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ClickArmy Edition 1333, July 31, 2014
AN INSPIRATION HONOURED: LCpl Todd Chidgey farewelled, page 3 EXERCISE HAMEL: Up to 5000 personnel from Australian, New Zealand and US defence forces invade the north, pages 6-7 COMMANDO DIES: 2 Cdo Sgt Gary Francis has died during a New Zealand mountain training exercise, page 3 RIMPAC: Soldiers storm Pyramid Beach with US and Mexican forces, page 4 Special Liftout: Troops take to the trenches during the 7 Bde CATA
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Commemorating the 48th Anniversary of the cessation of Indonesian Confrontation with Malaysia & the 54th Anniversary of the end of the Malaysian Emergency. At the Royal Australian Regiment National Memorial Walk, Enoggera on Sunday 31 August, at 10.30am. RSVP: By 15 August. Robert Edwards: robertedwards14@bigpond.com

30 Jul
FUNERAL: 17555 LIEUTENANT COLIN DAVID FRANCIS WILSON, 3RAR
Korea (Lt) 10 February 1953 to 25 January 1954 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment Age: 86+ years. Colin David Francis WILSON served with 3RAR in Korea has passed away. Colon's funeral will take place at the Gold Coast, Qld at 3.00pm on Friday 1 August 2014. Thanks Pat Cannard and Colin’s daughter Sue. Rest in Peace Colin. More here
30 Jul
REST IN PEACE: 5411703 PRIVATE CHRISTOPHER OWEN SMITH, 1ARU, 2RAR
Chris Smith (1 Pl A Coy 1967) passed away Saturday 26th July after a long battle with cancer. Age: 67+ years. News from Phillip Grose & Wally J Musgrave. Funeral details when known. More here
28 Jul
THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL'S REFURBISHED CAFE WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED, NAMED POPPY'S IN MEMORY OF TROOPER DAVID "POPPY" PEARCE
The Terrace Cafe at the AWM, has been renamed in honour of Trooper David ''Poppy'' Pearce. Trooper Pearce, who had joined the army in his late 30s, was affectionately known as “Poppy” by his much younger comrades because of his age. In 2007, shortly after he was killed, his mates redeveloped the cafe area at their base in Tarin Kowt and named it Poppy’s in his honour. Read the article here
25 Jul
MEN BURY THEIR HEADS OVER PROSTATE HEALTH
MEN are notorious for burying their heads in the sand about their health and it seems this is especially true when it comes to things going on 'down there' potentially relating to the prostate, the gland which sits underneath men's bladders, surrounds the urethra and produces semen. Read the article here
25 Jul
FUNERAL: 310864 CORPORAL DOUGLAS GEORGE (KIPPER) FRANKLIN, 2RAR
Doug (Kipper) Franklin passed away Fri 11 July 2014. Funeral to be held at St Marks Catholic Church 9 Lilac St Inala at 11.00am on Wednesday 16 July.
Doug was in MMG Pl. Support Coy. 2 RAR. Korea, 1953- 54. Veteran of The HOOK. 87+ years. More here
15 Jul
BOOK: WAR IN AFGHANISTAN: A SHORT HISTORY OF EIGHTY WARS AND CONFLICTS IN AFGHANISTAN AND THE NORTH-WEST FRONTIER 1839-2011, BY KEVIN BAKER
ClickGenerations of War in a Warlike Land Opening with a caution that he’s only going to cover the most notable events, Baker (Australian Defence Force Academy), gives us an overview of eighty international, tribal, factional, sectarian, and border wars, conflicts, and feuds, mostly involving some degree of foreign intervention, in Afghanistan and what is now northwestern Pakistan from the outbreak of the “First Anglo-Afghan War” in 1839 through the current internationalized struggle that began in 2001. In what is one of the most unstable