Operation Round Up took place off the Korean Peninsula. The destroyer HMAS BATAAN, (CMDR W. S. Bracegirdle DSC and Bar, RAN), provided close support to South Korean commandos, who landed at Ponggu Myon. Early in the action BATAAN was hit on the stern by an enemy shell, and Bracegirdle manoeuvred his ship close in to the shore, and silenced the enemy guns with heavy fire. Aircraft from HMS OCEAN also flew close support missions during the attack on Ponggu Myon. In an action lasting seven hours, the South Koreans destroyed 27 enemy positions and killed 120 North Korean soldiers. For gallantry in this action, CMDR Bracegirdle was awarded a second Bar to his DSC, and SBLT J. L. Jobson, RAN, and LS S. R. Smith were both awarded a MID.
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