20 May 2011
A parade will be held to commemorate the presentation of the Korean Presidential Citation to NZ Army’s 16 Field Regiment on Thursday, 26 May 2011.
16 Field Regiment personnel and veterans of that regiment who served in the Korean War from 15 December 1950 and 1 November 1951 will also be presented the insignia for the Korean Presidential Citation, originally presented in November 1951 in recognition of meritorious service and heroism during the War.
The 1951 Korean Presidential Citation was made in recognition of 16 Field Regiment’s part in holding ground and halting the assault of communist forces during the Battle of Kapyong in April 1951.
The insignia will be presented by Korean Minister of Patriots and Veterans’ Affairs, Minister Park.
What: Korean Presidential Citation Presentation
Where: Linton Army Camp, Palmerston North
When: Thursday 26 May from 12.30 – 1.45pm
The ceremony will be attended by the New Zealand Minister of Veterans’ Affairs, the Hon Judith Collins, Chief of Army Major General Tim Keating, and the Colonel Commandant of the Royal New Zealand Artillery, Colonel Barry Dreyer.
Media wishing to attend are required to register with Paul Stein on 06 351 9077 or 021 409 033 before 3:00pm 24 May. Appropriate media accreditation with photo ID must be on display at all times while on Defence property.
Further information - Backgrounder
Between 15 December 1950 and1 November 1951 about 800 New Zealanders served in Korea as part of the 16 Field Regiment Royal New Zealand Artillery.
During the four days of the Battle of Kapyong in April 1951, 16 Field Regiment fired over 10,000 rounds to maintain ground.
As noted in the original General Order, dated 10 November 1951:
[16 Field Regiment’s] performance in the April enemy offensive merits the highest praise. Two batteries were initially forward in support of 6 Republic of Korea Division and these were skilfully withdrawn to join the balance of the Regiment in a new position which the 27th British Commonwealth Brigade had been ordered to hold at all costs. Throughout the battle during the nights of the 23rd and 24th April and all day of 24th April it operated its guns ceaselessly and efficiently and played an important part in the holding of the position.
On 1 November 1951 the Korean President awarded the 16 Field Regiment the Presidential Unit Citation for “exceptionally meritorious service and heroism”.
This citation is one of only four awarded throughout the Korea War. It can be worn by current serving members of 16 Field Regiment and by those veterans who served from 15 December 1950 and 1 November 1951 in recognition of service.