This podcast episode is by Warwick O’Neill from the Australian Military History podcast, which has an excellent range of podcast episodes covering a wide range of the experiences of Australians under arms.

Coming from a long line of Indigenous servicemen, going all the way back to the Boer War, Reg Saunders joined the Second AIF in 1940. He would see action in Greece, avoid capture for eleven months on the island of Crete, and fight his way through the Salamaua Campaign. Along the way, he would be come the first aboriginal soldier to received a battlefield commission.

When the Korean War broke out, Reg once again volunteered to fight. He would lead his company during the ferocious fighting at Kapyong as well as other hard fought battles.

Reg Saunders with soldiers of the 2/7th Infantry Battalion. AWM.
Reg Saunders and Tom Derrick VC. The two shared a tent during their officer training course. AWM.
Reg Saunders leading his company in Korea. Wikimedia.
Reg Saunders with soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), and a Korean interpreter. AWM.

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