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5 RAR Association
P O Box 698, CARINGBAH, NSW, 1495
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Gary Townsend
Phone: 07 5594 4780
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Address: P O Box 5848,
Q Supercentre, QLD, 4218
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Gary Townsend
Phone: 07 5594 4780
Mobile: 0412 767 975
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Ted Harrison
Phone: 03 9762 4283
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POSTED 13 FEBRUARY 2017

5RAR RECIPIENTS ON AUSTRALIA DAY'S HONOURS LIST

MAJ. Bryan Schafer OAM, Richard Biele OAM, and Brigadier Jake Ellwood DFC (awarded the Commendation for Distinguished Service). Details Here 


POSTED 3 FEBRUARY 2017

 GRAVESIDE SERVICE
LT JOHN CARRUTHERS

From John Lea-Smith:

    A couple of us Victorian Tigers will be attending a brief service at the grave site of Jack Carruthers which is located in the Altona Cemetery, at 11am, Friday 24 February 2017. This 24 Feb will be the 50th year since Jack was KIA.
There will be a small gathering at Jacks grave and I would like to see more Tigers at the Cemetery to honour Jack and all the our other fallen brothers from the Vietnam War.
   We usually do this on the Sunday before Anzac Day but this year been the 50th we have changed the gathering to the 24th of February.
   We are invited to the Altona RSL after the service; its a beautiful RSL on the beach with great views and hospitality.
   Jack's platoon, 4 Platoon, B Company, are holding a reunion at Yarrawonga on the Murray River 21-24 February  and they call the reunion the "Big Bang".

Altona Memorial Park (Cemetery
14 Dohertys Rd, Laverton North VIC 3026


POSTED 15 JANUARY 2017

DEDICATION OF 5RAR COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE

On Anzac Day in Melbourne this year, C Coy, 5 RAR (First Tour) will be holding a reunion. On the day before there will be an unveiling and dedication of a plaque in the grounds of the Vietnam Veteran's Museum to which ALL are cordially invited to attend;. Read More...


POSTED 17 OCTOBER 2016
'Bunfight at Long Tan' - a report on the 50th Anniversary
troubles at the LongTan cross site...

A report by David Sabben, (platoon commander, 12 platoon at the battle) giving his experiences  of the debacle of events at the 50th anniversary of the battle of long Tan. It is an interesting report and it can be read »here.


Updated 12 JULY 2016

Lance Corproal Marian "Tich" Tomas

Newspaper article and photographs of 'Tich' Tomas' rededication ceremony at Nannup WA »Here
Another newspaper article »Here


MARINKO 'TICH' TOMAS REDEDICATION
A MEMORIAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD IN NANNUP WA ON 8TH JULY 2016.

This service is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Lance Corporal Marian "Tich" Tomas, Killed in Action, in the Republic of South Vietnam, on the 8th of July 1966. Also it will rededicate the memorial statue after a refurbishment and a new plaque.

The Nannup RSL, with the help of the 5RAR Association WA, is organising this occasion and all veterans and family and friends are cordially invited to attend.

The service will commence at 11am followed by a get-together with light refreshments and bar facilities.

There is plenty of accommodation at Nannup, but it is up to the individual to book their own. The earlier you book, the better chance of getting what you want.

I would think most 5RAR members will be booking for two nights― the 7th and 8th July. We can organise something for the of the 7th, maybe a meal and get-together at the pub or the RSL.

So far we have had a lot of interest shown from the eastern states and naturally there will be a lot of members from WA attending. However if you are attending, could you let us know as early as possible

POC: Russell Briggs russaud@bigpond.net.au Ph. 08 9279 6976
         Alan McNulty alanmarian1@bigpond.com Ph. 08 9304 1333


POSTED 20 JUNE 2016
QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY HONOURS LIST
Medal: Order of Australia Medal (OAM)
The 5RAR Association congratulates the 5RAR  and 5/7RAR veteran/s who were awarded the OAM for service to the communty.
Order of Australia Medal MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION
Mr Robert Stanley KEARNEY, Adelaide SA 5000 For service to military history preservation, and to the community. Service includes: Military Historian, ongoing. Author of a range of publications including: 'Silent Voices: The Story of the 10th Battalion AIF in Australia, Egypt, Gallipoli, France, and Belgium during the Great War 1914-1919'. 'Crossfire: The Australian Reconnaissance Unit in Vietnam'. Collaborator with St Peter's College on the Fallen Soldiers Research Project, since 2012. Author, 'Fallen Saints' - The story of 180 fallen soldiers and who attended St Peter's College before WWI. Contributor to the Virtual Memorial Project, South Australian Branch, Returned Services League of Australia, since 2014. Founder, Trojans Trek, since 2009. Involved in the foundation and Member of, Operation Flinders Project, 1991-2001. Instructor, South Australian Country Fire Service, 2000-2014 and Volunteer, Brukunga Brigade, current.

