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ROLL OF HONOUR (Click to view PDF)

MONDAY'S PHOTOGRAPH: "DAD'S ARMY" 28 JULY 2014 (Click image)
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Best Photograph taken 10th March
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ClickArmy Edition 1339, October 23 WORKING TOGETHER: Australian, US and Chinese troops join forces for Exercise Kowari in the Northern Territory. Page 4 NEW VISION: Aussie soldiers mentor Afghan instructors. Pages 20-24 SHOW OF POWER: 1 Bde displays its might during Exercise Predators Walk 2014. Centrespread PAY DEAL PROPOSED: 4.5 per cent pay deal on the table. Page 5 INCLUSIVE CULTURE: Army on track with Pathway To Change. Pages 2-3 And in sport, Combined Australian Services Rugby League team puts in gallant performance against Ron Massey Cup side. Page 34
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1st October
MOOLOOLABA RIFLEMENS LUNCH
ClickFIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH, @ 1200hrs, MOOLOOLABA SURF CLUB. $15 FOR LUNCH, DRINKS AT OWN EXPENSE KEVIN LYNCH 0416 275 504 LOCATION LET YOUR MATES KNOW, WE HAVE A GOOD TURN UP EVERY MONTH, UP TO 35 SOMETIMES. NO NEED TO RSVP.
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NEXT: Friday 7th November
PASSING OUT PARADE: We record on these pages the passing-on of past & current members of the Royal Australian Regiment. If you wish to advise the passing-on of such a member, contact the Association Secretary: here. An archive of previous entries can be found here; also see Links at top-right of this page. Passing Out Parade
THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT BIRTHDAY DINNER 2014
WHEN: Saturday 22nd November 2014
WHERE: Venue: Gaythorne RSL – Samford Road Gaythorne
TIME: Bar - 06.30pm Dinner – 0700pm Finish 10.00pm
DRESS: Coat & Tie (miniatures) Ladies after 5.00 (miniatures)
Full details here
22 Nov
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FUNERAL: 1732098 PRIVATE ROLAND DOUGLAS (ROLY) LEE, 2RAR
Our big happy machine gunner Rolly aged 68 passed away suddenly on 11 Oct 2014 after suffering two strokes and a tumour on the brain. He served in 2RAR as a National Serviceman in 5 Platoon B Company during the 67-68 tour.
FUNERAL: Friday 24 Oct 14 at 11am. Service at Lesley & Ross funeral services 18 Nikenbah Rd. Hervey Bay. Arthur Francis More here
24 Oct
FORMER PRIME MINISTER GOUGH WHITLAM HAS DIED, AGED 98
FORMER prime minister Gough Whitlam, who died this morning aged 98, has been hailed as a “generous father” and a “source of inspiration” for millions. Mr Whitlam led Australia for three turbulent years between 1972 and 1975, launching sweeping reforms of the nation’s economic and cultural affairs, until his dismissal by the governor-general John Kerr amid a constitutional crisis in 1975. Mr Whitlam’s children – Antony, Nicholas and Stephen Whitlam and Catherine Dovey – said in a statement: “A loving and generous father, he was a source of inspiration to us and our families and for millions of Australians.” There will be a private cremation and public memorial service, the statement said. SOURCE
21 Oct

FUNERAL: 13793 WARRANT-OFFICER CLASS 1 ALFRED FREDERICK JAMES (MOTHER/ALF) HANDLEY, 1RAR, 3RAR, 2RAR, QUR (RSM)
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Alf was struck by a car at 6pm 11 October at Alexandra Headlands, Qld and he died at the scene.