regions in the world, a complex mix of tribes, sub-tribes, and clans, overlaid by rival brands of Islam, presents an almost impossible obstacle to any efforts to develop long-term institutions. Baker points out that the most stable period in the region’s history, one characterized by slow reform and modernization, were the six decades that followed the “Third Anglo-Afghan War”, under kings Amanullah and Zahir Shah (1919-1973). But in 1973 a republican coup overthrew the monarchy, in an effort to rush modernization, which produced considerable resistance. A Communist coup followed, which sparked even greater resistance, leading to Soviet intervention (1979-1989), followed by the collapse of a post-Soviet regime at the hands of the Taliban, which in turn abetted the 2001 attacks on the United States, leading to American intervention and an ongoing war. A country of almost continuous war. War in Afghanistan is a sobering read. Dural, NSW: Rosenberg / Portland, Or.: International Specialized Book Se, 2011. Pp. 264. Illus., maps, append., notes, biblio., index. $35.00 paper. ISBN: 1921719125.
10 Jul
REST IN PEACE: 3411441 LANCE-CORPORAL PHILLIP EDWIN ‘KNUCKLES’ MCDONELL, 2RAR
3411441 Phill ‘Knuckles’ McDonell passed away 14 June 2014 from brain cancer. Age: 72 years. His funeral was held on 19 June at Port Stephens, NSW. More here
8 Jul
FIRE IN SURFERS RSL: KOREA VETERANS' DAY COMMEMORATIONS (26th)
Please be advised that the entertainment area of the Surfers RSL Club will be closed for the remainder of this year due to a serious fire on the second floor. The Sub Branch will remain open and be operating at full strength. Our condolences are offered to Surfers RSL for this cruel blow. There is no direct impact on the Korean Veterans’ Day (26th) and the Kokoda Day commemorations at Cascade except that the Korean Lunch will now be moved to another area and the RSL will have no area for meet and greet after the ceremonies.
Those seeking further information please contact your Club secretaries or Yang Kim and John Fry.
Maurie Pears
PO Box 1, Isle of Capri, Qld 4217 juromo@bigpond.net.au cell 0408971007 www.koreanwarmemorial.com.au
4 Jul
ANOTHER WARRIOR HIS DUTY DONE: 235138 LIEUTENANT COLONEL MAXWELL CHARLES (MAX) MULES, 8RAR
Max was a founding member of 8RAR in 1966 at Enoggera, Brisbane and was OC Admin Coy when the Bn deployed to Malaya over the period of 1967 to 1969. He was very proud of his service with 8RAR. FUNERAL Today (Tue) More here
1 Jul
FUNERAL: 37973 WARRANT OFFICER CLASS 2 PAUL (RICHO) RICHARDSON, 1RAR
Some of you older blokes may remember Paul Richardson. Served (both tours) including "Harry the Hat's" D Coy 1RAR in 1968/69 Vietnam and was present at FSB Coral. He was a DS at Tully, taught the Ambush lessons. Richo passed away Monday 23 June 2014, his funeral is this Friday (27th) in Hobart. Photo B Coy Rugby team, Selarang Barracks(4th from left rear row) here Funeral details here
26 Jun
REST IN PEACE: 5714653 PRIVATE IAN HAIG COOK, 2RAR
Ian Cook passed from a muscle degenerating disease. Reported on SkyNews. Ian was news director with Channel 9 & 7 and B-Sky-B news England. Ian served with 2 Pl A Coy 2RAR 1967-68. Wally Musgrave. More here
26 Jun
QLD TO ABSORB PENSIONER, SENIOR CUTS
