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This page contains information which may be of interest to AATTV members in regard to contacts, forthcoming events, lost and found etc.  Should any AATTV member or persons interested in submitting news etc. which may be relevant to Team members, then they can do so by contacting Rick Ryan - AATTV WA Branch Inc. on email:- advisor@echidna.id.au. Content on this page will be at my discretion.

Entry Date: 27th October 2012

Health Status - Col 'Doc' Judd, AATTV

G'day all,

Email from Doc Judd below do not show good news on his health.

From the sounds of Doc's message I would suggest that he is on a bit of a downer at present.  Maybe a message or two from Team members will cheer him up. His email addy is: garnetjudd@bigpond.com

Doc served with AATTV at the Dong Da Training Centre, Weapons Committee, also with 1st SFG team A-414 A Ro, western Quang Nam, with A5/331 later A-104, Ha Than, Son Ha district .  He also served with 2nd ARVN Div and HQ AATTV Danang.

Keep your head up Doc.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

-----Original Message-----
From: colin judd [mailto:garnetjudd@bigpond.com]
Sent: Saturday, 27 October 2012 8:43 AM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: my health

The dr told me i have lung cancer so will not be hangin around much longer,persevere doc garnetjudd@bigpond.com



Entry Date: 27th October 2012

Welfare Report - Graham King, AATTV

G'day all,

John Barnes AATTV has advised me that Graham King is now back out of hospital following a check up on Friday.  Graham informs John that he is travelling OK now but John Barnes will continue to monitor his progress.  Messages for Graham can be passed through John on email: jbar9388@bigpond.net.au

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

G'day all,

Message from John Barnes AATTV on the current health status of Graham King.  Graham has been in and out of hospital for some time now so we trust he is on the way to recovery.

We wish him well  following the operation on Friday
(today).

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

-----Original Message-----
From: John Barnes [mailto:jbar9388@bigpond.net.au]
Sent: Thursday, 25 October 2012 2:40 PM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Graham King - Medical Condition

Rick,

Graham was released from hospital on Wednesday, but he is to re-admitted
Friday morning so that he can be operated on. The doctors need to check the
tubes from his liver. They believe it is what is causing his present
condition. He seems quite happy, so I hope every thing goes as planned.

regards

Persevere

John



Entry Date:  21st October 2012

Presentation of Plaque from ASAS Association to AATTV

At the recent AGM of AATTV Association WA Branch Inc. held in Oct 2012 at 'The House' SAS Regiment, Swanbourne WA, a plaque was presented commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the formation of AATTV and dedicated to members of ASAS who served with The Team.
 
 
 

The plaque which is proudly display at "The House" ASAS 
Association, Swanbourne, WA

 

Don Cameron, DCM member of AATTV Association WA Branch Inc. cuts the cake presented to Team members to celebrate 
the 50th Anniversary of the formation of AATTV

Entry Date:  19th October 2012

Health Report - Bernie McGurgan, AATTV

G’day all,

Got the following message from Bernie McGurgan, I am sure he does not mind me passing it on.

Looks like the recent hospitalisation with pneumonia has aggravated a number of Bernie’s other problems.

I understand his easing of his internet prowess for sending messages to us all but I am sure a number of get well wishes to him would not go astray.  His email addy is:  hill55@vtown.com.au

We are all pulling for you mate so get back on your feet soon.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bernie [mailto:hill55@vtown.com.au]
Sent: Friday, 19 October 2012 8:41 AM
Subject: My Health

Gidday

Just got out of hospital, after spending 10 days on my back on a drip and anti-biotics,  from a bout of pneumonia which combined with my various cancer problems (prostate, spine and rib cage) did me no good at all!

Good way to lose weigh I guess and managed that without even trying

Accordingly I now need to cut back on my total input/output on things Veteran and email generally!

From today please only send me matters directly relative to Veterans and their entitlements, past, present and future!

This means no jokes, funnies, jpg and pics in whatever format etc etc!

Persevere and Stay Well Veterans and All!
Bernie



Entry Date:  15th October 2012

A soldier died today

Passing of WO2 (later Major) Barry J. Sullivan RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Doug Tear AATTV and Simon Hearder AATTV on the passing of one of our own on 12th October 2012, 22424 WO2 later Major Barry J. Sullivan, RAINF.  Barry served with AATTV in South Vietnam from 24 May 1963, he was with Tactics Committee, Hiep Khanh Training Centre from Jun – Nov 63. Dec 63 attached 7th SFG team A-727, Khe Sanh and from Jan – Mar 64, Tactics & Weapons Committees, Hiep Khanh Training Centre.  RTA on 4 Apr 1964.

Barry, as pointed out by Simon Hearder was Secretary, of AATTV NSW Branch  for many years.  He regularly communicated with me as to the status of NSW Team members and he will be sorely missed by all.  Team members pass their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to Marjorie, family and friends on this sad occasion.  Barry had been hospitalised of late.

Please pass messages of condolence for Marjorie and family through Doug Tear on email: doug.tear@bigpond.com

Funeral details as provided by Doug Tear are as follows:

Date:  Friday, 19th October 2012

Time:   10.00am

Place:  Leppington Crematorium,  Camden Valley Way, Leppington.

May Barry Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Simon Hearder [mailto:simchar7@internode.net.au]
Sent: Monday, 15 October 2012 3:31 PM

Subject: FW: Passing of Barry Sullivan

Dear Members
It is with much sadness that I pass the notice of the death of Barry Sullivan. He was the NSW branch Secretary for many , many years . His wife’s name is Marjorie . Any messages of condolences should be passed to Doug Tear’s email as below.
Rick – please pass out on your net
Persevere Simon

From: Doug Tear [mailto:doug.tear@bigpond.com]
Sent: Monday, 15 October 2012 5:03 PM
To: Simon Hearder
Subject: Passing of Barry Sullivan

Dear Simon,

I am not sure whether you have received the news about Barry; he passed away on Friday, 12 October after a long period in hospital.  Barry’s funeral is to be held at 10.00 am on Friday, 19 October at the Leppington Crematorium, Camden Valley Way Leppington.

It would be appreciated if you would pass this news onto your Branch Members.

Regards,

Doug

Lest we forget
Entry Date:  12th October 2012

Trust Deed AATTVA Foundation

G’day all,

If you wish to have a copy of the Trust Deed AATTVA Foundation then please contact Peter Conway on email: plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au

I must add that for those that were not at the AATTV 50th Anniversary Reunion, that the Memorial Grove was a real treat and the efforts put in by Queensland members in preparing the site and those that have made donations for its upkeep have to be applauded.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Friday, 5 October 2012 8:57 AM
Subject: Trust Deed AATTVA Foundation

Good Morning All

At our recent Memorial Service at Canungra when the Memorial Service Programme was issued we also intended to issue a AATTVA Trust Deed with the programme. We know that  some were issued however in the wrap up we seem to have a surplus left.

If any of the state branches require additional Trust Deeds for issue to their members please let me know how many and I will arrange to send them to you.

For Rick

Could you put it out a general notice so that those who did not attend the reunion can avail themselves of a copy please mate. Ask them to contact me

Regards

Pierre
 



Entry Date:10th October 2012
Updated: 12th October 2012
Updated: 13th October 2012

A soldier died today

Passing of WO2 A. (Robbie) Robinson RAA, AATTV, DCM, BEM


G'day all,

Extract from Gold Coast Bulletin today on Robbie Robinson's funeral details.  It reads as follows:

Robinson, (Robbie) Arthur, DCM BEM JP Late of Benowa and formerly of Surfers Paradise, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, 10th October, 2012.
Aged 84 years.
Loving husband of Valda (deceased) & much loved father and father in law to Vicki & Neil, Kane & Kate and adored grandfather to Kayl & Tesse.
Warrant Officer Arthur Robinson was a highly decorated and respected Veteran loved by so many on the coast & abroad.  He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

A funeral service will be held for Robbie on Friday, 19th October, 2012 in the Integrity Chapel, 18 Tonga Place, Parkwood commencing at 11.00am.

integrityfunerals.com.au
1800 671 310

The Obituary on Robbie was not completed in time for the paper today and will be in a later edition.  A copy will be shown once received.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

G'day all,

Message from David Wilson acting for family of Robbie on funeral details.  I will post full details once know.  Please note change to Vicki Robinson Telephone number.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Advice today from Tim at Integrity Funerals is that the funeral, at the family’s request will be held on Friday 19th October.  Specific details will be contained in the Gold Coast Bulletin this Saturday. The paper may also have a full Obituary on Robbie’s life and times. In both cases I will repeat details to all of you by email.

Could you also please amend Vicki Robinsons telephone number to 07 5597 6279 with my apologies.

Regards,
David Wilson

G’day all,

Sad news just in on the passing today on the Gold Coast, Qld of one of our own, 2412487 WO2 Arthur (Robbie) R. Robinson RAA (Special List) DCM, BEM. Robbie served with AATTV in South Vietnam from 11 Dec 67 to 3 Dec 68.  He served with 11 Battalion ARVN Artillery, Quang Tri during Dec 67 and Jan 68, from Feb to Jul 68 with 1/1 ARVN, 1st Division, Quang Tri area and from Aug – Nov 68 with Duc My Ranger Training Centre.

During his service with AATTV, Robbie was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM).  His citation reads as follows:

Army Number:           2412487
Substantive Rank:     Warrant Officer Class Two
Christian Name:         Arthur
Surname:                    ROBINSON
Award:                        DCM

After enlisting in the Australian Regular Army in 1950 Warrant Officer Robinson served in several appointments as a physical training instructor until his discharge in 1963.  He was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1957 for his outstanding service.  He rejoined the Regular Army in 1966 and was posted to Vietnam to the Australian Army Training Team in  December 1967.
On 1 March 1968 Warrant Officer Robinson was an adviser to the 1st Battalion, 1st Regiment, Army of the Republic of Vietnam which was on a search and clear operation in Quang Tri Province.  The Battalion encountered an entrenched North Vietnamese Battalion and became pinned down by heavy and accurate enemy fire.  During a critical phase of the battle a rifle Company on the left flank of the Battalion was forced to withdraw creating a precarious situation.  Warrant Officer Robinson quickly realised that the company must go forward and retake the lost ground before the enemy reacted.  Disregarding the heavy enemy fire he moved across to the company, reorganised them and personally led the assault which recaptured the lost ground.  Under enemy fire he carried to safety a seriously wounded soldier, possibly saving the soldier’s life.  Warrant Officer Robinson’s bravery and devotion to duty were an inspiration to the Vietnamese soldiers and contributed significantly to the success of this operation in which 129 enemy were killed.  On a number of other occasions he has shown exemplary conduct under fire and his professionalism and outstanding leadership have earned the respect and admiration of those who have served with him.

In addition to several Unit Citations, other foreign awards made to Robbie for his service with AATTV include, US Silver Star, RVN Cross of Gallantry with Gold Star, RVN Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star.

All fellow Team members pass their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to his family members and close friends of Robbie on this sad occasion. Robbie was a well known and respected member of AATTV and he personally held the Team in high regard.

Funeral details will be advised once known.

Condolence messages for the family can be passed to David Wilson (a friend of daughter Vicki Robinson) on email: wilsondandk@gmail.com.  Telephone messages can be passed direct to Vicki Robinson on:  07 5587 6279

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Lest we forget

From: David & Kerrie Wilson [mailto:wilsondandk@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 10 October 2012 1:54 PM
Subject: Death of 2412487 Warrant Officer Arthur (Robbie) R. Robinson BEM DCM

Robbie Robinson died this morning (10th October 2012) at home.

Details for his funeral here on the Gold Coast will be confirmed after a meeting tomorrow between family members and Funeral Directors and notified in Queensland newspapers.

At this time, contact details are:

Daughter: Vicki Robinson 07 5587 6279

Surfers Paradise RSL Sub-branch Secretary: Alan Whelan 0437338228

Red Beret International Paratroop Association Inc. (Rudi Poldoja) President 07 3353 3950

Australian Army Team Vietnam (to be advised) (advisor@echidna.id.au)

Integrity Funerals Gold Coast (Tim) 1800 995 352

David Wilson
a friend of Robbie’s on behalf of Vicki Robinson

0402090847



Entry Date: 9th October 2012
Updated: 15th October 2012

Team Member Hospitalised - Bernie McGurgan







G'day all,

John Gibson AATTV Qld Branch has advised me that Bernie was discharged from hospital on Friday, 12th October 2012.

So Bernie, I trust you will be back on the net soon.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

G’day all,

News in from Peter Conway AATTV Qld Branch on the hospitalisation of Bernie McGurgan AATTV.

Our best wishes for a speedy recovery go out to Bernie at this time.  Bernie has been undergoing chemotherapy for some time now and not sure if the pneumonia is a side effect from that.
I am also not sure if Bernie has access to his computer in hospital, so suggest that any ‘get well’ messages be passed through Peter Conway on email: plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au whom no doubt will pass them onto Bernie.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Sunday, 7 October 2012 1:34 PM

Subject: Bernie Hospitalised

Good Afternoon All

George Mansford has not long ago rang and advised me that Bernie McGurgan is in hospital.

I have made a few phone calls and tracked him down to The Mater Private.

I just called and spoke to him and he is quite ill with pneumonia and it is highly likely that he will be there for at least another week, possibly two.

I will get up to see him next next Friday

John G. As you are the closest could you call in to see him and perhaps when this message gets around maybe others can do the same. I’m sure it will give him a boost.

For others who may like to give him a call the number of the Mater Private is (07) 3840 8111. Bernie is in Ward 9. Let’s hope he gets well soon

Regards and keep safe all

Pierre 



Entry Date: 9th October 2012

Passing of wife of Team Member - Jan Oliver

G’day all,

Funeral details for Jan Oliver wife of fellow Team member Ray Oliver are shown below.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Friday, 5 October 2012 10:58 AM
Subject: Funeral Details Mrs Jan Oliver

Hi Bernie/Rick

Further to my last regarding the passing of the  Mrs Jan Oliver , wife of our NSW member Ray funeral details are

Day/ Date   Wednesday 10th October 2012

Time             1000 AM

Place            Baptist Church
                    Cumberland Road
                    INGLEBURN
                    NSW

Thanks and Regards

Peter

G’day all,

Sad news in from Peter Conway AATTV Qld Branch on the passing of Jan Oliver wife of Ray Oliver AATTV.

Our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to Ray, family and friends on this sad occasion.

Email from Peter is shown below.

May Jan Rest-In-Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Wednesday, 3 October 2012 9:29 AM
To: Bernie McGurgan; Rick
Subject: Passing of Team Members Wife

Good Morning All

I have been advised of the passing of JAN OLIVER wife of team member RAY (NSW BRANCH) last night.

MAY SHE REST IN PEACE

For those who may like to contact Ray his address is
35 Carinda Street
INGLEBURN
NSW 2565
PHONE

02 9605 2182
 

I WILL ADVISE OF FUNERAL DETAILS AS THEY COME TO HAND

Regards

Pete 



Entry Date: 21st September 2012
Updated:22nd September 2012

A soldier died today

Passing of  WO2 Don Lord RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Funeral details for Don Lord AATTV as received from his son Stephen Lord are shown below.

Condolence messages for the family can be passed to Stephen on email: Stephen.D.Lord@gsk.com

May Don Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Stephen Lord [mailto:Stephen.D.Lord@gsk.com]
Sent: Saturday, 22 September 2012 4:00 PM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Re: Passing of Don Lord AATTV

Hi Rick,

I can confirm that dad's funeral will be:
Thursday 27 Sept 1030
Little Flower Catholic Church
First Ave
Bongaree
Bribie Island

Funeral notice will appear in Courier Mail on Tuesday and Bribie Times on Wednesday.

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Peter Conway, AATTV Queensland Branch on the passing today, 21st September 2012 of fellow Team member 13604 WO2 Don Lord, RAINF.  Don served with AATTV in South Vietnam from  27 Apr 67 to 30 Apr 68 at first with Montagnard Company and then variously company and platoon commander, 11th Company Mike Force, 5th SFGA, Danang. Don was also one of the Team members entitled to wear the US Presidential Unit Citation for services with 5th SFGA.

Team members pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Don on this sad occasion.  As stated by Peter Conway , Don Lord was a highly respected Team member and he will be sorely missed.

Funeral details will be forwarded once known.

Condolence messages can be to Stephen Lord, son of Don on email: Stephen.D.Lord@gsk.com

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

This is indeed very very sad news for us all.

Would all please ensure that this is given the widest publicity.

Don was very well known throughout the AATTV ;  RAR Association and the Veteran community as a whole

He was a highly respected member of the Qld Branch of the AATTV and for many many years served on our committee .

He will be very sadly missed and may he rest in peace

Vale Don Lord

Lest We Forget

Regards

Peter
Lest we forget
 

From: Stephen Lord
Sent: Friday, September 21, 2012 11:11 AM
To: plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au
Subject: Don Lord

Good Morning Peter,

I have some very sad news. I have just been informed by my brother Robert that dad, Don Lord, passed away this morning at his home on Bribie Island. We are in the very early stages of making arrangements. Could you please advise the AATTV/Army network.

Kind regards,

Stephen
______________________________________________________________________

Stephen Lord
Specialist Business Manager
NSW and QLD
436 Johnston St | Abbotsford VIC 3067 | Australia
Mobile 0411 208 517
Stephen.D.Lord@gsk.com

http://www.gsk.com.au
Enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer

Lest we forget
 Entry Date: 15th September 2012

Welfare Report - D.R. 'Bob' Cameron,DCM AATTV

G’day all,

Those wishing to visit Bob Cameron please read the message below.

We all wish him a speedy recovery.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bing [mailto:bing6768@bigpond.net.au]
Sent: Saturday, 15 September 2012 2:15 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: Bob Cameron Oooooops
 

Rick

Just visited Bob.
He is on the first floor Room  16 Peter Cosgrove House   War Vets Village Collaroy ( no phone handy ) & if not there will be out on the balcony enjoying a smoke !!
Although at some future stage will be relocated on the ground floor.
I spoke with Sandy Pearson who is in residence on the same floor & he will catch up with Bob when convenient.
He is in very good spirits & pleased to be back home. Absolutely still good for a long chat.
His dog Al possibly will be flying down to join him..
Could you please ask anyone wishing to visit Bob to contact Roxanne so that they can work some sort of roster in that family & visitors do not clash….it is not all that important, just a matter of convenience.
roxanne@Lwchc.org.au
0404 109 471

Kind regards,

Mick

Hello Doug,

Thanks for your telephone call yesterday.  Good to talk to you again.

As discussed, I visited our esteemed Team Member yesterday for about and hour and a half and was pleased to see him in good spirits reading out in the court-yard, in his "special" chair.  I must say I was somewhat surprised to see him in such fair condition considering his recent history of three strokes etc.  Past experiences of mine, visiting family and friends who were stroke victims, have not been so pleasant.
His articulation was good along with his comprehension of matters current and past.  We spoke of our time in SVN and of people we both knew on the Team; in Vietnam and the military generally.  Our discussions were interesting and often expressed with humour.  The odd laugh or two from him was good.  He is an ardent reader (loves military history stuff) so I will take him a few books that I have on the subject.  He has read Bruce Davies new book 'Vietnam' three times!  I took him a collection of photographs taken during my time in SVN and some of the 50th Re-union to look at. It pleased him somewhat.  He was upset that he missed the 50th Anniversary so, along with the afore-mentioned, I will get a copy of the group photograph taken at Canungra.
Bob is well received by the staff at the Home and gets on well with other residents (some are ex-military).  That's a good sign!  He is proud of being a Vietnam Digger and sports memorabilia on his Vietnam Vets baseball cap.  He has had Roxanne stitch a DCM ribband on it.   He does not have a Team Cap, so I will take him up one along with an AATTV collar badge.
You are aware of his personal side of life and especially the loss of his service medals, which particularly and emotionally disturbs him.  Hopefully Roxanne can get a resolve on that matter soon.
He is keen to be moved back to Sydney and is looking forward to a vacancy being available soon.
As indicated above, I will be re-visiting Bob at least one-two times a week and I will keep you informed in the event of any change.  I know that you are in touch with Roxanne regularly so no doubt you will be kept well informed of his welfare.

Persevere

Des Campbell



Entry Date: 15th September 2012

Welfare Report -  Barry Sullivan AATTV

G’day all,

Peter Millett AATTV sent me a copy of a letter from Doug Tear, President AATTV NSW Branch on the current status of Barry Sullivan.    Barry is in Campbellton Hospital,
Therry Road in the General Medical Ward, Bed 3.

Visiting hours are from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 2.30pm to 8 pm.

Barry has  been moved out of intensive care. He is still very ill but with some improvement. Visitors are welcome.

We all wish Barry a speedy recovery.   Those that cannot visit may wish to send him a get well message through Margery on email: marbar@speednet.com.au

Take care and Persevere,

Rick



Entry Date: 25th August 2012
 
 

Book Release - VIETNAM The Complete Story of the Australian War
Bruce Davies AATTV with Gary McKay

G'day all,

Review – Vietnam – The Complete Story of the Australian War

It has been quite some time since I have read such and honest and open account of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Many years ago, I did read a book called ‘About Face – the Odyssey of an American Warrior’ by Colonel David Hackworth (US Army, Ret) and formed the opinion that this book should be made compulsory reading by all junior officers aspiring to be future leaders of our men in combat.  Bruce Davies assisted ably by Gary McKay has produced a book that is in the same category. It also should be compulsory reading by not only our junior leaders but by our Commanders as well.  Rather direct and without bias, it is compelling reading that dispels some of the myths perpetrated since the Vietnam War by a well researched history of those involved, be they friend or foe.

For Australian veterans of the Vietnam War, many may feel that they were very lucky at the outcome of some of the actions in which they were involved after reading this book.  Outcomes that could have been so very different if it had not been for good fortune as opposed to poor tactical decisions made by some commanders. The book not only covers the main Australian elements but also those activities of AATTV members spread throughout the length and breadth of South Vietnam. In conclusion, it identifies the necessity for all commanders to be well researched and versed in the tactics of their opponents, something that could be said to be missing at certain stages of this war.

Released on 2nd August 2012.  RRP:  $49.99 E Book available.  ISBN 978 1 74175 028 7

Take care and Persevere,

Rick


Entry Date 6th Aug 2012
A soldier died today

Cpl G.W. Woodruff RAAMC, AATTV

G'day all,

Sad and  belated news  in on the passing of fellow Team Member Cpl G. (Gerry) W. Woodruff, RAAMC, AATTV on 19th June 2012.  Gerry served with AATTV in South Vietnam from Nov 70 at Advisers  School, Di An. Dec 70 to Feb 71 with MATT 11, Long Dien,  Mar – Apr 71, MATT 2 , Dat Do, May-Jun 71, MATT, Phuoc Tuy, Jul 71, JWTC Nui Dat and from Aug – Sep 71, MATT, Phuoc Tuy.  Gerry also served in South Vietnam with HQ 1ATF from 10 May 67 to 21 May 68.

Team members were only notified of Gerry's passing while attending the AATTV 50th Anniversary Reunion in Qld in which Gerry was expected to attend.  Gerry's remains were cremated at Karrakatta cementry, WA on 29th June 2012.

Our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to his brother Arthur and friends of Gerry.  He will be sadly missed by fellow Team members.  Gerry was a stalwart member of AATTV WA Branch and regularly attended their functions.

The only condolence message I could locate was this from the West Australian published on June 23, 2012. 18 of 18 words: "WOODRUFF (Gerard W): Died suddenly 19th June aged 67. Brother of Arthur. Sadly missed by his many friends."

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Good day Bernie and Rick
Very sad news as we are all enjoying ourselves here in Brisbane on our 50th Birthday celebrations from Ed Harkin comes the news that Gerry Woodruff who had planned to be here with us all had in fact died suddenly  aged 67 yrs on 19th June 2012 and that none of us had been notified prior.
Vale Gerry
John E Nolan

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 6th Aug 2012

A soldier died today

Capt (later Maj) R.A. Baird, RASigs, AATTV

G'day all,

Sad news in from Audie Moldre AATTV on the passing of fellow Team Member Capt (later Maj) R. (Bob) A. Baird, RASigs, AATTV on 25 July 2012.  Capt Bob Baird served with AATTV in South Vietnam from 24 Feb 71 as TOC-Fwd, 1st ARVN Div HQ, near Quang Tri from Mar to May 71 and as TOC, HQ 1st Div, Hue from Jun to Aug 71.

Team members pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Bob.  In accordance with Bob's wishes a private cremation was held.  Messages of condolence may be passed to the family as follows:

Via his Son (with parents at this time)
Mr Ian Baird
P 07 3408 1469
E irb1965@yahoo.com.au

Via his Wife
Mrs Ann Baird
3/15 Toorbul St
Bongaree QLD 4507
P 07 3408 1469

From: Secretary
Sent: Thursday, July 26, 2012 6:17 PM
To: ASASA-Q ; National ASASA
Cc: HAWKINS Ted

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Subject: [ ASASA-Q ] Vale: 53898 Robert Alexander Baird

Dear all

I have been advised today that Queensland Branch member from 1 SAS Company days and AATTV veteran 53898 CAPT Robert Alexander (Bob) Baird RA Sigs, passed away yesterday morning in hospital surrounded by family. The family has arranged a private cremation in accordance with Bob’s wishes. There will be a waterborne scattering of ashes in the Pumicestone Passage at a date to be advised.

Kind regards

Audie

Audie Moldre
Secretary
ASASA-Q
0427 216 281

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 23rd July 2012

Pre-Order The Biography of Ray Simpson, VC, DCM

 G'day all,

You can pre-order your copy of "The Biography of Ray Simpson, VC, DCM written by Mick Malone, OAM and Peter Lutley (both Ex- SASR)" by following the instructionson this link:  Pre-Order The Biography of Ray Simpson, VC, DCM.pdf

Take care and Persevere,

Rick


Entry Date: 8th July 2012
Updated: 9th July 2012

A soldier died today

WO2 R. 'Jock' B.D. Rutherford, MM RAINF 6RAR and AATTV

G'day all,

Funeral details as passed on from Dennis Manski follow.

May Jock Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Subject: Funeral details Jock Rutherford

Peter

Shirley has asked that I let you know of the details for Jock.  A funeral notice will appear in the Courier Mail and Fraser Coast Chronicle tomorrow with the funeral to be held on Friday at 1300hrs at the Maryborough Crematorium corner Walker Street and Bruce Highway, Maryborough.  Medals to be worn as a mark of respect to Jock.

Could you please pass this around for her.

Regards
Dennis Manski
 
 

G’day all,

Sad but not unexpected news just in from Peter Conway, AATTV on the passing today 8th July 2012 of fellow Team member, WO2 R. (Jock) B.D. Rutherford, MM RAINF.  Jock’s first tour of duty in South Vietnam was with 6RAR from 4 Jun 66 to 14 Jun 67 and was awarded the MM whilst serving with 6RAR.  His service with AATTV started on 7 Jan 71 as unallotted MATT, MRIII, from Feb – Apr 71 with MATT6, Hoa Long and from Mar to 26 Oct 71 with MATT, Phuoc Tuy.

Jock a well respected member of the Team had been ill for quite a while and he will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.  Our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to Shirley, family and friends on this sad occasion.  Email condolence messages can be directed to Shirley on email: boydann@bigpond.com

Funeral details will be advised once known.

Extract of Award of MM to Jock is as follows:

“On 25 July 1966, 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment was engaged on a Search and Destroy  Operation in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam.  Corporal Rutherford was a Section Commander in B Company.
In the early afternoon of that day an enemy force of well-trained and well-led  Viet Cong  guerrilla forces contacted B Company in a hastily organized mission.
Corporal Rutherford’s  platoon bore the brunt of the subsequent enemy attacks and suffered during the short fierce engagement ten casualties, including the Platoon Sergeant.  Corporal Rutherford, on his own initiative, immediately took over as Platoon Sergeant.
During the close and very heavy fire fight and mortaring which ensued, he moved with complete disregard for his own safety around the weapon pits tending to the casualties and the administration of the platoon. He moved forward to assist a wounded soldier but was driven back by heavy fire falling around him. Nevertheless he persevered and again moved forward to dress the wounds of the casualty and pulled him back to his own shell scrape for safety. He continued to assist the wounded in this manner.
In addition he took on himself the task of distributing ammunition to these positions where ammunition was running low, and exposed himself to enemy fire whilst doing so.
Throughout the action he continued to control fire and give orders in such a calm and confident manner as to inspire and encourage the men under his command.
Corporal Rutherford’s actions were outstanding and he took far greater risks with his life than his duties as a Section Commander required.  His inspiration to all present by his actions and his timely and effectively treatment of the casualties deserve permanent recognition.”

May he Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Sunday, 8 July 2012 8:49 AM
To: Rick; Bernie McGurgan
Subject: A soldier died today

Rick/Bernie

A very sad day indeed. It is with great  sorrow that we advise of the passing of Jock Rutherford at 4.00AM this morning. Highly regarded by all who knew him and served with him  and our sincere sympathy goes to Shirley and the Rutherford family. For those who may like to send condolence  cards and messages Shirley’ address is
538 Alice Street
MARYBOROUGH
QLD  4650
Phone (07 )4121 0998

and from GEORGE MANSFORD
 

Homeward Bound
I saw the shooting star burning so bright
Falling, falling, fading and soon from sight
So distant and yet so near
In its wake, a soldier’s journey so very clear
Duty, sharing, caring, courage and sometimes fear
No longer a mortal in life’s short race
A contented spirit bound for home somewhere in distant space
This fiery trail I saw tonight marks a warrior’s farewell
Leaving behind another legacy of proud deeds to tell

copyright G.MANSFORD

We will advise of further details as they come to hand.

May He Rest in Peace

Lest We Forget

Regards

Peter

Lest we forget


Entry Date:  4th July 2012
Updated: 4th July 2012

Team Member Seriously Ill - Jock Rutherford,MM AATTV

G’day all,

Message below from Peter Conway, AATTV Qld Branch on the deterioration of Jock Rutherford’s health.

The thoughts and prayers of all our Team members go out to Jock and his family at this sad time.

Emails for Jock can be passed through Shirley on email:  boydann@bigpond.com

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 3 July 2012 7:43 AM
To: Bernie McGurgan; Rick
Subject: Fw: Jock"s health.

Good Morning Bernie and Rick

Following is a message from Shirley regarding Jock. This is indeed very distressing news for us all and we can but pray that Jock is comfortable.

Regards

Peter

From: Shirley Rutherford
Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 9:13 AM
To: PeterConway
Subject: Jock"s health.

Hi Peter. Just letting you know Jock now gravely ill. The cancer has gone into both lungs.
and theres nothing more that they can do.
They have started pallitive care now. They are trying to get him back to Maryborough hospital
from Hervey bay today. It is just day to day now.
Regards Shirley Rutherford.

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Thursday, 28 June 2012 4:55 PM
To: Bernie McGurgan; Rick
Subject: Jock Rutherford

Hi Bern and Rick

Just to hand.

Shirley Rutherford has been in contact with Des Pryde and sadly tells us that Jock is seriously ill in Hervey Hospital.

We all pray that Jock’s condition  improves

Peter



Entry Date: 29th June 2012
Team Member Hospitalised - Alan Williams AATTV

G’day all,

New in from Ian Hodgson, President AATTV SA Branch on the hospitalisation of Alan Willliams AATTV.

We all wish Alan a speedy recovery.  Please pass email messages for Alan to Ian on email: ednahodgson@bigpond.com

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Edna Hodgson [mailto:ednahodgson@bigpond.com]
Sent: Thursday, 28 June 2012 2:36 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: Alan Williams

Dear Rick, I would be grateful if you could notify the Team that Alan Williams had Open Heart Surgery today. Also the SAS Association.  Alan and Margaret will not be attending the 50th reunion. Will keep you posted. Regards Ian.