Webmaster's Note: Robert Kearney served with 9 Platoon C Company and was an original member of 5RAR's Reconnaissance Platoon 1966 - 67.
MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE MILITARY DIVISION
Warrant Officer Class One Andrew Leonard PLATT, NT For meritorious service as the Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant of the 2nd Commando Regiment, 1st Commando Regiment and the 5th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment. Warrant Officer Class One Platt's unwavering professionalism, outstanding work ethic, meticulous attention to detail and exceptional leadership have enhanced every unit to which he has been posted. He has developed systems and introduced mechanisms to enhance equipment management and maintenance across multiple units and on operations. He has made a direct and lasting contribution to maintaining Army capability and instigated cultural change through exceptional equipment management procedures and firm leadership.
MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION
Mr Ross Trevor LANGFORD, 15 Caulfield Street, Bracken Ridge Qld 4017 For service to veterans, and to the community. Service includes: National President, 5th/7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment Association (5/7 RAR), 20072014. Collaborated with the Australian War Memorial in 2012 in organising the installation of a plaque dedicated to the 5/7 RAR at the Memorial. 5/7 RAR Delegate, Department of Veterans' Affairs Training Group Chair Welfare Committee, Queensland Branch, Royal Australian Regiment Association (RARAQ), current and Welfare Officer and Foundation Member, since 2005 and Member, Dad's Army Group (responsible for the maintenance of the Regiment's National Memorial Walk). RARAQ representative to the Brisbane ANZAC Day March Committee and RARAQ representative, Queensland Training Information Program Committee.

Webmaster's Note: 5RAR Association has constitutional links to 5/7RAR Association.

Posted 29 May 216
Noack Remembered
Errol Wayne Noack, D Company 5RAR was the first 5RAR soldier and National Serviceman to be killed in the Vietnam War.
The article was written by Catherine McGregor and was featured in the Sydney Daily Telegraph on the 26th May.
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POSTED 15 MAY 2016
State of Hawaii, 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration Committee.

Aloha Dviets and other VN Vets Rona Adams here One of my responsibilities is to notify as many Vietnam Veterans from the United States, our territories, and allies ( especially Aussies and Kiwis) as possible of the upcoming  
international event that the State of Hawaii has been requested to host. More...

POSTED 15 MAY 2006

St George’s Defence Holiday Suites

St George’s Holiday House is being replaced by St George’s Defence Holiday Suites

This newsletter is designed to inform all past guests of developments at the old St George’s Holiday House at Coolangatta, Gold Coast conducted by the Service Personnel Anglican Help Society Inc (SPAHS) since 1917.

Our objective remains unchanged and that is to provide subsidised holiday accommodation for all past and present defence personnel and their families at Rainbow Bay Beach/Snapper Rocks. More...

POSTED 21 APRIL 2016
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In Australia in 2016 we have many thousands of disabled military veterans who are struggling financially because of Government neglect. The stress of their financial worries exacerbates their mental and physical injuries. It is a damning indictment on the current and previous Governments and it needs to be fixed.

The link to a copy of a Media Statement issued by the Alliance of Defence Service Organisations (ADSO) Here  who have expressed a deep concern that successive governments, including the current Turnbull one, continue to ignore irrefutable evidence that the nation’s 130,000 disabled veterans are suffering due to the ongoing erosion of the value of their compensation payments. Those most severely disabled, namely the war veterans, are particularly affected. Their living standards and that of their families are falling daily.

ADSO calls on the government to stop this erosion and treat those who have been disabled through their military service to Australia fairly and equitably. That surely is not too much to ask?