QUEENSLAND'S pensioners and seniors will be better off after the Newman government backflipped on concessions. The federal government cut $223 million for water, electricity and rate concessions over four years, and the Tuesday state budget only picked up 10 per cent of the shortfall. The grey army took the Newman government to task on talk-back radio and on Thursday Premier Campbell Newman announced he'll now fund the full gap. "We're not only listening to Queenslanders, but we're acting within the space of two days to reinstate the full level of pensioner and senior concessions," he told parliament. More here
10 Jun
UPDATED: RAR Association (QLD), Inc Activities Calendar: 2014 here 8 Jun
REST IN PEACE: LIEUTENANT COLONEL RONALD THOMAS SHAMBROOK AM, 5RAR
Just received news that Ron Shambrook has passed away (30 May 14) quietly in the presence of his family at Wesley Hospital in Brisbane. Funeral details to be advised when known. Bruce Schmidtchen. Details here
1 Jun
REST IN PEACE: 3795903 PRIVATE GRANT WILLIAM BURROWS, 2RAR
I received information from 'B' Company 2RAR (Vietnam 1970/71) Ron Hutton, that Grant Burrows from 'A' Company (same tour) had passed away from cancer about a month ago. Ron and Grant both come from Korumburra, Vic. Garry Johnston. Details here
9 May
FUNERAL: 5715033 PRIVATE DAVID JOHN WESTLAKE, 2RAR (4 PL B COY)
Dave Westlake (Regimental Number 5715033) died from a massive heart attack on Monday 5 May. David's funeral will be held in the Bowra & O’Dea Chapel, 2 Leslie Street, Mandurah at 10am on Friday. 9 May. Medals to be worn as entitled, by request of the President. Geoff Brewer and John Knights. Funeral details here
9 May
FUNERAL: LIEUTENANT COLONEL PETER MICHAEL (MIKE) DENNIS, MBE (RETD), 9RAR, 2RAR
Sadly Mike "The Fox" Dennis MBE passed away peacefully at home at 1615hrs surrounded by family on the 3rd of May 2014. We have lost a good ex officer, soldier, advocate, committee member and a loyal and hard working Vice President. Age: 67 years. Malcolm Allen (SA). Funeral/Service details here
9 May
ANOTHER WARRIOR HIS DUTY DONE: 1410972 WARRANT OFFICER CLASS 2 RAYMOND ALEXANDER (RAY) BARNES DCM, 6RAR, AATTV
Ray passed away peacefully on the 21st April, 2014. Aged 77 Years. Ray's funeral was held in St. Clements Anglican Church, Eudunda Street, Stafford, on Friday, 2nd May, 2014. Details here
4 May
OBITUARY: BRIGADIER DAMIAN ROCHE
Brigadier Damian Roche, who was appointed in 2012 as director general Defence Centenary of ANZAC Planning for the commemorations of Australia's work in World War I, died in Canberra aged 57. He had a distinguished and decorated 35-year career in the army. His initial appointment was as a platoon commander in the 1st Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR) in Townsville. He further served with the regiment as adjutant and company commander of 8/9 RAR from 1985 to 1987 and later was commanding officer of 8/9 RAR in 1993 and 1994. He was the last full-time director of infantry and the founding commandant of the Combat Arms Training Centre. In 1995, now Lieutenant Colonel Roche, he commanded the second Australian medical support force to Rwanda as part of the United Nations Assistance Mission (UNAMIR) and which included B Coy 2RAR, engineers from the 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment, and armoured personnel carriers from B Squadron 3rd/4th Cavalry Regiment. On returning to Australia he was promoted to brigadier and commanded the 1st Brigade from 2001 to 2002. SOURCE
3 May
FUNERAL: 1732148 PRIVATE PETER (JOCK) GOWRAN, 2RAR
Peter Gowran passed away on 14 April 2014 of lung complications.
Funeral details: Date: 24 April 2014 Time: 2.30pm Location: Church of the Little Flower Church - First Ave, Bongaree (Bribie Island) Qld. Details here
21 Apr

