'We Want To Clothe Them In Living Flesh': The Korean War In Private And Public Memory

Richard Trembath


The Korean War is often referred to as the first "forgotten war." The processes of forgetting and remembering the war in Australian private and public memory, and the relationship between the two forms of remembrance have been affected by the role of the media and the chronology of the conflict in international affairs. Although veteran memories and testimonies survive, governmental conflict with the Returned Serviceman's League, a lack of well-known battles, and the absence (until recently) of a memorial or medal, have hindered the Korean War from being enshrined in Australia's public memory.

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