POSTED 12 APRIL 2016

Last Post Ceremony for 218006 Henry E. Suttor 5RAR

To view the video of the Last Post Ceremony commemorating the service of 218006 Temporary Corporal Henry Edward Suttor, 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, Vietnam. Click Here

POSTED 12 APRIL 2016
  

Searching for NOK of Cpl. Peter Fraser MM 1st Tour

My name is John Seagg ex1RAR Band Vietnam 65-66

The Defence Force School of Music in Watsonia, Victoria, is seeking information on ex 5RAR Band member Cpl Peter Fraser MM.
The School will be honouring the service of both Peter Fraser and Michael Poole later on this year. We have been in contact with Mick Poole's relatives but no luck on Peter Fraser... Peter Passed away in WA.
   Would you please put this request in the 5RAR Association newsletter and website.
   I can be contacted by email at..... bseagg@bigpond.net.au
Another of ex5RAR musicians... Pte Laurie Lewis MID was honoured by 1RAR Band last year by naming the Auditorium after him in The Wilson- Clark Band centre at 1RAR Townsville.

Thank You,

John Seagg.

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A DUTY DONE

A summary of operations by the Royal Australian Regiment in the Vietnam War 1965-1975
 by Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Fred Fairhead

Published by the Royal Australian Regiment Association (SA) Inc

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2016 Price List for A Duty Done and Addendum

The Association will shortly publish a 30 page Addendum describing three operations by 1RAR in 1965 (Iron Triangle, New Life and Smash), two by 9RAR in 1969 (Matthew and Hat Dich), one by 5RAR in 1969 (Kings Cross) and the
one by 6RAR/NZ (ANZAC) Battalion on 17/18 August 1969 when the original Long Tan Cross was erected. It is necessary to have a copy of A Duty Done to read the Addendum. Costs for both are detailed below. If you would like to order a copy...  »more

POSTED 10 MARCH 2016

ADSO CALLS ON THE GOVERNMENT TO FULLY SUPPORT ITS VETERANS

You can read the media release here:

 

POSTED 26 FEBRUARY 2016

Shrine of Remembrance exhibition details "1966 The year that changed the world"

For exhibition details visit their website »Here

POSTED 29 JANUARY 2016

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Leaders,
You may be aware of the Australian Peacekeeper & Peacemaker Veterans Association's (APPVA) proposal to seek the appointment of a Royal Commission into DVA and more recently their public criticism of those ESO’s who have not offered their support.

We along with ADSO have been reluctant to publicly respond because of the risk of creating divisions within the veterans’ community particularly among older and younger veterans. However, as time passed some of the criticism aimed at causing damage to our reputation could not be ignored, particularly the preposterous one that suggested that 'ADSO and its member organisations don’t care or understand younger veterans.

Our President, Michael von Berg’s comments are posted on our website and facebook. Please distribute that information to all your members and your whole network.

The ADSO Update – 2015 in Review shows our support and achievements to our Defence Family and our 2016 objectives.

Regards

Ted Chitham
Secretary
RARA Association

1 NOVEMBER 2015

NEW ONLINE VIETNAM WAR ROLL OF HONOUR GALLERY

The collection is displayed in an interactive online image gallery, which allows visitors to the site to view and reflect on all the photographs on a single page. Search functions allow visitors to find family members and friends by name or to sort the photographs by categories such as Service, their home state in Australia, or year of death. For example, visitors can quickly discover how many National
Servicemen from New South Wales died in 1966, or how many Royal Australian Navy personnel on the Vietnam War Roll of Honour were born overseas. By select­ing a single image, visitors are presented with a profile of the individual, a larger image and some biographical details.
If you would like to view this extraordinary commemorative gallery, please visit DVA's Australia and the Vietnam War website at http://vietnam-war.commemoration.gov.au/honour-roll/profiles.php#listing

POSTED 21 OCTOBER 2015

5RAR MEMORIAL WALL COMPLETED

The Memorial Wall has been completed with our secretary, Geoff Pearson in Darwin supervising the completion of the wall. To see the larger photograph click Here.

POSTED 22 SEPTEMBER 20155

CRITERIA FOR REPLACEMENT OF MEDALS

POSTED 16 SEPTEMBER 2015
AUSTRALIAN CUSTOM METAL WORK DESIGNS
ICB BADGE

infantry combat badge wall art

Anyone can purchase these for serving or ex serving members of the Army that have been awarded the ICB.
To visit their website to view the video of the badge being manufactured and to order Click Here

POSTED 10 SEPTEMBER 2015

GALA DINNER – 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF BATTLE OF LONG TAN, VUNG TAU, 18 AUGUST 2016

The Gala Dinner will be held next year on Thursday 18 August 2016 in Vung Tau, Vietnam. Confirmed attendees currently include 40 Vietnamese members and several guests of honor from Australia including Lt Col Harry Smith SG MC (Ret), WO Keith Payne VC (Ret) and Daniel Keighran VC, and members from all branches of the Australian military veterans More...