'TOWNER NEWS' NEWSLETTER OF 2/4RAR ASSOC. 1/2014 EDITION Click

 

This is the First Edition of the 2/4 Newsletter. Photos; articles; etc for future editions are welcome. Read here

4 Apr

POSTAGE CONCESSION FOR PENSIONERS
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Australia Post basic postage rate to increase from 60 to 70 cents from Mon 31 March. A concession rate stamp will remain at 60 cent postage for 5.7 million eligible Australians until 2017.
WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO
Concession rate stamps will be available to any individual who has a Commonwealth Government concession card. Eligible customers will be required to register for an Australia Post concession card, and you should call at a Post Office as soon as possible to do this. Visit website here.

28 Mar
FUNERAL: 4718087 PRIVATE THOMAS FAIRBAIRN YOUNG, 2RAR
Tom Young passed away at 1700hrs (5pm) this afternoon (20 Mar) as a result of a stroke. The Funeral Service will be conducted at 2pm on THURSDAY, March 27, 2014 in All Souls' Anglican Church, corner Third Avenue and Stephen Terrace, St. Peters, Adelaide. Details here
27 Mar
FUNERAL: 3411764 WARRANT-OFFICER CLASS 1 KENNETH NORMAN JOHNSTON OAM MM WIA (AKA: JOHNSTONE) SAS, 2RAR
FUNERAL: Tuesday 18 March 2014 Midday (1200 hrs) 147-155 Hogans Road Hoppers Crossing Vic 3029. Details here
18 Mar
FUNERAL: 3790757 PRIVATE JOHN RAYMOND TAYLOR, 2RAR
John Taylor, died on March 5th at Hervey Bay Hospital. Family and friends are invited to his Requiem Mass and Prayers to be held at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Adelaide Street Maryborough, Qld on Tuesday, March 11 at 10.30am. Phill Evenden. Details here
8 Mar
ANOTHER WARRIOR HIS DUTY DONE: 31932 WARRANT-OFFICER CLASS 1 IAN ROBERTSON, 3RAR, 1RAR, AATTV
Ian Robertson's funeral was held this week at Greensborough, Vic. Ian served in Japan, Korea & Vietnam. Read the Herald Sun article: "With rifle or camera, Robbie was a crack shot" by: Andrew Rule. Thanks David Troedel. Details here
7 Mar
UPDATED: FUNERAL: 3796867 PRIVATE EVAN MAXWELL (BILL) NORQUAY, 8RAR, 2RAR
Note to members of the death of Bill Norquay who passed away late last week. Bill’s funeral is at 11am at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Stewart Street Devonport tomorrow 8 Mar 14. Thanks Trevor Duniam. Medals to be worn as entitled, by request of the President. Details here
7 Mar
FUNERAL: 2786015 PRIVATE LINDSAY ABERNETHY, 9RAR
Vietnam (Pte, A Coy) 9th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment 13/11/1968 to 17/03/1969 Age: 67+ years. Passed away peacefully 3rd February 2014. Late of Nerang, formerly of Currumbin. Aged 67 years.
FUNERAL NOTICE: Devoted partner of Beryl. Loving father of Peta, Lee, Stu, Mick, Ann, Mandy and Darrin. Much loved Grandy of all his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Loving son of Geoffrey (decd) and Sylvia, brother of Pam and Cheryl. In our hearts forever. Family and friends of Lindsay Abernethy are invited to attend his funeral service to be held at the Tweed Heads Crematorium Chapel, Kirkwood Road, Tweed Heads South on Friday 7th February 2014 at 1pm NSW Time. (12noon QLD Time).
6 Feb
AUSTRALIA DAY 2014 HONOURS LISTS
AUSTRALIA DAY 2014 HONOURS LISTS (COMPLETE)
26 Jan

BOOK: THE SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA
A Collection of Short Stories & Verse by "Warrie" George Mansford
ClickThe Man from Snowy River is part of Australia’s folklore as he embodies that indomitable spirit, that will to have a go, a determination not to be defeated and that Australian larrikinism that we crave for. Within the Defence family, George Mansford is just as well known, and for the same reasons. Mention George "Warrie" Mansford and instantly the conversation becomes animated and stories are recounted about a man who rose from Private soldier to Brigadier but who never lost his humble beginnings. George Mansford is one of those rare men, whose word is binding, a man who is not afraid to speak his mind but does so only after very careful deliberation, a man who will never leave a friend behind and, in country terms, I would ride the river with George Mansford anytime, anyplace. More here