Entry Date: 29th June 2012
Team Member Hospitalised - Don Lord AATTV

G’day all,

Bad day today for Team members being hospitalised.

I have been advised by Peter Conway (refer below), AATTV Qld Branch of the hospitalisation of Don Lord.

We wish Don a speedy recovery.  Emails for Don can be forwarded to Peter Conway on email: plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

 From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Thursday, 28 June 2012 3:14 PM
To: Bernie McGurgan; Rick
Subject: Don Lord

Des Ford has advised that DON  lord is currently hospitalised in Caboolture Private Hospital and may be there for a while yet

We wish Don a  quick recovery

regards

Pierre



Entry Date: 29th June 2012

Welfare Report - Len Smith AATTV

G’day all,

Good to hear from Len Smith and his update on health problems.

Any email messages for Len can be passed through Bernie McGurgan on email: hill55@vtown.com.au

We all trust that Len will get through the next few months without any real problems.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bernie [mailto:hill55@vtown.com.au]
Sent: Thursday, 21 June 2012 7:12 AM
To: Recipient list suppressed:
Subject: Len Smith Medical Update and catching up

FYI Peoples!
Persevere
Bernie
 

Hello Bernie,

Some veterans may be interested as I understand that some were asking of me. I have been off the air for several months and will continue for another several.

I have just come home from a months stay (my 4th time in hospital since March) from the Sans Hospital in Wahroonga Sydney and recovering quite well - so far. On this occasion I had open heart surgery with 5, yes 5 by-passes performed by the brilliant Professor Chard, director of the Cardiology unit at Westmead Hospital. A huge shock as I got DVT which went to my lungs when I got off the plane from Shanghai and I was having Angina attacks, but thought the pain was my lungs!!! I am a very lucky man indeed as it was my urologist who picked up on it and told me to see my Cardiologist immediately.

I am currently an outpatient at the Lady Davidson Rehabilitation Hospital in North Turramurra until I go back into the San to have my cancerous Prostate removed by robotic surgery on the 1st July (Sunday). Australia's imminent surgeon, Dr Peter Sutherland from Adelaide is coming up to perform it. I am indeed lucky.

So mate, there it is.

How are you travelling these days? I trust you and your family are well. I am now catching up on all of your emails.

Cheers,

Len



Entry Date: 18th June 2012

Welfare Report AATTV WA Branch Members

G'day all,

Below is the WA Branch of AATTV Welfare Report from John Nolan our Welfare Officer here in WA.

For those that wish to forward emails to Reg Bandy, Don Cameron or Merv Bolitho then please email John Nolan on email: jono37939@bigpond.com
Emails for Brig Lloyd through Tony Thorp, President AATTV WA Branch on email: tonythorp@westnet.com.au

We wish them all continued recovery and our best wishes.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: John E Nolan [mailto:jono37939@bigpond.com]
Sent: Monday, 18 June 2012 4:47 PM
Subject: WA Welfare Report

Western Australian Branch Welfare Report
Reg Bandy suffered a nasty turn and was admitted to Hollywood Private Hospital last Monday where he has been undergoing a series of tests to ascertain exactly what the problem is he hopes to have some of the results Monday 18th he is also scheduled for a full body scan early next week. He is in the Gordon Ward and can receive visitors and phone calls.

Don Cameron has settled into the Sandstrom Nursing Home at Mount Lawley, directly opposite the Mt Lawley railway station, his physical condition continues to improve with regular physiotherapy, unfortunately he does have periods of confusion, however he often talks about his desire to attend the 50th in Brisbane. Don yesterday told me to ask George Mansford if he still had the compass he gave him?

Merve Bolitho  is currently in AEGIS Ascot Transitional care centre in Bayswater whilst his family negotiate a permanent place for him in a care unit. Merv’s general condition has markedly improved and he is taking an keen interest in the activities of the unit. He has asked me if I can find him a Bingo Cage and balls if anyone knows where these can be obtained let me know

Brigadier Lloyd is in Hollywood Private Hospital with a fractured leg. It has been requested that he be not contacted directly at this point, any enquiries should be directed through Tony Thorp 08 95251294. tonythorp@westnet.com.au



Entry Date: 18th June 2012

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day Perth WA

G'day all,

Message below from Tony Thorp, President AATTV WA Branch on details of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day Service in Kings Park to be held in August this year.  Gen Hartley AATTV will be guest speaker.  Closer to the date further details will be released.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Tony Thorp [mailto:tonythorp@westnet.com.au]
Sent: Monday, 18 June 2012 4:48 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: Viet Nam Veterans Day Kings Park

Rick could you please promulgate over your web site,Viet Nam Veterans Association of Australia WA Branch have asked that Members of the AATTV attend THE  Viet Nam War Memorial Kings Park  on the 18 August 2012  ,50 years  on the 31July Advisers arrived in Saigon, General Hartley will give an address, timings when they come to hand, regards Tony



Entry Date: 28th May 2012
Further award of US PUC to Team Members

G’day all,

Firstly, congratulations to those Team members that have finally been recognised to wear the award of the US PUC.  Long overdue.

A list of names of those that have an entitlement to the award can be viewed on this site on link: http://www.aattv.iinet.net.au/uspuc.htm

The award during the period Jan 1967 -  Feb 68 covers the following Teams.

MACV Team 1 was located in Quang Nam Province from Hoi An up through Danang. Team 3 was located around Hue, Thua Thien Province and Team 4 was Quang Tri.

Bruce Davies on email: bruce.davies@tpt.com.au can confirm entitlement if Team members are unsure of entitlement.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick



Entry Date: 27th May 2012
Uodated: 3oth May 2012

A soldier died today

Maj (later Lt Col) Harold 'Harrry' D. Lovelock RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Funeral details below for Harry Lovelock are as follows:

DATE:  Thursday 31st May 2012

TIME:  12 NOON

PLACE:             Great Southern Garden of Remembrance
ADDRESS:         1774 MOUNT COTTON ROAD
                          CARBROOK
                          QLD

FAMILY AND  AATTV NOTICE WILL APPEAR IN WEDNESDAYS COURIER MAIL

Please note that there will be no Poppy service.  Medals may be worn.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Good Morning All

I have just received the initial details of the funeral service for our late member Harry.

Please be advised that the family have requested that the funeral service should be a NON MILITARY type service EXCEPT FOR THE POPPY SERVICE

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Peter Conway and Bernie McGurgan on the passing today, 27th May 2012  of Maj (later Lt Col) Harold (Harry) David Lovelock RAINF.  Harry served with AATTV in South Vietnam from May to 24 Jun 67 at Thua Thien Sector and from 25 Jun 67 to Apr 68 as G3 Training, HQ I Corps, Danang.

Our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of Harry on this sad occasion.  He will be sorely missed by all Team members.

Funeral service details will be advised once known.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

Good Evening All

Indeed saddening news  just to hand from Des Ford.

A top soldier,  a good man and a great mate to all has left us today and the world will be a much sadder place now that he is gone.

Harry Lovelock passed away at approximate 6.55 PM this evening

Whilst we knew that Harry’s time was short we are devastated and shocked  by the news.

Further details will be passed on as they come to hand

May he rest in peace

Regards and please disseminate this news through your respective nets.

Peter

Lest we forget


Entry Date:  7th May 2012
Updated: 28th May 2012

Team Member In Hospital - Jock Rutherford, MM

G’day all,

Welfare report from Dennis Manski AATTV on the current status of Jock Rutherford AATTV below.

Sad to hear about one of our own in such a state.  We all wish Jock the very best.

Messages for Jock can be passed to Dennis on email: pixiebird1@bigpond.com

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: DM [mailto:pixiebird1@bigpond.com ]
Sent: Sunday, 27 May 2012 11:54 AM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: Jock Rutherford
 

Rick
An update for Boyd(Jock) Rutherford. Jock is now in high care at Chelsea RSL homes in Maryborough.  Dementia has really kicked in and it is hard to know of what his awareness level is but I got the distinct impression he wanted out of the place. I wore my Team polo necked shirt this morning and he kept putting his finger on the AATTV badge so there must still be a bit of a spark there. Shirley is holding up but as you can imagine it is a sad time for her after 53 three years of marriage.     If anything changes I will let you know.

Rgds
 

G'day all,

Further to the Welfare Report on Jock Rutherford back in April, Dennis Manski, AATTV has submitted a further report with Jock now in Greenslopes Hospital.

Please pass messages for Jock through Dennis Manski on email: pixiebird1@bigpond.com

Our best wishes go out to Jock for a speedy recovery.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

Rick

Just to let you know and perhaps you can put it on the website that Jock Rutherford has been in Greenslopes hospital now for a few weeks and has been diagnosed with Lung cancer and also a secondary one in is ribs.  He was originally admitted with pneumonia which he has had improvement with that but this cancer was subsequently diagnosed. I know that the Queensland Branch is aware and have been visiting but I would like you to let the wider Team people know the situation.  His wife Shirley has been handling the situation as well as can be expected.    Very sad to say the least. Both Jock and Shirley live a few minutes away from me so have been in the unfortunate position to watch his deteriorate  over the last few years. A good man with a good wife.

Rgds
Dennis Manski



Entry Date: 28th March 2012
Updated: 4th April 2012
Updated: 23rd May 2012

Welfare Report of Team Member - Don Cameron, DCM,MM

G'day all,

Good news for a change.  Don Cameron looks like he will be attending the Team reunion.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: John E Nolan [mailto:jono37939@bigpond.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 23 May 2012 12:27 PM
To: John White; Bernie; Rick Ryan
Subject: Health Report

Good Day Jeb, Bernie & Rick
A quick update on Don Cameron, there has been significant improvement in his physical condition, in fact  he is today being transferred from Mercy hospital to Stirling TLC Aged Care in Spencer St Yokine,  which is not far from Una’s Unit at Menora. Una has spoken to his doctor about Brisbane and he cannot see why Don should not go if his condition remains as it is now
More info when available
PERSEVERE
John N
 

G'day all,

Update on the progress of Don Cameron DCM, MM AATTV as received from John Nolan AATTV follows.

Good to hear that his condition is better and please note he has been moved to the Mercy Hospital at Maylands, WA.

Get well soon, Don.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Good day Rick
Don Cameron, DCM, MM.
Dons general condition has stabilised somewhat and he has now been transferred to the Reconstructive Unit at Mercy hospital Maylands, he is now able to have visitors, the hospital is only a short downhill walk from Mt Lawley railway station.

G’day all,

I have been advised by our Welfare Officer John Nolan of the hospitalisation of fellow Team member, Don Cameron, DCM,MM.  Don is on the Very Seriously Ill list after suffering a major stroke last week.
Don has not been in the best of health for some time now and this latest battle will be his biggest yet.

We all wish Don a speedy recovery.  Don has always been a stalwart supporter of AATTV Association WA Branch and our Team members here in the West feel for him and his family at this time.

Don is in Ward 9D, Room "F" at Royal Perth Hospital, Western Australia.  Get well wishes can be passed through John Nolan on email: jono37939@bigpond.com

Will advise further on Don’s condition on information is forthcoming.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick



Entry DateL 13th May 2012

A soldier died today
Passing of WO2 R. (Dick) Lowe, RAEME, AATTV

G’day all,

More sad news on the passing of yet another of one of our own.  Fellow Team member WO2 R. (Dick) W. Lowe, RAEME AATTV passed away on the 11th May 2012.  Dick served with AATTV in South Vietnam from Jan – Apr 67 with RF/PF Phuoc Tuy, from May 67 with RF/PF Long Tho centre near Hue and from Sep 67 – May 68 was detached to HQ 1ALSG as Civilian Labour Officer.

Team members pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to family and friends of Dick.  Email condolence messages can be sent to Peter Conway on email: plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au

Cards and letters can be sent to Kay Lowe at 26 Minoa Street, Woodridge QLD 4114 or telephone 07 3290 1139.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Sunday, 13 May 2012 1:01 PM
To: Bernie McGurgan; Rick; John Gibson; Mick Smith; Des Ford; Allen Edwards
Subject: Another Soldier's Passing

Hi All

I am again the bearer of sad news.

Kay Lowe has just rang and informed me of the passing of her husband and our Team member Dick. Dick passed away late Friday night the 11th May. May he Rest in Peace

Lest We Forget

Funeral Notice will appear in the Courier Mail Brisbane on Tuesday 15th May 2012

Kay can be contacted on 07  3290 1139

Persevere

Peter

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 12th May 2012
Updated: 13th May 2012
Updated: 14th May 2012

A soldier died today

WO1 Trevor E. Gilliver OAM, AATTV

G'day all,

Further contact details for family members and funeral detaisl of Trevor Gilliver have been forwared today by Terry Smith.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Dear Rick

I was contacted today by Trevor’s daughter in law (Deann Le Breton) with details of Trevor’s funeral arrangements.
I see these have been posted already but the post church activity has been left off (see below):
• When:                  Friday 18 May 2012  at 2.00pm
• Where:                 Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cootamundra and then at Cootamundra Lawn Cemetery after that.
If any other or supplementary info comes through I will let you know.

I am also providing contact information for the family:
• Pat Gilliver (wife)                                                                                         02 6942 4394. Home address: 6 Barnes Street, Cootamundra, NSW 2590
• Brant Gilliver (son) and Deann Le Breton (daughter in law):              02 4577 2599
• Nadine (daughter)                                                                                       02 9774 1705

I am holding a number of condolence emails which I hope to be able to send to the family tomorrow. I am waiting confirmation on a email address from Brant and Deann to send them to. If I do not get an answer then I will make sure they are delivered in person on Friday.
For John Jackson. I am planning to attend the funeral. There may be former warrant officers, senior NCO’s and soldiers who served with Trevor in 4RNSWR coming.

Terry Smith

G’day all,

Further to my last, Terry Smith has provided home contact details for Pat Gilliver, Trevor’s wife for those that may wish to send a card etc.

Telephone number for Pat is: 02 6942 4394.
Take care and Persevere,
Rick

From: Terry Smith [mailto:terryrobynsmith@gmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, 13 May 2012 7:38 AM
To:
Subject: Trevor Gilliver OAM

Fellows,

Trevor’s wife, Pat, lives at 6 Barnes Street, Cootamundra, NSW 2590.
 If I can find an email address I will let you know.

Terry

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Peter Conway, AATTV Qld Branch on the passing on 12th May 2012 of WO2 (later WO1) Trevor E. Gilliver, RAINF, AATTV.  Trevor served in AATTV in South Vietnam from 26 March 1967 to 26 March 1968 with postings to B50, Project Omega, 5th SFGA, Nha Trang  Apr - Oct 67and then as a platoon commander and acting company Executive Officer in 23rd Company, B20 Mobile Strike Force, Pleiku. He was the Regimental Sergeant Major of the 4th Battalion, the Royal NSW Regiment from 1977 to 1981 and awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to Army Reserve training on 26 January 1981.

All Team members pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Trevor.  Trevor had been in hospital in a verious serious condition just of late.

Funeral details will be advised once known.  At this stage please pass any email messages of condolence through Terry Smith on email:  terryrobynsmith@gmail.com

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Rick / Bernie

Unfortunately the sad news continues.

I have just had a call rom Bruce Elphick informing me that Trevor Gilliver passed away earlier this evening.

A good soldier and May he Rest in Peace

Lest We Forget

Peter

Lest we forget



Entry Date: 12th May 2012
Updated: 17th May 2012

Team Member In Hospital - Peter Cowan, MBE

G'day all,

Latest on Peter Cowan is shown below.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: vic burgess
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 11:46 AM

Subject: RE: Peter Cowan

Hi Dutchy;

An update on Peter.  This Wednesday at the Holy Spirit Hospital, he will undergo surgery to replace and aortic valve and surgery for 3 blocked arteries.  Marlene is now with him in Brisbane.

I am in constant contact with Marlene and will notify you of his situation immediately I receive them.

Best wishes;
Vic.

G'day all,

Peter has been moved to Brisbane for further tests.  Refer below.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Hi Greg,   Just spoke to Marlene at the Hervey Bay Hospital.  She said that Peter is being transferred to the Prince Charles Hospital pm today (Thur 10 May) for further tests. Regards, Ray Towie

--
Greg Decker
Secretary
RAR Association (Qld)
0417464251

G’day all,

News just in from Peter Conway, AATTV Qld Br on the hospitalisation of Peter Cowan,  MBE, AATTV.

Team members all wish Peter a quick recovery.  Email message for Peter may be sent via Bruce Prosper at this stage on email: beeeye2@bigpond.com

Details of hospital contact is shown below.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

From: Bernie [mailto:hill55@vtown.com.au]
Sent: Thursday, 10 May 2012 11:27 AM

Good Afternoon All

Following receipt of an email through Bernie McGurgan from Greg Decker (Secretary RAR Association Qld )  I have just spoken to Bruce Prosper and also contacted Hervey Bay Hospital and they have confirmed that Peter Cowan is in hospital (ICU)  with a heart problem and is awaiting transfer to Brisbane. Further details will be advised as they come to hand.

Would you please distribute Bernie and Rick

Regards

Peter

For those who have served with Peter and those who know him. The Ascn has been advised from Marlian via Glenn Willmann that Peter has had a Heart Attack and had been admitted to ICU Hervey Bay Hospital, he will remain there until a bed/unit becomes available in Brisbane for transfer. That is all the info I have.

Hervey Bay Hospital
141 Urraween Road
Urraween 4655

Phone: 07 4120 6666  (BEST TIME TO CALL DURING THE DAY)
Office Hours: 0830 to 1700
REGARDS
GREG



Entry Date: 3rd May 2012

A soldier died today
WO2 R. (Ron) Lennon, RAING, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news in on the passing on 2nd May 2012 of  fellow Team member, WO2 Ronald Lennon, RAINF. During Ron’s service with AATTV he served with 2/6 ARVN in Feb 71 and then in Mar 71 with 1/6 ARVN, Quang Ngai, from Apr – Aug 71 at  Duc My Ranger Training Centre and from Sep – Oct 71 with 3rd ARVN Division, Quang Tri.

I am sure all Team members’ would wish the family and friends of Ron their sincerest condolences and deepest  sympathies on this sad occasion.

Condolence messages can be passed through Peter Conway, AATTV Qld Branch on email: plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au

Funeral details are shown in the email below from Kevin Lynch.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Kevin Lynch
Sent: Wednesday, 2 May 2012 3:23 PM
Subject: PASSING OF RONALD LENNON

Sad new passed to me today of the passing away last night of, 1200661 WO2 Ronald Lennon. DOB 28/03/1943 His brother John, (ex Army & Navy SVN service) gave me the news and advised he went peacfully and without pain.

John also advised me Ron during his 3 tours "In Country", he completed 928 days.

Ron's funeral details:, Gregson and Weight, Caloundra, 1300hrs next Tuesday the 8th of May.

Service history in Vietnam 1ARU 6/8/1966---30/8/1966
                                              5RAR 31/8/1966--12/05/1967
                                              9RAR 4/11/1968--26/11/1969
                                              AATV 11/02/1971-28/10/1971

Please distribute far and wide to those who may have served with Ron.

REST IN PEACE
Kevin Lynch

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 2nd May 2012
Updated: 2nd May 20012

A soldier died today
Cpl Kevin R. McMillan RAINF, AATTV

G'day all,

Funeral details have kindly been supplied by Kevin's son, David.  Details are shown below.

For those Team members attending, medals and ties to be worn.

May He Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: David McMillan
Sent: Wednesday, 2 May 2012 12:11 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au

Hi Rick,

Thanks for your kind words. No problems at all to use my email for people wanting to get in contact. The david_r_mcmillan@hotmail.com address is best.

Also, Dad's funeral is 1030am Monday 7th May 2012 at Norwood Park Crematorium in Canberra.

Regards

Dave

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Fred Gebbett AATTV Qld on the passing on 1st May 2012 of fellow Team member 2788395 Cpl Kevin Roy McMillan RAINF. Kevin served with AATTV in South Vietnam from Aug 70 to Apr 71 with MATT 8, Xuyen Moc, Phuoc Tuy and from May – Aug 71 , MATT, Phuoc Tuy.  Kevin also served with 1 ARU Jun – Jul 69 and then with 6RAR/NZ from Jul 69 to Jan 70.

Team members pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Kevin on this sad occasion.   Condolence messages can be passed to Kevin's son, David on email:
david_r_mcmillan@hotmail.com

Funeral details will be provided once known.

May he Rest in Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Fred Gebbett [mailto:fredgebbett@hotmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 1 May 2012 7:52 PM
Subject: Vale Kevin Mc Millan 6RAR - AATTV

Kevin passed away this afternoon in the Canterbury Hospital, Sydney after a battle with cancer.

I was fortunate to have spent ANZAC day and last week with him.

He was a good soldier and a great mate.

My deepest sympathy and condolences go out to Le and their children.

Vale Kevin

Fred Gebbett

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 1st May 2012
Updated: 2nd May 2012

Team Member In Hospital - Des Ford, AATTV

G'day all,

Sounds like Des is on the mend after his surgery.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Hi All,

I visited Des today at Greenslopes. The operation appears to have gone well all vital signs are okay and he is resting well in intensive care where he expected to be for the remainder of the week. Des has been given some relaxants, didn’t wake whilst I was there, however it appears he was our Des last night and this morning which is a good sign.

Regards Barry
 

G’day all,

News just in from Peter Conway, AATTV Qld Branch about fellow Team member Des Ford being in hospital.

Hang in there Des and get well soon.

Any news forthcoming on his wellbeing will be forwarded once known.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 1 May 2012 9:03 AM
To: John Gibson; Frank Reid; Allen Edwards; Mick Smith; Kenny
Cc: Bernie McGurgan; Rick
Subject: Des Ford

Morning all

I have just now contacted Greenslopes Hospital and they have confirmed Des is currently in the ICU ward

Regards

Pierre



Entry Date: 20th April 2012
Updated: 21st April 2012
Updated: 24th April 2012

A soldier died today

WO1 Wally Thompson, MID, RAINF, AATTV

Funeral details for Wally are as follows:

From David Morris, President 4 RAR Assoc NSW.

David reports that the funeral of Wally Thompson OAM is to be conducted at the Church of the Holy Trinity commonly called “The Garrison Church”?, corner of Argyle and Lower Fort St Millers Point on Friday 27 April 2012.

The service will commence at 11.00 am and will be a full military funeral with full military honours. It is requested that coat and medals be worn as applicable.

After the church service Wally will be cremated at Macquarie Park Crematorium, Camellial Chapel 1330hrs,  at the corner of Delhi Rd and Plassey Rd, North Ryde.

The wake will then be held at the  Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL, near the Corner of Old Canterbury Rd and New Canterbury Rd, Hurlstone Park

Cards and letters of condolence may be sent to Wally’s family care of his son:

Brett Thompson
Telephone: (02) 9521 8787
Fax: (02) 9521 8677
Mobile: 0466 226 197
Email: ssbal@optusnet.com.au
Web Page: sutherlandshirebalustrading.com.au
Unit 8 74 Oak Road Kirrawee NSW 2232

G'day all,

Information has now been passed on from Alan Price 4RAR on the passing of Wally Thompson, MID on 19th April 2012 with contact details for condolence messages to the family of Wally.

For ease of reference, messages can be passed to his son, as follows:

Brett Thompson
Telephone: (02) 9521 8787
Fax: (02) 9521 8677
Mobile: 0466 226 197
Email: ssbal@optusnet.com.au
Web Page: sutherlandshirebalustrading.com.au
Unit 8 74 Oak Road Kirrawee NSW 2232

Alternatively, Team members may wish to pass their messages through Barry Sullivan AATTV NSW Branch on email: marbar@speednet.com.au

Funeral details will be advised once known.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: apriced4@bigpond.net.au
Sent: Friday, April 20, 2012 1:34 PM
Subject: Fw: Wally RIP 2

I apologise for sending this missive multiple times but I neglected to add contact details for Wallys family and somewhere along the line, I pressed the wrong button and my computer had a heart attack.
Alan

Dear members,

Our old RSM Warrant Officer Wally Thompson sadly passed away at 1.00 pm at the Bankstown Hospital in Sydney on Thursday 19 April 2012. He went as he lived; quietly and with dignity. His wife Judy was aware and his family of Katherine, Elizabeth, Scott and Brett were present. Wally sadly had developed cancer which was incurable.

The RSM – Army is preparing the military funeral for Wally and it is believed that it will be held in the Sydney CBD. As soon as the planning is finalised the RSM –A will inform all associations of the details. A tribute to Wally from the 4 RAR Assoc, Qld Inc is attached.

Wally may well be regarded as the father figure of the Infantry especially to the junior soldiers. The stories about Wally and his professionalism, dedication and loyalty are many and it is a not uncommon for any soldier of whatever corps to exclaim when Wallys name came up, I remember when Wally .............., such was the stamp of the man. I, like many others, have fond recollections of Wally and could tell a few stories but now is not the time or place.

I believe that there is not a soldier that can state that he was not called mate by Wally some time in his career and that there was not one superior officer who did not call Wally, mate. Wally was a mate in the truest sense of the word and Wally was a soldier. Farewell old mate, farewell old soldier.

Cards and letters of condolence may be sent to Wally's family care of his son:

Brett Thompson
Telephone: (02) 9521 8787
Fax: (02) 9521 8677
Mobile: 0466 226 197
Email: ssbal@optusnet.com.au
Web Page: sutherlandshirebalustrading.com.au
Unit 8 74 Oak Road Kirrawee NSW 2232

Duty First
The President and members of the 4 RAR Association, Qld Inc.

G'day all,

Sad but expected news just in from Bernie McGurgan AATTV Qld Branch on the passing of WO2 later WO (Ret) Wally TC Thompson, MID AATTV. Wally served with AATTV in South Vietnam from Aug 64 to Feb 65 with 2nd ARVN Division, Quang Nam and with RF/PF Hoi An, Quang Nam Mar - Apr 65 returning to Australia in May 65. Wally also served in South Vietnam with 1RAR from Mar to Oct 68 where he was awarded the MID (refer citation below). Wally's third tour of duty in South Vietnam was with 4RAR from May to Dec 71.

Team members pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Wally Thompson.

May he now Rest In Peace,

Further details will be provided once known.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Army Number: 28609
Rank: Warrant Officer Class One
Christian Name: Wallace TC
Surname: THOMPSON
Honour or Award: MID
Warrant Officer Class Two Wallace Thompson, Company Sergeant Major of C Company, 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in May 1954. He had previously served in Vietnam with The Australian Army Training Team in 1964-1965 and arrived for his second tour in April 1968.
During five major Company contacts between May and November 1968, Warrant Officer Thompson had the responsibility for arranging the evacuation of the wounded by air. On each occasion, the company has been in close contact with the enemy and Warrant Officer Thompson's calmness under fire and disregard for his own safety at all times has enabled his task to be carried out efficiently and without further casualties.
In addition, on 8 October 1968 he controlled the fire of a succession of six helicopter gunships called in to give close support when his Company Commander and the forward platoon were in close contact with the enemy at a range of 15 metres and under extremely accurate and damaging machine gun and small arms fire. Warrant Officer Thompson controlled the gunships with the professional skill and confidence and his appreciation of their use permitted the forward elements of his company to successfully break contact without further losses.
n handling these most difficult tasks over a long period, Warrant Officer Thompson has displayed exceptional qualities of leadership and loyalty. His approach to soldiering, no matter what the conditions, is always of the highest order and has been a constant source of inspiration to all ranks in his company.

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 17th April 2012
Updated: 18th April 2012

Team Member Very Seriously Ill - Wally Thompson, MID, AATTV (Now deceased)

To you - Wally Thompson From John Gibson, President AATTV Association Qld Branch

A soldier first – you were also gregarious, humane and above all else a warrior and advisor to so many up and down the line of Command!

(my thoughts only – and hopefully on the mark)

We didn’t serve together in VN but we were both recipients of the best ever WO1 course – Inf centre 1970 under the stewardship (Officers aside) of the recently departed Blue Muir, the one and only Don McGregor (whom I served with as the Sig Sgt 5 RAR 1st Tour), and the spit n polished Jack Currie and under the then Centre RSM Arthur Stanley – Oh, what fun and me being just a signaler in the midst of these luminaries of the real army. But I shared a room with the Grey Ghost, Ron Pincott – why did they do that to me? Nevertheless my best memories of a good man, proper soldier and mentor above all else are of soldiers like you – Wally, and indeed others as you know also - Norm Goldspink, Harry Patch, Jock Roy and so many others, of course.

Wally, our thoughts are with you

God speed

Fondest regards to you and yours

As always

Persevere

G’day all,

For those that are not already aware WO1 (Ret) Wally Thompson MID is in a bad way. Emails for Wally through Alan Price on email: apriced4@bigpond.net.au

Wally you are in our prayers.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Ted Hawkins [mailto:hawkins1200907@bigpond.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 17 April 2012 11:31 AM
To: Ted Hawkins
Subject: FW: RAINF - Very Seriously Ill - 28609 WO1 (ret) Wallace Talbot Claxton (Wally) Thompson MID, RSM-A, AATTV, 1 RAR & 4 RAR Vietnam
Importance: High

RAINF – Very Seriously Ill
28609 WO1 (ret) Wallace Talbot Claxton (Wally) Thompson MID
RSM-A
AATTV, 1 RAR & 4 RAR Vietnam
http://www.vietnamroll.gov.au/VeteranDetails.aspx?VeteranId=1268761

FYI below.

It is with sorrow that we have learnt of the very serious illness of a legend among RAInf personnel and the wider Defence community. His appointment as the first RSM-A was brilliant because he related to all ranks and all Corps, a necessity of the position of RSM-A.

I was a young RASigs Sergeant in the mid-1970’s, living in the 1 Div SGT’s Mess, Enoggera, when Wally made one of his ‘getting to know you’ visits. He was R & Q’d at the 1 Div SGT’s Mess and, after a hard day of liaising with Units / COs / RSMs / SSMs / Troops, he would relax into the night with the ‘living-ins’ and his stories and views were very enlightening and guiding. His record of service speaks for itself and I cannot remember anyone saying a disparaging word about him. The world will be a lesser place when he eventually leaves us.

I have no doubt that Alan and 4 RAR Assn QLD are in contact with the family and will keep us informed as things develop.

All replies direct to:

Alan R. Price
President
4 RAR Assn QLD
P 07 3273 7973
E apriced4@bigpond.net.au

Regards
Ted

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From: Ray Payne [mailto:raypayne@veteranweb.asn.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 17 April 2012 9:38 AM
To: Ray Payne
Subject: Wally Thompson

Apart from being the first RSMA Wally Thompson was CSM Charlie Company 1 RAR during its 2nd Tour of Vietnam.

There are few more highly respected, particularly by me.

Ray

///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Dear all,

It is with much sadness that I pass on the message from David Morris that former Warrant Officer, Wally Thompson OAM, the first RSM of the Army, is gravely ill and probably has only a few days left. In fact, I received a telephone call from Wally a few days ago in which we recounted a lot of experiences that we both shared during our military careers, encompassing the 45th Battalion, the Infantry Centre, 4 RAR The Jungle Training Centre, 4 RAR and of course the 4 RAR Associations.

Wally was in the habit of calling me at least every two months to pass the time of day but his call the other day went deeper than that and lasted a lot longer than usual. I somehow got the feeling, knowing that Wally was very ill, that he was saying farewell. Now, I understand that he was.

Judy his wife, is in care with dementia or Alzheimer's and his daughter is looking after things. As soon as we have some more information we will let you know.

Kindest regards,
Alan

Alan Price
President
4 RAR Association, Qld Inc
(07) 3273 7973
apriced4@bigpond.net.au



Entry Date: 11th April 2012

Team Member in Hospital - Kevin McMillan AATTV

G’day all,

News just in from Fred Gebbett on one of our own who is in hospital after breaking his hip.  Kevin McMillan AATTV sounds like he too is in the wars and in for a lengthy hospital stay.

