Long Tan Service at RARA Linden Park

On Saturday 18 August 2018 the RAR Association SA will conduct a commemorative service for the Vietnam War 1963 to 1973 including the Battle of Long Tan at its clubrooms Beatty Street, Linden Park.

You can read more here Long Tan Service

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Army Newspaper Edition 1425 – 9 August18

The latest edition of Army News is now available to view online: www.defence.gov.au/news/armynews

HERO: We talk to the translator who built a bridge between rescue divers and teens trapped in a Thai cave. – Page 3

SCHOOL’S OUT: Australian trainers with Task Group Taji in Iraq conduct sixth and final Officer and Junior Leaders’ Course. Pages 4-5

LAVA FIRE: 2RAR soldiers conduct live-fire exercises on plateau between two volcanoes in Hawaii. – Pages 15-19

And in sport:

COP THAT: Defence demolished Police in rugby union stand off. Pages 31-32

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August 2018 Edition of the Infantryman

This is the current issue of the Infantryman

Infantryman August

Below for March 2018

Infantryman final 2 March 2018

Below is December 2017

Infantryman December 2017 Dec 4

Below is the August 2017 issue

Infantryman August 2017

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Vale Pte Clive Dick – 5RAR 1969-70

Late of Waratah NSW, PTE Clive Dick died peacefully on Wednesday 1 August, after losing his long battle with cancer.

Clive was deployed to South Vietnam to join 1 ARU from 13 May to 3 June 1969. On 4 June he was posted to 5 RAR and served in 4 Platoon B Company for the balance of the battalion’s 1969-70 Tour.

He re-enlisted in 1977 and served for a further 21 years in the ARA. During his basic training on his return to the ADF he was known as Grand-pop because of his age and the wearing of his service ribands.

A Funeral Service will be held for Clive at James Murray Funeral Chapel, 44 Blackall St, Broadmeadow on Friday 10 August, commencing at 13.00 hours. In lieu of flowers donations to the Cancer Council can be made at this service.

Photo from Mos Hancock, 5RAR SA Rep.

Camp Photo

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Service for Pte A T Purcell

A service was held today, 25 July, for Pte Purcell, KIA 25 July 1966.

Rod Graham attended the service and supplied the photos.  As always, click on the photos for better viewing.

Purcell ServicePurcell Service 1


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DVA Client Satisfaction Survey

Please see the attached email from Secretary DVA below. If we could get this information out as widely as we possibly can to enable individuals to have their say as per the questionnaire which can be found on the on line DVA link.

SEC Approved – 2018 CSS Stakeholder Letter ESORT


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2018 Major Events

Members and Friends of the RARA SA.

On Friday 23 November, we will be combining a the Regimental Birthday with Xmas drinks for our friends.  Again this is going to be externally catered by Cheryl’s Cuisine at a cost of $10 per head, but free for our invited guests.

Finally, or Friday 14 December, we will have our Xmas party for members with a BBQ.

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Regimental Dinner 2018

Yet again, a highly enjoyable and successful Dinner with fabulous food, great friends and wonderful comradeship.

A selection of photos below


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A Duty Done 2nd edition

Here is a copy of the 2nd edition of A Duty Done;

 ADD 2 Ed Combined MkII (3)    posted on 27 June 18.


To order the original book, please view this  A Duty Done Order_Form_Sep

If paying by EFT, please ensure you place your initials and surname as the reference.  If you have a specific book number, also please insert that ,e.g.  VX Smith 591

You can also read the original A Duty Done here.

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Latest Photos from the RARA SA

Greek Night – 4 May 18.

A highly successful evening with more than 65 guests enjoying a feast provided by Tim, Tas, Con & Sia.


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Anzac Day 2018


A selection of photos, all self-explanatory

And, 7RAR Parading

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RARA SA Wine Tasting 25 March 2018

What a great afternoon of eating drinking and generally making merry with wonderful friends along with our two very learned wine experts in William Smidmore and Mike von Berg.  Of course without the wonderful team of workers who made it all happen and come together  and of course the Caterers who did a fabulous job and making life a little easier for the team – if I mention names then sure as eggs somebody will be left out and we cannot let that happen.    

So a great day had by all. Cheers. Mrs. Vice (aka Lynn Graham)

And photos – courtesy of Penelope & Bruce Forster – below, as always, click on photos for better viewing and captions.


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Colonel Don Beard

Esteemed elder of the RARA SA Colonel Don Beard AM RFD ED has provided an interesting article and a number of photos of  his time in Japan and Korea.  Another esteemed elder, Colonel Peter Scott, has provided the captions.  You may have to rotate a couple of the photos whilst viewing.

Article by Colonel Don Beard AM RFD ED

L to R Major Don Beard, Medical Officer BCOF Hospital Kure, Randolph Churchill visiting journalist, Jean Irvine, Nurse in BCOF Hospital, Kure, circa 1950

Stretcher Bearers of 3RAR carrying casualty through the snow. Captain Don Beard RMO 3RAR Somewhere at the rear. Probably during early 1951.

Likely 3RAR soldiers cleaning weapons in Korea circa 1951

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RARA SA Regimental Dinner 19 Aug 2017

Here are a few photos of our highly successful dinner.  As always, by selecting a photo you will be able to view a better photo as well as the caption for it.

And some nostalgic memories of our May 2013 Regimental Dinner


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Members 2017 Xmas Party

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7RAR – Freedom of the City – 8 September 17

Below are a selection of photos of 7RAR’s parade and march through Adelaide.  As ever, click on the photo for improved viewing.

7RAR 2ic Major Scott Golden with Certificate granting Freedom of the City



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Two Items Worth Revisiting

Click on the image for improved viewing, 1967 I think.


Join Army

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Long Tan Day 2017

See a selection of photos taken at the Long Tan Day Service held at the Torrens Parade Ground.  As always, click on the photos for improved viewing and captions.


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RCB Update

Please view the latest news on the RCB campaign here RCB Update

There is an extensive history to this campaign under the Advocacy tab (above).

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Latest Issue of Holdfast for July 2017, Issue No 31

Here is the latest Holdfast.  In this edition, there are numerous excellent articles and photos including one of 5 RAR’s Sergeant Rod Lees after the mine incident in June 1969 – the photo was supplied by Rod.


There is a very interesting article about FSB Andersen during February 1968.  Many of our 3RAR comrades will remember this Operation


Here is the link to the Tunnel Rats Newsletter page


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