31 Jan 14
FUNERAL: 311287 SERGEANT THOMAS ROSS DOUGLAS, 2RAR, 6RAR
Tommy Douglas passed away last night in Canberra. Jock Bain The Viewing for Tommy will be at the Tobin Bros Chapel, 75 Canberra Ave, Kingston, ACT at 4pm. Tuesday 21 January 2014. The Funeral Service is at the Norwood Chapel at 10.30 am Wednesday 10.30am 22 January 2014. Dress is Tie, Jacket and Large Medals. Arthur Willemse. More here
17 Jan
UPDATE: REST IN PEACE: 1734251 CORPORAL DAVID BRYAN (CURLY) CUMNER, 2RAR
David (Curly) Cumner ex-Charlie Coy 2RAR 1970-71 was accidentally killed in a farm accident yesterday (15 January 2014). Details of his funeral are not yet available. Geoff Daly. More here
17 Jan
REST IN PEACE: 212870 WARRANT OFFICER CLASS ONE WARWICK MARTIN (BLUE) MCFADDEN, 2RAR, 1RAR, AATTV
I had an email from David McFadden to say his Dad had passed away in Sep, I was unaware he had died. Blue McFadden was in B Coy 2RAR with me from 1959 until 1964 and was in Malaya with us. He then went to 1RAR and to Vietnam with them from 27/5/65 until 6/8/65 but went back with the AATTV from 23/9/66 until 13/9/67. Henry Chisholm. More here
16 Jan
REST IN PEACE: 2785471 PRIVATE JOHN PATRICK (JACK) MINNEY WIA, 2RAR
John Patrick (Jack) Minney died 1st January 2014, a member of C Coy 2RAR 1967-68, he was buried at Swan Hill, Vic. A large turn out, lots of Vietnam veterans from the local area. Three of us who went over with Jack attended. Rollo 'Reg' Leach. More here
16 Jan
FUNERAL: BRIGADIER DAMIAN STANLEY JAMES MALIPHANT "DOLLY" ROCHE, ex-CO 8/9RAR
RARA ACT Branch Members, Associates and Infantrymen, With great sadness, I have to inform you that our ACT Branch President, BRIG Damian Roche, suffered a heart attack while at golf this morning [Friday 3 January 2014] and, despite the efforts of his friends on the spot, he could not be revived on arrival at hospital and has passed away.
Funeral: Requiem Mass will take place at St Christopher's Cathedral, Franklin Street, Forrest ACT on Friday, 10 January 2014, at 1.30pm. Details here. More here
8 Jan
ANOTHER WARRIOR HIS DUTY DONE: 43974 CORPORAL ROBERT JAMES LECKIE, 5RAR
Bob Leckie passed away this morning (Sunday, 5 January 2014) in the Murray Bridge Soldiers Memorial Hospital. Bob did two tours of Vietnam, both with 5 RAR. Would you be kind enough to pass this on to the members & advise that details of the funeral will be forthcoming as the information comes to hand. Bob slipped away after suffering from cancer over the last year, his family were by his side. More here
6 Jan
BOOK: 'THE VIET CONG D440 BATTALION – THEIR STORY' BY ERNIE CHAMBERLAIN
The D440 history complements the history of its ‘brother’ The Viet Cong D445 Battalion: Their Story, which was published in 2011. The core of the new work is a translation of D440 Battalion’s history, as written by Vietnamese historians. Nominally a ‘Viet Cong’ battalion, it was predominantly a North Vietnamese unit. In order to provide context, and to comment upon the Vietnamese account, the book is comprehensively referenced by the author. While the book is not available commercially, it has been placed on the Internet as ‘free-to-read’ here
9 Sep
VIETNAM VETERANS COMMEMORATIVE WALK IN SEYMOUR, VICTORIA
Following a veterans visit to the recently completed Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk in Seymour, Victoria, a slide show was created and placed on YouTube. It commemorates the 60,000+ men and women who served in Vietnam. The names of every person who served in Vietnam is listed on its walls. The Walk incorporates a meandering red earth path set in native trees and grasses that resemble rubber trees and rice paddies. These two plants are synonymous to Vietnam. Contemplation areas are incorporated into the Walk as a place for people to sit and reflect on the sacrifices of those that went before us serving our country. If you are ever traveling along the Hume Hwy, take the exit to Seymour to visit. It is an amazing and emotional visit.
Click here to view.
Veteranweb Network
raypayne@veteranweb.asn.au
3 AUG

THE QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY 2013 HONOURS LIST
Complete List (Civilian/Military)
Officer (AO) in the Military Division
Member (AM) in the Military Division
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia
Military – Gallantry, Distinguished & Conspicuous
Congratulations to all recipients of Queen's Birthday Awards 2013.