POSTED 19 MAY 2015

AUSTRALIA'S VIETNAM WAR
Explore the Combat Actions of 1st Australian Task Force

A new interactive website created by the Defence Force Academy about the Vietnam war.
The 1st Australian Task Force (1 ATF) operated in Vietnam from March 1966 until November 1971. Some of its battles have become well-known to the public through film and literature. Many however, have not.

This website is the product of over twenty years of research. It provides unprecedented access to information on nearly all ground combat actions Australians fought in during the Vietnam War, numbering over 4,500. Through the use of modern Web technologies, veterans, researchers and the general public now have the power to understand the Vietnam War at a scale and depth not previously possible.

The Battle Map provides an ideal way to catalogue and share veterans’ stories, keeping them accessible to current and future generations. Our aim is to enable Vietnam veterans to record their stories, perspectives and images against contacts on the Battle Map. In doing so, we hope to develop the ‘ground truth’ picture of what happened at the tactical level, revealing the human dimension of the War. »MORE

POSTED 12 MARCH 2015

VIEW SPRAYING MISSIONS IN VIETNAM BY DATE AND LOCATION

Courtesy our mates from the 1st/83rd U.S. Artillery who were in support of us for a period:

"The map of areas where defoliants were sprayed. The map can be used to see defoliant spraying missions by U.S. and South Vietnamese forces over Vietnam, as well as Laos and Cambodia. The missions began in summer 1961 and ended more than a decade later, in spring 1971."
Here

 

5RAR ASSOCIATION MEMBER OFFER

From Robert Brett MC (Officer Commanding 2 Platoon A Company 2nd Tour).

"I own a tour company that specialises in Vietnam and Siberia. The Vietnam Tours cover leisure and golf but in the main are military focused. The company is HIGHFLYA TOURS and the web site www.highflya.com.au

I am prepared to offer any association member a 5% discount on any tour plus donate $100 to the Association for each person booked. For groups of over 20 I will provide a 10% discount and $120 donation per person."

POSTED 21 DECEMBER 2014

THE RSL VIRTUAL WAR MEMORIAL

The RSL Virtual War Memorial is to be the definitive resource and repository for anyone wanting to research, study or contribute to the commemoration of  South Australia's and the Northern Territory's socio-military history, from the Boer War to the present day. 

The RSL Virtual War Memorial has four key foundation principles:

Education - local context for school students studying under the National Curriculum

Commemoration - give greater depth of meaning to our memorial infrastructure.

Community Engagement - crowd sourcing of community family and personal information, and
        
Accessibility – connect 24/7 anywhere with internet access via mobile devices.

For more about the RSL Virtual War Memorial »Click Here

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From a RSLVWM Moderator:

Dear all,
We have now been granted access to the above nominal rolls so everything should be in place by Christmas, in the meantime you can help by logging in to look at or interact with the site.
   As you know those men and women who during their service were KIA, DOW, etc have, as they should, their names carved in stone. Lest we Forget
   This site provides all of us with a unique opportunity not only to put a face to their names and forever remember them but it also allows us to remember the service and sacrifice of all who died later.
You can open any name (including your own) herein so please take the opportunity and do so in order to leave an enduring legacy by ensuring our descendants will have a good start point at which to find what you and yours did during your service overseas.
   Currently there are only a hand full of moderators so please help by adding your service details, a photo (preferably in uniform) and a story if you wish.
   For examples please place a name in the search box provided; If you do log in, your email address and whatever password you make up is secure.

Please forward this to your mates

Volunteers of the RSL Virtual War Memorial

Telephone: 8100 7300

Email: virtual.memorial@rslsa.org.au

Website: http://www.rslvirtualwarmemorial.org.au

POSTED 7 DECEMBER 2014
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The ADF Assistance Trust is a charity which may be able to assist by providing emergency and non-emergency funding when financial hardship is exacerbating an already difficult time of life. For more details click on the pdf icon.

