Tribute to the Vietnam Veterans Finally Returning Home to Australia

You can hear it here 

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Attached is a copy of a Media Statement issued today by the Alliance of Defence Service Organisations (ADSO) who welcome that at least one of the major parties has heeded consistent calls by Australia’s serving and ex serving communities to reveal their policies towards them - You can read the statement here ADSO Media Statement 20Jun16

Thus far there had been almost a deafening silence on all fronts in that regard. That has given little confidence that there has been actual substance to recent grand speeches by each leader in turn that they thought the nation as a whole must do better than in the past to support and care for the men and women of the Australian Defence Force, all of whom had been prepared to pay the ultimate price in service to their country.

By at least announcing some policy initiatives, including a long sought after First Principles Review of Veterans’ Affairs, the Labor Opposition has at least given some hope that veterans’ policies are being considered in some quarters.

Its announcement to implement a positive program involving the States to tackle homelessness and suicides among veterans is another important initiative, as was bringing transparency to the ADF pay determination process to stop ‘behind closed doors’ outcomes.

Member organisation of ADSO again issue a plea to all side of politics, particularly to the Government and to the Opposition, let your full veterans’ policies see the light of day soon so we can all see how you intend to support and care for those you so readily send to war.

Alf Jaugietis

ADSO Campaign Co-Director

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ADSO Media Statement – 14 June 16

The statement is here ADSO Media Statement 14Jun16

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Army Newspaper Edition 1375 – 16 June 16

CLOSE BOND: Australian and Malaysian troops share tactics on Exercise Haringaroo - cover, pages 2-3          

WELCOME HOME: Australians brought back to resting places closer to home - pages 2-3

RISING TO THE TASK: Warfighting elements come together for a show of combat prowess at Shoalwater Bay - centrepiece

MOULDING LEADERS: The Warrant Officer and NCO Academy plays a key role in Army’s people capability - special lift-out

And in sport: Army comes second to Navy in interservice surfing on NSW South Coast – back page

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A Duty Done

Here is the final copy of  A DUTY DONE Addendum   The Addendum describes a number of new operations, including;  three 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.

And here is a name index to be used in conjunction with the original A Duty Done A Duty Done Index of Names

Here is the Price List for A Duty Done and Addendum

To order this excellent 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.

Please note the erratum for A Duty Done A Duty Done Erratum

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RSL Virtual War Memorial – Updated site

If you have not visited this site yet, it is very interesting and has some current members of the RARA SA on it, including the President, Mike von Berg MC OAM and Robert “Dogs”Kearney.

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Two tunes worth watching/listening to on You Tube

Watch “My Dog Nui Dat – Dale Duncan” on YouTube

And watch “Thunderstruck” here


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Vietnam War: new book on D445 and the Battle of Long Tan

Chamberlain, Ernest: The Viet Cong D445 Battalion: Their Story (and the Battle of Long Tan). Vietnam Veteran and linguist Ernie Chamberlain has recently written and privately-published a book that would certainly interest all who served in Phuoc Tuy province during the Vietnam War. The core of the work is a translation of D445 Battalion’s history - as written by Vietnamese historians in 2004. In order to provide context – and to analyse and comment upon the Vietnamese writings, the book is comprehensively referenced. The comments cite a large number of captured NVA/VC documents – many not previously translated or available to researchers. Additionally, signals intelligence (SIGINT) material related to the Battle of Long Tan – that was only declassified and released to the author in February 2016, is also included. The work also has 18 annexes covering aspects such as VC personalities, an analysis of casualties at Long Tan, SIGINT, the 275 VC Regiment etc.  While the book is not available commercially, the text of the book has been placed on the Internet as  –

Perhaps the sections of most interest to veterans include the Viet Cong’s version of the Battle of Long Tan on 18 August 1966 – including the first available VC sketch map of the Battle, and SIGINT aspects.

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Unique Violin Version of the Last Post

You can listen to it here

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Interesting French Army video


If you are interested in military bridge construction, this is worth watching:
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Latest Infantryman

You can view the April 2016 edition here Infantryman+April+2016

There are numerous excellent articles and a list of activities at HQ for the foreseeable future.

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Recent Photo of C Coy 7RAR

See attached photo of C Coy 7RAR with RARA SA Patron Laurie Lewis and A Duty Done Author, Fred Fairhead   C Coy 7RAR (002)

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Army Museum of South Australia History Newsletter

The ‘Exhibitor’ is the AMOSA newsletter which should inform you and your friends of current activity at the Museum. It is an active Army Museum and usually have about 45 volunteers attending on Wednesdays to upgrade and change the exhibits in the Galleries. They are open to the public on Sunday afternoons and regularly conduct tours for groups of about 20 + persons during the week.  AMOSA MARCH 2016 NEWSLETTER v1

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Latest Issue of Holdfast for February 2016, Issue No 28

A good read.  Here is the link to the Tunnel Rats Newsletter page

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Australia and the Vietnam War

A very informative website with an interactive Roll of Honour Image Gallery that provides background information on the serviceman.


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‘He should have died’: the Vietnam veteran who never really returned

Please take the time to read this article which is primarily about Michael McKernan’s book, “When This Thing Happened”. The title defers to Michael Stawyskyj’s constant reference to the moment in Vietnam in 1969 – “When this thing happened”.  Michael Stawyskyj is the father of Joe Stawyskyj. a 5RAR digger serously wounded in 1969.

Here is the link

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New Anzac Memorial at Emu Park Queensland

A picture and a link to show what we have been up to at Emu Park.

Emu Park The image on the Digi-glass panel is taken from a painting of Australian diggers landing at Gallipoli. By matching up the horizons you can visualize the troops coming ashore.This shot is taken at sunrise and silhouettes the figures in the glass. The morning bulletin link has a series of pictures of the memorial precinct. regards Jack Parr.

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Behind the Wire: Images and Stories of Vietnam Veterans

Behind the Wire is an exhibition about Vietnam veterans, their jobs and their experiences, in their words.  You can view the website here

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