We wish him all the best for a speedy recovery.  I have this email address for Kevin: kevspan@hotmail.com

Not sure if he has access to a computer at this stage but someone may be able to get any messages sent to him.

Most of us are getting a bit long in the tooth now and safety around your home should be an important issue.

Just remember, take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Fred Gebbett [mailto:fredgebbett@hotmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 11 April 2012 1:53 PM
Subject: Update On Kevin McMillan - 6 RAR - (AATTV) Health

Hi Rick,

Kevin is now in the Canterbury Hospital, Sydney, in the Palliative Care Section, after having a fall last Thursday and breaking his hip. They are not going to do a hip replacement due to his illness. He is to remain in hospital for 3 months.

Kevin has been battling cancer for about the last 2 years and his illness is increasingly getting worse. He has been taken off the drug that he was recently on as it was not overcoming the cancer.

Kevin served in 6 RAR Vietnam Jun 69 - Jan 70 and the AATTV (MATT 8) Xuyen Moc Aug 70 - Aug 71.

Risk could you please distribute throughout your network.

Persevere

Regards

Fred



Entry Date: 4th April 2012
 
 

Welfare Report - Merv Bolitho, MID AATTV

G’day all,

John Nolan, Welfare Officer, AATTV Association WA Branch has kindly supplied a welfare report on fellow Team member Merv Bolitho, MID AATTV.

Merv has been crook on and off for some time now and sounds like he is still in the wars.

We wish him a speedy recovery.  Please pass messages for Merv through John Nolan on email: jono37939@bigpond.com

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: John E Nolan [mailto:jono37939@bigpond.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 4 April 2012 11:31 AM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Hospital Reports

Merve Bolitho, MID.
Merve suffered an unpleasant episode at his Victoria Park unit last Thursday which resulted in him being taken to Royal Perth Hospital by ambulance. Yesterday he was transferred to the rehabilitation unit of Bentley Hospital for assessment



Entry Date: 4th April 2012
Update: 5th April 2012

Welfare Report - Jock Rutherford AATTV

G'day all,

Des Pryde AATTV has kindly provided me with the email address for Jock and Shirley Rutherford. (Refer below).

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

hi Rick,

jock and Shirley can be contacted at boydann@bigpond.com.

I spoke to Shirley a while ago but Jock seems have got worse.

Cheers,  Des

G’day all,
For those of you not in the know, Jock Rutherford is not fairing too well.  I have no email address for Jock but details of his address and telephone number are as follows:

Mrs Shirley Rutherford
538 Alice St
Maryborough QLD 4650
P 07 4121 0998

I have to agree with John Meyers that it is sad to hear of old soldiers’ suffering from this condition.

We as Team members wish him all the best.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Hello all

I visited Jock and Shirley Rutherford today and Jock is not going well.  He has fairly advanced dementia and Shirley is trying to organise for him to go in to full time care.  At present he goes to respite on two days a week plus Blue-Care comes in on a regular basis.

It is sad to see such a top man and soldier in this condition.

Please pass this on to anybody who may know him.

Kind regards
John Meyers



Entry Date: 30th January 2012
Updated: 18th February 2012

Health Update - Trevor Gilliver AATTV

G’day all,

Latest update on Trevor Gilliver AATTV as received from Terry Smith AATTV.

Not sounding too good from what Terry has written.  Contact details for Trevor are shown below.

Email messages for Trevor can be passed to Terry Smith on email:  terryrobynsmith@gmail.com

Let us all hope for the best on Trevor’s health.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Terry Smith [mailto:terryrobynsmith@gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, 17 February 2012 1:41 PM
To: Rick Ryan

Subject: Trevor Gilliver

Dear Rick,

Bad news I am afraid. Trevor Gilliver has been very ill for some time and is not improving. He is receiving palliative care in the Cootamundra Hospital (02) 6942 0444.
I am sure he would like to hear from some of his old Army comrades and can be contacted on the hospital number.
Trevor served in AATTV from 26 March 1967 to 26 March 1968 with postings to B50, Project Omega, 5th SFGA, Nha Trang and then as a platoon commander and acting company Executive Officer in 23rd Company, B20 Mobile Strike Force, Pleiku. He was the Regimental Sergeant Major of the 4th Battalion, the Royal NSW Regiment from 1977 to 1981 and awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to Army Reserve training on 26 January 1981
I will let you know if his condition changes. In the meantime could you circulate this message via your web site.

Terry Smith
 

G’day all,

Below is news from Terry Smith AATTV on the current health status of Trevor Gilliver.

Trevor served with AATTV Apr – Oct 67 B-50 Project Omega, 5th SFGA, Nha Trang, and from Nov 67 to Mar 68 as Platoon Commander and acted XO, 23rdd Company, B-20 MSF Pleiku.

As Terry Smith states he would appreciate a call.

Trust that Trevor will be able to contend with his current situation.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Terry Smith [mailto:terryrobynsmith@gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, 27 January 2012 8:00 AM
To: 'Rick Ryan'
Cc: 'Bruce Davies'
Subject: Trevor Gilliver: update

Hi Rick

I spoke to Trevor this morning.
He is still battling on and would appreciate calls from his old mates.
He was transferred from Canberra Hospital to Cootamundra Hospital last Wednesday.
He is to return to Canberra next week to talk to his specialist about his condition and what is to happen next.
Cootamundra hospital’s phone number is  (02) 6942 0444. Unlike Canberra with its multiple call centres you can get through to him straightaway.

Terry



Entry Date: 30th January 2012

Group Photographs of AATTV MATT Team Wanted

G’day all,

Request from Peter Conway AATTV Association Qld Branch requesting group photographs of MATT Teams below.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 
 

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Friday, 27 January 2012 7:16 AM
To: Bernie McGurgan; advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: Photos

Morning Bern and Rick

Bern I hope you are feeling a bit better today

Rick I hope you are handling the heat over there

Could you both put the following message out for me

“WOULD ANY OF OUR AATTV MEMBERS WHO SERVED WITH THE MATT TEAM AND  WHO HAVE GROUP  PHOTOS OF THE TEAMS THEY SERVED WITH PLEASE SEND ME A COPY
EITHER BY EMAIL OR POST.

POSTAL ADDRESS IS
PO BOX 373
LENNOX HEAD
NSW 2478

EMAIL ADDRESS IS
plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au

REGARDS

PIERRE 



Entry Date: 30th January 2012

A soldier died today
WO1 Noel E. Tinning, BEM, RAAMC, AATTV

G’day all,

Belated and sad news in from Bruce Davies AATTV Vic Branch on the passing of WO1 Noel E. Tinning  BEM, RAAMC.  Noel served with AATTV in South Vietnam at Quang Tri Sector then Duc My Training Centre in 1967.

Indeed sad when we hear of the passing of one of our own belatedly.  Sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to members of Noel’s family from Team members.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bruce Davies [ mailto:bruce.davies@tpg.com.au]
Sent: Monday, 30 January 2012 12:35 PM
To: persevere
Subject: Noel Tinning

Sad news. Noel Tinning who served with AATTV during  1967 passed away on 27 July 2011. I have contacted a Legacy official who confirmed the date.

Persevere
Bruce

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 17th Janaury 2012

A soldier died today
WO1 L (Les) J. DOWSETT, RAE, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news just in on the passing of WO1 Leslie (Les) James Dowsett RAE AATTV on the 9th January 2012.  Les served in South Vietnam with AATTV  from Mar – Apr 1965 at C Team Construction, from May – Jul 65, 5th SFGA team A-104, Ha Thanh (new) Son Ha District, Quang Ngai, from Aug – Dec 65, 5th SFGA team A-107,Tra Bong and from Jan – Feb 66 with C Team, Da Nang.

Our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies go out the family and friends of Leslie Dowsett.  Condolence messages
can be passed to Peter Linnane on email: linnane@primus.com.au

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Linnane [mailto:linnane@iprimus.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 17 January 2012 2:49 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: Death of WO2 Leslie Dowsett

Mr Ryan.

Just a short email to inform you of the death of Leslie James Dowsett at Wingham NSW on the 9/1/12. Les Dowsett was my uncle and I was asked to inform other AATTV members of his death by his son. Would you include his name in your honour roll please.

Regards

Peter Linnane

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 8th January 2012

A soldier died today
WO2 M. (Bluey) Corkhill, RAASC, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news just in on the passing today of fellow Team member 53371 WO2 M. (Bluey) Corkhill RAASC. Bluey Corkhill served with  AATTV in South Vietnam from May 72 to Dec 72 at JWTC, Nui Dat, Phuoc Tuy Province.  He also served with 176 Air Dispatch Company in South Vietnam from 7 May 67 to 16 Dec 67.

Our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of Bluey Corkhill.  He will be sadly missed by all Team members.

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May he Rest in Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: bob burney [mailto:bobmer.burney@bigpond.com]
Sent: Sunday, 8 January 2012 8:44 AM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Passing Morrie (Bluey) Corkhill

G'day Rick,   Sorry to inform you that another team member has gone.   WO2 Morrie (Blue) Corkhill, RAASC passed away this morning (Sun 8th).  No other details as yet.  I will advise of funeral details when I get them.
    Hope all goes well with you and yours.  Unfortunately we are all getting along eh?  (Perhaps that should read fortunately!!!).    All the best, Bob Burney.

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 19th October 2011

A soldier died today

Maj C. (Colin) J. Swain, RAINF, AATTV

G'day all,

Funeral details for Colin Swain AATTV as forwarded by Peter Conway AATTV follow.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Wednesday, 19 October 2011 9:48 AM
To: Rick Ryan; Bernie McGurgan; Bruce Davies; Australian Army Training Team Vietnam Association Qld
Cc: Joy Bryson
Subject: Funeral Details Colin Swain

Morning All

Funeral details for the late Colin Swain are as follows

Date Monday 24th October

Time  11.00AM

Place  St Francis Anglican Church
          68 Cavendish Street
          NUNDAH QLD

           Next of Kin  Mrs Avon Swain
                             108 Northgate Road
                             NORTHGATE
                             QLD 4013

Funeral Director Metropolitan Funerals Aspley Phone 07 3263 5044

Regards

Peter

G’day all,

Sad news in from Peter Conway, AATTV Qld Branch on the passing on the 16th October 2011 of Maj Colin John Swain RAINF.  Colin served in South Vietnam with AATTV at JWTC, Nui Dat, Phuoc Tuy Province from 1 Jan 71 to 2 Dec 71.

Colin also served in South Vietnam on Visit 17 Mar 64 to 26 May 64 and from 12 Dec 67 to 4 Mar 68 with 3RAR.  From 5 Mar 68 to 23 Jul with HQ 1ATF and from 24 Jul 68 to 10 Dec 68 with 1 ARU.

Our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to family and friends of Colin Swain.  He will be sadly missed by all Team members.

Funeral details will be advised once known.  Please pass condolence messages through Peter Conway on email:  plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au

May he Rest in Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 18 October 2011 6:52 AM
To: Bruce Davies; Rick Ryan; Bernie McGurgan
Subject: A Soldier died today

Good Morning All

I have just been advised by Joy Bryson (BIll)  of the passing of Colin  Swain on the night of the 16th October. Joy will forward further details once they become known.

Sad news and May he Rest in Peace

Lest We Forget

Please pass on through your respective nets.

Regards

Peter

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 19th October 2011

A soldier died today

Passing of WO2 (later WO1) M. 'Jesse" J. James, RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Bruce Davies AATTV Vic Branch on the passing today the 18th October 2011 of fellow Team member WO2 later WO1 Maurice “Jesse” John James RAINF.

Sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Jesse on this sad occasion.  He will be missed by his fellow Team members.

Funeral details will be advised once known.  Please pass any condolence messages for the family through Bruce Davies on email: bruce.davies@tpg.com.au

May he Rest in Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bruce Davies [mailto:bruce.davies@tpg.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 18 October 2011 10:32 AM
To: Rick Ryan; Peter Conway
Subject: Vale: Maurie 'Jesse' James

I have just been advised by Sandra that 'Jesse' James passed away this morning.

Jesse served with the AATTV between March 1967 and March 1968. He was with the RF/PF out at Tra Bong. Jesse was then posted to the 5th SF B-50 detachment at Nha Trang and then ended up as a platoon commander with Mike force in Pleiku.

RIP

Persevere
Bruce

Lest we forget


EntryDate: 7th October 2011

A soldier died today

Passing of WO2 (later WO1) C. 'Chicka' J. Ison, DEM, DSM, RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news in on the passing of fellow Team member WO2 later WO1 C.J. ‘Chicka’ Ison BEM,DSM RAINF on 6th October 2011.  Chicka served with AATTV in South Vietnam from Apr 65 to Oct 66 with 1st ARVN Division, Recon Coy, Hue.  He also served with 1st ARVN Division, Reconnaissance Unit Hue from Sep 68 to Feb 69, then with Provincial Recon Unit, Phuot Long to Jun 69, PRU, Phuoc Tuy Province, Baria base to Sep 69.  Then on pre-extension leave from 18 Sep to 18 Oct 69.  Oct 69, PRU, Rung Sat Special Zone, Vung Tau Base.  Apr 70 as Assistant Intelligence WO Dinh Tuong and finally from 3 May to 28 May 70, RF Training, My Tho.

WO2 C.J. Ison was awarded the BEM for service with AATTV in South Vietnam.  His citation reads as follows:

Warrant Officer Class Two Charles Ison, Royal Australian Infantry Corps, joined the Australian Regular Army on 8 May 1953.  Since that date he has served successively with the 3rd, 2n, 1st Battalions, The Royal Australian Regiment and the 1st Battalion Pacific Islands Regiment.  He served in Malaya from 1957 to 1958.
Warrant Officer Ison volunteered for service in Vietnam and in April 1965 joined the Australian Army Training Team.  He was assigned duties as an adviser with the Reconnaissance Company, 1st Infantry Division, Army of the Republic of Vietnam, and remained in that capacity at his own request until completion of an extended tour of duty totaling 18 months.
Throughout his tenure of duty Warrant Officer Ison distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as advisor to the Reconnaissance Company.
Assuming his duties as advisor, Warrant Officer Ison was quick to grasp the significance of his position and consistently displayed exceptional ability , untiring initiative, and professional competence.  During his tenure, Warrant Officer Ison gave invaluable advice to many Commanders in every aspect that was necessary.  The normal operations conducted by the Reconnaissance Company were by nature, hazardous and carried out in isolation from those supporting forces normally available to an offensive force and were often within known enemy strongly held areas. Warrant Officer Ison displayed outstanding calm and purpose on the numerous occasions when he accompanied this company.  He was frequently subjected to hostile fire, yet he was able to make timely and accurate analysis of intelligence data on information gathered in his operational area, thus increasing the overall effectiveness of the attacking forces.  Warrant Officer Ison consistently displayed an outstand knowledge of reconnaissance activities and willingness to accept additional responsibilities.
At one stage of his duty with 1st Infantry Division, Warrant Officer Ison suggested and was instrumental in achieving and testing, a revised organization for the Reconnaissance Company, significantly increasing it effectiveness in operations.
For his outstanding performance in two separate operations, Warrant Officer Ison was awarded the Vietnamese Cross with Silver Star by the Commanding General, 1st Infantry Division in the field on 13 September 1965 and again on 14 August 1966.
By this exemplary performance of duty, sustained for a period of eighteen months, Warrant Officer Ison has proven to be an invaluable asset to the Free World Advisory effort.  He has continuously displayed unswerving devotion of duty and high personal standards of achievement in the best professional manner.  His accomplishments reflect distinct credit upon himself, the Australian Advisory effort and the Australian Regular Army.

Warrant Officer Class 2 Ison was also awarded the Distinguished Service Medal in the After Vietnam War List.

Chicka will be sadly missed by his family, friends and fellow Team members and our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies go out to all.

Condolence messages can be passed through Ian Hodgson, President AATTV SA Branch on email: ednahodgson@bigpond.com

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May he Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 
 

Sent: Thursday, 6 October 2011 7:00 PM
To: ednahodgson@bigpond.com
Cc: bmcgurgan@iinet.net.au; bruce.davies@tpg.com.au; hill55@vtown.com.au; plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au
Subject: Vale 27722 WO 1 C J "Chicka" Ison (AATTV APR 65 - OCT 66 and SEP 68 - MAY 70)
 

Ian,

Sorry to hear the sad news mate.  I am in hospital currently and should be out (hopefully)  this Sunday.  I will get the message out then.
 

I have sent a request to Bernie McGurgan to get the ball rolling and also Bruce Davies and Peter Conway.

Will do with the messages and once funeral details are known please let me know.

Take care and Persevere,
 

Rick
 

On Thu Oct 6 16:07 , 'Edna Hodgson' sent:
dear Rick,  This afternoon 6th October 2011,  our team Member WO1.C.J. {Chicka } Ison DSM-BEM  lost his life after a long illness due to Cancer. Funeral notices are to be notified later. All enquiries and messages through me.   A sad time for our Branch and the Team in general.                                    Keep Safe. Ian Hodgson.

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 9th September 2011

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Late news in on the passing on 20th March 2011 of fellow Team member WO2 John Percy Clarke, QC RAINF.  John served in the Korean War and with AATTV in South Vietnam from Jul 64 to May 65 with CSD- Danang, Peoples Action Teams in Quang Ngai.  John also served with 5RAR in South Vietnam from May 66 to May 1967. He was awarded the QC whilst serving with AATTV.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

22608 WO2 John Percy CLARKE
3 RAR
and
HQ 1 Brit Comm Div Korea,
http://www.koreanroll.gov.au/veteran.aspx?id=1223352
AATTV
and
5 RAR Vietnam
http://www.vietnamroll.gov.au/VeteranDetails.aspx?VeteranId=1227833
Date of Birth 15 July 1930
Date of Death 20 March 2011

FYI below.

It is with sadness and sorrow that we have been advised of the passing and funeral of the above member, a valued servant of Australia and the Royal Australian Corps of Infantry. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

A funeral service was held 24th March 2011 at Pine Grove Cemetery - http://pinegrovecrem.com.au/driver.asp

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Him, O Lord

Lest We Forget
 

Subject: Vale 22608 WO J P CLARKE (AATTV 01 JUL 64 - 11 JUN 65 & 5 RAR 06 MAY 66 - 12 MAY 67)

Good Morning All

At our monthly meeting last Thursday John Gibson advised of the passing of Team Member John Percy Clarke on the 24th March 2011. A funeral service was held for John at Pine Grove Cemetery on 24th March 2011.

Unfortunately this was the first notification of this sad event.

May He Rest in Peace

Lest We Forget

Regards

Pierre

Lest we forget
 Entry Date:  2nd September 2011

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Sad news in on the passing today of fellow Team member WO2 E. (Dusty) F. Miller RAINF.  Dusty served with AATTV in South Vietnam from 7 May 65 to Sep 65 with 1/4 ARVN, Quang Nam and Quang Ngai and from Oct 65 to Apr 66, RF/PF Hoi An sub-sector, Quang Nam.  Dusty was WIA on 8 Sep 65.  He also served with 8RAR in South Vietnam for 17 Nov 69 to 12 Nov 70.

Our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Dusty at this sad time.  Condolence messages can be passed to Dutchy Hemerik AATTV on email: jhemerik@bigpond.net.au

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Good afternoon Rick Bernie and Bruce.

 A very sad  afternoon for us all. Please see below from Dutchy Hemerik

May Dusty Rest in Peace

Lest We Forget
 

Peter
 

----- Original Message -----
From: J Hemerik

Subject: Passed on 28886 WO 2 EF Miller

Please be informed that early this afternoon I was in informed by Allan Braby (neighbour of Dusty Miller) that Dusty Miller had passed on after a long illness.

Dusty served in the 2nd & 3rd Battalions RAR in Malaya in the late 50's and again in Malaysia with the 8th Battalion RAR in 67/69.

He also served with the Australia Army Training Team Vietnam, during the period 1965 / 66 and with the 8th Battalion RAR 1969 / 70 in South Vietnam.

There are no further details, will inform you when they come to hand.

Please, via your network pass on this information

JN Dutchy Hemerik

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 31st August 2011

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Funeral arrangements for Brian Quee AATTV as forwarded from Bruce McIlwraith AATTV are shown below.

May Brian Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Greetings Bruce and Rick,

Funeral arrangements for Brian Quee have been advised to me by his son Jim.

5th, September 2011 -  1100 hrs - St Mary's Catholic Church - Ferrier Street, Lockhart.  NSW.  2656.

Lee and I shall be attending.

Regards,

Bruce and Lee

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Bruce McIlwraith AATTV on the passing this morning of friend and fellow Team member WO2 (later WO1) Brian Michael Quee RAINF.  Brian was one of our ‘Original’ having served with AATTV from 3 Aug 62  to Jun 63 at Hiep Khanh Training Centre, Weapons Committee.  He was attached from Dec 62 to 1st SFG Team A-132, Khe Sanh, Quang Tri.  Brian also served with 161 Recce Flt  1967/68.

Our deepest condolences and sincerest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Brian on this sad occasion.

Condolence messages can be passed to Bruce McIlwraith on email” bruceandlee@westnet.com.au

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bruce & Lee [mailto:bruceandlee@westnet.com.au]
Sent: Wednesday, 31 August 2011 6:41 AM
To: Rick & Mandi Ryan; Bruce Davies
Subject: Passing Away of Brian Quee

Greetings Bruce and Rick,

It is with sadness that I advise the Passing Away of Brian Quee, a member of the First AATTV Team, at 0230 this morning 31st August, 2011.  His son, Jim, telephoned me at about 0800.  As yet funeral arrangements have not been finalised but probably to be held on Monday, 5th September, 2011, at Lockhart NSW 2656.  I have relayed our sympathy to Jim and to his family on behalf of the Team.

Persevere

Bruce McIlwraith

Lest we forget
Entry Date:  25th July 2011

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Sad news in from Bruce Davies AATTV Vic Branch on the passing on 22nd July 2011 of friend and fellow Team mate WO2 Joseph (Joe) Victor Ferguson RAA, AATTV

WO2 Joe Ferguson RAA served in South Vietnam with AATTV from Aug 1964 to Feb 1965 with 2/4 ARVN, 2nd Division, Quang Nam and from Mar to May 65 at Quang Nam Sector, Hoi An.

Our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to Valerie and the  family of Joe. While Joe lived in Tasmania he used to go to Team functions held by Victorian Branch of AATTV and will be sorely missed by his fellow Team mates.

Please pass condolence messages through Bruce Davies on email: bruce.davies@tpg.com.au

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

From: Bruce Davies [mailto:bruce.davies@tpg.com.au]
Sent: Sunday, 24 July 2011 7:13 AM
To: persevere
Subject: Vale: Joseph Ferguson

Joe passed away last Friday, 22 July, at Launceston. Valerie told me he had been ill for some time and for the last three months he had been in a nursing home.

Joe, a Gunner, served with the Team from August 1964 to May 1965 with the 2nd ARVN Division and at Quang Nam Sector.

His funeral will on Tuesday at Finney Funeral Services, 34 Nunamina Avenue, Kings Meadow, Launceston, at 3 p.m.

Persevere
Bruce Davies

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 16th June 2011

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Funeral details for Les Ransome are as follows:

Assemble at entrance of Karrakatta Cemetery WA at 1230hrs, Tuesday,  21st June 2011 for cremation service.

Family have asked that in lieu of flowers,  donations be made t Legacy.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Bernie McGurgan on the passing on 14th June 2011 of Capt (later Maj)  Les A. Ransome RAE AATTV.  Les served with AATTV as QM, Vung Tau from Aug to Oct 71 and then QM, AATTV Saigon from Nov 71 to Feb 72.  He also served from Mar 72 to Aug 72 with AAAGV.

Our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies go out to family and friends of Les on this sad occasion.

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May he Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bernie [mailto:hill55@vtown.com.au]
Sent: Wednesday, 15 June 2011 6:18 PM
To: Bernie
Subject: Vale: MAJ LES RANSOME RAE (AATTV & AAAGV 1971-72)

Bernie another AATTV

Sent from my BlackBerry® from Optus
From: "michael ryan" <ssm1@iinet.net.au>
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2011 12:55:48 +0800
Subject: Fw: hi Mick MAJ LES RANSOME RAE
Gino/Spook,
Unless I can change the appt time for next Tues, I will be having chemo at that time.
1230hr at Karrakatta , Tuesday next I believe.
Can you take charge pls? We need to give Les a Flag Party, he was a fine Corps members, an ex WO1 of the original generation. I would like to think that our members turned out in strength.
I hope the Corps will fwd the family a Letter of Condolence as a mark of his excellent service to this country and Corps.
mick ryan
RAEA WA
0407446666
----- Original Message -----
From: michael ryan
To: Anthony Quirk
Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 9:40 AM
Subject: Fw: hi Mick MAJ LES RANSOME RAE
 

----- Original Message -----
From: Lorna O'toole
To: Mick Ryan
Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 9:02 AM
Subject: hi Mick

Sad news to pass on. Just received word that Les Ransome Major Retired  has just passed away.

Believe notice will be in tomorrows paper. Only info at the moment is that funeral will be at karrakatta.

Regards   Lorna O’Toole

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 16th June 2011

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Funeral details as received from Ian Hodgson President AATTV Association SA Branch follow.

Condolence email messages can be passed through Ian on email: ednahodgson@bigpond.com

May Arch, Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Edna Hodgson [mailto:ednahodgson@bigpond.com]
Sent: Friday, 17 June 2011 9:18 AM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: Arch funeral

Good day Rick,  Arch Riedel's funerals details.    His service will be conducted on 21st June at 10.00 hours.
The address is   Berry Funeral Home,
200 Magill Rd,
Norwood.  S.A.
Stay safe,  Ian

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Ian Hodgson, President AATTV Association SA Branch on the passing on 13th June 2011 of WO2 A. (Arch) E. Riedel RAINF who served with AATTV in South Vietnam.  Arch served with as RQMS, AATTV Vung Tau in Oct 71, as RQMS, AATTV Saigon from Oct 71 to Feb 72 and then from Mar to 20 Apr 72 with AAAGV.

Funeral details will be advised once known.

Our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of Arch on this sad occasion.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Edna Hodgson [mailto:ednahodgson@bigpond.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 4:34 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: VALE A.E.Riedel

Dear Rick,    It is with much regret that our Team Member  A.E.RIEDEL  (Arch)  Passed away on 13th June 2011.
I will inform you when other details become available.
 

                 Regards Ian.

Lest we forget


Entry Date:  14th June 2011
 
A soldier died today
G’day all,

Sad news just in from Ian Hodgson, President AATTV Association SA Branch on the passing on 13th June 2011 of WO2 A. (Arch) E. Riedel RAINF who served with AATTV in South Vietnam.  Arch served with as RQMS, AATTV Vung Tau in Oct 71, as RQMS, AATTV Saigon from Oct 71 to Feb 72 and then from Mar to 20 Apr 72 with AAAGV.

Funeral details will be advised once known.

Our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of Arch on this sad occasion.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Edna Hodgson [mailto:ednahodgson@bigpond.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 4:34 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: VALE A.E.Riedel

Dear Rick,    It is with much regret that our Team Member  A.E.RIEDEL  (Arch)  Passed away on 13th June 2011.
I will inform you when other details become available.
 

                 Regards Ian.

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 13th June 2011

Welfare Report Team Members WA Branch

G'day all,

Report from our Welfare Officer, John Nolan is below.

Trust that Frank Ghilotti will be okay.  He is constantly on a oxygen bottle
to assist his breathing.

As John states, Don Cameron has yet to undergo further assessments.

Our best wishes for a speedy recovery go out to them and their families.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

-----Original Message-----
From: John Nolan [mailto:jono37939@bigpond.com]
Sent: Monday, 13 June 2011 3:02 PM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Welfare Report

Good Day Rick
Frank Ghilotti is having breathing problems again, he was rushed by
ambulance to Royal Perth Hospital at 3am this morning
Don Cameron is now back at Menora with Una, he seems to be improving, he
is returning to the Mercy tomorrow for an assessment.
PERSEVERE
John E Nolan

If further details are required I can be reached by phone, 08 94042532 or 0417170790
PERSEVERE
John E Nolan 



Entry Date: 21st May 2011

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Sad news in today from a number of sources on the passing on 17th May 2011 of 16353 WO2 Edward Maxwell (Max) Schmidt RAINF.  Max served with 2RAR in South Vietnam from 19 May 67 to 13 Jun 68 and then with AATTV from 25 Jun 70 to 23 Jun71.  While with AATTV he served from Jul – Oct 70 with 4/5 ARVN Tam Ky, 2nd Division, Quang Ngai, Nov – Dec 70 with 5th ARVN Regt Recon Coy, Tam Ky. Jan 71, unallotted MAT, Military Region 1 and from Feb to Jun 71 with MAT23, Quang Ngai.

As Peter Conway mentions below, Max was on our Lost List.  All Team members pass their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences  to the family and friends of Max.

Funeral to be held at Tweed Heads Crematorium Chapel, Sunshine Ave., Tweed Heads, NSW on Monday, 23rd May at 1000hrs. Funeral Directors Easton Funeral Services, Tweed Heads, NSW 07 55991500.

Please pass any condolence messages through Peter Conway, AATTV Qld Branch on email: plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Thursday, 19 May 2011 8:29 AM
To: Rick Ryan; Bruce Davies; Bernie McGurgan
Subject: A Soldier Died Today

Goof Morning All

The funeral notice for Edaward Maxwell Smith appeared in this AM"s Courier Mail

Sadly Max has had no contact with any Brancjh of the Association  that I know of over the years and is listed on our "Lost List"

However I'm sure his passing will be recieved  as very sad news for those who knew him and served with him

Our condolences will be made known to his wife Thelma and Son Wayne and family

May He Rest in Peace

Lets We Forget

Pierre

Lest we forget


Entry Date:  2th May 2011
Updated 17th May 2011

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Service details for WO1 Donald Hedges  are detailed below.  Apologies if you have received them previously.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bernie [mailto:hill55@vtown.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 17 May 2011 7:04 AM
To: Recipient list suppressed:
Subject: Service for WO1 Donald (Benson & Hedges) Fredrick Hedges

Don Hedges passed away on Thursday the 12th of May 2011. During his military service Don served with 1RAR in Korea and Malaysia and AATTV in South Vietnam.  A service for Don will be conducted on Monday the 23rd of May 2011 at 1PM at the Heritage Park Crematorium 113 Stuart St Goodna

Barry Silk
Welfare Officer
AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Peter Conway, AATTV Qld Branch on the passing today of WO2 later WO1 Donald ‘Benson and Hedges’ Frederick HedgesRAINF who served with AATTV in South Vietnam in 1969 – 70.  Benson & Hedges served with 4/3 ARVN, Hue, Thua Thien from Aug 69 to Feb 70, as Admin WO, LRRP Wing, Van Kiep, Phuoc Tuy during  Mar – Apr 70 and with Phuoc Tuy National Training Centre from May – Aug 70.

Our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to the families and friends of Benson & Hedges.   Condolence messages can be passed through Peter Conway, AATTV WA Branch on email: plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Thursday, 12 May 2011 5:27 P
To: Bruce Davies; Rick Ryan; Bernie McGurgan
Subject: A Soldier died Today

Good Evening All

Some very very sad news from Queensland. I have just been advised that Donald (Benson) Hedges passed away at 5.45 PM  this evening. Benson had been very  ill for many years but always maintained his sense of humour and faced the inevitable with tremendous courage.Though his illness prevented him from getting around too much he remained a staunch member of the Qld Branch of the Association. He will be sadly missed. and May he Rest In Peace

Lest we Forget

Pierre

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 24th April 2011
Updated: 12th May 2011

Team Member in Hospital

G'day all,

Latest just in from Bernie McGurgan AATTV on the current status of Wally Sheppard, AATTV.

We all wish him well at this time.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Hi Terry & Bernie,

Would you please pass the word.

