Some Questions Answered.
Some Questions Answered.
The Government of South Australia and Veterans SA is pleased to be presenting the 2019 Veterans’ Information Day on Friday November 1st, 2019.
Following the success of last year’s Premier’s Town Hall Meeting, it was decided that a similar event would be held in 2019. During the planning process for this year’s event, a number of opportunities were presented that we felt would be beneficial for the entire veteran community and as such the Veterans’ Information Day has evolved.
The program for the day includes:
We are pleased to advise that lunch and refreshments will be provided for $5 per person (optional, to be paid in cash at the event). All proceeds from lunch will go to Operation K9.
Veterans SA would appreciate your assistance in the promotion of this event amongst your members and networks. We are pleased to provide the attached resources that are available to use in the promotion of this event, including:
Please link to the following event page on our website: https://veteranssa.sa.gov.au/event/2019-veterans-information-day/
This event is open for registration to all current and ex-serving ADF personnel, families and carers, ex-service organisations and anyone who has an interest in the veteran community. Attendees can opt to attend some or all events throughout the day.
Those who would like to attend can register here: https://2019veteransinformationday.eventbrite.com.au
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 8226 8552 or email@example.com.
Bec van Reesema
Engagement & Commemorations Officer
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I have posted a number of videos on Youtube of film that I took on 6RAR’s second tour in 1969-70. Each video is about 5 minutes long. There is no commentary, just appropriate sounds of aircraft/guns/armour and background music. I originally did these for the National Vietnam Veterans Museum so they could be used on a free standing TV operated by the viewer alongside the museum item on display (eg, film of guns firing next to a 105mm howitzer).
One special film is when I went on a flight with Jade 8 (between operations) and witnessed an airstrike by Canberra bombers from the air. Years later after contacting Chris in Texas, he said he had taped the cockpit conversations between the Forward Air Controller (himself) and a flight of Canberra bombers on a similar airstrike. I have included that to add to the authenticity. I believe the film of the bombs dropping from the Canberra is unique in that can only be done from the perspective of a Forward Air Controller.
Vietnam War Aussie Armour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FATinuPC4Aw
Vietnam War Aussie Artillery https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7mDAMNvPYY
Vietnam War Aussie Airstrike https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au0W75-aTOs
Vietnam War Aussie Infantry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9tpxCqskFE
Vietnam War Aussie Hueys https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtoTbN3BHhI
Vietnam War Aussie Navy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdS926B_xVU
Vietnam War Aussie R&C Vung Tau https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdAe0lZhSnM
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Yet again, a highly enjoyable and successful Dinner with fabulous food, great friends and wonderful comradeship.
A selection of photos below
Greek Night – 4 May 18.
A highly successful evening with more than 65 guests enjoying a feast provided by Tim, Tas, Con & Sia.
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.
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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There is an extensive history to this campaign under the Advocacy tab (above).
The Casualty List has been off line for some time, here it is revived.
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Here is the April 2017 edition Infantryman April 2017
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the August 2016 edition here Infantryman August
and the April 2016 edition here Infantryman+April+2016
There are numerous excellent articles and a list of activities at HQ for the foreseeable future.
Archived Infantryman are under the Infantryman tab.
Courtesy of the 5RAR website, here is some historical information which may help revive a number of fading memories
An interesting article concerning Jock Buchan, KIA 11 December 1969, his ashes found in Scotland!
You can read it here Buchan Article
Further to the above article, comments and a link from Paul Jackson, Jock’s Platoon Commander.
What a special journey. It is hard to believe that after almost 50 years we have finally completed Jock’s story. We have come so far over the past year or so. A little over 12 months ago those involved in the action, Jock’s closest mates, did not even know where his body had gone after watching him being wrapped in a hutchie, tied on to a jungle penetrator and then winched slowly up to the hovering Dustoff chopper. Due to the tireless and dedicated work of a group of committed brothers-in-arms, Jock’s sacrifice has now been properly recognised, first with a Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial and now with your special service at his gravesite in far off Scotland.
Most of you reading this email would not be aware that Jock Buchan’s death holds a very special place in our Vietnam war history. On the day of the action, an official Army photographer was moving with the company and took a series of photographs immediately after the contact. Of the many thousands of photographs taken during the Vietnam War, these are the only ones that actually record the death of an Australian soldier. For this reason I believe that Jock’s death has become symbolic of all those Australians who lost their lives in that conflict. Too graphic and politically sensitive to be publicly released at the time, the images are a poignant reminder of the human cost of war.
The importance of this series of photographs is also well recognised by the AWM who have been corresponding with me recently seeking help identifying other members of the platoon captured in those iconic images. With your agreement Fred I would like to send your article to the Head Curator, Photographs, Film and Sound at the AWM. She has already expressed interest in the Dundee ceremony. I believe that this would also be an appropriate place for ‘Jock’s Story’ to be recorded.
On behalf of all Jock’s 12 Platoon brothers, well done and thank you.
ps For those interested, the AWM link to those photographs is attached below: