2/7th Battalion souvenir pennant : Captain R W Saunders

c. 1939 - 1945

Australian War Memorial

Australian War Memorial

In 1944 Reg Saunders was the first Aboriginal Australian to be commissioned as an officer in the Australian army. He had seen action during the Second World War with the 2/7th Battalion in North Africa at Benghazi, in Greece, in Crete and on the Kokoda Track. During the Korean War he served as Officer Commanding, C Company, 3 RAR, leading his company through fierce fighting, including the battle at Kapyong in April 1951 for which the battalion was awarded a US Presidential Unit Citation.

He kept this souvenir pennant as a proud memento of his service. It displays the colour patch and battle honours of the 2/7th battalion and is pinned with badges from his time in Korea, including the US Presidential Unit Citation and significant American insignia.

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  • Title: 2/7th Battalion souvenir pennant : Captain R W Saunders
  • Date: c. 1939 - 1945
  • Location: Australia


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