John Boot managed to get down from Atherton to visit Wally on the weekend and gave a good report of Wally's condition and spirit.  Thanks John.

Wally was scheduled for an operation on his right leg, yesterday.  That was postponed until today because of concern about his ability to handle anaesthetic.  At 11.00 am, this morning, they proceeded with the op.  The surgeon  decided not to use anaesthetic, using instead, a spinal block.  Apparently there was extensive muscle damage.   The surgeon has said Wally has a 50/50 chance the leg may have to be amputated.  The next couple of days will tell.

We hold Wally before The Lord and believe for mercy, grace and healing.

He is now in surgery ward 2.

Regards,

David Brandie

G'day all,

Just in from Bernie McGurgan about hospitalisation of Wally Sheppard AATTV.

We all wish him well for a speedy recovery.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bernie [mailto:hill55@vtown.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 19 April 2011 7:52 AM
To: Recipient list suppressed:
Cc: brandiedj@bigpond.com
Subject: Wally Sheppard in Hospital

Gidday All

Sad news that Wally Sheppard was admitted to Townsville General Hospital last SUN and is presently in ICU and suffering numerous medical complications from a water borne infection from the many recent flood waters in the Halifax/Lucinda/Ingham areas!

Will keep you posted on his medical condition as it comes to hand!

Persevere
Bernie



Entry Date: 10th May 2011

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Sad news in of the passing on 3rd May 2011 of Team member Cpl Barry Raymond Williams RAINF who served with AATTV from Feb to May 71 in MATT12, An Ngai, Phuoc Tuy Province. He was medevac Non Battle Casualty on 1 Jun 71.  Barry also served from 17 Feb 69 to 10 Mar 70 with 5RAR.

Our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of Barry.

May he Rest In Peace.

Funeral details will be advised once known.  Please pass condolence messages to Peter Conway AATTV Qld Branch on email: plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au
 

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

-----Original Message-----
From: Bernie [mailto:hill55@vtown.com.au]
Sent: Wednesday, 4 May 2011 10:12 PM
To: Recipient list suppressed:
Subject: Sad News

I have been advise that 2789641 Barry Raymond Williams (D Coy, 5RAR
69-70 & AATTV 1971), of Ipswich QLD, passed away yesterday after a
battle with cancer.
Veteranweb Network

Lest we forget
Entry Date: 2nd May 2011

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Message just in from Doug Tear AATTV on the passing of one of our Team members, Edward Allan NICHOLAS MBE, RAINF who served two tours of duty with AATTV in South Vietnam.

As indicated by Doug, Ed has requested a private cremation.  Arrangements for a Memorial Service will be notified once known.

I am sure all Team members  pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to the family of Ed Nicholas.

Please pass any messages through Doug Tear on email: doug.tear@bigpond.com

May he Rest in Peace,

Take care and  Persevere,

Rick

From: Doug Tear [mailto:doug.tear@bigpond.com]
Sent: Monday, 2 May 2011 6:44 AM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: WO2 EDWARD ALLAN NICHOLAS MBE RAINF

Dear Rick,

It is with regret that I inform you of the passing of Edward Allan Nicholas on Thursday, 28 April 2011 at the Sydney Adventist Hospital Wahroonga NSW.  Ed was seriously ill for several weeks.

Ed served two tours with the Team, firstly from 23 September 1966 to 31 August 1967 initially as Commander 2 CRP Platoon, 5th SFGA Mike Force Danang and later as S3 B-50 Ready Reaction Company at Nha Trang.  His second tour was from 15 July 1971 to 17 July 1972; initially appointed to the JWTC at Nui Dat, then later to MATT 1 at Baria.  Ed completed his tour with the Phuoc Tuy Training Battalion.

I have been advised it was Ed’s request that he have a private cremation.  A Memorial Service will be held at a time and date yet to be determined.

I will advise details of the Memorial Service as arrangements are confirmed.
 
 

Rest in Peace

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 24th April 2011

Team Member in Hospital

G’day all,

One of our stalwarts Don Cameron is not travelling too well at present.

Messages can be passed through John Nolan on email: jono37939@bigpond.com.

We all trust that all works out well for Don.
 

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: John Nolan [mailto:jono37939@bigpond.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 20 April 2011 2:57 PM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Welfare Report

Good Day Rick
Don Cameron is not travelling too well he was admitted to the Mercy Hospital yesterday for a series of tests and assessment to determine his ongoing needs.
We had arranged for him to ride in a jeep on ANZAC Day and Al Bacon had organised for him to attend Kapyong Day but unfortunately it appears he will not be able to make it to either.
PERSEVERE
John E Nolan



Entry Date: 3rd April 2011
Updated: 5th April 2011

Passing of Widow of Team Member

G'day all,

Message in from John Jackson, President AATTV ACT Branch on the funeral and contact for condolence messages on the passing of Vivienne Green.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From John Jackson .
             President AATTV Association ACT.

Dear Rick ,

Vivienne ( Abe Green's wife ) passed away on Monday 28th March .

Vivienne had not been in good health for some years and died peacefully in hospital surrounded by family . Vivienne was a great support to our late Team Mate , the irrepressible " Abe " . We will miss them both.

Condolences and messages can be sent to The Greens at 3 Yanda ST Waramanga ACT 2611 . Ph . 6288 4339 . Many of the RAAC members of the Team would have known both Abe and Vivienne well .

Simon Hearder , John Scales and myself represented the Team at the funeral .

Persevere,

John .
 
 
 

G’day all,

Sad news in of the passing of Abe Green’s widow Vivienne as received from Simon Hearder AATTV ACT Branch and via Vic Pennington from her son Brad Green.(Refer emails below).

Condolence messages can be sent to her son Brad Green on email: green@yless4u.com.au

May she Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Simon Hearder [mailto:simchar7@internode.net.au]
Sent: Wednesday, 30 March 2011 7:56 AM
To: 'Rick Ryan'
Subject: FW: RE Team Widow Vivienne Green

Hi Rick
Sad news as Abe Green's widow passes on. Could you please put this out on the Team net as there will be interstate members who knew her ..
Many thanks . Take Care and Persevere
Simon

________________________________________
From: Simon Hearder [mailto:simchar7@internode.net.au]
Sent: Wednesday, 30 March 2011 10:50 AM
To: 'Adrian Roberts'; Alex Craig; Bill deane; 'Bill Harkness'; 'Bill Thompson '; 'Cliff Brock'; 'Dai Thomas'; Ern Snelling; 'Ernie & Mary-Helen Martens'; Garth Hughes; Geoff Annett ; Geoff Hazel; Ian & Bev Porteous; Ian & Uschi McQuire ; Ian Gollings; James Morris; 'John & Dell Moyle'; John & Joan Jackson; John & Slyvia Leggett; John & Sue Scales; 'June Healy'; Kevin McMillan ; 'Mary Sticpewich'; 'Peter McNamara'; Peter Tilley
Subject: RE Team Widow Vivienne Green
Dear Members
I have just been informed by Graeme Green that his mother Vivienne ( Abe Green's wife ) passed away on last Monday 28th . The Funeral will be at the Norwood Park Crematorium this Friday 1st April at 1.30pm . John Jackson and I will be going and if any others that knew Abe I'm sure the family would appreciate it.  Any messages should go to her home at 3 Yanda St Waramanga ACT 2611 ph 6288 4339
She had not been in good health as most of you know for the past few years but recently took a bad cold which got worse. She died peacefully in hospital with her family there. May she rest in peace . Lest We Forget .
Persevere
Simon
Rick this is Abe Green’s wife. She was a lovely lady.
Vic

From: Brad Green
Sent: Wednesday, 30 March 2011 11:21 AM
To: Vic Pennington
Subject: Viv Green's Passing

Hi Vic,
I hope this letter finds you well and again our deepest condolences for the loss of Wendy.  Mum passed away on Sunday afternoon in Hospital here in Canberra  Her heart was getting weaker by the day and finally gave out.  If you could be so kind, please pass the message on to any other 'Team' members over there that may have known Abe and Viv.

Best regards Vic,

Brad



Entry Date: 3rd April 2011

Passing of Wife of Team Member

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Vic Pennington on the passing, today of his wife, Wendy.

Most if not all of you would have known about the woes and health of Wendy from the regular updates put out by Vic.

Our hearts go out to Vic and family members on this sad occasion and we pass on our sincere condolences.

Vic has kindly provided funeral details for those that may be able to attend.  Condolence messages can be sent to Vic on email: vpennton@bigpond.com

May Wendy Rest-In-Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick and Mandi

From: Vic Pennington [mailto:vpennton@bigpond.com]
Sent: Saturday, 19 March 2011 8:02 PM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Info!

Rick would you be so kind to get the word out that Wendy Pennington passed away at 0100 hours this morning. It really is a blessing as she would not have liked to continue in the situation she was in. A great Army wife who brought up 3 great kids. The funeral will be held at Tony Monte’s at 1 Webb St.Port Adelaide on Friday 25th March.
Regards
Vic



Entry Date: 27th February 2011

A soldier died today

 G'day all,

Late news on the passing on 23rd February 2011 at Wangaratta, Vic and funeral details of LtCol later Col M. (Terry) T. Tripp OBE, RAAC who was Commanding Officer of AATTV from 13 Feb 67 to 19 Feb 68.  Col Tripp was WIA on 12 Aug 67.

Copy of the email as received today from Bruce Davies AATTV Vic Branch is shown below.

Sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies go out to the family of Col Terry Tripp.

May he Rest In Peace,

 Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Colonel Martin Terence (Terry) Tripp OBE

TRIPP. - The Funeral of the late Colonel Martin Terence (Terry) Tripp OBE will be held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Murphy Street, Yarrawonga on FRIDAY (Feb. 25, 2011) at 1.30 p.m. Private Cremation No flowers by request. In lieu, donations to North East Health Wangaratta would be appreciated. Envelopes available at the Church. RSL Members are respectfully invited to attend. YARRAWONGA-MULWALA FUNERAL SERVICES Brian & Betty Bouchier 5743 2967 A.F.D.A.

I was alerted to Colonel Tripp's passing by Ken Redman. Colonel Tripp commanded AATTV Feb 67 to Feb 68. Although I had been in contact with him several years ago, he was reticent to discuss or be involved in Team matters.

Persevere

Bruce

Lest we forget


Entry Date:  18th February 2011

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Sad news in from Peter Conway AATTV Qld Branch on the passing of fellow Team member, Brian ‘Yogi’ Graham RAINF on 4th February 2011.

Yogi served with AATTV in RVN from 26 May 71 to Oct 71 with JWTC, Nui Dat, Nov 71 with NOTT2, Phu Cat, Binh Dinh, Dec 71 AATTV Training Group, Vung Tau and from Jan to May 72 with Long Hai Training Battalion.  Yogi also served in RVN with 3RAR from 16 Dec 67 to 2 Dec 68.

Our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies go out to family and friends of Brian ‘Yogi’ G. Wilson.  He will be sadly missed.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Friday, 18 February 2011 7:33 AM
To: Des Ford; Barry Silk; Bernie McGurgan; Rick Ryan; Bruce Davies
Subject: Passing of Team Member

Good Morning All

Some more sad news regarding one of our members.

Ken Heard has just contacted me and advised that BRIAN GRAHAM (Yogi) Wilson  passed away on the 4th February . His funeral deatils are as follows:
 
 

Funeral Director :   Logan Funerals (07) 3341 4111

Funeral Service     Tuesday 22nd February 2011

Time                     1.00PM

Location                Chapel Great Southern Garden of Remembrance
                            1774 Mt Cotton Road
                            CARBROOK QLD
 

No flowers by request. Donationa to RSPCA
 
 

May he Rest in Peace

Persevere

Pierre

Lest we forget
Entry Date:  8th February 2011
Updated: 3rd April 2011

Team member to undergo surgery

G'day all,

Bernie McGurgan has updated the surgery date for Ernie Martens AATTV.  Please refer to the emails below.

Messages for Ernie can be sent through Hans Martens on email:  hans.martens@bigpond.com

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Hello Everyone
Ernie is a patient man, thank goodness.
At long last not only has a date for surgery been confirmed but admission papers have been completed
The Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery will be on  Tuesday 10th May at St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Darlinghurst Sydney – it is an all day procedure.
It is expected that Ernie will be in hospital for 2 weeks.
I will be staying nearby in a little studio apartment where I normally stay when I am in Sydney for work, it is within walking distance of the Hospital

Closer to the date I will forward some contact details as we will not be accessing this email address from Sydney

Fond wishes to you all
Ernie & Mary-Helen

From: Hans [ mailto:hans.martens@bigpond.com]
Sent: Saturday, 5 February 2011 4:00 PM

Subject: RE: Ernie's Surgery

Hello Everyone
Of the irony of it all!
We have just been advised that Ernie’s neurosurgeon Professor Richard Bittar  has to have surgery in late February so the new date for Ernie’s surgery is 10th May
Unfortunately quite a wait however I am sure Ernie will put the time to good use. He remains positive.
Will continue to keep you  posted
Fondest wishes
Ernie & Mary-Helen

HE & M-H Martens
 

G'day all,

Message received from Bernie McGurgan on the proposed surgery for Ernie Martens AATTV follows.

We wish Ernie the very best for his upcoming surgery.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Hi
A quick note to let you know that it now seems that Ernie's  surgery will occur on either 28th Feb or 1st March - these are the first dates for  the year which have been allocated to the neuro-surgerical team who perform this Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney.

We will let you know when the date is confirmed.

In the meantime our fondest wishes

Love Ernie & Mary-Helen

HE & M- H Martens



Entry Date: 7th Fenruary 2011
Updated: 10th February 2011
Updated: 17th May 2011

Team Member in Hospital

G'day all,

Good news of Graham King.  Thanks John and Vic for bringing Graham back into the fold.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Hi All
Graham King AATTV is leaving Rehab tomorrow (Wednesday).He is doing well but still has a long road ahead.
Contact from his mates is probably his best medicine.
any one wanting to contact Grahamshould Email Col Chadwick for his Contact Details Col44018@bigpond.net.au

Much thanks should go to John Barnes and Vic Pennington for the magnificent support they have been to Graham also Carol from Kangaroo Island that alerted the assn to Grahams plight

Regards Col Chadwick
 

G’day all,

Further to my last on Graham King,  Vic Pennington has contacted me (refer email below).

It is good to see that we have one of our own back into the fold.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Vic Pennington [mailto:vpennton@bigpond.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 9 February 2011 7:12 AM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Re: Welfare Report - Graham King AATTV

Rick, Graham should be getting out of hospital today He is going back to Ardrossan then moving down here to Adelaide to be closer to his Team family. He did not realise how much we look after each other. He looked well and is still a big man, not overweight just big, I had forgotten that he was big. I did the course with Barnes and Graham, then we joined up in I Corps later on. Will keep you informed how he gets on.
Regards
Vic
 

G'day all,

Have just got back from holidays in the diaster state of Queensland.  While away, I had contact regarding Graham Hugh King AATTV who was seriously ill in hospital in Adelaide SA.  Graham has been on our lost members list so it was a bit of a shock to hear that he was in hospital critically ill.

Fortunately, he now out of danger and progressing well.  Fellow Team members, John Barnes, Vic Pennington and Ian Hodgson, President of AATTV SA Branch have been on the job and making contact with Graham.

Latest message from Ian Hodgson is as follows:

Good day Rick,   I am sending this information about Graham King, it may help you answer any inquiries about him.  Graham is out of ICU.  He is in Ward Q6 Bed 3 of the Royal Adelaide Hospital.    I visited Graham today, I do not know anything about his illness. Now was not the time to ask, later if he wants to.   He is alone in SA, he moved from Cook Town to Adelaide. I do not know why.  I asked the nurses about his welfare on discharge, because I was concerned about him,  they told me all the various proceedures will be in place when he is discharged. Then there is DVA and TPI Assoc.    I have given Wayne a list of S.A.Branch Committee names and our phone numbers to ring  if he needs assistance.

That's about all I can do at this time..

Keep safe.  Persevere   Ian.---- 



Entry date: 7th February 2011
Updated:  8th February 2011

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Funeral details for John Grelck AATTV as received from Ron Monkhouse follow.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Ronald Monkhouse [mailto:64aattv@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 8 February 2011 10:11 AM
Subject: Funeral Details

The funeral of John Grelck will held on Saturday 12th Feb at Newhaven Crematorium and Gardens 21 Quinns Hill Road Stapleton.at 10am
Persevere
--
Ron Monkhouse
AATTV 64/65
07 34897841
0435434600
 

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Ron Monkhouse AATTV on the passing today, 2nd February 2011 of fellow Team member, WO2 John Vincent GRELCK RAINF

John served with AATTV in South Vietnam from 19 Jul 72 to 18 Dec 72 with Long Hai Training Battalion.  John also served in South Vietnam with 1ARU for 24 Feb 67 to 12 Mar 67, 5RAR from 13 Mar 67 to 26 Apr 67 and 7RAR from 27 Apr 67 to 20 Feb 68.

Our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies go out to the family of John GRELCK.  He will be sadly missed.

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Ronald Monkhouse [mailto:64aattv@gmailcom]
Sent: Wednesday, 2 February 2011 7:13 PM
To: Bernie McGurgan
Subject: Passing of a member.

Bernie,Rick
John [JG] Grelck passed away in his sleep this morning. I spent some time with  his wife Marlene this evening and she wished for me to pass on the  sad news to AATTV and 7RAR. I do not have any info on the contact there but assume that you will have them on your net. Can you pass on the news to all concerned. I will keep you posted as to funeral arrangements.At the time of his death he had  no apparent illness so at this stage no death certificate can be issued unti an autopsy is performed.I would think that a funeral would not take place until early next week.

Persevere

Ron
 

Ron Monkhouse
07 34897841
0435434600

Lest we forget
Entry Date: 7th February 2011

Death of Widow of Team Member T. Lyddieth AATTV KIA 1971

G’day all,

Sad news on the passing of Margaret Lyddieth. Her son Trevor Jnr, as Barry Rust states has been a staunch member of the AATTV Vic Branch for many years.

Our condolences go out to Trevor Jnr and all family members of Margaret.

May she Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Dear Committee Members note of the death of Margaret Lyddieth.   The death note was published in the Herald Sun  last Thursday.   Trevor Lyddieth Jnr is a strong member and supporter of the Victorian AATTV Assn Branch.   Details for the funeral yet not known.

Peta and I have sent off a sympathy card on behalf of "The Team" members.

 Persevere Barry
 

    Peta & Barry Rust
           "The Acorns"
            Unit 4 / 5A Taylors Rd
            Croydon.    3136
        (03)  9723 5904
     Peta   :  0409 525427
            Barry  :  0419 564427
        p.b.rust@bigpond.com



Entry Date: 7th February 2011

Welfare Report - Wendy Pennington

Update on Wendy.
It has now been eight months since Wendy’s stroke. In this time she has broken her right hip, had two chest infections and had anaemia. Wendy has gone through the gambit of every day insisting she was going home to now accepting that she needs the assistance of trained staff. She has had a few falls and because of this is no longer on a frame but in a wheelchair. She is very thin and not always articulate. Her memory comes and goes, even my name and who I am is not always remembered.

Each Friday I take Wendy out to her hairdresser, she enjoys this. Every Sunday we go to a Vietnamese restaurant and have the same dish every time, just as well that it is great.

The family and friends are on a roster system so there is never a day she does not have visitors. She has gone from reading her novels to reading magazines but this is good. She loves visits from the grand kids, more so than us adults.

We continue to make her go to all the family functions, she tires quickly but I think she enjoys it.

Thank you for your thoughts over the past months.

Vic


  Entry Date: 4th January 2011
Registration for Attendance at AATTV 50th Anniversary Reunion

G,day all,

Please read the email below from Peter Conway on registration for the AATTV 50th Anniversary Re-union.

If you have fellow Team members that are not on the internet and may not get this reminder then please pass on the information.

Your State HQ Branch should have registration forms available if you cannot get a copy.  Otherwise contact Peter Conway on email: plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 4 January 2011 8:49 AM
To: Rick Ryan; Bernie McGurgan
Cc: Mick Smith; John Gibson
Subject: REGISTRATION 50th REUNION

Bernie and Rick

Could you put the following out through your nets.
 

"Registration forms for the 50th Reunion are due back to the Queensland Treasurer  by the 16TH JANUARY 2011. To date there has been a positive response from many who intend coming along, however there are many who have not yet replied.,so as such we will  extend the reply date to the 30th JANUARY 2011. Your compliance with this request will be appreciated
The organising committee for the reunion will be meeting on Thursday 3rd February 2011 with a view to now selecting the various venues for the scheduled events . It is imperative that we have approximate numbers for each scheduled event so that we can begin negotiations and discussing costings  and make bookings  with the proprietors of the various venues. 



 Entry Date: 4th January 2011

Widow of Team Member Passes Away

G’day all,

Sad news on the passing of Margaret Lyddieth. Her son Trevor Jnr, as Barry Rust AATTV states has been a staunch member of the AATTV Vic Branch for many years.

Our condolences go out to Trevor Jnr and all family members of Margaret.

May she Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 
 

Subject: Death of the wife of ex member of AATTV WO2 T Lyddieth KIA 1971

Dear Committee Members note of the death of Margaret Lyddieth.   The death note was published in the Herald Sun  last Thursday.   Trevor Lyddieth Jnr is a strong member and supporter of the Victorian AATTV Assn Branch.   Details for the funeral yet not known.
 

Peta and I have sent off a sympathy card on behalf of "The Team" members.
 

Persevere Barry 



 Entry Date:  15th December 2010

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Sad news just in from John Barnes AATTV of the passing of fellow Team member WO2 Harry James Wright RASVY on the 14th December 2010.

Harry served with AATTV in South Vietnam  from 3 Sep 70  unallotted,  Baria, from Oct 70 to Jan 71 with MATT 5, Hoi My, Phuoc Tuy, Feb 71 at JWTC, Nui Dat, Phuoc Tuy and from Mar to 2 Sep 71 with NAT 2, Dong Tam, IV Corps.

A long time member of AATTV Vic Branch, Harry was well known at Drysdale near Geelong and he will be sadly missed by all Team members.  Our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to his daughters Bernadette, Kate and Maryanne, family and friends of Harry.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:
Bernie

1.30pm  Saturday 18 Dec 10
Jonathon Hepners Funeral Home
Leopold  Vic

May he Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: John Barnes [mailto:jbar9388@bigpond.net.au]
Sent: Wednesday, 15 December 2010 10:59 AM
To: Rick & Mandy Ryan
Subject: Death Harry Wright

Rick

I was informed of Harry's death this morning. Harry passed away 14 Dec 10 in the Geelong Hospital. He officially died of Septicaemia. More like old age, knowing Harry, he was a Rat of Tobruk at the age of 15. Had a bloody long life and played hard. I will certainly miss his gruf manner and refering to me as lad.

He served in the TEAM Sep 70 - Sep 71 in the Delta.

Persevere

John B

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 14th December 2010

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Sad news in from Bernie McGurgan AATTV on the passing of WO2 Robert (Blue) George Carter RAINF on 11th December 2010.

Bob Carter served in South Vietnam with AATTV from 16 Jun 1964 to Sep 64 with Dong Da National Training Centre, Tactics Committee, Oct 64 to Jun 65 with 2/3 ARVN, 1st ARVN Division.  He again served with AATTV from 20 Aug 68 to Oct 68 with 2/2 ARVN, 1st Division.  Nov 68 to Jan 69, 18th Division Training School, near Nui Dat. Feb 69, attached 1 ATF, Mar 69 to Jun 69, PRU, Sadec Province, Jul 69, PRU, Nha Trang. Aug 69, PRU, Phan Rang Bay, Ninh Thuan. Sep 69 to Mar 70, PRU, Dalat, Tuyen Duc, Apr to May 70 as Admin WO, HQ AATTV, Saigon.  Bob was wounded in action on 16 Oct 68, shrapnel wounds, A-1, Quang Tri.

Funeral details are shown below.

Fellow Team members pass on their sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Bob Carter.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

The address of the funeral of Blue Carter in Lismore is:

Parkview Funeral Home
43 Holland St
Goonellabah NSW 2480

(not the Crematorium as previously advised)

Time is still 1000hrs on this Friday, the 17th December.

 Regards,

John Q

John Quane
Secretary
ADFTWDA
PO Box 302
COORPAROO QLD 4151

07 3324 8958
0428 554 008

secretary@aussietrackers.org
Merchandise: merchandise@aussietrackers..org

www.aussietrackers.org
www.aussiewardogs.org

Lest we forget


Entry Date:  7th December 2010

Team Member in Hospital

G'day all,

Latest on Frank Ghilotti AATTV as received from John Nolan AATTV Welfare Officer WA Branch reads as follows:

Subject: Welfare Report

Good Day Rick
Update on Frank Ghilotti
Frank has been transferred to Hollywood Private Hospital today, where he is a lot more comfortable and confident under his own Specialist’
He is still undergoing intensive treatment, he is showing some improvement.
PERSEVERE
John N

I am sure Frank would be a lot happier in Hollywood Private.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

G’day all,

One of our own, Frank Ghilotti is in hospital suffering a nasty bout of pneumonia.  This is particular worrying as Frank relies on the use of oxygen bottle.

We wish Frank a speedy recovery.  Best wishes to Jeanette and family during this stressful time.  If you wish to email a get well message to Frank and Jeanette, their email address is:  jfghil@optusnet.com.au

Frank may not be able to respond until he is well enough to do so.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 
 

From: JOHN NOLAN [mailto:jono37939@bigpond.com]
Sent: Sunday, 5 December 2010 4:29 PM
To: Rick Ryan
Cc: John
Subject: Welfare Report

Good Day Rick
Elaine and I visited Frank Ghilotti in hospital today.
He was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) by ambulance Thursday night and was admitted to the critical care unit in a critical condition.
In addition to his ongoing respiratory condition he was diagnosed with a nasty bout of pneumonia.
Frank is now out of the critical care unit and is on a general ward (ward 9C) his condition is now described as serious but stable. He is undergoing intensive treatment for the pneumonia
He is allowed visits of two people at a time for short periods of time as his breathing is still somewhat distressed.
We are in contact with Jeanette who is rather stressed and very tired after being by Frank for the last few days at RPH
PERSEVERE
John N
 

G’day all,

One of our own, Frank Ghilotti is in hospital suffering a nasty bout of pneumonia.  This is particular worrying as Frank relies on the use of oxygen bottle.

We wish Frank a speedy recovery.  Best wishes to Jeanette and family during this stressful time.  If you wish to email a get well message to Frank and Jeanette, their email address is:  jfghil@optusnet.com.au

Frank may not be able to respond until he is well enough to do so.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: JOHN NOLAN [mailto:jono37939@bigpond.com]
Sent: Sunday, 5 December 2010 4:29 PM
To: Rick Ryan
Cc: John
Subject: Welfare Report

Good Day Rick
Elaine and I visited Frank Ghilotti in hospital today.
He was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) by ambulance Thursday night and was admitted to the critical care unit in a critical condition.
In addition to his ongoing respiratory condition he was diagnosed with a nasty bout of pneumonia.
Frank is now out of the critical care unit and is on a general ward (ward 9C) his condition is now described as serious but stable. He is undergoing intensive treatment for the pneumonia
He is allowed visits of two people at a time for short periods of time as his breathing is still somewhat distressed.
We are in contact with Jeanette who is rather stressed and very tired after being by Frank for the last few days at RPH
PERSEVERE
John N



Entry Date: 14th November 2010

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Sad and belated news from Peter Conway AATTV Qld Branch on the passing on 21st June 2010 of fellow Team Member  21038 WO2 John H. MacArtney RAASC.

John served with AATTV in RVN  from Jan 69 to Nov 69 with A & L Coy, RF, Baria, Phuoc Tuy Province and from Dec 69 to Jan 71 with VDAT, Vinh Long. RTA 2th Feb 70.

Always sad when we hear far too late of the passing of one of our own.   Deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to the family of John from all Team members.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 
 

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Friday, 12 November 2010 10:12 AM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Passinig of John Macartney

Good Morning All

Mrs Pearl Macartney yesterday advised of the passing of her husband John on the 21st June 2010.

 Although this note is late it is with regret that we learn of the loss of one of our TEAM. May he rest in peace. Lest We Forget
 

Regards

Pierre

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 30th October 2010

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Message in from Charles Stewart, Secretary SAS Association of the passing on 27th Oct 2010 of fellow Team member 36387 WO2 John (Jack) William Wigg RA INF aged 81 years. Jack served with AATTV in RVN from Jan – Mar 69 with 5th SFGA, 2MSF, as Platoon Commander, Pleiku and from Apr 69 – Jan 70 with Van Kiep LRRP Wing in Phuoc Tuy Province. Whilst with AATTV Jack was injured on 1 Mar 69 and WIA on 3 Mar 69 as a result of a mine incident near Ban Me Thuot.  Jack also served with 3rd SAS Sqn in RVN from 15 Jun 66 to 29 Aug 66.
Our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of Jack Wigg.  He will be sadly missed.

Cremation service will be held on 2nd November 2010 from 1430hrs.
Location:  Karrakatta Cemetery, Railway Pde Karrakatta

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Dear All,

The attached was in "The West Australian" today.
We regret to advise the passing of an esteemed member of The Company, Regiment and our Association in his 81st year
36387 WIGG, John William (Jack)
DOB: 03/11/1929 London ENGLAND
Service as RN Korea and Malaya Vietnam
3rd Special Air Service Squadron 15/06/1966-29/08/1966
Australian Army Training Team Vietnam 21/01/1969-21/01/1970
WIA 3-3-1969 Mine Incident

regards
Charles Stewart
Honorary National Secretary

Lest we forget
Entry Date:  23rd October 2010

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Peter Conway AATTV on the passing of fellow Team Member WO2 Robert William Cairns RAINF on the 13th October 2010.

Robert served with AATTV in RVN for Jun 69 to Feb 70 with VDAT, Vinh Long, IV Corps.  From May 70 to Jun 70 with 4/4 ARVN, 2nd Division, Quang Ngai  and with 4th Regt Recon Coy, Quang Ngai from Jul to Sep 70.  He was medivac due to illness in Feb 70 and returned on 30 May 70.  During his time with AATTV he was also awarded foreign awards of the US Bronze Star for Valor (with ‘V’ device), US Bronze Star for Service, US Army Commendation Medal for Service, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Silver Star cluster), Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star.

Belated news but still our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Robert.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Friday, 22 October 2010 12:33 PM
To: Rick Ryan; Bruce Davies; Bernie McGurgan
Subject: Passing of Team Member

Good Afternoon All

I have just received a note in the mail today from a M/s Lily Goss advising of the passing of Robert Cairns on the 13th October 2010. I will endeavour to contact M/s Goss to ascertain her realtionship to Robert. I think perhaps she may  be his daughter

Always sad news when we hear of the passing of our fellow Team members. May he Rest in Peace

Regards

Peter

Lest we forget


Entry Date:  23rd October 2010
Welfare Report - Wendy Pennington

G’day all,

Vic Pennington AATTV has kindly forwarded us an update on his wife, Wendy.

Vic, family and friends have a huge chore in looking after Wendy and we wish them all the best.

Email address for Vic is: vpennton@bigpond.com  should you wish to send him a cheerio.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick and Mandi

From: Vic Pennington [mailto:vpennton@bigpond.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 19 October 2010 7:55 AM

Subject: Wendy!

