SGT R. L. ORCHARD
7 PLATOON C COMPANY, 5RAR, 1ST TOUR
An Australian warrior has just passed
respected by all in so many ways
Good soldier, good leader, good mate and
Ray fought for his country in South Vietnam.
And like so many
others though damaged by war.
He never spoke of the trauma endured.
But he raised a family with Yvonne his
children were born—they were the love of his life.
And to his
grandchildren I'd just like to say,
All the things I remember, and loved about
could run like the wind, and box with the best.
In all types of sport he could outshine
He was fearless in battle, a born leader
Displaying sheer courage, again and again.
Words can't describe the degree of his
was one of a kind, the salt of the earth.
When money was
tight and he was down to one smoke.
He'd quite gladly share it – he was that
kind of bloke.
With his friends he was honest, loyal and
best sort of mate a young soldier could find.
He was always
respected, and loved by his peers.
In life he stood up for everything we hold
death we salute him, as one of the brave.
Treasured memories of Raymond we will take
to the grave.
© Bill Charlton