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STRONGYLOIDES ― FOR ALL WHO HAVE SE ASIA SERVICE

This may be of use to those who have served in the areas described in the attachment.

To read the DVA brochure PDF

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behind the wire

Images and Stories of Vietnam Veterans
Currumbin RSL
2nd - 30th November 2014
165 Duringan Street
Currumbin, Gold Coast, Queensland
Free Entry

Behind the Wire is an exhibition about Vietnam veterans, their jobs and their experiences, in their words.

For the past three years I have been photographing and interviewing Vietnam vets from all over Australia. I have been asking them about their training prior to Vietnam, daily tasks on tour and life since their return to Australia. I have been speaking with national servicemen and regulars. I have spoken to soldiers of all ranks and with a variety of jobs such as: cooks, dental assistants, truck drivers, tank drivers, forward scouts, riflemen, training team members, civilian nurses and more. Much has been written about the politics and military battles and strategy but I am interested in finding out about day-to-day life, how our guys coped with the situations they were put in and how they settled into life on their return to Australia.

Photographs and Interviews by Susan Gordon-Brown


You can view Susan's 'Behind the Wire' website by »Clicking Here

point POSTED 6 OCTOBER 2014

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From the RARC: DVA's Remedial Exercise program for Gold and White Card holders and veterans over 70.
Click Here

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LIGHT HORSE REGIMENTAL JEWELLERY PTY. LTD

RAR Ring in Pilba Gold and Silver

  My name is David (Blue) Coleman Ex A & B Squadron 3rd Cavalry Regt. Whilst in B Squadron I worked a lot with 5 Battalion and went through the battle of Bin Ba with you on the 5th & 6th of June, 1969.
 As a hobby I produced Regimental rings as presentations for some of our younger soldiers returning from Afghanistan to our Regiment in Townsville. An Ex Iraq veteran from 5/7 battalion has asked me to produce a ring for him which I have completed out of Pilbra Gold and Silver from Broken Hill and cast in Sydney - 100% Australian made. More ...

point POSTED 27 APRIL 2014

YOU CAN BE TRACED

Do you share your digital photos from your mobile phone through social networks and online? There are serious privacy issues you should be aware of. Watch this Video ... And near the end, click on the 'Click here to learn more' banner

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POZIÈRES MEMORIAL PARK

Between late July and early September 1916, the small French village of Pozières was the centre of Australian operations on the Somme. In a few short weeks, not only was the village destroyed and the surrounding land pulverized, but Australia had taken 23,000 casualties of which over 7,000 were killed, many of them survivors of Gallipoli. In that short time, and with the disaster at Fromelles just to the north, the four Australian Divisions were reduced by 50% and virtually ceased to exist.

The Remembrance Association intends to build a Memorial Park in Pozières to be opened at the Centenary of Pozieres in 2016. More...

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NAMES WANTED

Photograph of the original soldiers of A Company 5RAR early 1965

Photograph of the original A Company 5RAR on the grass verge at Holsworthy in March 1965. A Company had been re-formed from the old E Company 1RAR. The larger image can be viewed Here:

If you recognise anyone please email me

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BATTLE WING INGLEBURN 1965

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We are endeavouring to put names to the many faces in the above photograph. How many served with 5RAR? To see a larger image. here

 
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C Company Members 1st Tour

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Roger Wainwright and Gary Townsend are trying to put 'names to faces' on a photograph of  C Company that was taken at Nui Dat in February 1967. At this point we believe that we have named 35 out of the 94 in the line up and it would be great to get as many as we can. If any one feels that they can help, or thinks they would like to, please contact Gary and if needed, a photo and list of names will be emailed to them. We know that our memories are not as good as they were but even if we get a contribution of only one new name from each member it is possible that we could succeed and preserve some history of C Company 1966-67

E-mail Gary at: Gary Towmsend ID

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Gary Townsend Asks:

I am trying to compile a DVD of photos and film of 7 Platoon 1st tour and am looking for any items from members of 7 Platoon with names if possible. I am happy to convert slides to JPG's and all items will be returned to the members in the same condition as received but with a CD of computer images included. Also any one who contributes and any members or families of deceased members will receive the DVD, if they would like a copy, when it is completed. This will not be a commercial project, just something that I would like to do after all these years.
 

Email Gary at: Gary Townsend ID

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