BATTLE OF THE SAMICHON RIVER
In the final hours of Korean War, the Chinese launched numerous attempts to evict the outnumbered defenders of the ‘bloody Hook’
Death stalked Samichon Valley. Chinese artillery smashed onto Green Finger Ridge, forcing the four-man Australian outpost to hug the earth in the hope of being spared from the storm of red-hot iron. “I’ve been hit in the back!” cried Private Leon Dawes after being struck through the body by shrapnel.
The 19-year-old was likely the last Australian combat death of the Korean War.