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5RAR Roll of Honour

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36911 Lieutenant. John Carruthers, 28

Mount Morgan, Queensland.

Lt. John Carruthers A career officer who enlisted in April 1960.

On February 21, 1967 Lt. Carruthers was Platoon Commander 4 Platoon B Company, when his leading Armoured Personnel Carrier detonated a massive land mine. The carriers went into counter ambush positions and Lt Carruthers dismounted. A 'Jumping Jack' mine was tripped nearby critically wounding Lt. Carruthers and the OC of B Company Major McQualter.

Lt. Carruthers died at 36th Evacuation Hospital Vung Tau on February 24, 1967.

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