FUNERAL: MONDAY 20 OCTOBER AT 11AM AT CALOUNDRA, QLD

Details here

20 OCT
ANOTHER WARRIOR HIS DUTY DONE: 37620 SERGEANT DONALD HENRY TUDOR, 1RAR
It is my sad duty to advise you of the passing of 37620 Donald Henry TUDOR who passed away on 9/9/14 after a very long battle with cancer. Age: 82+ years. Don served with 1RAR for several years including Malaya and Vietnam 1965-66.
FUNERAL SERVICE Thursday (Oct 16) at 10:30am. Chapel of Rosebud Funeral Services, 123 Jetty Road, Rosebud Vic. Cards and messages of condolences can be sent to: Mrs Muriel Tudor, 56 Cairn Road, McCRAE Vic 3938. Bob Richardson RAR Vic. More here
15 Oct
ANOTHER WARRIOR HIS DUTY DONE: 3793147 PRIVATE JOHN REGINALD HIGGINS, 9RAR
Sad news from Doug McGrath 9 RAR National Pres via Kevin Lynch 9 RAR Pres QLD. I had a call from Harry Birrell yesterday after his visit to say John was in a bad way and his fears were confirmed. Dennis rang to say we lost him today (12 Oct 14). Age: 68 years. Another Warrior passes on. RIP John Higgins. Details to come as I get them. Doug McGrath. More here
15 Oct
CLAIMS ARMY COVERED UP TRUTH ABOUT AUSSIE MASSACRE AT NUI DAT IN VIETNAM IN 1967
VIETNAM War Diggers killed civilian bamboo pickers in an ambush and were told they should have put enemy weapons on the bodies to make them look like Viet Cong combatants, the platoon’s commander claims. Read the newspaper articles here
14 OCT
PTSD AMONG AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE PERSONNEL WHO’VE SERVED IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN YET TO BE REALIZED
THE risk of mental injury to Australian Defence Force personnel who have taken multiple tours of Iraq and Afghanistan and experienced repeated enemy contact is much higher than for those who attended any conflict since World War II. This is the view of John Burrows, a highly respected former serviceman whose long career included duty in Vietnam and who now assists veterans with pension claims.
[“In Afghanistan, I believe from my dealings with veterans who have served there, is that the numbers of enemy being contacted is much higher and the intensity much greater than was the case in most actions in Vietnam,” he said.]
More at Defence News: here SOURCE
7 OCT
BOOK: EXIT WOUNDS ONE AUSTRALIAN'S WAR ON TERROR
BY: JOHN CANTWELL, GREG BEARUP

Click'This is my story, but it is also the story of thousands of Australian veterans from Iraq, East Timor, Afghanistan and other conflicts who bare similar emotional scars. This is what becomes of those men and women we send off to war, pay little attention to, then forget once they are home.' As a country boy from Queensland, John Cantwell signed up to the army as a private and rose to the rank of major general. He was on the front line in 1991 as Coalition forces fitted bulldozer blades to tanks and buried alive Iraqi troops in their trenches. He fought in Baghdad in 2006 and saw what a car bomb does to a marketplace crowded with women and children. In 2010 he commanded the Australian forces in Afghanistan when ten of his soldiers were killed. He returned to Australia in 2011 to be considered for the job of chief of the Australian Army. Instead, he ended up in a psychiatric hospital. Buy the book here
26 Sep
MATES4MATES: WALKING WOUNDED KOKODA
ClickTHEY begin tentative and wary. But in the safety of the jungle, the secrets emerge. Their stories become raw and cathartic. Three days in, one man breaks down, unable to finish telling how his life unravelled. Others weep with him. Another relates how, at his lowest point, he locked the front gate of his property and shut out the world for two years. A wife tells of the anguish of a family living with a man haunted by the demons of war. Another night, the group is spellbound by the account of a soldier who lost his leg in an explosion in Afghanistan, yet can still see the blessings in his life. They are trekkers on Papua New Guinea’s Kokoda Track, soldiers past and present, and soldiers’ wives, on a pilgrimage of healing – to find common ground, to repair dented self-belief, to seek answers. They all live, in one way or another, with the demons of war. Read the article at Defence News
21 Sep
PENSION INCREASE FOR THE VETERAN COMMUNITY
From 20 September 2014, veterans, their partners, war widows and widowers across Australia will see an increase to their pensions. Pensions are indexed twice a year in March and September. A full list of pension rates are available here or by calling 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from regional Australia.
20 Sep

