Arthur Pembroke

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Arthur Thomas Pembroke
Born23 July 1928
Brisbane, Australia
AllegianceAustralia Australia
Service/branchAustralian Army
RankLieutenant Colonel
Unit3rd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment
Commands held17th Battalion Royal New South Wales Regiment
Battles/warsKorean War
  • Battle of Maryang San
AwardsMilitary Cross

Arthur "Bushy" Pembroke MC (23 July 1928 - ) is an Australian Korean War veteran who was awarded the Military Cross for bravery during an attack against Hill 317 during the Battle of Maryang San in October 1951. The Military Cross (MC) is the third highest military bravery decoration awarded to officers and (since 1993) other ranks of the British Army and formerly other Commonwealth Nations including Australia.

Early Life and Officer Training[edit]

Pembroke was born in Brisbane in 1928. After finishing his secondary schooling he attended the Royal Military College, Duntroon in Canberra and was commissioned a Lieutenant in the Australian Army. Graduating in December 1950, Pembroke received the Sword of Honour which is awarded for excellence of conduct and performance of duty.

Korean War Service[edit]

Pembroke arrived in Korea in July 1951 and was attached to the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. He took over as commander of 9 Platoon, 'C' Company which was under the command of Jack Gerke DSO, AM.

Military Cross Action[edit]

The official historian of the Korean War, Robert O'Neill, wrote of the Battle of Maryang San "In this action 3RAR had won one of the most impressive victories achieved by any Australian battalion. In five days of heavy fighting 3RAR dislodged a numerically superior enemy from a position of great strength...The victory of Maryang San is probably the greatest single feat of the Australian Army during the Korean War."[1]

Post-War Service and Civilian Life[edit]

Pembroke was Director of Operation State Emergency Services and Civil Defence from 1978 - 1984. He served in the Returned and Services League Defence Committee for 25 years and was President of the New South Wales Defence Force Welfare Association from 1992 - 1995. He has two sons, one daughter and twelve grandchildren and lives in Sydney.

Honours & Awards[edit]

Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Pembroke has been awarded the following honours:

Military Cross ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 ribbon.png Korea Medal BAR.svg United Nations Service Medal Korea.png

Australian Service Medal 1945-1975 ribbon.png DFSM with Rosette.png National Medal with Rosette.png Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png

U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg

Military Cross ribbon.png Military Cross 1953 by Elizabeth II
Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975 with Korea Clasp
Korea Medal BAR.svg Korea Medal
United Nations Service Medal Korea.png United Nations Service Medal for Korea
Australian Service Medal 1945-1975 ribbon.png Australian Service Medal 1945–1975
DFSM with Rosette.png Defence Force Service Medal with clasp For 20 years service
National Medal with Rosette.png National Medal with clasp For 15 years service
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal
U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg Presidential Unit Citation (United States) awarded to 3RAR

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