan and HMAS Warramunga took part in one of the most dangerous naval operations of the Korean War. They sailed through heavy seas and snow storms in to the Taedong River to rescue wounded UN troops and Korean refugees from the town of Pyongyang that was under siege by Chinese forces in December 1950. The ships avoided mine fields and destroyed enemy positions during the successful 7 hour action.
On this 5th day of December in 1950,
HMA Ships Bataan and Warramunga participated in the withdrawal of UN forces and civilian refugees from Chinnampo, North Korea.
Late on the evening of 4 December, both ships had joined four other destroyers to begin the hazardous passage through the narrow wind swept channel to Chinnampo.
Two ships ran aground en route, but the remaining four—including Bataan and Warramunga—reached the port early on 5 December to find 'everything quiet with numbers of ships loading under the full brilliancy of arc light.'
The evacuation was completed by that evening and Bataan began demolition bombardment before proceeding to Inchon.
Bataan’s navigator, Lieutenant PR Burnett, RAN, was Mentioned in Despatches for his part in the operation.
Bats News No.2 Sept 2017
Saturday 23rd September 2017
Bataan & Fellow Shipmates, Bataan Families
2017 has started slowly, I now have had 8 visits to Hospital [4 Heart] since March, but still pushing for Bataan 11
Our support from our Members is appreciated by Joe Flaherty & Iwith donations from,
H. Epstein WA, B. Richie WA, B. Aylott QLD, L. Cook NSW, A. Hills TAS, RADM Andrew Robertson [Rtd] NSW, K. McKerihan QLD, Joe Flaherty QLD
enable us to continue to promote & represent Bataan, in our efforts for another Bataan
Ken Moore will finally construct his last Model [No 50] in December to be presented to the Top Shot at Cerberus Recruit School with other Vic Members,
well done Ken from all of your Shipmates
At the Melbourne ANZAC March we were honoured to have Jack Spooner & his family some from Interstate,
our Bataan Banner supported by a body of Recruits from HMAS Cerberus
We continue to strongly support our Navy Cadets TS Bataan in Melbourne
It was an Honour for Bataan for RADM Andrew Robertson [Rtd] NSW to be present at the Coral Sea Battle Service in the USA with the USA President Donald Trump
The Annual Tribal Lunch with Warramunga & Arunta was held at the Dandenong RSL,
with 57 present, with 8 serving RAN Officers from HMAS Cerberus
We are very active attending all Naval Committees in Victoria, where possible
Once Navy - Always Navy
John Laughton
National Secretary
0417 336 42
03 59 049 457

HMAS Bataan Veterans Association
National President Joe Flaherty & the Secretary John Laughton

HMAS Bataan Veterans Association Victorian President George Daniel & Ken Moore presenting a Model of Bataan To the TOP SHOT at the Getting Division HMAS Cerberus Recruit School
Hi Shipmates Let's have a Great Xmas Lunch together with our Cerberus Families & our Families & Friends Ken Moore has already booked in for 6 Our Subs for 2018 are due on 31/12/17 & we have no other income Cheers JL

Finally back on deck !
John F Laughton
90/2 Cameron St
03 5904 9457
0417 336 423
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    The Korean War's Operation Bataan and the Western Wolfpack Guerrillas involving the HMAS Bataan of the Royal Australian Navy from the RAN Reports of Proceedings.Operation Bataan, code named 'Roundup', is just one example of the many diverse stories contained within these records. The Western Wolfpack Guerrillas were bands of exiled anti-communists from North Korea who garrisoned many of the offshore islands in the Heaju Gulf. The local people were anticommunist and the islands were receiving centres for escapees from North Korean and intelligence agents. The ship most operational in this area of the Haeju gulf, HMAS Bataan was made HQ ship for a joint operation between Australian forces and the Wolfpack Guerrillas carried out in daylight on May 19, 1952.

    HMAS Bataan operating off Korea In late June 1950, Bataan was en route to Japan for a fifth tour when the Korean War started. From early July 1950 until 29 May 1951, the destroyer operated off Korea; patrolling and blockading, escorting aircraft carriers, and bombarding shore targets. A second Korean tour occurred between 4 February and 31 August 1952, with Bataan fulfilling most of the same duties as before. Bataan was presented with the battle honour "Korea 1950–52" for her service. In November 1953, Bataan visited Singapore. This was the only time since the Korean War, and the only time for the rest of her career, that the destroyer would leave Australian waters.
    Decommissioning and fate Bataan paid off at Sydney on 18 October 1954, and was laid up in reserve awaiting conversion to an anti-submarine escort.[citation needed] The conversion was cancelled in 1957, with Bataan placed on the disposal list,[citation needed] then sold for scrap to T. Carr and Company of Sydney in 1958.

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