6RAR SECTION WIN DUKE OF GLOUCESTER CUP 2014 Click
6 RAR winning Section: Pte Kynan Broadbent, Pte Connor Hale, Pte Malcom Stone, Lance-Cpl Keith Hall, Pte Taryn Wiencke, Pte Stuart Brown, Lance-Cpl Daniel Merrick, Pte Cody Anderson and (front) Cpl Dean George competed in the Duke of Gloucester Cup (absent are Pte Ned Isaacson, Pte Davide Sargeant and Pte Leigh Dodds).
A team of 12 soldiers from 6RAR, led by Corporal Dean George, took out the Australian Defence Force’s most prestigious military skills competition, the Duke of Gloucester Cup, last month. Soldiers from the seven battalions of the Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) were pitted against each other in gruelling tests of stamina and skill at Singleton’s army base. The Enoggera-based battalion was the only one to place in all six categories. The win has earned them a spot in the prestigious Exercise Cambrian Patrol in Wales next month, when they’ll be pitted against the best soldiers in the world. News report here

10 Sep
NATIONAL SERVICE REUNION 2015
National Service 10th Intake (All those called-up early October 1967) plus wives/partners. Overseas service not a prerequisite. WHERE: Sawtell Beach Tourist Park NSW. WHEN 6th to 12th October 2015. CONTACT: Richard Barry (02) 6792 3114 richyvon47@hotmail.com More here
8 Sep

BOOK: 'FIVES AND TWENTY-FIVES' BY MICHAEL PITRE
It is the early months of the Arab Spring, 2011. But for three ex-Marines, their minds are often back in 2006, in the bloodiest stretch of the Iraq War, when they were members of the same platoon tasked with the dangerous work of repairing potholes on the roads of Al Anbar Province. A young lieutenant, dutiful son of an Alabama high school football coach, fights through doubts about his mission, his superiors and himself. An Iraqi interpreter, who studied English at Baghdad University before the war, continues to craft his thesis on Huckleberry Finn while hiding his troubled past from family and friends. A platoon medic, whose arrival in Iraq meant an escape from poverty in rural Louisiana, spends years after the war looking for some means by which he can atone for his failures, both real and imagined. They have survived the war, but now they must live in its aftermath. Both transcendent and rooted in high-definition reality, Fives and Twenty-Fives is a powerful work of fiction about individuals struggling to find their place in a world that will never be the same. Buy the book here.

4 Sep
Portraits of Victoria Cross winner Ben Roberts-Smith unveiled at Australian War Memorial
ClickThe Australian War Memorial commissioned two works for its collection of Victoria Cross recipients, and artist Michael Zavros portrayed Corporal Roberts-Smith in his uniform and in combat stance. Corporal Roberts-Smith, Australia's most decorated modern soldier, also received a Medal for Gallantry for extreme heroism under fire during Operation Slipper in Afghanistan.
Zavros said it was an honour to paint such a noble man and he hoped he had done justice to his subject. "He has become a heroic figure in the hearts and minds of so many Australians," he said. "He's come to represent so much of what we hold dear as a nation, that he is a reluctant hero endears us to him even more because it is genuine. The portraits have gone on public display in the Memorial's Courtyard Gallery. More here
2 Sep

8/9RAR RECENTLY RE-RAISED SELF-FUNDED PIPES AND DRUMS AT THE RAR COUNCIL MEETING & DOG CUP SINGLETON AUG 2014
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26 Aug

TODAY'S PHOTOGRAPH
ClickThe Long Tan Battle Honour Garden.

For the old boys!

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25 Aug
BOOK: 'A DUTY DONE' by Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Fred Fairhead. A summary of operations by the Royal Australian Regiment in the Vietnam War 1965-1975. Published by the Royal Australian Regiment Association (SA) Inc. A very informative and well illustrated book about the Royal Australian Regiment's operations in South Vietnam. The RAR Association (SA) are the publishers of the book and the sales will be operated through the RAR Association (SA)’s Inc Welfare Account. The cost, including postage and handling, is $30 and is required to be forwarded with your order. Order Form 21 Aug

