5 RAR Association
P O Box 698, CARINGBAH, NSW, 1495
Phone: 07 5594 4780
Mobile: 0412 767 975
Address: P O Box
Q Supercentre, QLD, 4218
Phone: 07 5594 4780
Mobile: 0412 767 975
Address: P O Box 5848,
Q Supercentre, QLD, 4218
Phone: 03 9762 4283
Mobile: 0403 907 775
Address: PO Box 201
The Basin VIC 3154
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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
POSTED 3 FEBRUARY 2017
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
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.
invited to the Altona RSL after the service; its
a beautiful RSL on the beach with great views
platoon, 4 Platoon, B Company, are holding a
reunion at Yarrawonga on the Murray River 21-24
February and they call the reunion the
Altona Memorial Park
14 Dohertys Rd,
Laverton North VIC 3026
POSTED 15 JANUARY 2017
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;.
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
12 JULY 2016
Newspaper article and photographs of 'Tich'
Tomas' rededication ceremony at Nannup WA
Another newspaper article
MARINKO 'TICH' TOMAS REDEDICATION
A MEMORIAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD IN NANNUP WA ON
8TH JULY 2016.
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.
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.
service will commence at 11am followed by a
get-together with light refreshments and bar
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.
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.
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
POC: Russell Briggs firstname.lastname@example.org Ph.
08 9279 6976
email@example.com Ph. 08 9304 1333
POSTED 20 JUNE 2016
Medal: Order of Australia Medal
5RAR Association congratulates the 5RAR
and 5/7RAR veteran/s who were awarded
the OAM for service to the communty.
OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL
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.
OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE
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.
OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL
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
Posted 29 May 216
Errol Wayne Noack, D Company 5RAR was
the first 5RAR soldier and National
Serviceman to be killed in the Vietnam
The article was written by
Catherine McGregor and was featured in
the Sydney Daily Telegraph on the 26th
Click on the thumbnail to read
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.
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.
21 APRIL 2016
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)
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?
12 APRIL 2016
Ceremony for 218006 Henry E. Suttor 5RAR
the video of the
Last Post Ceremony commemorating the service of
218006 Temporary Corporal Henry Edward Suttor,
5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment,
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
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.....
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
POSTED 10 MARCH 2016
ADSO CALLS ON THE GOVERNMENT TO FULLY SUPPORT
You can read the media release here:
POSTED 26 FEBRUARY 2016
For exhibition details
visit their website
POSTED 29 JANUARY 2016
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
Michael von Berg’s comments are posted on
our website and facebook. Please distribute that
information to all your members and your whole
ADSO Update – 2015 in Review shows our
support and achievements to our Defence Family
and our 2016 objectives.
1 NOVEMBER 2015
ONLINE VIETNAM WAR ROLL OF HONOUR GALLERY
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
POSTED 21 OCTOBER 2015
5RAR MEMORIAL WALL COMPLETED
Memorial Wall has been completed with our
secretary, Geoff Pearson in Darwin supervising
the completion of the wall. To see the larger
POSTED 22 SEPTEMBER 20155
CRITERIA FOR REPLACEMENT OF MEDALS
POSTED 16 SEPTEMBER 2015
AUSTRALIAN CUSTOM METAL WORK DESIGNS
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
POSTED 10 SEPTEMBER 2015
GALA DINNER – 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF BATTLE OF LONG
TAN, VUNG TAU, 18 AUGUST 2016
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
POSTED 19 MAY 2015
AUSTRALIA'S VIETNAM WAR
Explore the Combat Actions of 1st Australian
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
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.
POSTED 12 MARCH 2015
VIEW SPRAYING MISSIONS IN VIETNAM BY DATE AND
Courtesy our mates from the 1st/83rd U.S.
Artillery who were in support of us for a
"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."
5RAR ASSOCIATION MEMBER OFFER
Robert Brett MC (Officer Commanding 2 Platoon A
Company 2nd Tour).
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
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
RSL VIRTUAL WAR MEMORIAL
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
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.
more about the RSL Virtual War Memorial
a RSLVWM Moderator:
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
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
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
Please forward this to your mates
Volunteers of the RSL Virtual War Memorial
Telephone: 8100 7300
POSTED 7 DECEMBER 2014
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.
POSTED 15 NOVEMBER 2014
― FOR ALL WHO HAVE SE ASIA SERVICE
may be of use to those who have served in the
areas described in the attachment.
To read the DVA brochure
POSTED 2 NOVEMBER 2014
Images and Stories of Vietnam Veterans
2nd - 30th November 2014
165 Duringan Street
Currumbin, Gold Coast, Queensland
Behind the Wire is an exhibition about Vietnam
veterans, their jobs and their experiences, in
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
POSTED 6 OCTOBER 2014
the RARC: DVA's Remedial Exercise program for
Gold and White Card holders and veterans over
POSTED 27 APRIL 2014
LIGHT HORSE REGIMENTAL JEWELLERY PTY. LTD
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.
POSTED 27 APRIL 2014
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
Watch this Video ... And near the end, click
on the 'Click here to learn more' banner
POSTED 13 MARCH 2014
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.
POSTED: 14 JANUARY 2013
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
The larger image can be viewed Here:
If you recognise anyone please email
POSTED: 29 NOVEMBER 2008
BATTLE WING INGLEBURN 1965
are endeavouring to put names to the many faces
in the above photograph. How many served with
5RAR? To see a larger image.
POSTED: 2 MAY 2007
Company Members 1st Tour
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:
POSTED: 2 MAY 2007
Gary Townsend Asks:
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:
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