10 JUN
WEBSITE: 2/4RAR ASSOCIATION
In April 2013, an interested group of former 2/4 RAR soldiers met in Townsville and decided to resurrect the former defunct association. This they did as a result of a strong desire to perpetuate the unique comradeship that was inspired by service in the Battalion. Over 4,500 personnel served their Nation in the 2nd/4th Battalion from 1973 to 1995.
Stephen Moore, CSM
President
Visit the website here
 

LEST WE FORGET: BINYON’S ODE OF REMEMBRANCE
On an autumn day in 1914 Laurence Binyon sat on a cliff in North Cornwall, somewhere between Pentire Point and the Rump. It was less than seven weeks after the outbreak of war, but British casualties were mounting. Long lists of the dead and wounded were appearing in British newspapers. With the British Expeditionary Force in retreat from Mons, promises of a speedy end to war were fading fast. Against this backdrop Binyon, then Assistant Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, sat to compose a poem that Rudyard Kipling would one day praise as “the most beautiful expression of sorrow in the English language”. Continued here
By Bronwyn Lea Senior Lecturer in the School of English Media Studies and Art History at University of Queensland

 

BOOK: UNCOMMON SOLDIER BY CHRIS MASTERS
Chris Masters, the country's foremost investigative journalist, turns his penetrating gaze on the modern Australian soldier. Moving away from our ongoing fascination with Anzac story, he looks at the rich and illuminating present to write a character study of the modern Australian soldier - war fighter, peacekeeper, street-level diplomat and aid worker.
Purchase the book here
The modern Digger: "The soldiers talked to me about it quite a lot; they'd come back from intense experiences, and really gave up trying to communicate what they'd been though to their close friends and family, let alone curious bystanders. It's easy to see why it (our Afghanistan engagement) doesn't make sense, but the soldiers don't have that comfort. They're there at the behest of this nation, and it's not theory for them. They have to live with an extremely difficult conflict and do their best to make it work, and I'm very much on their side in that regard." Read a newspaper article here

 

BOOK: KANGAROO CREEK BY GARRY CHAD WITH GARRY MCKAY

An adventure story about two youths. One, a bloke from the bush – Kangaroo Creek is a real-life story of a larrikin Australian. Garry Chad tells of growing up in the bush, of close Aboriginal connections, of Army experience in peace, of active service in Vietnam with three different infantry battalions (1st, 6th and 4th Royal Australian Regiments) and serving alongside US 173rd Airborne Brigade, the ‘Big Red One’ division and the Kiwis. During his tours Chad was Wounded in Action. The other is Wang Chi Hoe from North Vietnam, who was also Wounded and Killed in Action.

 
6RAR SOLDIER AWARDED VICTORIA CROSS FOR AFGHAN VALOUR
A Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) soldier who exposed himself to enemy fire to save his comrades during a patrol in Afghanistan has been awarded the Victoria Cross at a ceremony in Canberra. The medal - Australia's highest military honour - was presented to Corporal Daniel Keighran by Governor-General Quentin Bryce at Government House in Canberra this morning. Corporal Keighran, who served with the Brisbane-based 6th Battalion RAR (D Coy), is the third Australian to receive the VC while serving in Afghanistan, but the first non-special forces soldier. The two previous Afghan war recipients - Corporal Mark Donaldson VC and Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith VC - were both members of the special forces.
Gallery: Modern Victoria Cross recipients
 

BOOK: ‘VIETNAM: THE COMPLETE STORY OF THE AUSTRALIAN WAR‘
Author Bruce Davies saw operational service with 1 RAR, an Australian Infantry Battalion and then twice with AATTV as an advisor with the Army of the Republic of Viet Nam infantry in I Corps and the Mike Force in Pleiku. He was mentioned in Despatches in 1970 and received a Commendation for Distinguished Service in Viet Nam in the End of War List. Mr Davies has several foreign awards for valour and service in Vietnam. In 1977, Mr Davies was appointed a Member of the British Empire for his military service. His two earlier books are The Men Who Persevered (Allen & Unwin, 2005) and The Battle at Ngok Tavak (Allen & Unwin/Texas Tech University, 2009). He is currently a PhD candidate in the Monash Faculty of Arts, researching the Australian force in Vietnam. QBD
NEWS: Behind the front line