A Call to Australian and New Zealand Vietnam Veterans, their families, friends and supporters. In 2013 the Operation Wandering Souls team, on behalf of Australian and New Zealand veterans, returned about 150 documents and artefacts captured on the battlefields in Vietnam (see photographs below). Since our return from Vietnam, other veterans have given us other items to return to Vietnam. These include: • A wrist watch • A hammock and compass • Four commendation certificates • Two paintings including one of the ‘patron saint’ of Long Phuoc village • A diary, political tract and notebook containing song lyrics. We are planning to return these items to Vietnam in November 2014. This will be Operation Wandering Soul’s last effort to return items to Vietnam. Final call for documents and artefacts If you have items that you found on the battlefield and would like to return them to Vietnamese families through Operation Wandering Souls please contact us using the contact details below. We can return items on your behalf or, if you would prefer, you can accompany our team in November (at your own cost) and return the items personally.
Full details here

10 Aug
TROOPS IN THE TERROR ZONE
Explore 'Troops in the Terror Zone', A multimedia (incl audio) project from Monash University with The Australian newspaper here
It has been 12 years since the 9/11 terror attacks on New York and Washington rocked the western world. Australian troops were thrown into action in Afghanistan, supporting American allies in a dangerous and costly war against terror. The military operation in Afghanistan that followed was to become the longest deployment of troops in Australia's history. Now most of them are home.
8 Aug
LEADING SEAMAN JOHN COURTNEY FIRST TO DIE IN AUSTRALIAN UNIFORM IN WWI
AUSTRALIA’S Great War history is set to be rewritten to identify a Townsville sailor as the first man to die in an Australian uniform in World War 1. Twenty-nine-year-old Able Seaman John Courtney fell during the little known first Australian battle of the war and the first amphibious assault on September 11, 1914 at the village of Bita Paka on the island of New Britain... read the complete article here
7 Aug

FIRST WORLD WAR CHEOPS PYRAMID PHOTO: DEBUNKING THE MYTHS
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Camped in Egypt before being shipped to the Dardanelles, the men of the Australian Infantry Division’s 11th Battalion were ordered to a nearby landmark, for a group photo. Legend has it that amongst them was a dead body — dressed and propped up for the photo in a grim example of larrikin humour. It is one of several stories around the image; many of them myths that are being debunked by a determined group of researchers as a side project on their painstaking mission to identify the men gathered there. Read the article here Original source here 11th Bn A.I.F website here

3 Aug
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
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
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

'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
SUMMARY
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
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
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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BLOG: BATTLE OF LONG TAN
Jack Kirby – An Unsung Hero of the Battle of Long Tan
 
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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  
AUSSIE SOLDIER PRISONERS OF WAR, BY DENNY NEAVE AND CRAIG SMITH  
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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
 
 
PASSING OUT PARADE 2014
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17555 LT CDF WILSON 5411703 PTE CO SMITH
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212870 WO1 WM MCFADDEN 2785471 PTE JP MINNEY
43974 CPL RJ LECKIE 15989 SGT TH LEA
29506 PTE FR COURTNEY 122124, 1410707 PTE RD HUNTLEY
42532 SGT CT CROOK 44127 PTE M OWEN
42428 CAPT AJJ JAMES,  
 
POETRY
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"KOREA" - BY FRANCIS M. MACY  
"OLD DIGGERS WILL HAVE THE FINAL SAY" - GEORGE MANSFORD  
"THE COLUMN WILL MARCH AGAIN" - GEORGE MANSFORD  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
REUNIONS/SOCIAL
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RIFLEMANS' LUNCH: FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH - MOOLOOLABA SURF CLUB
POC: Kevin Lynch 0416 275 504
 
NATIONAL SERVICE REUNION 2015
National Service 10th Intake (All those called-up early October 1967) plus wives/partners. Overseas service not a prerequisite. WHERE: Sawtell Beach Tourist Park NSW. WHEN 6th to 12th October 2015. CONTACT: Richard Barry (02) 6792 3114 richyvon47@hotmail.com More here
 

LOCATION
SLIDESHOWS/PHOTOGRAPHS
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VIDEOS
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BATTLEFIELD DETECTIVES - MASSACRE AT WATERLOO

 
 
WEBSITES
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ARMY
The Australian Army is a respected institution comprised of professional men and women who serve the nation. The Australian Army is Australia's military land force and is part of the Australian Defence Force. We provide a potent, versatile and modern Army which contributes to the security of Australia, protecting its interests and people
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AUSTRALIAN ARMY
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 ROLL OF HONOUR
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
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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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