Hi folks, sorry to be a bit slow with an update on Wendy. Wendy has never really settled into the nursing home, her main topic of conversation is when she is coming home. Sadly it does not look like that will be possible. She requires 2 nurses to toilet, bathe and dress her. A task that I cannot do at home alone. Wendy goes through highs and lows, in her lows she is very vicious towards the family, especially me. She blames me for all her problems and been in a home.
When she is on her highs she is wonderful. I take her out Fridays for the hairdresser, Saturdays for an afternoon tea and Sunday for lunch and a visit to some of her friends. Getting her into and out of the car is back breaking but worth it to know she is really happy for a time. She walks with a frame or in some cases a wheelchair. She has taken a love of Vietnamese food so that is our Sunday ritual. She says she thinks she is turning into an Asian.
We take her in food to supplement the home food as it can get a bit tiring.
There is a community room, a large place that is good for mixing and enjoying the entertainment that is provided but Wendy prefers to sit in one of the lounges where she has no one to talk to unless a nurse or carer comes past. She reads and watches TV.
There is never one day where she does not receive a visitor, be it family or friends. We have worked out a roster. One of Wendy's big problem is that I was advised by her doctor to take a couple of days off, she hates that I am not there every day sitting with her for 4 to 5 hours a day. I always feel so much better for the break as I was originally going every day and I was getting stressed. In fact the whole family is saying I should go for a couple of weeks for a holiday.
Wendy is back to reading books and that is a good sign. She speaks well but the memory is not there. When tired she cannot speak well.
Have to go now,
Regards and Persevere,
Vic



Entry Date: 6th October 2010
Updated: 7th October 2010

A soldier died today

G'day all,

Funeral details for Jack Woods OAM DCM are as follows:

Location:  Eco Memorial Park Chapel (Newhaven)
                  21 Quinns Hill Road West, Stapylton Qld

Timing:     1200 hrs, Friday 8th October 2010

Funeral Director:  Anton Brown Funerals, Woolloongabba  3217 3088

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Peter Conway AATTV Qld Br on the passing this day of  WO2 Jack Woods RAINF.  Jack served with 2RAR in RVN from 8 May 67 to 14 May 68.  Jack also served with AATTV from 5 Aug 71 to Sep 71 with MATT 7, Phuoc Tuy, Oct 71 AATTV Vung Tau, Nov 71 NOTT2 Phu Cat, Bin Din Dec 71, AATTV Training Group, Vung Tau and from Jan 72 to 6 Aug 72 with Long Hai Training Battalion.

Jack was awarded the DCM while serving with 2 RAR in RVN, his award reads as follows:

Sergeant Jack Woods joined the Australian Regular Army on 20 June 1960 and after initial training was posted to 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment on 15 December 1960.  He arrived in South Vietnam on 9 May 1967 as the Platoon Sergeant of the 5th Platoon, B Company.
On 27 January 1968, during Operation Coburg in Bien Hoa Province, 5th Platoon contacted twenty enemy and in the ensuing encounter the Platoon Commander was wounded.  Sergeant Woods immediately took command of the platoon and succeeded in forcing the enemy to withdraw so that the casualties could be evacuated.  The platoon had a further contact with fifteen enemy on 28 January 1968 and came under heavy automatic and rocket fire.  Sergeant Woods aggressively led his platoon again forcing the enemy to withdraw leaving their dead and weapons behind.
On 2 February 1968, 5th Platoon was again given the task of assault platoon on an occupied enemy camp.  When the 5th Platoon came under heavy fire from a group of enemy bunkers, Sergeant Woods organised the platoon to provide supporting fire and organised an assault which successfully overran the enemy group killing at least four of the enemy.  As the assault continued the platoon again came under heavy machine gun and rocket fire from more enemy in bunkers.  For two hours Sergeant Woods directed the fire of his platoon into the enemy position, personally engaging the enemy machine gun position with a M72 rocket killing its crew.  During these actions Sergeant Woods displayed a complete disregard for his personal safety to encourage his soldiers and lead them forward by his own example.
The personal conduct of Sergeant Woods and his aggressive actions in commanding his platoon served as an inspiration and example to all members of his platoon and gained the admiration of the remainder of his company.  His high standard of courage and leadership are a credit  to himself, his unit and are of the highest tradition of Australian arms.

Our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences go out from all Team members to the family and friends of Jack Woods.  Condolence messages for the family of Jack can be emailed via Peter Conway on email: plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 5 October 2010 9:30 AM
To: Australian Army Training Team Vietnam Association Qld; Barry Silk; Bernie McGurgan; Bruce Davies; Des Ford; Rick Ryan
Subject: A Soldier Died Today

Good Morning All .

Sad news to hand

Bill Abigail has just contacted me to advise that he received a call from the wife of Jack Woods to advise of his passing at 6.00 AM this morning.

Further details as they come to hand.

May he Rest In Peace

Regards

Pierre
 
 

Lest We Forget 


Entry Date: 10th September 2010
Updated: 2nd October 2010

A soldier died today

Servant of community
 

OBITUARY
 

23rd September 2010 11:00:19 AM

Friends and family farewelled Neville John Wilson last week.

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MORE than 200 people gathered last week to farewell a loving family man, friend and valued ex-serviceman.

Dandenong-Cranbourne RSL member Neville John Wilson died on 9 September, after being diagnosed with a brain tumour in March.

His wife and children remembered Mr Wilson as a caring man who loved spending time with his family, travelling and doing a range of hobbies, including woodworking and gardening.

Mr Wilson also dedicated much of his time to a number of organisations, including the fire brigade, Legacy, Scout lodge and the RSL.

“He loved his family and would do anything for us,” Mr Wilson’s daughter Sarah said.

“And Legacy and the RSL were important to him. At one stage, he was at the office every day - it was like a full-time job. He was very well-respected.”

President of Legacy South Eastern group Keith Bagley agreed.

“Neville was very proud of his time in Vietnam. He fully supported the Vietnamese Veterans Association,” Mr Bagley said.

“He did his very best for the widows of Legacy, put in many years as a secretary for the group and was a very tireless worker on the committee.

“He was a great friend, who will be sadly missed.”

Helping people was in Mr Wilson’s blood.

From a young age, Mr Wilson was passionate about serving his country.

He attended the Royal Military College from 1955 until 1958, serving in the Australian Regular Army until 1981.

There, Mr Wilson met his wife Jo, who was working as an army nurse.

He served a 12-month tour of duty in Vietnam in 1967-68. He retired with the rank of Major.

Principal units he served included the 3rd Royal Australian Regiment, 7th Royal Australian Regiment, Australian Army Training Team Vietnam and HQ N Command.

His determination and hard work led him to receive a number of significant awards, including the Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975 with Clasp Vietnam, Infantry Combat Badge, United States of America Meritorious Unit Commendation and Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.Mr Wilson leaves behind his wife, children Carolyn Ralph, Tony Wilson and Sarah Carmichael and seven grandchildren. Another grandchild is due next week

Nev is also one of the AATTV members that have been recommended to receive the US Presidential Unit Citation for his service in RVN with AATTV.

G’day all,

Funeral details for Nev Wilson AATTV as received from his daughter, Sarah are as detailed below.

Condolence messages for Jo and the family can be passed through Sarah on email: joeynevy@bigpond.com

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Neville & Jo Wilson [mailto:joeynevy@bigpond.com]
Sent: Friday, 10 September 2010 3:05 PM
To: rick Ryan
Subject: re: Neville Wilson Funeral details

Hi Rick,

Just to advise the details of Dad's funeral.

It will be held on
Wednesday the 15th of September 2010 at 2.30 p.m

It will be held at:
John Allison Monkhouse Funerals
cnr Stud Road and Burwood Hwys, Wantirna

If you could you please pass the details on.
If anyone has any queries, please direct them to me - 0408575557.

Thankyou again,

Sarah

G’day all,

It is my sad duty to inform you all of the passing on 9th Sep 2010 of fellow Team member, Capt later Maj Neville John Wilson RA INF AATTV.

Nev served with AATTV in South Vietnam as Adjutant, HQ AATTV Saigon from Apr – Sep 67  and with Mai Linh sub-sector Sep – Dec 67 and then at Nam Hoa sub-secto, Thua Thien from Dec 67 – Mar 68.  Nev was wounded in action on 12 Sep 67.

Our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to Jo Wilson, Sarah, Carolyn and family members of Nev on this saddest of occasions.
Nev fought a hard battle with his illness and as Sarah, one of his daughters says, he did not go down easily.

A friend and good mate who will be remembered as such.

Condolence messages can be sent to Jo and the family on email: joeynevy@bigpond.com

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May he Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Neville & Jo Wilson [mailto:joeynevy@bigpond.com]
Sent: Thursday, 9 September 2010 8:46 PM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Re: Neville Wilson update

Hi Rick and Mandi,

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Dad passed away tonight at about 9.20 p.m.

He put up a big fight all day - in typical Neville style, he did not go down easily.
He was peaceful and comfortable, and that was great comfort to Mum and I.  We were both there with him when he went.

Thankyou for your wishes, along with the wishes from everyone else that we have recieved emails from.

I will update you the details regarding the funeral in the coming days.

Thanks again,

Jo, Sarah and Family

Lest we forget


Entry Date:  7th September 2010

Team Member Seriously Ill in Hospital

G'day all,

Not very good news in from daughters, Carolyn and Sarah on the current health status of fellow Team member, Nev Wilson.  Please refer to the messages below.

I visited Nev at home the day after ANZAC Day and left with an impression that he would get through this battle.  However, news in from Sarah and Carolyn paints a rather bleak picture.  Nev is and always will be a close friend.

Nev, Jo and the family are in our prayers at this time and we just home that Nev remains comfortable in pallitive care.

Emails for Nev and Jo can be sent to email address:  joeynevy@bigpond.com

For those wishing to send a letter, card or make a telephone call, contact details are as follows:

Neville and Jo Wilson,
15 Raymond Road
Rowville Vic 3178
Telephone: (03) 9764 4614

Take care and Persevere,

Rick and Mandi

On Tue Sep 7 6:26 , 'Neville & Jo Wilson' sent:
Good Morning Rick,

I am Nev's youngest daughter - Sarah.

I thought that I would send you a quick email to update you as to how Dad is.

He has really declined a lot over the last week or so.
He is back in hosptial and has been for the last three weeks.  He was home for two days after recovering from pneumonia, but had to go back in, as the care that he required was far more than what Mum and I could provide.

I spoke with the Doctors at the hospital yesterday, and they have indicated that because of how quickly he has gone down hill, that he probably only has two weeks or so left.

He is relitively comfortable and is not in too much pain - so that is a good thing.

I hope that this finds you well.

Take care,

Sarah Wilson
 

On Mon Sep 6 22:20 , 'downsth@iinet.net.au' sent:

Hi Rick
Just updating you on dad's health.  Unfortunately his health has declined considerably, and he is now on IV medication.  His brain tumor has grown back, with him sleeping alot during the day and speaking very little.  As his health is very poor the doctors have decided to not give him anymore radiation or chemo treatment.  He has been for the past few weeks in Wantirna Health (pallative care) and will remain there.
Regards, Carolyn Ralph, Jo Wilson and family. 



Entry Date: 9th August 2010

Wife of Team Member Passes Away

G'day all,

Sad news in from Peter Conway AATTV on the passing of the wife, Michiko of fellow Team Member Ray Deed, MID AATTV.

Our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to Ray and family on this saddest of occasion.  The loss of one's partner and best mate is a heavy burden to carry.

May Michiko Rest In Peace.

Funeral details are detailed below.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Monday, 9 August 2010 2:24 PM
To: Rick Ryan; Bernie McGurgan
Subject: Passing Michiko Deed

Bernie Rick

I have just received news that Michiko Deed wife of our member Ray passed away yesterday Sunday 8th August.

I have also been informed that the funeral service will be at 1000 Am on Friday 13th August at St Joseph's Catholic Church Oxley Road Corinda Qld

May she Rest In Peace

Regards

Peter



Entry Date:  3rd August 2010

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Peter Conway AATTV Queensland Branch has sent funeral details for Stan Kent, DCM in the email below.

Condolence messages can be passed to Peter on email: plconway@nnse.quik.com.au

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Peter Conway AATTV Qld Branch on the passing of 12128 WO1 S. (Stan) T. Kent, DCM RAINF who served in South Vietnam with AATTV from 16 Mar 65 with RF/PF, Quang Tri and from Oct 65 to 1 Mar 66 as RSM, Danang.  During his tour of duty with AATTV, Stan was awarded the DCM.  The citation reads as follows:

“Warrant Officer Kent saw active service during the Second World War with the Australian Imperial Forces from 1939 to 1945 and re-enlisted in the Australian Regular Army on 29 June 1951.  Before being posted to South Vietnam, Warrant Officer Kent served as an instructor to National Service trainees and with the Citizen Military Forces as a member of a Regular Army cadre.
Upon arrival in Vietnam on 16 Mar  65, Warrant Officer Kent was assigned to the province of Quang Tri as an adviser to the Vietnamese Regional and Popular Forces.
On 28 May 1965, the 912th Regional Force Company and the Sector Intelligence and Reconnaissance Platoon were occupying a blocking position outside the hamlet of Van Van in Quang Tri Province.  These units had been in contact with the enemy all day as the Viet Cong were attempting to
break out of a cordon established by regular Vietnamese troops and Regional Forces troops.  Viet Cong pressure on the blocking force increased and at this time the Vietnamese Commander was mortally wounded.  Warrant Officer Kent initially assisted this officer to a more secure area.  When the troops saw that their Commander had been wounded and was being evacuated, they began dropping back from their blocking position in a state of confusion.  Warrant Officer Kent quickly, assessed the situation and immediately and voluntarily returned to the most forward positions, where he exposed himself to hostile fire and to direct observation by the Viet Cong.  He moved about freely reassuring the Vietnamese troops by his presence and urging them to return to their firing positions.  This they did.  His actions transcended the normal requirements of an adviser as he personally imposed leadership directly upon the Vietnamese troops at a time, when had he not done s, the situation would have completely deteriorated.  As a direct result of his actions, the blocking force held their position thus containing the Viet Cong.  At the same time reasonable security was provided for the medical evacuation helicopter land area, enabling casualties to be evacuated quickly.”

Our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to the family of Stan Kent on this sad occasion.

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 3 August 2010 7:33 AM
To: Bill Tomlinson; Bruce Davies; Rick Ryan; Bernie McGurgan
Subject: A Soldier died today.

Good Morning Gentlemen

It is with deep regret and sadness  that I advise of the passing of Stan Kent DCM in the early hours of this morning.

After our weekend at Canungra I thought it would be best if I detoured on my way home and went to Ipswich to say farewell to an old mate and a great old  warrior so accordingly Frank Reid and I went to see him yesterday afternoon and told him all about our weekend together and passed on the good wishes of all in the AATTVA . He recognised us immediately and  we watched a replay of one of the weekend Rugby League games together, but it was obvious  his time was nigh. Son Geoff and  daughter Judy are in Ipswich and will advise of funeral details once they are completed. I will pass them on

May He Rest in Peace . Farewell Tara Old mate

Regards and Keep Safe

Peter .

Lest we forget
Entry Date:  3rd August 2010
Updated: 5th August 2010

A soldier died today

G'day all,

Funeral details for Ned Larrson as received from Peter Conway AATTV Qld Branch are detailed below.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Good day Bernie and Rick

I have today made contact with Mary Marshall, Ned Larrson's daughter. He passed away last Sunday and details of his funeral service are as follows

Time Date :   1000 AM Thursday 5th August 2010

Location     Cardinal Freeman Retirement Village
                   137 Victoria Street
                   ASHFIELD  NSW

Ned had just turned 84 and had been in the retirement village for about two years.

Condolence and Sympathy Cards can be sent to Mary at the following address

7 Russell Street
WOOLLAHRA
NSW 2025

G’day all,

News in from Bernie McGurgan on the passing of WO1 L. (Ned) F. Larsson RAINF AATTV. Ned served in South Vietnam  with AATTV from 7 Jan 71 to Jul 71 with PSDF Baria, Phuoc Tuy Province and from Aug to Nov 71 with NOTT, Dong Tam, IV Corps.

Our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to the family of Ned.

No details have been provided as yet.  Funeral arrangements will be advised once known.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bernie [mailto:hill55@vtown.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 3 August 2010 7:25 AM
To: Recipient list suppressed:
Subject: Vale Ned Larson

Thanks Terry!
Persevere
Bernie

Just had a ring from Don Muir, Ned Larson Died.
He was a very fine soldier.

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 15th June 2010
Updated; 15th June 2010
Updated: 27th July 2010

Welfare Report - Wendy Pennington

G'day all,

Latest from Vic Pennington on the status of Wendy.  Unfortunately, Wendy has had a fall and broke her hip.  Bit of a torrid time for both Wendy and Vic.

Messages for Vic or Wendy can be sent on email: vpennton@bigpond.com

We trust that Wendy will get through this latest obstacle.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Vic Pennington [mailto:vpennton@bigpond.com]
Sent: Monday, 26 July 2010 7:50 PM
To: Aileen & Bill Mills
Subject: Update!

Hi Folks! Just another update on Wendy. I was lucky to get Wendy into a nice small nursing home 2 weeks ago, she had been in a rehab hospital and was progressing well with her walking.
At the nursing home she settled in well but in the first few days ate in her room by herself. She walking with a frame really well and was getting use to where everything was. There are only 46 patients and get marvelous care. Last Thursday she bent over in her chair to pick up a small piece of paper off the floor when she fell forward and broke her hip.
She is now back in the hospital in Intensive care and in a lot of pain. They put rods into her hip.
I am sorry that I always seem to only be giving bad news but being an ex Army wife and has a big heart she will overcome this latest set back.
Hope you are all keeping well.
Regards
Vic

G’day all,

Update below provided by Vic Pennington on Wendy.  Sounds like there is a fair amount of rehabilitation to be endured and we wish Wendy well.  Vic no doubt is also going through very trying times and a message to him and Wendy from Team members may help cheer him up. Email address for Vic and Wendy is: vpennton@bigpond.com

We all wish Wendy the very best in her road to recovery.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Vic Pennington [mailto:vpennton@bigpond.com]
Sent: Sunday, 13 June 2010 9:58 PM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Update!

Rick I thought I should update the situation with Wendy, As you know she was diagnosed with Pneumonia and infected chest and lungs. Well on day 5 after a brain scan they told me she had a stroke down the right side. She at this stage, day 21, cannot walk but I have been encouraged by some registrars of therapy that she should with rehab walk again. Her memory is a little fuzzy but that also should come back with rehab. At the moment she is in a stroke ward as it is a long weekend but come Tuesday I am hoping some good news on her moving to a rehab location.
Thanks for your interest, I received 6 pages of "get better" from the Team members and a bollocking from Des Campbell for only contacting him when I have bad news.
Regards
Vic Pennington
 

G’day all,

Not  very good news from one of our own, Vic Pennington AATTV with a message about Wendy who would appear to be very ill in hospital at this stage.

Team members wishing to send get well messages to Wendy can do so by emailing Vic on email: vpennton@bigpond.com

We all trust that Wendy will get through this battle.

In our prayers,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick and Mandi

From: Vic Pennington [mailto:vpennton@bigpond.com]
Sent: Thursday, 27 May 2010 9:49 AM
To: Adrian
Subject: Wendy!

Folks I just wanted to let you know that Wendy was taken to hospital on Tuesday morning as she had lost the use of her legs and did not know what day or really where she was. Wednesday at 1215 the family was contacted to come to the hospital to see her. She had shut down and our GP was transferring her from Western to QEH where they had access to kidney people.
This morning she has still not come to but she is fighting the infection she has on her chest and lungs. They are working on that first then worry about the kidneys.
Hope I can give you some happier news in the future, I will be in touch.
Regards
Vic



Entry Date: 22nd July 2010
A soldier died today

G'day all,

Apologies to those of you that are not on the National Team Emailing List that I have.  The following message on the passing of Dave Taylor AATTV was sent out on email on  29th Apr 2010 to fellow Team members.

Dave Taylor Jnr kindly reminded me that Dave Taylor Snr was not shown on the Team Web Page.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Peter Conway AATTV, Qld Branch on the passing today, 28th January 2010 of WO2 Dave Taylor RAAC who served with AATTV in RVN.

Dave served with HQ 1ALSG from 13 Aug 67 until 15 Jan 68 and then with AATTV  at 3/4 ARVN Cavalry, Tam Ky, Quang Tin in Jan 68 and with 2/4 ARVN, Hoi An from Feb 68 until Aug 68.

Our deepest and sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of Dave on this sad occasion

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Hi Rick

Hope you get this and can get the info out. Bernie is away and won't be back until Saturday .

Anyway mate I have been advised of the passing of Dave Taylor in Greenslopes hospital today (Wednesday) .Dave was RAAC and I believe he lived out at Nanango . He served with the Team in 1968
at Tam Ky with the  3/4 ARVN Cavalry..

May he Rest In Peace

If we get any funeral details or contact addresses of NOK we will pass them on

Regards

Peter

Lest we forget
Entry Date:  16th July 2010
Updated: 22nd July 2010

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Message below passed to me from Kanga Griffiths on the passing of Allan ‘Dusty’ Miller’s funeral details.

Due to the tyranny of distance I do not know how many (if any) Team Members will be in attendance.  If anybody can assist in a story/anecdote on Dusty Miller then please follow the instructions in the email below.

May he Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Kanga [mailto:kanga@techinfo.com.au]
Sent: Monday, 19 July 2010 7:01 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: Re Dusty Millers Funeral Service - Allen Miller

Hi Rick,
Had a phone call from Paul Cornish of Derby Funerals - As per Dusty's wishes he will be buried in Derby on Friday 30th July - Anyone who wants further details can contact Paul on 0409984339.
Also, if anyone has funny stories/anecdotes that can be read out at the service thay can fax them to Derby Funerals 0891922005.
Paul is making contact with Broome RSL to ensure Dusty has a military funeral.
Hope you can get these details out for anyone that may wish to attend
Regards
Kanga Griffiths
0394341316

G’day all,

Sad news in from Bruce Davies AATTV Vic Branch on the passing of Sgt Allan John Miller RAINF who served in South Vietnam with 9RAR from 4 Nov 68 to 19 Nov 69 and with AATTV from 19 Nov 69 to 3 Dec 69.  From Nov 69  on pre-extension leave and then from 13 Jan 70 to Apr 70 with 2nd Battalion 2 MSF, Pleiku and from Apr 70 to Jun 70 with 1st Battalion 2MSF, Pleiku. RTA 9 Jun 70.  Allan Miller was Wounded In Action (WIA) on 18 May 70.

Team members pass their sincerest sympathies and deepest condolences to the family of Allan Miller.

Funerals details will be advised once known.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

From: Bruce Davies [mailto:bruce.davies@tpg.com.au]
Sent: Thursday, 15 July 2010 6:46 PM
To: persevere
Subject: Vale: Allen John MILLER

I was told today 15 July by Allan's brother that Allan had passed away on 15 July
Allan served with AATTV in 1970 with the Mike Force at Pleiku. He came over to AATTV from 9RAR.

He lived in the Derby area W.A.

Persevere
Bruce

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 15th June 2010

A soldier died today

G'day all,

Please refer to email below, from Peter Conway AATTV Qld Branch in relation to funeral details for Don Palmer.

May he Rest in Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Good evening Bern and Rick,

I am advised that the funeral service for the late Don Palmer will be of a private nature for family members only. Any further details will be forwarded as they become known .

Lest We Forget

Regards Keep Safe

Pierre

G’day all,

Very sad news received from Peter Conway AATTV Qld Branch on the passing of one of our own, WO1 Don Palmer, OAM, MID on the 24th May 2010 aged 75 years.

Don served with AATTV as a WO2 from Oct 65 to Jan 66 with 5th SFGA A-107 Tra Bong, Quang Ngai.  He also served  with AATTV from Feb to Apr 70 with 3/1ARVN 1st Division, Quang Tri, May 70 with MATT 4, RF Company, Phuoc Tuy and Jul to Dec 70 with MATT 4, Long Dien/An Ngai, Phuoc Tuy.

His awards during his Vietnam service include MID, US Air Medal for Valour (with ‘V’ Device), US Army Commendation Medal for Valour (with ‘V’ Device),  RVN Cross of Gallantry (with Gold Star) and the RVN Cross of Gallantry (with Silver Star).

Citation for MID for Don Palmer reads as follows:

Warrant Officer Palmer enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in 1952 and has served continuously except for a short period in 1958/59.  He has served in Korea and Malaysia.  He joined the Australian Army Training Team in Vietnam in January 1970.
Warrant Officer Palmer served in the 3rd Battalion 1st Regiment of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam in Quang Tri Province for four months.  For the remainder of his tour he has served in Phuoc Tuy Province where he raised and trained a Mobile Advisory Training Team.  In the 3rd Battalion he performed in an outstanding manner.  His professional competence and coolness under fire enabled him on several occasions to make a significant contribution to the success of the Battalion's operations.  In his work with the Mobile Advisory Training Team over a period of seven months he has maintained a consistently high standard of performance of his duties in particular in trying circumstances.  He has displayed enthusiasm and a preparedness to try innovations to achieve an upgrading of the standard of the Territorial Forces he has been associated with.  His service has been distinguished by his devotion to duty and the unfailing loyalty he has given to his Commanders.
His work has been characterised by the outstanding efforts he has made to establish good will and to achieve an excellent rapport with his Vietnamese counterparts.
Warrant Officer Palmer's untiring efforts, his devotion to duty, loyalty and courage under fire have earned the highest respect of all his Vietnamese, American and Australian associates and reflect great credit on himself, the Australian Army Training Team in Vietnam and the Australian Army.

Don a thorough gentleman and well respected member of AATTV will be sadly missed by us all.  Sincerest and deepest condolences to his family and friends at his sad passing.

Funeral details with be forwarded once known.

May he Rest in Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Monday, 24 May 2010 7:48 PM
To: Bruce Davies; Rick Ryan; Bernie McGurgan
Subject: A Soldier Died Today

Good evening Bernie Bruce and Rick

Very sad news from Qld just received form one of our welfare officers Des Ford

It is  with deep regret that we advise that Don Palmer passed away this afternoon at approxinately 4.00 PM  . Don,  for many years  was a staunch member of the Qld branch of our Association
For those who may like to make contact with Don's wife Daph her contact details are as follows

Address : 12 Sunvalley Drive
ASHMORE QLD 4214

Phone (07) 5539 1284

A good man and a fine soldier . May he Rest in Peace.

Further details as they come to hand

Could you please pass this on through your respective nets. God bless and keep safe

Pierre

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 15th June 2010

A soldier died today

G’day all,

I received sad news yesterday (13th May 2010) from Townsville Bulletin newspaper reporter, Nathan Paull on the tragic passing, in a motor vehicle accident, of Cpl Graham ‘Snowy’ Rae, AATTV on 12th May 2010 in Cardwell, Qld.. Very sad circumstances indeed, his dog Bundy survived the accident..

214113 Cpl Graham ‘Snowy’ Wesley Rae, RAINF served in Phuoc Tuy Province with AATTV from 7 Aug 70 with MATT 7, Ong Trinh,
MATT 1, Bin Ba during Sep - Nov 70 and at JWTC , Nui Dat from Feb to Jul 71 and RTA on 5 Aug 71. He also served from 12 Dec 66 to 2 Jan 67 with 1 ARU, 3 Jan 67 to 30 May 67 with 6 RAR and 31 May 67 to 13 Dec 67 with 7 RAR.  He may have been a Lance Corporal while serving with the battalions.

I personally knew Snow as an affable and outgoing person and he will be sadly missed by his fellow Team members. Our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to the family of Snow on this very sad occasion.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 15th June 2010

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Peter Conway AATTV, Qld Branch on the passing today, 28th January 2010 of WO2 Dave Taylor RAAC who served with AATTV in RVN.

Dave served with HQ 1ALSG from 13 Aug 67 until 15 Jan 68 and then with AATTV  at 3/4 ARVN Cavalry, Tam Ky, Quang Tin in Jan 68 and with 2/4 ARVN, Hoi An from Feb 68 until Aug 68.

Our deepest and sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of Dave on this sad occasion

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Hi Rick

Hope you get this and can get the info out. Bernie is away and won't be back until Saturday .

Anyway mate I have been advised of the passing of Dave Taylor in Greenslopes hospital today (Wednesday) .Dave was RAAC and I believe he lived out at Nanango . He served with the Team in 1968
at Tam Ky with the  3/4 ARVN Cavalry..

May he Rest In Peace

If we get any funeral details or contact addresses of NOK we will pass them on

Regards

Peter

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 21st April 2010
Updated: 15th July 2010
Welfare Report 'Doc' Judd

G'day all,

Message below from Doc Judd concerning his health is great news.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

-----Original Message-----
From: doreenjudd@bigpond.com [mailto:doreenjudd@bigpond.com]
Sent: Monday, 28 June 2010 4:26 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: My health

Gday Rick,just a note to inform all that i survived the radiation,having 3
monthly Hormone injections now,feeling much better and in good
health,persevere,doc judd
 

G'day all,

Message below from Doc Judd AATTV on his current health status.

Most of us know about prostate cancer or at least we all should.  Yearly check-ups are a must for those of our vintage.

I know a number of Vietnam veterans who have suffered from prostate cancer as it appears to be one of the cancers us veterans seem to have in common.

You can send 'Doc' a cheer up message on email: doreenjudd@bigpond.com

The very best Doc from all Team members, Doc and we trust that all goes well for you.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

-----Original Message-----
From: doreenjudd@bigpond.com [mailto:doreenjudd@bigpond.com]
Sent: Saturday, 17 April 2010 3:20 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: my health

Gday Rick,
Just a line to info you that i am undergoing daily radiation at John Flynn cancer treatment centre for prostate cancer that has gone out of the prostate,.for 8 weeks,have had for two weeks now all ok,
take care doc
judd



Entry Date: 20th March 2010
Updated: 8th April 2010
Updated: 25th March 2010
Updated: 21st March 2010
Updated: 15th June 2010

Team Member in Hospital

G'day all,

I dropped in to see Nev on 26th April 2010 after meeting up with the Vic AATTV mob on ANZAC Day in Melbourne.
 

Nev is on the improve and I left him with a gut feeling that he will get through this battle.  Nev is very alert and chomping at the bit to get back into golf, working around his block and to meet up again with his fellow Team mates.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

G'day all,

Nev appears to be on the road to recovery.  Hopefully the treatment that he is about to undertake will rectify the situation.

We all wish him and his family the best at this time.  I should be over East for ANZAC Day and should be able to drop in and visit Nev.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

On Tue Apr 6 15:21 , 'mike wells' sent:
Hi Rick & Bruce,

Had a good chat with Nev earlier. He sounds very good and has been in Ringwood Private Hospital.
He expects to go home tomorrow (Wed 7th) PM.
Will be back at Ringwood Private - (03) 8804 4000 next Monday for a week, for commencement of Chemo & Radiation. Thereafter it will probably be a daily visit for the next several months.

The Head Oncologist hopes he may only need 3 or 4 months of this. If so - great news for Nev. He asked to thank everyone who forwarded cards. He won't be able to make Anzac Day, but hopes to attend the Team memorial Service at the Shrine in August. I told him we would toast him with his share of the Red Wine!

Cheers & Persevere,

Mike

G’day all.

Current progress report on Nev Wilson as received from Jo is below.
Bit of a set-back but hopefully Nev will get out to Knox Private Hospital in the near future.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Neville & Jo Wilson [mailto:joeynevy@bigpond.com]
Sent: Thursday, 25 March 2010 6:19 AM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Fw: Nev's progress
 
 

Again thankyou to everyone for Nev's well wishes.  Unfortunately there has been a slight set back.  He was due to get transferred to Knox Private yesterday (a lot closer to home), however began to have chest pains.  After a scan the doctors found a deep vein thrombosis, so now Nev is back into the intensive care ward at Melbourne Private on a drip of heparin.  Hopefully he get to Knox in a few days.
Regards, Jo and family

G'day all,

Email below from the family of Nev.  Things are looking up.

