BUTTON, Edward J "Jim", DSM

Display Number:  1602  
Name:  Button  Edward J "Jim"
Rank:  Able Seaman Service Number:  NZ11418
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Whilst serving in the RNZN during the Korean War on board HMNZS Rotoiti, in 11th July 1951 a raiding party under the command of Lieutenant Webber; including able seamen's Button and Norman Scholes attacked enemy positions at Sogon-Ni Point on the North Korean coast supported by the Rotoiti lying about 1800m offshore. Button and Scholes scaled the cliff, killing one and capturing two North Korean soldiers. They successfully withdrew under fire and returned safely to the ship with their prisoners. This was described in several official sources as a classic example of a great raid. It was for this reason Button was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal in May 1952.


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Medal Description (Left to Right):  
  • Distinguished Service Medal - Instituted in 1914 for senior and junior ratings in the Navy. Awarded for acts of bravery in the face of the enemy for which the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal was not considered appropriate.