 

BOOK: NEW ZEALAND'S VIETNAM WAR BY IAN MCGIBBON
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New Zealand's Vietnam War provides a comprehensive and authoritative account of New Zealand's involvement in the Vietnam War, one that will remain the standard reference work on the subject for decades.
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BOOK: DEAD MEN RISEN: THE WELSH GUARDS AND THE REAL STORY OF BRITAIN’S WAR IN AFGHANISTAN

bookdesdmen142 WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZE 2012. This is the tale of the Welsh Guards in Helmand in 2009. Underequipped and overstretched, guardsmen from the coal mining valleys and slate quarry villages of Wales found themselves in Helmand in some of the most intense fighting by British troops for more than a generation.
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BOOK: NO BOXES - A TRIUMPH OF SPIRIT

bookmcleodNo Boxes is made up of two parts. The first section is an over view of an Australian soldier. Covering his beginnings, his service in Australia and overseas, i.e. one tour spanning a little over two years in Malaya and Borneo, prior to the formation of Malaysia and during Indonesia's attempts to stop that formation. In that period he spent over eighteen months in the "J" i.e. jungle. The two tours he endured in South Vietnam were twelve months apiece. His second tour was with an "Anzac" battalion in 1970-71. The end of the first section deals with his self-rehabilitation, from a much traumatized state using logic and meditation. The second part covers his conclusions. Definition Allostatic load
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BOOK: JUST A NASHO
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BOOK: TRAVELS IN ATOMIC SUNSHINE
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In February 1946, the Australians of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) moved into western Japan to 'demilitarise and democratise' the atom-bombed backwater of Hiroshima Prefecture. For over six years, up to 20,000 Australian servicemen, including their wives and children, participated in an historic experiment in nation-rebuilding dominated by the United States and the occupation's supreme commander, General MacArthur.
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BOOK: FIGHTING TO THE FINISH

bookmcneill2012Tells the story of the Australian Army in Vietnam during the peak years of the Australian military commitment to Vietnam War.
As the ninth and final volume of The Official History of Australia's Involvement in Southeast Asian Conflicts 1948-1975, this is the successor to the acclaimed To Long Tan by Ian McNeill and On the Offensive by Ian McNeill and Ashley Ekins.
Allen & Unwin
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WE WERE REOs Australian Infantry Reinforcements in VIETNAM By Richard "Barney" Bigwood and Andrew Bigwood BA. Arts. (Hons)

 
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BOOK: 'THE VIET CONG D440 BATTALION – THEIR STORY' BY ERNIE CHAMBERLAIN  
 
MORE BANG FOR NO BUCKS – SELF-PROPELLED ARTILLERY USED BY AUSTRALIAN CAVALRY IN VIETNAM 1967-68, BY COLIN CAMPBELL  
 
 
 

PURE MASSACRE - AUSSIE SOLDIERS REFLECT ON THE RWANDAN GENOCIDE, BY KEVIN O'HALLORAN.

 
THE GREY EIGHT IN FOCUS” [8 RAR UNIT PICTORIAL]  
VIETNAM ON CANVAS, KEN MCFADYEN: AN ARTIST AT WAR, BY SANDRA LEE  
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CAN YOU HEAR AUSTRALIA'S HEROES MARCHING? - AUSTRALIAN ARMY TRIBUTE
A short tribute to the soldiers of the Australian Army, past and present. The opening text is taken from the poem 'In Flanders Fields' by John McCrae. The text at the end of the video is taken from the poem 'For the Fallen' by Laurence Binyon. Music: 'Can you hear Australia's heroes marching?' By Peter Barnes
 
 
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Welcome to the Australian Army on Facebook. This Official Fan Page is for all past or present serving members, family and friends of serving members, people interested in joining, or those who have a general interest in the Australian Army.
 
 
 
DVA: VETERAN SERVICE ONLINE
 
 
 
 
TOUCHBASE. OUT OF THE SERVICE, BUT STILL IN TOUCH.
You may now be out of the Australian Defence Force, but you can still stay in touch. The touchbase website has information and links that can help you in civilian life, from jobs and finances to health and well-being. Sign up to Find Your Mates and subscribe to the quarterly e-newsletter to get in contact with family and friends and receive stories written especially for the ex-service community – covering topics and people that are of interest to you and your family.
 