We await the outcome of tests that will be carried out in the next few days but trust that they will be good results for Nev and his family.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Fw: Nev's operation
Neville & Jo Wilson [joeynevy@bigpond.com]
Sent: Sun 21/03/2010 1:34 PM
To: Rick Ryan
Many thanks for every bodies well wishes for Nev .  He had his operation yesterday and is now recovering.  The surgeon removed all of the tumor that he could see, and dad will have another brain scan in the next few days to determine how much was left behind.  The biopsy from the tumor should also come back in the next few days to determine whether it is cancerous (and if so he will start chemo / radiation in approx 4 weeks).
    Mum and I visited dad today; his speech is a lot better, and he is even walking to the toilet.
So far so good.
Cheers, Jo and family

G'day all,

Bruce Davies AATTV via Ray O'Hara AATTV have advised me of the hospitalisation of Neville 'Nev' Wilson AATTV.

Nev a good mate has no doubt a bit of a battle on his hands at the moment and all Team members wish him well for his forthcoming operation.

Messages for Nev can be passed through Mike Wells AATTV on email: mikewe@optusnet.com.au

You may also wish to include an information copy for Nev for when he gets out of hospital.  Email address for Nev and Jo is: joenevy@bigpond.com

Progress reports will be forwarded in due course.

Nev you are in our prayers.

Rick and Mandi

From Ray O'Hara. We will keep you advised.
Persevere
Bruce
 

Have just been informed by Jo Wilson that Nev has been admitted to Royal Melbourne Hosp with a brain tumour.
He can’t be operated on till Saturday due to the fact that he has been on aspirin.
They are not sure at this stage if it is a primary or secondary, more tests needed, as I hear more  I’ll let you know.
Cheers
Ray O’H

Bruce & Rick,

I spent about 2hrs with Nev this arvo. He was finding it a bit hard to concentrate on things, however generally in a positive mode - albeit worried about Saturday's Op. He was on Warfarin, hence the delay. He has had about 3 minor Strokes over the past 4 months, last being last week which prompted the further investigation.
Apparently scans and MRI's say it is a "Primary" Tumour. He was told to expect Chemo & Radiology following the Op.

Just some detail to pass on:
1. He is in Royal Melbourne PRIVATE Hospital, 8th Floor, Room 12.
2. His direct Ph Number is (03) 8341 3583 - only for tomorrow Friday 19th between 1500hrs & 2000hrs. (or tonight till 2000hrs)
3. After tomorrow, Jo can be contacted on (03) 9764 4614 for progress reports.
As there may be a few who would like to make contact, would be appreciated if you could circulate tonight.

Cheers,

Mike



Entry Date: 25th March 2010

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Sad news below from Vic Pennington AATTV on the passing of WO2 William ‘Bill’ James French RAA who served with AATTV in South Vietnam.  Bill served at MATT1, Van Kiep,  Phuoc Tuy Province Jul to Dec 1972. Bill retired as a WO1 Master Gunner.

Our sincerest and deepest condolences go out to the family of Bill.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Vic Pennington [mailto:vpennton@bigpond.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 24 March 2010 4:39 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: Info!

Rick one of ours, Bill French passed away today. It will be a private family funeral.
He was my first Gun Bombadier and he was a fountain of knowledge to a bloke that spent 6 years in Woomera.
Regards
Vic

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 25th March 2010
A soldier died today

G’day all,

Sad news from the US of A on the passing of J.C. Cooper – Mike Force Association.

JC was one of our US allies who was instrumental in getting recognition for AATTV Team Members who served with Mike Force in RVN.

He also helped me greatly in re-uniting some of our members with their Mike Force counterparts.

On  behalf of all Team members our sincerest condolences go out to his family at this time.

May he Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: MoeElmore@aol.com [mailto:MoeElmore@aol.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 24 March 2010 10:14 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: Fwd: J.C.Cooper has made his final jump tonight. AIRBOURNE!

A well known Mike Force Veteran passed last night.  Damn good man that never stopped serving the nation in some form until the grim reaper came to call.

Moe Elmore

Sent: 3/24/2010 1:15:30 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: J.C.Cooper has made his final jump tonight. AIRBOURNE!

MFers,
Bev Cooper called. She let me know that J.C. had passed tonight. He had been standing in the door for the last year. He blasted out of here to a better place. AIRBOURNE ALL THE WAY! I will miss him. He was a fine man. I am proud to have served with him. He was my friend.

De Oppresso Liber
Shotgun
E.L.Woody
"King of the Paparazzi"

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 21st March 2010

Passing of US Ally

G'day all,

Sad and belated news on the passing of one of our US allies from the Vietnam War.

Mike had been on our emailing list for many years and we are saddened to hear of his tragic passing.

I have sent belated condolences to Barb on behalf of Team members.  If you wish to send her a message, click on the email link below.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

On Sat Mar 20 14:26 , 'Michael Thomas' sent:
Dear Mr. Ryan -- It is with sadness that I am writing to tell you that my precious husband Mike passed away on January 22 while fishing in Texas. He had suffered from Parkinson's Disease for 12 years, and
fishing was his way of staying active. He would often go to Texas when the weather in Missouri was cold and snowy. Apparently he fell from the boat into 47 degree water and was unable to get back into the
boat. He died as a result of hypothermia.

My heart is broken. We miss him terribly! He was only 63 years old and we were married 40 years... not nearly long enough.

We are going to close down his email account. I am sure he looked forward to your emails; he was very proud of his association with Australian military in Viet Nam and in communications over the years.
Will you kindly remove Mike's email from your address list.

Please accept my thanks for the work you are doing. It is so important for those who served to be remembered. Many of them have given their lives as a result of their fight for freedom.

If you need to reach me, my personal email address is imbjthomas66@yahoo.com.

God bless you all...
Barb Thomas



Entry Date: 24th January 2010
A soldier died today

G’day all,

Sad news just in on the passing of Barry Willis RAE AATTV on the 22nd February 2010.  Barry first served with AATTV as a Cpl from 5 May to Nov 70 with MATT2, Dat Do, Phuoc Tuy Province South Vietnam and then as a WO2 with JWTC, Nui Dat Oct 71 to Oct 72 and then at Van Kiep known as Long Hai Trg Bn from Oct  to Nov 72.  Barry also served in South Vietnam with 1 Fd Sqn 29 May 66 to 3 Apr 67 and with 17 Const Sqn  from 16 Dec 69 to 4 May 70.

Barry had been fairly ill over these past few years and lived at Alice Springs NT.  I knew Barry during my years in the military and he will be sadly missed.  I am sure that all Team members would wish to pass on their sincerest condolences to the family of Barry.

Funeral details are provided below in the email from Bruce Davies AATTV Vic Branch.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 
 

From: Bruce Davies [mailto:bruce.davies@tpg.com.au]
Sent: Wednesday, 24 February 2010 8:35 AM
To: persevere; Peter Conway; Rick Ryan
Subject: Vale Barry Willis

A Ballarat funeral director advised me today, 24 Feb that Barry Willis died on Monday 22 Feb 2010.
Barry served with AATTV in 1970 and 1971-72. Barry also served with Engineer units in 66-67 and 69-70.
His funeral service will be at the Ballarat Crematorium Chapel on Friday 26 Feb, at 3 pm.

Persevere
Bruce Davies

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 20th December 2009
A soldier died today

G’day all,

Sad new for us all this close to Christmas with the passing of Maj Noel Dudgeon RAINF just in from Bruce Davies AATTV Branch VIC.

Noel served in South Vietnam as a Capt with HQ 1ATF from 18 Nov 66 to 11 Jun 67 and then with AATTV until 13 Nov 67 as CO of 11th MSF Bn, 5thSFGA.

Our deepest and sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of Noel from all Team members at this very sad time.

Funeral details will be advised once known.

As per Bruce’s message below, please pass condolence messages to Anne Dudgeon on email: andudgeon@bigpon.com

May he Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bruce Davies [mailto:bruce.davies@tpg.com.au]
Sent: Sunday, 20 December 2009 10:16 AM
To: persevere
Subject: Vale Noel Dudgeon

Sad News.

Major Noel Dudgeon passed away early Sunday morning 20 December 09 at his home at 9 Crowley Road, Healesville. Vic 3777.  Noel was the 2IC of The SAS Regiment in the early 70's.  Noel served with AATTV in 1967, as the CO of the 11th MSF Battalion at Danang. Funeral arrangements will be advised when known.  Messages may be sent to his wife Anne at this address or by email to:  andudgeon@bigpond.com.

It is doubtful that a funeral will be held before Christmas, as their daughter is in London and travel is difficult.

Persevere
Bruce Davies

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 14th December 2009
Updated: 14th December 2009
Updated: 16th December 2009

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Message below from Fred Gebbett AATTV who was one of the Cpls (Bdr) under the leadership of Lloyd Schmidt (who passed away on 12th December 2009).  Lloyd Schmidt was Team Leader of MATT 8 located at Xuyen Moc, Phuoc Tuy Province.

Unfortunately Fred is unable to attend the funeral of Lloyd on Friday, 18th December 2009 but it is a fitting tribute to his fellow Team member.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

I was quite taken back on Monday, on receiving the news of Lloyd passing away. Before receiving the news, I had said to my wife (Rhonda) that I had better phone Lloyd tonight. Rhonda had just posted him a Christmas Card that day.

I am sorry that I am not here to-day to say farewell to you  Lloyd a friend and a soldier. Lloyd was that to me. He was a person I would look up to as a son does to his father.

I first met Lloyd as a Bombardier, at the age of 20. He was to be my MATT Team Leader at Xuyen Moc.

There was no existing MATT Team at Xuyen Moc and the powers to be decided to establish one there, quite isolated from the other MATT Teams and the Australian Task Force. Lloyd was put in charge to establish that team (MATT 8). A team was established, and it consisted of another Warrant Officer (Mal Roberts) and four Corporals (Kevin Mc Millan, Dennis Quick, Billy Belcher and myself) where the team was to build rapport with the village people, train the South Vietnamese Forces and give and supply them with any support required within reason. This meant going on patrols, that could be from one day to up to four days on end, (Ambushes were also thrown in to make it a bit more exciting) with either one of the two (RF) Regional Forces Companies or with the Peoples Self Defence Force (PSDF). Blockades were also performed.
 

It was a well known area for VC activities. A day before Lloyd and Mal arrived at Xuyen Moc, the VC had the Village Security Chief head on display on a pole in the Village Square. I wonder what thoughts were going through Lloyds and Mals heads. Lloyd being the Matt Team Leader, I believe that is when it hit home to what lay ahead and the responsibilities he had.

One of the responsibilities was of looking after his team members. Taking into account the safety of his team members, as a result, a compound was designed to be overseen by Lloyd and Mal that could hold off a reasonable strong force, (a compound that did not contain any South Vietnamese Forces, the only one of its kind, I believe). We were self-reliant.

Kevin and I often talk and wonder why, the compound was never over-ran. We put it down to the guidance, the rapport that was built up by Lloyd and Mal with the villagers, the leadership they both had, showed and shared with the Matt Team. I thank Lloyd and Mal for me being here to-day and I am sure that the other MATT 8 Corporals would also agree.
 

I had not seen or had spoken to Lloyd since 1971, until last year when Lloyd, Kevin and myself marched in the ANZAC Parade at Canberra, under the Australian Army Training Team Viet Nam banner. An event that I was proud of, because we were marching with our MATT 8 Team Leader.

Farewell to you Lloyd a Soldier and a Friend.

Fred
 


Photo courtesy of Fred Gebbett:
Fred Gebbettmarch with AATTV Association ACT Branch  in Canberra in 2008.  All, Lloyd Schmidt and Kevin McMillan getting ready for the
former members of MATT 8, Xuyen Moc, Phuoc Tuy Province.

G’day all,

I have been advised by Fred Gebbett that the funeral for Lloyd Schmidt AATTV will be held in Albury on Friday, 18th December.

Location: John Hossack Funerals
                   The Hume Chapel
                    435 Wilson Street
                    Albury, NSW

Time: 2pm (1400hrs)

Funeral Directors:  John Hossack Funerals
Phone: 02 6041 3855
Fax: 02 6021 5211
Email: info@hossackfunerals.com.au
435 Wilson Street, Albury, NSW 2640

Condolence messages for Julie and family of Lloyd can be passed through Simon Hearder AATTV ACT Branch on email: simchar7@internode.net.au

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

G’day all,

Sad news just in from John Howard on the passing of fellow Team member WO2 Lloyd Garry Schmidt RAINF, AATTV on Saturday, 12th December 2009.

Lloyd served with AATTV in South Vietnam from Jan to Jul 70 with ¾ ARVN, 2nd Division, Quang Ngai and from Aug to Jan 71 with MATT 8, Xuyen Moc, Phuoc Tuy. Lloyd also served with 1RAR from 7 Jun 65 to 9 Jun 66.

Our sincerest and deepest sympathies go out to the family of Lloyd.  He will be sadly missed by fellow Team members.

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May he Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: John R Howard [mailto:john.howard6@bigpond.com]
Sent: Monday, 14 December 2009 12:32 PM
To: Rick Ryan; Bob Richardson
Subject: "VALE' 215160 T/WO2 L.G. SCHMIDT

The passing of Lloyd Garry Schmidt was reported in todays edition of the Albury/Wodonga
Border Mail,,Lloyd passed away at the Albury Base Hosp. On Saturday 12 Dec.2009, at the age of 67 he was living in Burrumbuttock NSW at the time of passing.

Funeral details are yet to be finalised.

 Lest we forget


 Entry Date: 8th December 2009

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Peter Conway AATTV Qld Branch has forwarded funeral details below for Keith ‘Budda’ McDonald.

Condolence messages can be passed via Peter Conway on email: plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Good Afternoon all

I have now been advised of the details of the funeral service for the late Keith (Budda McDonald) from a family representative.

Date                    Friday 11th December
Time                    10.00 AM
Place                   Algester Anglican Church of the Holy Spirit
                             362 Algester Road
                             Algester Qld

Funeral Director    K.M.Smith

Family Funeral Notice will appear in tomorrow's (Wednesday's) Courier Mail

Addressees of this message are requested to pass details on to RAR and Battalion Associations and other of Budda's mates who may like to attend.

Regards

Peter Conway

Sad news just in from Peter Conway – AATTV Qld Br on the passing of  WO2 Keith ‘Budda’ Francis McDonald RAINF, AATTV.

Budda served in South Vietnam with AATTV from 11th Aug 1964 to Jan 65 with 1/5 Battalion, 2nd ARVN Div, Quang Nam, Feb to May 65 as Admin WO HQ 2nd ARVN Division, Quang Nam.  Budda served his second tour of duty with HQ 1ATF from 5th Nov 67 to 29th Oct 68 and then back to AATTV for his third tour of duty from Aug to Sep 70 with Lam Son, NTC, Duc  My and from Oct 70 to Jul 71 with JWTC, Nui Dat, Phuoc Tuy.

Budda McDonald was well known to many of us and he will be sadly missed.  Our sincerest and deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Budda.

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Monday, 7 December 2009 9:46 AM
To: Rick Ryan; Bruce Davies; Bernie McGurgan
Subject: A Soldier died today

Good Morning All

Very very sad news has just come to hand.

Keith Francis (Budda) Mc Donald passed away at approximately 10.10 AM Qld time this morning.

He was great soldier, a good mate and a loyal and admired Team member.

As further details come to hand I will keep you all advised. Would you please give this sad news the widest publicity.

May he Rest In Peace

Regards and

Persevere

Peter

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 16th November 2009
Updated: 17th November 2009

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Sad news just in on the passing today (Sunday, 15th Nov 2009)  of fellow Team member 52744 WO2 Glenn Scally RAINF who served with AATTV in South Vietnam from Jun 65 to Jan 66 .  Glenn served with 2/5 ARVN, Quang Ngai then 5th SFG A-107 Tra Bong. He also served with 3RAR from Feb to Oct 71.

No further details are known at present but will be advised once known.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

G,day all,

A Service to celebrate the life of Glenn Scally of Hilton will take place in the East Chapel of FREMANTLE Cemetery on FRIDAY, 20th November 2009.

Assemble at the main entrance of the Cemetery, Carrington Street, Palmyra at 1.30pm.

At the conclusion of the Service, the cortege will proceed to the Graveside for a Burial Service.

Donations in lieu of flowers to the Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service, GPO Box 9998, Perth WA 6001, would be appreciated.

Medals to be worn.

Please pass condolence messages to Tony Thorp, President AATTV WA Branch on email: tonythorp@westnet.com.au

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 
 

Lest We Forget


Entry Date: 26th October 2009

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Message in on the passing on fellow Team Member Capt later Col George ‘Jock’ David IRVINE RAINF who served with AATTV in South Vietnam from 14 Aug 63 at Duc MY Ranger Training Centre, Chief General Subjects. Feb 64 Chief Tactics Committee. Mar 64 Chief Basic Ranger Committee. Jun 64 1st SFG A-224 An Diem and from Jul to Nov 64, 1st SFG A-412B A Ro, both Quang Nam.

Apologies for the late notification.   Funeral details are listed below.

Our deepest and sincerest condolences go out the family and friends of Jock.  May he Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

From: BOB HASLETT [mailto:b0bett@bigpond.net.au]
Sent: Sunday, 18 October 2009 3:23 PM
Subject: Fw: VALE - Jock Irvine

Hi all Just received this info through the MP network.

Bob Haslett
 

Subject: VALE - Jock Irvine

- VALE -

235110   Colonel George David William (Jock) Irvine
13 June 1933   -   13 October 2009

Jock Irvine passed away on Tuesday 13 Oct 09 at the age of 76 years.
Jock was a Duntroon Graduate and RA Inf Officer who transferred to
RACMP as a LTCOL to take up the position of DMP / PM-A.  He transferred
to RACMP in 1976 and served as DMP / PM-A until 1979.   In 1979,
Jock was promoted to Colonel and posted as Military Attaché to the
Philippines.   He served in Vietnam with AATTV from August 1963 till
November 1964.

Funeral Details are as follows :-

Date / Time :   Tuesday 20 October 2009.   1445 hrs.

Location :   East Chapel, Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium,
                    199 Delhi Road,   North Ryde.   NSW.

Condolences may be sent to :   Mrs Jennie Irvine & Family
                                                    17 Valerie Avenue
                                                    Chatswood West   NSW   2067
 
 

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 18th September 2009

RAY SIMPSON VC, DCM Biography Project

G’day all,

Please read the following email from Mick Malone in relation to Ray Simpson VC, DCM of AATTV fame.

If you have any photograph, anecdotes etc on Simmo then please contact Mick at malones@wn.com.au

Postal details are also included below for fowarding on any information etc you may wish to send.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Imprimatur Books [ mailto:malones@wn.com.au]
Sent: Friday, 18 September 2009 3:44 PM
To: Rick Ryan
Cc: Pete Lutley; Dave Lewis
Subject: Re: Noel Dudgeon & Ray Simpson

G'day Rick,

Members of our Association are taking on the 'RAY SIMPSON VC, DCM Biography Project' - a project long overdue for one of our most highly decorated soldiers since Albert Jacka. Peter Lutley, ex WO1 SASR is undertaking the bulk of the research and data collection and I will be editing the final product. We are calling on organisations such as yours to assist if possible with stories, photos and anecdotes etc of Simmo (we also have access to Brian Kelly's archive at the AWM in which there are many letters etc from AATTV members). I don't mind doubling up. The project will hopefully be funded by grants from Army History Unit, DVA and the RSL and other interested organisations. Private sponsorship will also be sought.

So, could I ask you to put out a note on your AATTV network letting people know what we're doing and my email address for anyone who may wish to assist.

I'll see you at Roy Weir's funeral on Tuesday?

Cheers

Mick Malone
PO Box 695
MUNDARING WA 6073
Ph 0892953911
Mob 0417964530



Entry Date:  18th September 2009

Team Member Out of Hospital

G'day all,

Fellow Team Member, Noel Dudgeon is now out of hospital but still facing a battle with his illness.

I am sure those Team members that know Noel will follow the request from his wife Anne and send him a card.  SAS Association here in the West send their regards to Noel and wish him a speedy recovery.  They do remember him from his days as 2IC of the Regt.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Friday, 18 September 2009 9:09 AM
To: Bernie McGurgan; Rick Ryan
Cc: Barry Silk; Des Ford; kaynmar@tpg.com.au
Subject: Noel Dudgeon

Hi Bernie and Rick

I received a note that from Bruce Davies recently advising that Noel Dudgeon had been very ill in hospital, however he was now home and on the improve.
Today I received a note from Noel's wife Anne saying that he was still battling a serous illness. Noel has specifically asked that we convey his best regards to our Team members who may remember him; I'm sure there are many.

Perhaps a few cards from mates of days gone by might cheer him up ..

Contact details are:

Address: 9 Crowley Rd
HEALESVILLE
Vic 3777



Entry Date: 15th September 2009
Updated: 16th September 2009
A Soldier Died Today

G’day all,

Roy Weir, BEM of Nollamara passed away on 14th September 2009 at Hollywood Private Hospital, Western Australia.

Funeral service for Roy will be as follows:

Funeral Cortege will arrive at PINNAROO Valley Memorial Park Chapel, Whitfords Avenue, Padbyry on Tuesday, 22nd September 2009 at 1100hrs for a Cremation Service.
No flowers by request.
Medals to be worn.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Tony Thorpe, President AATTV Association WA Branch on the passing of WO2 R. (Roy) L. Weir, BEM RAINF who served with AATTV in South Vietnam for three tours of duty.  Exact details of Roy’s passing are not known at present but will be advised once received.

Roy’s first tour of duty commenced on 3 Aug 1962 to 6 Jun 63 at Swamp Camp, Duc My Ranger Training Centre, small boat handling and watercourse operations. Oct 62 visited 20 Special Battalion (Ranger), Kontum area. Second tour of duty from 26 Mar 66 to May 66, Nung Force, Danang and from Aug 66 to 14 Mar 67 approximately National Police Field Force commander Nung guards, Trai Mat, near Dalat. On his third and final tour of duty from 2 Apr 68, B-36 Long Hai. Apr-Nov 68,  Van Kiep, LRRP Wing, Phuoc Tuy and from Dec-68 to Feb 69 as Training Officer, 2 MSF B-20 5th SFGA, Pleiku.  Roy Weir was wounded-in-action on 16 Feb 69, Kontum and medically evacuated. Roy also served in WWII, BCOF and Korea.

Roy Weir was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for his service in South Vietnam on his first tour of duty.  His citation reads as follows:

Army Number:                       52636
Rank:                                       Warrant Officer Class Two
Christian Name:                     Roy Leslie
Surname:                                WEIR
Honour or Award:                 BEM

Sergeant Roy Leslie Weir served with the 1st Recruit Training Battalion from April to December 1953 when he joined the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment in January 1954 to March 1955 and served in Korea.  From April 1955 to September 1957, he was an instructor with 17th National Service Battalion and he served with the 1st Special Air Service Company from September 1957 until he joined the Australian Army Training Team in Vietnam on 3 August 1962.
Sergeant Roy Leslie Weir at the Ranger Training Centre, Duc My, acted as a Warrant Officer Adviser of the Swamp Camp in the Jungle, Swamp, Mountain Warfare School from 3 August 1962 to 17 June 1963.  He was responsible for many improvements in the Swamp Camp particularly in small boat handling and waterborne operations.  His advice, example and close supervision in the care and maintenance of the small boats helped train the Vietnamese instructors and gave them a proper appreciation in this vital area.  His determination, attention to duty and his fine sense of leadership in training the Demonstration Platoons of the Ranger Training Centre made them an outstanding success.
Sgt Weir’s purposeful, calm and diplomatic approach gained the admiration of both the United States advisers and the Vietnamese instructors.  His professional knowledge and his devotion to duty reflected great credit on the Australian Army.

Roy will be sadly missed by fellow Teams mates. Funeral details will be advised once known.  Condolence messages can be passed through Tony Thorpe AATTV on email:
tonythorp@westnet.com.au

May he Rest-In-Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 23rd August 2009

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Sad and belated news on the passing of one of our own, 23808 WO2 (later WO1) Edward ‘Ted’ Hugh Graham RAE aged 80 years, who served with AATTV in South Vietnam from Sep 64 – Nov 64 with 1st SFG, Team A-414 A Ro western Quang Nam then Dec 64 – May 65 with CSD-CIA paramilitary, Ridge Camp, Vung Tau, demolition instructor.

Ted also had four (4) official visits to South Vietnam during 1969 – 70.  He will be sadly missed by all Team members. I remember him from my military days.

Condolence messages can be sent to Bruce Davies AATTV on email: bruce.davies@tpg.com.au

Funeral arrangements will be at Cordell Chapel Fawkner Crematorium on Monday, 24th August 2009 commencing at 1430 hrs.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: John R Howard [mailto:john.howard6@bigpond.com]
Sent: Sunday, 23 August 2009 2:44 AM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: "VALE" 23808 WO1 EDWARD HUGH GRAHAM AATTV 23/8/64 to 24/5/65
G' day Rick,

It's my sad duty to inform you that 23808 WO1 EDWARD HUGH GRAHAM AATTV died suddenly at home [in Melb]on the 18/8/2009. His passing was in the H'Sun newspaper 20/8/09 [page76] aged 80yrs.

Funeral arrangements are in the hands of BELL Funeral Services Melb. And will be at the Cordell Chapel Fawkner Crematorium on Monday 24 Aug, commencing at 2.30pm.

Your comrade was a member of the Watsonia RSL, sorry about the late notice unfortunately my health in the past couple of weeks kept me away from the papers and I missed his entry.

John H

Regards,

John R Howard
Malaya, Borneo, Vietnam

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 18th August 2009
Updated: 19th August 2009

A soldier died today

G'day all,

Funeral details for Rob Harris AATTV as sent by Ian Hodgson AATTV are detailed below.

Please pass all condolence message for the family of Ron through Ian on email: ednahodgson@bigpond.com

May Rob Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Edna Hodgson [mailto:ednahodgson@bigpond.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 19 August 2009 2:49 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: Re: A soldier died today

Dear Rick,
                      Rob Harris Funeral Details.

              Rob's Service is to be held on 31st Aug 2009 at 2pm   The service will be at the Pulteney Grammer School.   190 South Terrace, Adelaide  S.A.
 

G’day all,

Sad news on this Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Services Day (Long Tan Day) 18th August 2009 of the passing of  fellow Team member WO2 (later WO1) Robert (Rob) George Harris RAAC, AATTV.

Rob served with AATTV in South Vietnam from Aug – Nov 64 with2nd ARVN Division, Quang Nam and from Dec 64 – May 65 with 1st Division Panther Company, Hue.

As Ian Hodgson, President of AATTV Association SA Branch states below, Rob had been fighting illness for a long time and now may he Rest In Peace.

Our deepest and sincerest condolences go out to the family or Rob Harris.

Funeral details will be advised once known.  Condolence messages can be passed to Ian Hodgson on email: ednahodgson@bigpond.com

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Edna Hodgson [mailto:ednahodgson@bigpond.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 18 August 2009 1:46 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: Vale.

Dear Rick,
                Vale. A Soldier Died Today.
                     Wo1 R Harris passed away this afternoon. 18th Aug 2009.He had been fighting  illness for a long time.
                     Rob was a great Team Member and did a lot for the S.A,Branch.
                     At this time his Funeral Service details are not available.  Messages for the family can be passed through me.     Rob will be missed by all of us.
                                                                                Ian Hodgson
 
 

 Lest we forget


Entry Date: 14th August 2009

Team Member on the Mend

G'day all,

Good to see Vic is out of hospital and on the mend.  At least he can get to his keyboard to keep us advised of his progress.  I can sympathise with Vic when it come to back pain.  Like a 'bear with a sore tooth' when one can not get around to do the normal things in life.

You can email Vic on: vpennton@bigpond.com

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Vic Pennington [mailto:vpennton@bigpond.com]
Sent: Friday, 14 August 2009 9:00 AM
Subject: Update!

Hi there gang!   I am back from hospital. What started off as a routine operation finished up a 3 ½ hour work of art. I was going in for a bone graft to L3 and L4 in the lumbar region but due to the effects of the injury I finished up with 2 holes in both vertebras and plates, nuts and bolts with a metal cage to replace the disk between them. I am very sore and I am not allowed to walk anywhere except around the house till the 19th Aug. I can’t drive for 6 weeks which is a bummer. Getting bored out of my mind. I am getting more movement back but the pain has to be handled by pain killers. It is just a matter of time I suppose. Seeing the surgeon on the 19th . Will keep you informed of my progress.
Keep healthy,
Vic



Entry Date: 7th August 2009

A soldier died today

G’day all,

It is my sad duty to inform you of the passing today of fellow Team member and  mate Cpl (later WO2) Terence 'Terry' James Whitwam RAINF AATTV.  I have been notified that Terry passed away peacefully at 0545hrs Perth time today the 6th August 2009.  As advised in previous messages Terry had fought a gallant battle against cancer over the past several years.

Terry served in South Vietnam on his first tour of duty with 9 RAR from 4 Nov 68 to 26 Nov 69.  His second tour of duty was with AATTV with MATT in Phuoc Tuy Province from May to Oct 71 and with HQ AATTV Saigon from Nov 71 to Jan 72. From Feb 72 Terry served with AAAGV.

Terry also served as Secretary of AATTV Association WA Branch for some time and also as a Committee member.  He also played an important part in raising funds for our 40th Anniversary Reunion held here in Perth.  He will be missed by us all.

To Jill, his stalwart wife and his family, we offer our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies at this time.

Funeral details will be advised once known.

Please pass email condolence messages through Ed Harkin on: monty2@tadaust.org.au

Address for Jill Whitwam is:

9 The Crest
Lake Ridge
Jandakot WA  6164

Telephone: 0894148453

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

G’day all,

Tony Thorp, President AATTV Association WA Branch has advised the funeral service for Terry Whitwam AATTV is to be held on Wednesday, 12th August 2009 at the Fremantle Crematorium

Time: 1400hrs

Location: Cnr Carrington Street and Leach Highway, Fremantle

Medals to be worn.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Lest we forget
Entry Date: 23rd July 2009

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Ian Hodgson AATTV on the passing on 22nd July 2009 of fellow Team member, WO2 C. ‘Dave’ D. Dermody RAINF.  Dave served with AATTV in South Vietnam from Sep 66 – May 67 with 2/5 ARVN Bn 2nd Division Quang Ngai, May 67 – Aug 67, Mobile Guerrilla Force, Danang. On his second tour of duty, Dave served from Feb – Jul 70 with 2/51 ARVN, Mieu Bong near Danang, Aug – Oct 70 at Ranger Training Centre, Duc My and Nov – Dec 70 with NOAT, Cho Gao, Dinh Tuong, IV Corps.

As stated by Ian Hodgson, President AATTV Association SA Branch below, Dave had been ill for a quite some time.  However, we were well advised of his condition and his great community spirit with fellow veterans.  He will be sadly missed by Team members and our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends.

Funeral details will be advised once known.  Condolence messages may be sent via Ian Hodgson on email: ednahodgson@bigpond.com

May he now Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Edna Hodgson [mailto:ednahodgson@bigpond.com]
Sent: Thursday, 23 July 2009 7:40 AM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: Vale

From Ian Hodgson  S.A.

                                Vale: A soldier died Wednesday 22nd July 2009.  WO2 C.D (Dave) Dermody passed away in the Port Augusta Hospital yesterday after a long illness. Prior to his passing,Dave spent the last few years in a full care nursing home.
                                          Dave served in the Team during 1966 and 1970.

Take care Rick

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 17th July 2009

A soldier died today
G’day all,

Sad and belated news on the passing of one of our fellow Team members WO2 Colin ‘Col’ Francis Keioskie RAASC on the 24th April 2009.  Col served with AATTV in South Vietnam from October 1965 at Hoi An sub-sector, Quang Nam and then HQ AATTV Saigon to end March 1967. On his second tour of duty with AATTV he served from Jul 1968 until Jan 1969 with 2/51 ARVN Danang, Feb – Apr 1969 HQ AATTV Saigon and from May 1969 to Feb 1970 with 2/51 ARVN Danang/Mieu Bong, Quang Nam.

