Korean War Legacy Project

Ronald C. Lovell

Bio

Ronald Lovell joined the Australian Army in 1950 with the hopes of seeing a bit of the world. He was aware the Korean War had begun, but this did not deter him. He served as a Bren Gunner (machine gunner) as part of the Third Battalion Company C which was part of the United Nations forces fighting in Korea. His duty stations included Hill 355, Hill 759, and the Hook. After proudly serving in Korea, he returned to Australia where he worked as a truck driver for British Petroleum (BP).

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Enlisting to See a Bit of the World

Ronald C. Lovell shares he enlisted in the Australian Army in 1950 despite knowing the Korean War had begun. As a young man, he believed it was would be a great way to see a bit of the world. He notes he did not know much about Korea at the time he enlisted.

Tags: Prior knowledge of Korea

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Hill 355

Ronald C. Lovell recalls landing in Pusan before being sent to Hill 355 (Kowang-san)very near Hill 317 where the Chinese were stationed. He recounts the very cold winters and patrols each night. He offers details of one daylight patrol which came under mortar fire and having to go out into the open to help bring the killed and wounded back to safety. He does not recall being afraid but remembers knowing what was going on and just kept going on with what was expected.

Tags: Busan,Chinese,Cold winters,Fear,Front lines,Personal Loss,Weapons

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Hill 759 and the Hook

Ronald C. Lovell and the members of his unit moved from Hill 355 to Hill 759 and ultimately participated in the Battle of the Hook. He describes how any time they encountered Chinese in the area they simply battled it out. He notes that while at Hill 355 members of the ROK Army fought alongside them and when his unit moved to Hill 759 they fought alongside the British. He spent two years as part of a special forces unit and remembers the happiness everyone felt at the time of the armistice.

Tags: 1953 Battle of the Hook, 5/28-29,Chinese,Cold winters,Front lines,Personal Loss,South Koreans,Weapons

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Most Difficult Time

Ronald C. Lovell recalls the cold weather being one of the worst parts of his time in Korea. He explains how they were really not equipped for such cold conditions for much of the time he was in Korea. As a machine gunner, who could have been an easy target for the enemy, he counts himself lucky to never have been wounded during his time in Korea.

Tags: Chinese,Cold winters,Fear,Front lines,Personal Loss,Pride,Weapons

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Life on the Front Lines

Ronald C. Lovell details what life was like on the front lines. He recalls showers were very rare and often food came in the form of Australian C-Rations. He shares that although he came through his deployment unscathed, realistically he could have been killed at any time.

Tags: Chinese,Cold winters,Front lines,Home front,Living conditions

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