 
 
HISTORY OF THE VICTORIA CROSS

VICTORIA CROSS FOR AUSTRALIA
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The Victoria Cross for Australia was instituted in the Australian honours system by Letters Patent on 15 January 1991. It replaced the British or Imperial Victoria Cross.

Read here about: Trooper Mark Donaldson VC, Corporal Benjamin Roberts-Smith VC MG, Corporal Daniel Keighran VC, & Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG

 
THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT HONOUR ROLL 1948 - 2012
NOMINAL ROLL OF VETERANS OF WW 1, WW 2, KOREA, VIETNAM, & GULF WAR
NOMINAL ROLL OF NEW ZEALAND VETERANS OF VIETNAM
NEW ZEALAND ROLL OF HONOUR (VIETNAM)

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HONOUR ROLL VIETNAM VETERANS

Site Created By Haydn Madigan 9RAR Vietnam Nov 68 - May 69

 

AUSTRALIAN HONOURS LISTS
AUSTRALIA DAY 2014 HONOURS LISTS (COMPLETE)
QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY 2014 HONOURS LIST (COMPLETE)
AUSTRALIA DAY 2013 HONOURS LISTS (COMPLETE)
AUSTRALIA DAY 2013 HONOURS LISTS (MIL)

DEFENCE HONOURS AND AWARDS
AUSTRALIAN HONOURS AND AWARDS + WEARING AWARDS
AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE BADGES OF RANK AND SPECIAL INSIGNIA
APPLICATION FOR ISSUE OR REPLACEMENT OF ADF MEDALS AND/OR AWARDS
INFANTRY COMBAT BADGE (ICB) (CRITERIA)
ARMY COMBAT BADGE (ACB): DEFENCE INSTRUCTIONS (ARMY) 2009
AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE MEDAL (ADM) APPLICATION (Revised Oct 2010)
NATIONAL SERVICE 1951-1972 MEDAL (ANSM) APPLICATION
PINGAT JASA MALAYSIA (PJM) APPLICATION
EAST TIMOR SOLIDARITY MEDAL (ELIGIBILITY)


PHOTO GALLERIES
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THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT
NATIONAL MEMORIAL WALK
ENOGGERA, QLD
To activate a photo gallery 'Click' on an image below, then 'Click' on 'Slideshow.'
To view in full screen mode 'Press' the 'F11' function key.
Photographs by Rick Hollingdrake
Dad's Army July 28, 2014
Dad's Army July 7, 2014
Dad's Army June 2, 2014
Dad's Army 5 May 2014
Dad's Army 7 April 2014
Dad's Army 10 March 2014
Dad's Army 13 January 2014
Dad's Army 18 November 2013
Dad's Army 21 October 2013
Dad's Army
Dad's Army 4 February 2013
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Dad's Army 13 February 2012
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Dad's Army 14 February 2011
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Dad's Army End of Year Barbeque 6 December 2010
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RAR Association (Qld)/Legacy Concert 22 August 2010
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Sunday at National Memorial Walk 15 August 2010
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Korea Veterans' Day 27 July 2010
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Dad's Army 21 June 2010
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Dad's Army 7 December 2009
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Dad's Army 30 November 2009
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Dad's Army 14 September 2009
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Dad's Army 20 April 2009
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Dad's Army 23 March 2009
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Dad's Army 2 March 2009
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Dad's Army 10 November 2008
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Dad's Army 25 August 2008
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Dad's Army 16 June 2008
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Peter Cundall 17 April 2008
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Dad's Army 17 March 2008
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Dad's Army 25 February 2008
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Dad's Army 10 December 2007
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Dad's Army 29 October 2007
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Dad's Army 16 April 2007
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Dad's Army 5 March 2007
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Dad's Army 16 October 2006
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Dad's Army 25 September 2006
2 RAR & 4 RAR Work Party 2 September 2006
2 RAR & 4 RAR 2 September 2006
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Dad's Army 19 November 2007
 

 

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