Colin had kept a relatively low profile over these past years but those of us that knew him from our Army days will no doubt miss him greatly.

Once again it is sad to hear late news on the passing of one of our own and I trust that Col is now Resting In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Sent: Friday, 17 July 2009 7:58 AM
To: Recipient list suppressed:
Subject: Passing Of Team member Colin Keioskie

Good Morning Rick and Bernie

Some belated news regarding the passing of Team member Colin Keioskie .

I received a mssage through Rick Ryan yesterday that Col Kieoskie had passed away. I have this morning spoken to Col's sister Sherree and she has confirmed that Col passed away on the 24th April 2009.

We last saw Col on ANZAC Day two years ago when he marched and had lunch with us. Although Col kept a very low profile his passing still comes as a shock. His remains were interred at Sarina (Qld) cemetery.

MAY HE REST IN PEACE

Coule you please distribute and thank you

Peter

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 16th July 2009
Back Home Again
G'day all,

Back at home base after two and a half months of travel around the Eastern states.  Messages below relate to events that have occurred whilst I have been travelling.  Thankfully with the help of Peter Conway, Bernie McGurgan, Bruce Davies and Oliver Moon messages have been passed along to our email contacts.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick



Entry Date: 16th July 2009
Team Member Current Health Status

G'day all,

Information received from Henry Chisholm and Bob Buick on the current health of fellow Team member, Jock Rutherford is below.

Contact details for Jock are as follows:

Rutherford R B & S A
538 Alice St
Maryborough QLD 4650
Telephone: (07) 4121 0998

Team members on the National Emailing List have been advised.  I trust that Jock is on the road to recovery. It certainly look like our veteran mates are looking after him.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bob Buick
To: 'Henry Chisholm'
Cc: Rick Ryan
Sent: Saturday, June 27, 2009 3:26 PM
Subject: RE: Keeping in touch.Jock Rutherford

I never knew he was crook.

Rick, Boyd  ‘Jock’ we Rutherford was AATTV (MATT) about 1970/71 you might be interested, he served with Bravo 6, 66-67 and awarded the MM for his action during Op Hobart, he was the 1st to be decorated in the battalion to my knowledge. He lost his son in a vehicle crash in Johore, I think the son was with 4RAR, I am not sure where is now residing Henry Chisholm might know.

Bob Buick

We thought we would bring you up todate with what is happening with Jock.

The Neurologist and speech pathologist both recomended a special computer called a Litewriter for Jock.It is only small with a reverse screen and keyboard and is light to carry around.

His speech has deteriated a lot and he can't carry a conversation, just odd words.

This Primary progressive aphasia is quite rare. It is only his speech that is effected thankgoodness. It is a cruel disease. He gets very frustrated as you can imagine.

Anyway we applied to Vet. Affairs and the application was rejected. They didn't deem it war caused.They couldn't find a link to their statement of policies.. We got on to the local Advocate recomended by our Doctor; he has been very helpfull but had no joy either. As it happens he is the President of the Maryborough RSL. So he approached the committee and they decided to buy the Litewriter for Jock. The Advocate rang a week ago and gave us the news. We thought it was absolutely wonderful that they would do that. We were going to buy it ourselves. They said if we can't help our own then there is something wrong. Anyway it was ordered and he got it last Friday and is learning all the features on it and getting used to it. It is going to make a big difference to his life especially, when we are in company he will be able type on it what he wants to say and start a conversation and feel more a part of what is going on.

Hope you are all going well and hope to catch up sometime in the future.

Take care.        Shirley and Jock.



Entry Date: 17th July 2009
Team Member Welfare Report

G'day all,

Message below from daughter Toni on the current health situation of Alan Bone AATTV.  Bruce Davies AATTV Vic Branch has been notified as have Team members on the Team Emailing List.

We trust that Alan is now coping alright.  Messages can be passed via Toni on email: ppodbury@bigpond.net.au

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Podbury [mailto:ppodbury@bigpond.net.au]
Sent: Friday, 26 June 2009 8:40 AM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: re Alan Bone AATTV

Hi Rick...Alan Frisby suggested I drop a line saying that Dad, Alan Bone, isn't travelling all that well at the moment.
We just went through an horrific experience with a private hospital here in Geelong and with the Veteran's Liasion Officer which saw Dad being buffeted around.
Fortunately I am in the position (Welfare Chairperson, Geelong RSL) to jump up and down and make some noise so this never happens to a veteran again!
Dad is now home with support and services to help.
Cheers
Toni Podbury
(Daughter)



Entry Date: 17th July 2009

Passing of wife of Team Member

G'day all,

Sad news on the passing of Merle Ford wife of fellow Team member, Des Ford.

Our sincerest condolences to Des and the family on this very sad occasion.

May Merle Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Wednesday, 17 June 2009 9:13 AM
To: Rick Ryan; Bernie McGurgan; Australian Army Training Team Vietnam Association Qld; Darcy Dugan

Subject: Passing of Merle Ford

Good Morning Rick and Bernie and Darcy

Some very very sad and distressing news has just come to hand .

I have just received a phone call from Don Lord advising that Merle Ford wife of our member and welfare officer has passed away this morning'

It is indeed a very very sad day for the Ford family, and Des's many friends in the various military associations.

Would appreciate it if you could disseminate this message through your respective nets.

My Merle Rest in Peace.

I will advise further arrangements as they come to hand.

Regards

Peter

Funeral details for Merle Ford are as follows

Date Monday:                22nd June
Time:                               1130 AM
Venue:                            Albany Creek Crematorium
                                        400 Albany Creek Rd
                                        Bridgeman Downs
Funeral Director:           Anton Brown

Family notice will appear in tomorrow's (Friday's)  Courier Mail

Regards and Keep Safe

Peter



Entry Date: 17th July 2009

Team Member in Hospital

G'day all,

News below from Peter Conway AATTV Qld Branch on the current health status of Ray Barnes DCM, AATTV.

Sounds like Ray has been a few hurdles of late and we wish him all the best on the road to recovery.

Messages can be passed through Peter Conway on email: plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Wednesday, 17 June 2009 8:12 AM
To: Darcy Dugan
Cc: Rick Ryan; Bruce Davies; Bernie McGurgan

Subject: RAY Barnes DCM

Hi Darcy

Mate this AM I had a call from Bill Parry and from what Bill tells me I can give you the latest on Ray Barnes.

Bill tells me Ray is currently in the Rehabilitation Wing of the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital which is located in Herston Road Herston.

He has been there for some time following complications after an operation which left him in a coma for some three weeks.

Once I have confirmation that Ray is well enough to receive visitors I will arrange for one of our AATTV Welfare Officers to visit him

Bill also is of the opinion that Ray is still living at Hendra. I have an address, however I will wait until such time as Bill confirms with Ray and his wife Audrey that it is correct.

I will further advise once this confirmation comes through.

Please thank all from the RAR Association and various Battalions for their help and concern about Ray.

Regards and Keep Safe

Peter



Entry Date: 17th July 2009
A soldier died today

G’day all,

Sad news received from the West on the passing on 25th June 2009 of WO2 George Lawrence AATTV who served with The Team in South Vietnam 1965/66.  George served with 4/3 ARVN, 1st Division, I Corps and was medically evacuated as NBC in Feb 1966.

George lived in Sydney and funeral details will be advised once known.

Please pass any condolence messages to Oliver Moon, President of AATTV WA Branch on email: ocm@starwon.com.au

Our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of George.  May he Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Original Message-----
From: Oliver Moon [mailto:ocm@starwon.com.au]
Sent: Friday, 26 June 2009 10:42 AM
To: AATTV WA
Subject: VALE: GEORGE LAWRENCE

WA TEAM MEMBERS ON EMAIL:  Per advice by Al Bacon, it is my sad duty to have
to inform you of the passing of GEORGE LAWRENCE overnight in Sydney.
Although George resided in Sydney and we didn't get to see him much he
remained a member of our Branch of the AATTVA Association.

Our Secretary, John Riley, is arranging to place a notice of George's
passing in The West Australian.

Regards

Oliver Moon, President
Australian Army Training Team Association WA
08-9250 3549

Lest we forget
Entry Date: 16th July 2009

Passing of Wife of Team Member

G'day all,

Sad news was received on the passing of Sandra Wallner on 2nd July 2009. Messages, including funeral details were passed out on Team Emailing list via Bernie McGurgan.

Terrible thing to happen to one of our own and I am sure that all Team members pass their sincerest condolences to Dave on the passing of his soul mate.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Gidday

Peter Conway has just advised me (1640 HR local time) of the passing of Sandra Wallner last night.

Sandra was the wife of Team Member Dave Wallner who served with AATTV during 1964 and 1967!

Our sincere sympathies  go to the Wallner family and may Sandra Rest in Peace.

Persevere
Bernie McGurgan
CAPALABA QLD 4157

Good Morning Bernie

A Celebration of the life of Sandra wife of Dave Wallner are as follows.

Date             Wednesday 8th July 2009
Time             1000 AM
Place            Mt Gravatt Crermatorium Chapel within the Cemetery Grounds
                    Mains Road
                    Mt Gravatt Qld

Funeral Director Anton Brown
 

For those who may wish to send cards or messages of condolence Dave's address is

513 Lyndale & Cheviot Streets
GREENBANK
QLD 4124

Regards

Pierre



'Entry Date:: 16th July 2009

Team Member in Hospital

G'day all,

Messages below relate to the hospitalisation of Ron Crewe AATTV and his subsequent discharge from hospital.

Ron would appear to now be recuperating at home.  His contact details are as follows:

The home address for Ron and Winsome is:
2 “Ankatel Gate,”
2a Doodson Court, Eltham, VIC  3095   Telephone: 03-9431 1671

Information on Ron's health problems was disseminated to Team members on the Email list.

I trust Ron is well on the road to recovery and wish him all the best.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

Mon, 6 Jul 2009 09:39:43 +1000
From: "john alcock"
To: "'Geoffrey Stooke'
        "'Paul Asbury'"
Subject: RE: Ron Crewe
Date: Mon, 6 Jul 2009 09:45:27 -0700

Hi Paul & Geoff,  Ron called me yesterday.He is home but still very weak. I told him I had given the chaps a 'heads up' that he was in hospital.He thought some of the lads thought he had died but this rumor is obviously wrong as he was still under the impression he hadn't.They deained a large quantity of fluid from he and it helped a lot.All previous advice from Winsome should stand.Cards ,letters of support will help. Cheers to you both. John

From: Paul Asbury
To: Peter Conway
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 11:19 AM
Subject: Ron Crewe is very ill

Peter,
I have just received some bad news on one of my 1967 OCS Portsea classmates, Ron Crewe RA Sigs.  Ron also served with AATTV 16 Apr - 9 Dec 1972.  I wonder if you could please pass on the heads-up to the AATTV organisation in Victoria?

Ron is VSI in hospital in Melbourne at:
Warringal Private Hospital
216 Burgundy Street
HEIDELBERG VIC 3084    phone: (03) 9274 1300
Strictly No Visitors  1.00 pm - 3.00 pm
Visitors are welcome daily between the hours of 3pm and 8pm.
The home address for Ron and Winsome is:
2 “Ankatel Gate,”
2a Doodson Court, Eltham, VIC  3095   phone: 03-9431 1671
Regards,
Paul Asbury



Entry Date: 16th July 2009
Team Member in Poor Health

G'day all,

Message below from Peter Conway AATTV on health of Ray Barnes AATTV was dated 29th June 2009. I have been away for the past two months but this message and other were disseminated via our Team emailing list.

I trust by now that Ray is well on the road to recovery.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Good Morning All

I have just spoken to Ray Barnes who has now been discharged from hospital. He is still very weak but is coming along quiet well, how ever he estimates that it will be another two to three months before he is back to his normal self. To quote Ray he said "the only thing I have lost is a little bit of hair on the top of my head".

Ray has given authorisation for the release of his contact details which are:

Address: 1/124 Manson Road
HENDRA
QLD 4011

Phone (07) 3268 3555

He has no objection whatsoever to visitors and would appreciate some of his old mates calling in to say hello.

Regards and keep safe

Peter Conway 



Entry Date: 16th July 2009
Team Member in Poor Health
G’day all,

Message below came in from Bob Buick on the current status of one of our fellow Team Members – Jock Rutherford.

It sounds like he has been and is having a rough time at present.  Email address for Jock and Shirley is: boydan@bigpond.com

Mailing address for Shirley and Jock.
Rutherford R B & S A
538 Alice St
Maryborough QLD 4650

Telephone: (07) 4121 0998

We trust that at least Jock with the new device will help with his communication processes.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Henry Chisholm [mailto:hch87003@bigpond.net.au]
Sent: Saturday, 27 June 2009 15:18

Subject: Fw: Keeping in touch.Jock Rutherford

From Shirley. So sad with this disease.
Henry
Subject: Keeping in touch.

We thought we would bring you up todate with what is happening with Jock.

The Neurologist and speech pathologist both recomended a special computer called a Litewriter for Jock.It is only small with a reverse screen and keyboard and is light to carry around.

His speech has deteriated a lot and he can't carry a conversation, just odd words.

This Primary progressive aphasia is quite rare. It is only his speech that is effected thankgoodness. It is a cruel desease. He gets very frustrated as you can imagine.

Anyway we applied to Vet. Affairs and the application was rejected. They didn't deem it war caused.They couldn't find a link to their statement of policies.. We got on to the local Advocate recomended by our Doctor; he has been very helpfull but had no joy either. As it happens he is the President of the Maryborough RSL. So he approached the committee and they decided to buy the Litewriter for Jock. The Advocate rang a week ago and gave us the news. We thought it was absolutely wonderful that they would do that. We were going to buy it ourselves. They said if we can't help our own then there is something wrong. Anyway it was ordered and he got it last Friday and is learning all the features on it and getting used to it. It is going to make a big difference to his life especially, when we are in company he will be able type on it what he wants to say and start a conversation and feel more a part of what is going on.

Hope you are all going well and hope to catch up sometime in the future.

Take care.        Shirley and Jock.



Entry Date: 17th July 2009
A soldier died today

G'day all,

Sad news on the passing on 8th June 2009 of WO2 John 'Scoff'  J. Cootes RNZIR, who served with AATTV in South Vietnam 1970/71.  Scoff served from Oct 70 to Feb 71 with MATT 7 Ong Trinnh, Mar - Jun 71 with MATT 3, Long Dien and from Jul - Oct 71 with NAT 1/2 Bac Lieu and Dong Tam.

Out deepest and sincerest condolences go across the waters to New Zealand, to the family and friends of Scoff .

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Gentlemen,

It is regret and sadness that I inform you of the passing of John ( Scoff) Cootes ex V Coy RNZIR and NZTTV.  I believe that he would be known among AATTV members.

Cheers,

Kiwi Bovill
________________________________________
From: vcoy@yahoogroups.com [ mailto:vcoy@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Ross Himona
Sent: Tuesday, 9 June 2009 4:36 PM

Subject: [vcoy67] He Aitua: John Cootes

I have just spoken with Elaine Preston, Scoff's partner. Scoff passed away at home just over an hour ago. He was in good health and just keeled over. We don't know what the arrangements are yet but he might be staying at home tonight, and then to Turangawaewae Marae at Ngaruawahia tomorrow. If Ngati Toa arrive to tono for him he may then be taken to Otaki, but if not he will be interred on Taupiri Mountain. I'll let you know.

No reira e te rangatira John, kei te tangi atu au mo koe, e te tino hoa. Ahakoa kua mate kei te ora koe i roto i te manawa, mo ake tonu ake. No reira i tenei wa moe mai moe mai moe mai
Moe mai i te rangaimarie.

Therefore o chiefly one, John, I shed tears for you, best friend

Although you have passed you will live on in my heart forever
Rest in peace.

Ross Himona

From: vcoy@yahoogroups.com [ mailto:vcoy@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Ross Himona
Sent: Sunday, 14 June 2009 7:58 AM
To: vcoy@yahoogroups.com
Cc: cooteswhanau@xtra.co.nz
Subject: [vcoy67] Vale Scoff Cootes

Vale Scoff Cootes

Yesterday at Turangawaewae was one of the biggest veteran turnouts, not just our lot, but from Malaya 61-63, and from all the units he served with over his career. Won't list our lot because I always seem to miss a few but your presence was much appreciated by Elaine's and Scoff's whanau, those who came on Friday and yesterday. Maybe someone else can jog my memory. Also many Maori Affairs people Scoff worked with when he worked for (Lt Col) Sir Wira Gardiner for a few years after the Army, and a large contingent from Ngaruawahia community who universally admired and loved the man they knew as John Cootes. The 3 Auck & North RSM W01 Grant Payton was there with bugler, honour guard and firing party.

Turangawaewae people told me afterwards that was the first time in their memories that they'd had the military rituals as part of a tangihanga, on that most august marae, and they were a bit apprehensive at first but when they saw how Grant Payton (and myself) seamlessly fused the two kawa/protocols, marae and army, they were very happy with the result. So Scoff broke the ice there too, as he did throughout his whole life.

I do need to single out Bill Harris who arrived on Friday afternoon and stayed for the po whakamutunga (final night), the night of reminiscence and story telling, which did go on into the early hours of the next morning, and who backed me up as we told Scoff's five daughters, two wives, and the whole whanau the much embellished story of Scoff's service. They loved it. E Wiremu, tena koe. Our waiata was "Green Green Grass". Our whanau do seem a bit starved of information about our life of service, a life that says so much about who and what we are today, and why we are so close to this other Victor Company whanau that they know so little about, except that when we get together in two's or three's or more's it's as though we are living still in another time and in another unseen world. Scoff's whanau paid tribute to Victor Company, his much loved band of brothers.

At the service all of your emails and other messages were read by JJ, his youngest daughter, and the group of her close friends that Scoff adopted as his own. At the formal poroporoaki (farewell) before the service both Donny Merito and Richard Easton spoke and passed on messages they brought with them. Kia ora korua. JJ publicly thanked Victor Company for passing the bucket around at Tribute08 and raising a goodly sum to help send her to San Diego last year for her waka ama (Polynesian canoe) competitions.

Red, at Po Whakamutunga we made special mention of how immensely proud Scoff was to have served with NZATTV attached to AATTV in Viet Nam. He often talked to me about AATTV. In retrospect I can see now that he was making sure that I would pay tribute to them when the time came. Never left anything to chance. We told the whanau that he was hugely respected by the Australians he served with there. Following his strict instructions he was buried in his green AATTV jacket, and I put the AATTV cap badge and unit citations into his casket along with the RNZIR
badge. Red, could you please pass that on to your AATTV contacts.

The whanau thanks all of you who made it, and those who couldn't (including those of you I told to stay home and not to risk your own health) and thanks you for your messages of love, respect and condolence.

Scoff now rests on Taupiri Mountain, on State Highway 1 between Huntly and Ngaruawahia, on your left as you drive south, just over the railway line and up the hill a little, at the very northern end of the urupa (cemetery). As you drive by greet him with the whistle.

No reira te rangatira, E Scoff, ko tenei te mihi aroha, ko tenei taku mihi whakamutunga ki a koe, e te hoa, ko tenei hoki taku poroporoaki whakamutunga ki a koe, te rangatira.
Moe mai i te rangimarie, moe mai i roto i te aroha o to whanau, o nga hoa hoia hoki.
No reira haere, haere, haere atu ra.

And now O Chiefly One, Scoff, these are greetings of love, this is my final greeting to you, my friend, this is also my final farewell to you, Chief.
Rest in peace, in the love of your whanau and your comrades.
Farewell, farewell, farewell.

Vale.

Lest we forget
Entry Date: 17th July 2009
A soldier died today

G'day all,

Sad news in on the passing on 23rd May 2009 of WO2 Ian 'Ike' Charles Lever RASVY who served with AATTV in South Vietnam 1968/69.  Ike was unallotted Saigon Apr 68, May - Jul 68, Admin WO Saigon, Aug 68 - Feb 69, Admin WO, LRRP Wing, Van Kiep, Phuoc Tuy Province.

Our deepest and sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of Ike Lever.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: E "Dutchy" Lensing [mailto:dlandbh@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, 25 May 2009 6:59 PM
To: Lloyd Patterson; John R Howard; AATTV Association; Hervey Bay RSL Sub Branch; V.V.A.A Hervey Bay
Subject: DEATH OF 35751 IAN CHARLES "IKE" LEVER - RA SVY / AATTV - FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

G'Day All,

With the early return of a daughter ex Bali, the funeral of Ian "Ike" LEVER will now take place on Thu 28 May 09 at 1030hr at St Joseph's Church, Bryant St, Hervey Bay, Qld. 4655 with a Requiem Mass, followed by interment in the Polson Cemetery, Corser St, Pt. Vernon about 1130hr. Following a graveside commital, Betty will offer light refreshments at midday either at the RSL or at another location (to be advised) for mourners attending.

Subject: Ian Charles "Ike" LEVER
 

It is with sadness that I advise you of the passing of 35751 WO1 Ian Charles "Ike" Lever, formerly of Wodonga, Vic, last night 23 May '09 at Hervey Bay Hospital in Qld.
"Ike" had been unwell for some time and had recently been diagnosed with Cancer and Leukaemia but Renal failure contributed to his demise.
"Ike" served with the Royal Australian Survey Corps and served in South Vietnam in the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam from 16/3/68 - 11/3/69.
"Ike" was a strong member and advocate of Legacy, Hervey Bay RSL Sub Branch, Tri-Service Hervey Bay and Vietnam Veterans Social Club until his health began to fail.
Cards etc can be sent to his widow Betty at 6 Haynes St, Pt Vernon, Qld. 4655.

Rest, old mate, your job is done!

Funeral Details will be advised when known.

Lest we forget



Entry Date: 17th July 2009

A soldier died today

From: Bernie McGurgan [mailto:hill55@vtown.com.au]
Sent: Wednesday, 20 May 2009 4:32 PM
To: Recipient list suppressed:
Subject: Vale: Lt Thomas T OGEE US Army (Team 1 Advisor 51st ARVN Regt 1970)

Gidday All
Sad news as below from WO Vic Pennington (AATTV) who served with Tom Ogee in the 3/51st ARVN Bn during the last six months of 1970!
For those of you with even worse memories than nine I enclose a photo of Tom and few other Advisors at the time!
From right to left in the pic are:Maj/Col (Rtd) Dale Prieser, 3rd Bn CO, BN XO, Lt Tom Ogee & other ARVN Bn Officers! Pic was taken to the north of Thuong Duc (Special Forces outpost) and where my very own 1/51st ARVN Bn  got into a huge contact with large numbers of NVA, around MAY/JUN 70 in those bloody great yahmas!
Vale Tom Ogee!
Pic courtesy of Dale Prieser! Thanks Dale!
Persevere
Bernie McGurgan (AATTV 1970/71)
Brisbane Australia

Hi Mates, on arrival back home I was hit with the news that my American counterpart had died after a 4 year struggle with cancer. Bernie you would remember him, Barry he was good friends with Frank Sykes, do you have contact with Frank?
Tom Ogee passed away aged 61. A ROTC officer he turned out to be a good soldier and understood the Viet plight in the ARVN.
Just let me know if you can contact Frank. Bernie if you wish I can resend Tom Ogee Junior’s email
Regards
Vic (PERSEVERE)

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 29th April 2009


Team Member in Poor Health

G'day all,
 

News in that Eric 'Dusty' Miller AATTV has been and is in the wars with illness. Dusty served with AATTV 1965/66 att Quang Nam and Quang Ngai.

Dusty has had a bad time during the past year with heart surgery, hip replacement surgery and now Neurendocrine cancer of the liver in an aggressive form. The cancer is beyond operating and Dusty is on chemo. Results of the chemo will not be known for some weeks but there will be difficult times ahead.

I have no email address for Dusty or Elaine Miller but contact details are as below.

Postal Address: 351/60 Carlyle Gardens Beck Drive Condon Qld 4815

Telephone: 07 4773 3862

We trust Dusty and Elaine will be able to get through this latest battle.

Take care and Persevere,
 

Rick



Enftry Date: 16th April 2009

A soldier died today

G'day all,

Sad news received on the passing of WO2 Alfred (Alan) James Seal RAINF who served with AATTV in South Vietnam from Sep 64 to Dec 64, Duc My Ranger Training Centre, Ranger Unit Training. Jan - Feb 65, 1st SFG Team A-122, Gia Vuc, Quang Ngai. Mar-Apr 65, 1st SFG Team A-324, Ba To, Quang Ngai. May-Sep 65, 5th SFGA, C Team, Nung Company, Danang.

Alan also served from Feb-Apr 66, with 11th Ranger Battalion, AO to the South of Danang and from May-Sep 66, attached 1 ATF, CA duties.

I know all Team members would wish our sincerest condolences to be passed to family and friends of Alan Seal who had a most distinguished service career both here in Australia and in the United Kingdom.

Funeral details will be passed on once known. Condolence messages from Team members can be passed to Tony Thorp, Past President AATTV WA Branch on email: tonythorp@westnet.com.au

May he Rest-In-Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS:

Funeral arrangements for Alan Seal AATTV who passed away in Mandurah WA on the 14th April 2009 are as follows:

Memorial Service Location: Bowra & O'Dea, 2 Leslie Street, Mandurah. Closest intersection is Pinjarra Road.

Timing: 1330 hrs, 23rd April 2009.

Tony Thorp, Past President of AATTV WA Branch will recite the ode, representing both SASR and The Team.

Medals to be worn.

Following the service, drinks will available at the Mandurah Sub-Branch of the R&SL.

As Oliver Moon, President of AATTV WA Branch will be overseas, please pass any condolence message through Tony Thorp on email: tonythorp@westnet.com.au

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 11th March 2009

Welfare Report - Fred Callendar AATTV

G'day all,

Below is old news from 15th December as received from Peter Conway.  Those on the emailing list would have received the message but as I have been absent from home here for the past few months, the site has not been updated.

Sad to hear such news on one of our own.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Hi Boys

I have just had a note from Don Palmer in which he says that Fred Callendar is in a nursing home  in Bundaberg. He is suffering from severe dementia and does not recognise his wife or any of the family. She mentioned that Fred does have visitors but does not recognise anybody.

Very sad.

Regards

Pierre



Entry Date: 11th March 2009
 A Soldier Died Today
G'day  all,

Sad news of the passing of fellow Team Member Maj Barry J. O'Neill who served with AATTV in 1971. Full funeral details will be advised once  known. Barry served with AATTC from January to February 1971 with JWTC, Nui Dat,March 71 at Baria, Phuoc Tuy Sector, 12 April 71 to July 71, DSA, Long Le and from August to December 71 at Xuyen Moc.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: "Len Avery" <lavery19@tpg.com.au>
To: "McGurgan Bernie - AATTV" <hill55@vtown.com.au>
Subject: Passing of Barry O'Neill RAA - Fixed Wing Instructor 16 ALA - AATTV

Good morning Bernie,

 I have received a call from one of our 161 (Indep) Recce Flt members  advising that Barry O'Neill passed away in his sleep late Thursday night or early Friday morning.

From the Vietnam Veteran's Nominal Roll Barry O'Neill served in Vietnam  with  the Australian Army Training Team from 07 January 1971 until 16 December 1971.

You may already be aware of Barry's passing however, if not I thought  you would like to know.

Barry was a member of the 11/56 Air Op Course conducted by 16 Air Op  Flight at RAAF Canberra between June and December 1956.

Barry O'Neill was an AOP pilot and a fixed wing instructor with 16 ALA at Amberley in the early 1960's and therefore trained a number of our  161 pilots.

I do not know when Barry left 16 ALA to return to Artillery however,  as of  01 January 1967 he was as the SORA 2 (Ops) with HQ RAA 3 Div.

Barry Joseph O'Neill was born at Marrickville in Sydney on 07 November  1934.

I have been advised that Barry's funeral will be held on Friday, 16  January, at the Garrison Church at The Rocks in Sydney however, at  this point in time we do not have any timings or other details
regarding the funeral.

May He Rest In Peace.

Regards
Len

Lest we forget
Entry Date: 11th March 2009

A soldier died today

G'day all,

Belated news on the passing of one of our NZ Team Members, Capt Richard M. Mountfort RNZIR who served with AATTV  from October 1970 to February 1971 at JWTC and with NAT 2, Dong Tam from March to October 1971.

May he Rest In Peace,

Rick

Sad News this Australia Day.

I have just been advised by Vic Pennington through Scoff Cootes in NZ that Richard Mountfort passed away in NZ on 14th October 2008.

Unsure of the date at this time but I will contact Red Beatson in NZ and I'm sure he will be able to give me the details.

I believe Richard died from cancer.

We were wondering why the Advisor we sent him in NZ was returned and it was only through follow up thatwe have learnt of his passing .

May He Rest In Peace.

Keep Safe and Persevere

Pierre

Lest we forget
Entry Date: 8th December 2008

A soldier died today

G'day all,

Always a sad when we have belated news of the passing of one of our members on 22nd February 2006.  Advice from Peter Conway - AATTV Qld Branch on the passing of WO2 Leslie (Jim) Arthur West RAINF who served with AATTV in RVN from Jul 69 to Dec 69 with 3/2 ARVN Dong Ha, 1st Division, Quang Tri and Jan - Jul 70 at HQ AATTV Saigon.

May he Rest in Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Good afternoon Boys

I have just had a call from Mrs Christine COLEMAN advising of the passing of her husband Leslie Arthur (Jim) WEST.

Christine tells me Jim passed away on the 22nd February 2006.

For those who may have known Jim Christine now resides at Murwillumbah in NSW and her postal address is
PO Box 1049
MURWILLUMBAH NSW 2484

Please amend your records accordingly

I'm sure JIM rests well in peace

Regards

Peter

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 14th November 2008
Udated: 15th November 2008
Updated: 19th November 2008
Updated: 8th December 2008
Team Member in Hospital

G'day all,

Don is not out of the woods yet from the message as passed from Bob Gibson via Bernei McGurgan.  We wish him well with these further tests and trust there is a positive outcome.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Bernie & the "Team"
I just rang Daph mate and she said they have found a spot on Dons liver, yes he is home mate. Daph said he was going for more tests on the 4th next week
another light down his throat, also he has lots of blood tests to do. We just have to keep our fingers crossed digger. Im going to pop around and see
him tomorrow and will say "G'day for you and the rest of the boys who have asked about him from the "TEAM". Don didn't go out to the gun club yesterday
and in all the years ive known Donny he hasn't missed a Saturday shoot.

Duty First
Bob "Bomber"  Gibson
Australian Vietnam  Veteran
Gold Coast
Queensland
Australia

To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Update On Donny

G'day All
Good news ,Donny come home from hospital today. He has many more tests to do from home, but things at this stage are looking much brighter for Donny. In all they gave him 7 litres of blood,but still not sure where its coming from and where its going. I have copied and given Donny all your thoughtful messages and he said to thank you all. Im sure when he is well enough he will thank you himself. cheers
DUTY FIRST
Bob "Bomber"  Gibson
Australian Vietnam  Veteran
Gold Coast
Queensland
Australia

G'day
Update on Donny Palmer.
Don is having a colectomy  this morning both ends to see where all the bleeding is coming from,he was given more blood today,
We will know more by tomorrow. I  did print out your message and gave to Donny and he said to thank you all.
Cheers
Bob "Bomber"  Gibson
Australian Vietnam  Veteran
Gold Coast
Queensland
Australia

G'day all,

Message from Bob Gibson via Bernie McGurgan AATTV on the hospitalisation of fellow Team Member Don Palmer.

We all wish Don a speedy recovery.  Personal messages for Don can be emailed to Bob Gibson who will pass them on.  Email address is: gibbo.1968@bigpond.com.au

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: "Bob Gibson" <gibbo.1968@bigpond.com.au>
To: "Bernie" <hill55@vtown.com.au>
Subject: R.A.P
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2008 18:28:27 +1000
 

Bernie
Don Palmers wife Daph just rang me they put Donny into hospital today, he has been unwell for a while, they are doing tests and I will keep you informed digger, he is in Alamanda private hospital on the Gold Coast. cheers
Bob "Bomber"  Gibson
Australian Vietnam  Veteran
Gold Coast
Queensland
Australia



Entry Date: 6th November 2008
 
 

A soldier died today

G'day all,

Sad and late news on the passing on 4th November 2008 of Cpl Terrence George Fitzgerald RAAMC who served with AATTV from 7 Aug 70 to Nov 70 with MATT 6 in Hoa Long, Dec 70 to Feb 71 iwth MATT 15, Long Son Island, Mar and Apr 71  with MATT 6 Hoa Long and from May to Jul 71 with MATT Phuoc Tuy.  Terry also served with 8th Fd Amb from 24 Oct 67 to 6 Aug 68.

A member of the WA Branch of AATTV he will be sadly missed and I am sure all Team Members would wish to pass on their condolences to family members.  Messages for the family can be passed via John Riley, Secretary of AATTV Branch on email: jhriley@tpg.com.au

Funeral details are as follows:

The Funeral Cortage for the late Mr Terry (Fitzy) Fitzgerald of Willagee will assemble at the Main Entrance, FREMANTLE Cemetery for a Cremation Service at 1.00pm MONDAY, (10.11.2008).

No flowers by request, donations in lieu to the Cancer Foundation.

CHIPPERS Understanding Funerals MYAREE 08 9330 6344

Medals to be worn.

May he Rest In Peace

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 6th November 2008
A soldier died today
G'day all,

Sad news from Peter Conway AATTV Qld Branch on the passing of fellow Team Member, WO2 Brian (Paddy) Morrow RAINF.  Paddy served from 05 Aug 1971 to Nov 71 with NOTT 2 Dong Tam, Dec 71 with AATTV Training Group, Vung Tau and from Jan to Aug 72 with Phuoc Tuy Training Battalion.

Good Morning all

Some sad news from Theo Morrow. His brother Brian (better known as Paddy )  and our fellow Team member passed away last evening (4th November 2008) in the Phillipines.

We are unsure of funeral arrangements at this time.IF they come to hand will advise when known.

MAY HE REST IN PEACE

Theo can be contacted at
15 Rickwood Street
CARINA QLD 4152
 

{Phone  (07) 3166  8910/ (07) 3910 6500

Regards

Pierre

Entry Date: 6th November 2008
 
 

RAAF MIA - Canberra Bomber Incident 3rd Nov 1970

G'day all,

Information is being sought from Maj Jack Thurgar - Department of Defence (Army) into the RAAF MIA as detailed below.  Any details can be passed to Jack Thurgar on email: jack.thurgar@defence.gov.au

Of interest, it should be noted that Jim Bourke AATTV and Operation Aussies Home were the real instrument into locating three of the four Army MIA.  It was only after their successes that the Department of Defence really got involved and located the last MIA.

Hopefully, sometime in the future, the two airmen will be located and brought back home.

This information has also been sent to our US of A allies.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Australia had four soldiers and two airman listed as MIA from the Vietnam War. Army has  repatriated its four soldiers and brought them home.

Air Force has now asked the Army investigative team to help them find their two man crew from a Canberra Bomber aircraft (a/c)  very similar to a a B-57, which was lost in Nam Giang District, Quang Nam Province ( approx. 65km south-west of Da Nang) on the night of 3 Nov 1970. (2022 hours local).

 The Last Known Position (LKP) of the a/c was about 17km due West of now Thanh My town (formerly known as My Hiep).  The a/c had completed its bomb run, received voice confirmation of the target details from the Milky operator located at Phu Bai (near Da Nang) and had turned for home when all contact and radar trace of the a/c was lost. The Milky operator stated that the bombing mission had been in support of 1 ARVN. (voice tape transcript)

I need to establish if the Milky operator meant 1 ARVN Division or 1 ARVN Regiment. There is a big difference. It appears from records kept that 1 ARVN Divsion was North of the 16th parallel and this mission was flown just South of the 16th parallel as at Nov 1970.

Additionally, can anyone comment on whether the 2 ARVN Division was located below the 16th parallel on the 3 Nov 1970?

I also believe the 1st US Marine Division operated in Quang Nam province in Nov 1970. Can anyone give me feedback on that.

Given that the area of the LKP of the a/c was in the West of Quang Nam province, in a remote mountainous region, it seems more likely that the target which was reportedly a 'known enemy position' may have been called in by LRRP, CIDG or SF team. In this case I need to determine who called in the mission.

I would really like to talk to by email or telephone  to  any of your members who served in Quang Nam Province who may know something of the  target acquisition,  crash ,  or of the finding of parts of a crashed a/c, or even of the reported finding of bodies, in the jungle from 1970 onwards. (there is always scuttlebutt after the event)

If you should learn of anyone who can help, can you please have them contact me either by email (Best Option) Email address is: jack.thurgar@defence.gov.au or by telephone on  +61 439 610 913 .  I will return their call if they give me their contact phone number.

Thank you very much.
regards

Jack Thurgar



Entry Date: 28th October 2008
Ministerial Statement is South Australian Parliament
Major Leonard Murray Opie DCM RFD ED (RL)
G'day all,

Len Opie AATTV passed away on the 22nd September 2008.  The follow Ministerial Statment was read out in the South Australian Parliament on the 14th October 2008 and is worthy of inclusion on our site.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Ministerial Statement
Major Leonard Murray Opie DCM RFD ED (RL)

Mr Speaker, I rise to bring to the notice of the House the passing of one of this state’s most famous military sons.

On Monday 22 September we lost Major Leonard Murray Opie DCM, RFD, ED.

With the artificial  heroics of modern entertainment and the sometimes loose interpretation of the word ‘hero’  in the sporting arena, it can come as a real surprise to realize that we have lived in the same community as a person who is a genuine war hero.

Len Opie was exactly that - but he was more - he was the epitome of the Australian infantrymen. That special breed of soldier that is called upon to seek out the enemy, to close with him and to kill or capture him.

To many who met Len in his later years he was a quiet, unassuming, even humble man. He was nevertheless one of this state’s greatest war heroes and we are all diminished by his passing.

Len was buried on 2 October. He was farewelled by two hundred of his family and friends, including Mr Keith Payne V.C., the last surviving Victoria Cross winner of the Vietnam War.
Keith Payne served with Len in the Australian Army Training Team.
Speaking on behalf of Len’s mates Mr Payne said that the Australian military family had lost one of its finest warriors.
Moreover South Australia, nay Australia, had lost one of its finest sons.

Len Opie was a soldier above soldiers - a true “man of Sparta”.

Len’s military career spanned some thirty years.
Interestingly (and a point of great pride for Len) is that all his service was rendered as a member of the Citizen Military Forces - the C.M.F as it was known.

Len was proud that his entire career, as distinguished as it was, was rendered as a South Australian citizen soldier.

He enlisted at age 18 in 1942 and saw service in World War 2 in Papua New Guinea.

After a short period out of uniform he re-enlisted for service in Korea.
He served with 3 R.A.R. and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.
 
 

Recently Len recounted the incident which led to that award.
He said “I was having a cup of cocoa in the morning when the platoon commander said “come on, we’re having a go at this hill’, “
The colonel added ‘I want you to nudge along but I don’t want you to get into any trouble’ “
Len laughed at the order realising that the task ahead was a difficult one. He then led his section up the heavily fortified Hill 614 and using grenades, an Owen sub-machinegun, and a .303 rifle and captured Chinese weapons he eliminated the enemy posts one-by-one.

Such was the mettle of the man.

Len went on to fight with 3 R.A.R.  in the Battle of Kapyong, the defining battle of that conflict

With Korea and subsequent service in Japan over Len was discharged, but it was not long before he re-enlisted in the C.M.F. and in 1965 he commenced fulltime duty with the Australian Regular Army.

Australia’s Commitment to the Vietnam War was just beginning and Len was to serve three years and five months in that theatre.
 He served with the Australian Army Training Team - our nation’s most decorated military unit.

I haven’t checked but I think that Len probably spent more time on active service in Vietnam than any other member of the Australian Army.

I note that in the recent history of the Australian Army Training Team in Vietnam Len Opie’s tasks were described as varied. From Province Reconnaissance Unit operations to training and operations in Vung Tau.
As the authors themselves said “Len Opie’s exploits deserve a book of their own”.

During the Vietnam War the Australian government policy was that no soldier could spend any more that two consecutive tours of twelve months in Vietnam, without a break outside the country.

To a professional soldier like Len this presented a problem - his life was professional soldiering and he wanted to live it at the “sharp end”.

Begrudgingly Len left Vietnam after two years but managed to have himself posted to the Kashmir/Pakistan border on what was at time euphemistically called “peace keeping duties.”

Len served as a “peacekeeper” for twelve months. He then returned to Australia briefly before being reposted to Vietnam where he rejoined the Training Team for another twelve month tour of duty.

Len Left Vietnam in April 1971 only a few months before Australia ceased operations in that war.

Len was promoted to the rank of Major in 1974 and was placed on the retired list on 23 December 1975.

Len’s military career was remarkable.

He fought in three wars.

He was decorated by three countries.

Under our award system he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal which at the time was second only to the Victoria Cross in order of precedence.

He received honours and Awards from the United States of America including the, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Meritorious Unit Commendation the Bronze Star, and the Air Medal.
He received the Cross of Gallantry with palm from the Army of the Republic of Vietnam and the Cross of Gallantry (Divisional Level) from the Republic of Vietnam.

In over thirty years service Len saw active front line service facing the enemy for a full eight and a half years!

I doubt that few, if any Australian soldiers have ever equalled that level of service or sacrifice.

Len was true hero - a man of courage and tenacity in the mould of the original ANZACs.

He was a true warrior of the like we may never see again.

In retirement Len retained his interest in the military, being flown to Darwin only a few weeks ago to farewell the young men of 7 R.A.R. before they departed for Afghanistan.
They were privileged and Len felt likewise.
I understand he even tried to convince them to take him with them!

But for all that Len was a gentle man. In has latter years fond of model railways, endless cups of milky tea, his voluntary work at the Army Museum and his little dog Sally.

It is difficult to sum up a man such as Len Opie, but I was impressed with one sentence that seemed to say so much about him.

When asked why he went to war he said”

“It was the right thing to do”

The amazing creed of an amazing man.

In conclusion I wish to announce that the Government has donated $5,000 in honour of Len Opie to the Army Museum at Keswick Barrack.
The funds will be used to establish a Korean War exhibit as a tribute to Len.
His friends tell me he would have liked that.

On behalf of Len’s army mates I would like to conclude this statement by reciting the Ode of the Royal Australian Regiment in honour of Len Opie.

Rest ye, oh warrior,
you’ll battle no more,
no longer to live
the horrors of war.
Your duty was done,
With honour and pride
Farewell! Oh brother,
Until we march by your side.
 

Lest we forget



Entry Date: 28th October 2008
WO2 Keith O. Smith Alive and Kicking

The report of the passing of WO2 Keith O. Smith AATTV in September has proven to be false. Keith was found alive and kicking in Seymour, Victoria and made it known that he was still around and had not gone to the great beyond.  Good news for a change.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick



Entry Date: 28th October 2008
Team Member in Hospital
G’day all,

Update on Dave Dermody AATTV as kindly supplied by friend and mate, Bruce Henderson follows.  Messages can be passed to Dave through Bruce on email: brucehenderson1@bigpond.com
or if you wish to send Dave a card or a few lines to cheer him up, then here is his address:

C/- Nerrilda Nursing Home
71 Stokes Terrace
Port Augusta  S.A.  5700

Have a look at the newspaper clipping below as kindly sent to me from Bruce.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bruce Henderson [mailto:brucehenderson1@bigpond.com]
Sent: Thursday, 16 October 2008 7:23 PM
To: 'Rick Ryan'
G’day Rick,

Hope all is well.

Very sorry to learn of the passing of Len Opie, one mighty fine soldier.

Just to let you know that Dave Dermody is in hospital for some tests.  He comes down to the Mens Shed at Port Augusta each Wednesday and he and we enjoy each others company. He still has a wicked sense of humor and I’ve never heard him complain of his situation.  I’ll keep you posted on his health when he is happy for me to pass on any details.

Best regards.

Bruce



Entry Date: 10th October 2008
Team Member in Hospital

G'day all,

Some of the entries below are outdated due to my having no internet access for the past few months here at home.  Problems are now resolved and I have satellite so hopefully I will be back on the air.

Information was passed to those Team members on the emailing list by fellow Team Members, Peter Conway, Bruce Davies and Bernie McGurgan.

I trust George Lawrence is on the mend.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: John [mailto:jhriley@tpg.com.au]
Sent: Friday, 5 September 2008 1:10 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Cc: hill55@vtown.com.au
Subject: AATTV MEMBER IN HOSPITAL

Hello to all members,

I’ve just received news from Al Bacon that WA member (living in NSW) George Lawrence was admitted to RPA Thursday and is having an operation today for liver cancer
Our thoughts are with George at this time (George served with the team 21/10/65_19/02/66 with 4/3 ARVN Div I Corps.)
More news as it comes to hand.

Persevere

John Riley WA Secretary.

From: John [mailto:jhriley@tpg.com.au]
Sent: Saturday, 13 September 2008 10:42 AM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Cc: hill55@vtown.com.au
Subject: update on George Lawrence

G’day All
George is in RPA in Sydney, he had an operation yesterday to remove part of his liver and will have another one at a later stage.
23971 George Lawrence served in Korea,Malaya and Vietnam. He was with AATTV 21/10/65-19/02/66. George returns to Perth each year to spend
Anzac Day with friends he has known going back as far as Korea and they send their best wishes to George.

Persevere

John Riley WA Secretary.



Entry Date: 10th October 2008
Information and Photo's Sought
G'day all,

Allan Smithers is after photographs of WO J.M. Grafton AATTV.  You can contact Allan on email: alshirl@tadaust.org.au

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Dear Sir,

WO2 John Malcolm Grafton 54223 soldiered with me In Borneo and In PNG.
with 2SAS sqn in the mid 1960's

His wife June is wondering if AATTV association has any photographs of John in their archives.

I gave her photo of Borneo patrol team members taken at last Septembers 50th anniversary in Swanbourne we would like to insert a ghost of John Into a photo for her and her family.

Hope you can help.

Best Regards ....................  Allan Smithers    ex 1sas Regt and COY.



Entry Date: 10th October 2008

A soldier died today

G'day all,

Sad news on the passing of Len Opie,DCM AATTV. Capt Leonard Murray Opie, DCM served with AATTV from 12 May 1966 to 15 Oct 1968 and from 16 Apr 1970 to 21 Apr 1971.  From May 66, CSD, Tam Ky, Quang Tin. 4 Feb-Jul 67, Trail Watch/Provincial Recon Units, Kontum, Darlac, Quang Duc, Pleiku. Aug-Sep attached Market Time Patrol, Danang. 26 Sep-Oct leave. Nove 67- 2 Sep 68, CSD, PRU Training Centre, Vung Tau. 4 Sep-Oct68, Rung Sat Special Zone, PRU.  On his second tour, Apr-May 70, 2/1 ARVN, 1st Division, Qunag Tri. Jun70, MATT3, Baria, Phuoc Tuy. Feb 71 MATT 3, Long Dien. Mar- Apr 71, Phuoc Tuy Sector.

Len earned his DCM during the Korean War. One of our greatest warriors, he will be sadly missed.

May he Rest In Peace,

Rick

Hi Gents

Some very sad news just passed on to me from Ian Hodgson (President South Australian Branch)

Well known and highly respected soldier Len Opie has passed away this morning. He was a fine man and will be very sadly missed

 Ian will pass on funeral arrangments  to me as they come to hand.May Len rest in peace.

Regards

Pierre

Funeral details are as follows:

Good Evening Gentlemen

Ian Hodgson has advised the following regarding the funeral service for the late Len Opie

Date Thursday 2nd October 2008

Time 1030 hrs

Place     Hysen Chapel
             Centennial Park
             Adelaide
             South Aust.

Would appreciate it if you would distribute through your respective nets.

Regards Take Care and

Persevere

 Pierre

Lest we forget
Entry Date: 10th October 2008
A soldier died today

Dear Rick,
Vale:  A Team Member has passed away after a long illness.
Warrant Officer 2 J.P Hagean served 1967 with Special Forces out of Danang. John did not belong to the S.A.Branch.He lived in the Riverland at the town called Berri.  I do have some particulars about his wife Beryl.
I received this information from Jack Boyce who lives in that area.
Thanks Mate.
Ian.

Funeral Details are as follows:

I am now advised  by Ian Hodgson ( President SA Branch )  of the following regarding the passing of John Hagean

Date of Death 14 September 2008

His funeral Service will be held in the Berri (SA ) Chapel on Tuesday 24th September 2008. Fellow Team Member Jack Boyce will deliver the Eulogy.

Condolence cards can be sent to:

Mrs Beryl Hagean
17 Larden Street
BERRI
South Aust 5343.

Lest we forget


Entry Date 11th September 2008
Updated: 10th October 2008
 
 

Team Member in Hospital

G'day all,

Latest on Ike Lever from Dutchy Lensing follows:

G'day Rick,
I am pleased to advise that "Ike" has returned home and there has been some considerable improvement. He is now off oxygen and no longer has a drain in the cavity between the lungs and ribcage. Since the Medicos diagnosed his problem as emanating as a strange spin off from his Rheumatoid Arthritis and treating him accordingly his condition is improving. Let's hope it stays that way.
I gave "Ike" the messages of support i received and that, too, lifted his spirits. Should anyone wish to contact him , his email address is bettylever@hotmail.com
Regards,
"Dutchy" Lensing

Persevere,

Rick

G'day all,

Email below from Dutchy Lensing concerning fellow Team member, Ian ‘Ike’  Lever AATTV who is in hospital at Maryborough, QLD.

Ike does not sound the best from the information supplied and I am sure fellow Team members would wish him the very best for an early recovery.

Any messages for Ike Lever can be passed via Dutchy Lensing on email: dlandbh@gmail.com

I will post further details on Ike’s health as they come to hand.

Take care and Persevere,

 Rick

From: E "Dutchy" Lensing [mailto:dlandbh@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, 11 September 2008 6:25 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: AATTV Member 35751 WO2 IC Lever
 
 

Rick,

"Dutchy" Lensing here

Former Member 1,4,3 RAR, 1 RTB, RAAOC.

I am contacting you to let you know that a mate of mine and , i beleve, a member of your association is unwell and has been in and out of hospital since January this year.

His details are;

35751  WO2  Ian "Ike" Charles LEVER. ( RA Survey Corps )

Served with the team from 16/03/68 to 11/03/69.

Currently in Hospital with complications from a strange form of Rheumatoid Arthritis and is on oxygen.

He will be in hospital at least another week but it is quite possible he will then go into a nursing home then, however this is uncertain at this stage. His prognosis does not appear to be good. "Ike" is 74 or 75, i'm not sure which.

His home address is; 6 Haynes St, Point Vernon. Qld.4655.

He is currently in St Stephens Private Hospital in Maryborough, Qld.

I will forward info on any changes in his condition as they occur.

Regards to your membership.

E "Dutchy" Lensing



Updated: 10th September 2008
Entry Date: 7th September 2008

A soldier died today

G'day all,

Funeral details for Keith Forden AATTV are as follows:

Pinnaroo Chapel, Whitfords Avenue, Padbury WA at 9.00am on Friday, 12th September 2008.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

G'day all,

More sad news from WA on the passing on fellow Team member  WO2 Keith W. Forden AATTV today, Sunday, 7th September 2008. Message as received from John Riley, Secretary AATTV WA Branch follows.

I am sure all Team members would join me in expressing our sincerest condolencies to the family of Keith.

Funeral details will be advised once known.

Please pass messages through John Riley on email: jhriley@tpg.com.au

May Keith Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick at Christmas Island

AATTVA WA Members

Dear Members

For members who may not have already heard, it is with much sadness that I inform you of the death of Keith William Forden. Keith passed away on Sunday 7 September 2008 in Hollywood Hospital in Perth.  It was only a few days ago that we found out that Keith was in hospital.

WO2 Keith Forden served in Vietnam 26 MAY 65 - 11 JUN 66 with 1RAR.  He also served with  AATTV (30 SEP 68 - 17SEP 69 and 14 OCT 69 - 14 MAY 70) (Oct 68-Feb 69, RF,Vinh Binh, Mar 69, CORDS, RD Training, Can Tho, Apr-Sep 69, VDAT, Kien Hoa, Sep -Oct 69, pre-extension leave and 14 OCT 69 - 14 MAY 70, Black Panther Coy, 1st Division, Hue).
The funeral service to celebrate Keith's life will assemble at Pinnaroo Chapel, Whitfords Avenue, Padbury at 9.00am Friday 12 September 2008.
I apologise for the lateness in advising members of the date and time of the funeral.

Regards
OLIVER MOON
 

From: John [mailto:jhriley@tpg.com.au]
Sent: Sunday, 7 September 2008 8:48 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Cc: hill55@vtown.com.au
Subject: Passing of Team Member

Dear Members,

It is with much sadness that I have to inform you of the death of Keith William Forden.Keith passed away today ( Sunday) in Hollywood Hospital in Perth. It was only a few days ago that we knew that Keith was in hospital.

WO2 Keith Forden served in Vietnam 26/05/65- 11/06/66 with 1RAR.   AATTV-- 1/10/68- 1709/69 (Oct.68-Feb69,RF,Vin Binh.Mar 69,CORDS, RD Training, Can Tho.Apr-Sep 69,VDAT, Kien Hoa. Sep. /Oct 69, pre-extension leave. 14/10/69-14/05/70, Black Panther Coy, 1st Division, Hue.

Rest in Peace.

Further details will be forwarded as they come to hand.

John Riley Secretary WA Branch.

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 31th August 2008
Updated: 1st September 2008
Updated: 6th November 2008

 A soldier died today

Note: Terry Egan served in the Citizen Military Forces (CMF) for some 11 years. When he joined AATTV he was CMF Full Time Duty and joined the Australian Regular Army in 1969.

G'day all,

More sad news on the passing of yet another Team Member, WO2 Terence "Terry" John Egan DCM AATTVon Friday, 29th August at 2145hrs in St Vincent's Hospital, Toowoomba, QLD. Terry served with the RF/PF Trg Centre, near Hue and with the 1st Div Recon Coy in the same area of I Corps during TET 1968. He also served with the RD Cadre Trg, Chuong Thien, IV Corps.

Terry has been ill for some time and has fought his last battle. He will be sadly missed by us all.

Funeral details will follow once known.

Message from Len Avery a close friend follows.

Terry's award of the DCM while serving with AATTV is:

Army Number:             2137140
Substantive Rank:       Sergeant
Temporary Rank:        Warrant Officer Class Two
Christian Name:           Terence John
Surname:                       EGAN
Honour or Award:        DCM

After 11 years service in the Citizen Military Forces, Warrant Officer Egan volunteered to serve on full time duty and joined the Australian Army Training Team in Vietnam in September 1967.  He was appointed Senior Adviser to the 1st Division Reconnaissance Company, Army Republic of Vietnam. On the night of 30 January when the enemy began his attack on the City of Hue, Warrant Officer Egan and a Platoon of the Reconnaissance Company were on operations about five miles south west of the City, on one of the main enemy approach routes. It was not possible to extricate this small force by helicopter and the platoon was forced to fight its way back to the City on foot, via a circuitous route. Warrant Officer Egan's outstanding leadership and disregard for his own safety were a great inspiration to the platoon which, in a number of engagements with the enemy, killed twenty-one for the loss of only one of their own soldiers. On 2 February when the platoon had reached the relative safety of a military compound on the City's outskirts, Warrant Officer Egan heard that four wonded American soldiers were in a nearby compound and that all rescue attempts had failed. He immediately organised and led a resuce party which eventually broke through to join the small group of defenders. He arranged for a helicopter to evacuate the wounded and, because of the intense enemy small arms fire, accompanied the medical evacuation helicopter to provide suppressive fire, in the course of which he killed two enemy. Later he managed to rejoin his beleagurered Platoon bringing with him urgently needed ammunition and supplies. On a number of occasions, Warrant Officer Egan has displayed outstanding conduct under fire. His leadership, initiative and personal bravery have been  an inspiration to the Vietnamese and American troops with whom he has served and he has brought great credit to himself and the Australian Army.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Good morning Rick,

It is with deep regret that I advise that Terence John Egan passed away last night, Friday 29 August 2008 at 2145 hrs in St Vincent's Hospital here in Toowoomba.

I have just had a phone call from Carol, Terry's wife, with advising of Terry's passing. Carol and the immediate family had been with Terry leading up to his passing.

Terry was born on 13 May 1936.

Terry joined the Army Reserve in May 1954, commenced Army Reserve full time duty in June 1965, transferred to the Australian Regular Army in January 1969 until retiring in February 1986. He continued in the Army Reserve for 18 months returning to Army Reserve full time duty in July 1989, thirty six years of continuing service.

Terry served with the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) form 26 September 1967 until 10 September 1968 and he was awarded the Distinguished Cofnduct Medal (DCM). The South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star twice and the Vietnamese Army Medal of Honour.

In early 1987, Terry accepted an invitation to establish the Museum of Australian Army Flying.

In 1990, Terry was awarded the Brigadier M.B. Simkin Trophy as the Australian Army Aviation Aviator for his efforts of establishing the Museum of Australian Army Flying as the curator of the Museum.

Terry was responsible for organising the donation of a replica of the first Army aeroplane, a Bristol Boxkite, from Mr Cliff Douglas. The Bristol Boxkite is proudly displayed within the Museum.

Terry has battled poor health for many years which included a heart transplant 12 years ago. The past 12 months has been particularly hard for Terry and his health slowly deteriorated which has included progressive heart and liver failure plus the onset of diabetes however, even though his health was very poor he would make time to phone me to check how I was going because he was worried about me.

Terry's funeral will be held on Saturday, 6th September here in Toowoomba.

The reason for the funeral not being held until next Saturday is so that Terry's heart can be delivered to the Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane for further research seeing that Terry had the heart for over 12 years.

I will post details of Terry's funeral as soon as they are known.

If you would like to send a card or message to Carol and the family, Carol's postal address is,

'Tyrone', 5 Glen Court, Glencoe. QLD. 4352

Terry is now at peace and he will not suffer anymore. May He Rest In Peace - Lest We Forget

Regards,

Len

Funeral details for Terry Egan, DCM are as follows:

Date - Saturday 06 September 2008,

Location - St Luke's Church, Toowoomba, Corner Herries and Ruthven Street,

Time - 1030 hrs.

Following the service at St Luke's there will be a private cremation at the Toowoomba Garden of
Remembrance while those attending the service are invited to join family and friends at the Shamrock
Hotel ,which is at 604 Ruthven Street, just south of St Luke's Church.

For those who may require accommodation the Shamrock Hotel also has its own motel and the contact
phone number for the Shamrock Hotel/Motel is 07 4632 2666.
 
 

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 24th August 2008

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Just got some sad news on the passing of Team Member from Bernie McGurgan AATTV on WO2 (later WO1) Brendon Maurice Ryan RAINF, AATTV. Message below.

I am sure that Team members would wish sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to the family of Brendon on his passing.

Funeral details will be advised once known.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Gidday

More very sad news Men I have just been informed (0845 Hr) that our fellow Team soldier and all round "good blike", Brendon Ryan, passed away this morning.

Brendon and I did our Team preparatory courses together at JTC and Woodside! Brendon served with 1/2 ARVN Bn (1st Div) at Dong Ha and then at the Adviser School at Di An and lastly with MATT12 at Long Le (PT Province).

May he rest in peace! He was a fine soldier and a good mate.!

I will advise funeral arrangements when known.

Persevere,

Bernie

Funeral details are as follows:

RYAN, Brendan Maurice Noone

Former WO1 RAINF

Aged 66 Years

Late of Emu Park formerly of Rockhampton. Passed away on Sunday, 24th August, 2008. Beloved Husband of Judith. Loving Father and Father-in-law of Matthew and Addie. Son of Frank and Kathleen Ryan (nee Noone) (both dec'd). Brother of Patrick (dec'd), Annette and Eugene (dec'd). Loving Uncle of his Nieces and Nephews and their Families.

Relatives and Friends are invited to attend a Requiem Mass to celebrate the life of Brendan to be held at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, Archer Street, Emu Park on Wednesday, 27th August 2008, commencing at 1 p.m.

Upon conclusion of Mass the cortege will proceed to the Emu Park Cemetery, Rockhampton Road, Emu Park. Military and former military members may wish to wear decorations.

'A PROUD VIETNAM VETERAN'

TUVCKER & NANKIVELL, 166 Alma Street, ROCKHAMPTON Phone 4927 2500

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 15th August 2008

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Sad news on the passing of WO2 John 'Jack' Desmond Martin RAINF, AATTV who passed away in Hollywood Hospital WA on Thursday, 14th August 2008.

Jack has been in poor health for some time and will be sadly missed by fellow Team members.

Funeral details will be forwarded once known.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: D O'Connell [mailto:oconnd@iinet.net.au]
Sent: Friday, 15 August 2008 2:17 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: roll of honour entry

Hi Rick,
Can you please add J D Martin (John Desmond, or "Jack") to the honour roll, of Palmyra, WA He passed away on Thursday 14th August 2008, at 8:34am, after a long battle with cancer.
He will be sorely missed.
Service number is 51724.

I can post the funeral details if you would like them, please let me know.

Thanks

Deanne O'Connell (grandaughter)

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 28th July 2008
Updated:1st August 2008
A soldier died today
G’day all,

Sad news from Peter Conway AATTV on the passing of fellow Team member,  Maj Dave Holford RAINF.  Dave served with AATTV from Jun to Dec 1972 at JWTC, Van Kiep, Phuoc Tuy Province and had also completed a tour of duty with HQ 1 ATF from May 1966 to May 1967.

Dave had attended a Team function at JTC on Sunday and was found passed away this morning.  No doubt this will be a shock to those that attended the function. He will be sadly missed by fellow Team members.

Funeral details as forwarded by Peter Conway are as follows:

Hi Bernie Bruce and Rick

I am advised by our Welfare Officer that the funeral service for our late Qld Member David Holford will be held as follows:

Time /Date 2.00 PM  Monday 4th August 2008
Place        Pinnaroo Crermatorium
                Graham Road
                Bridgeman Downs Qld

 Family Funeral Notice will appear in Brisbane Courier Mail Friday 1st August 2008.

Could you please distribut through your respective "nets"

Regards

Peter
 

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Monday, 28 July 2008 1:54 PM
To: Barry Sullivan; Rick Ryan; Bruce Davies; Bernie McGurgan
Subject: Fw: Peter J S Harris - AATTV

Hi Gents

Have just arrived home after a wonderful weekend at JTC (LWC) for our Memorial Service and Team Birthday Luncheon. Very sadly this morning our emotions about the weekend were changed with news of Dave Holford's passing early this morning.

Regards To All
 

Peter

Lest we forget
Entry Date: 1st August 2008

Team Member in Hospital

G'day,

Most of you have been informed on the current status of Terry Egan which painted a bleak picture.  The latest message is from Len Avery a long time mate and friend of Terry's.  Any messages for Terry can be passed through Len at email: lavery19@tpg.com.au

Our prayers have been and will continue to be with Terry.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Len Avery [mailto:lavery19@tpg.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 29 July 2008 11:08 AM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: RE: Len Avery Calling

Afternoon Rick,

I have just had a brief visit to see Terry Egan and pass on your well wishes.

To be honest he looked very weak however, we were able to exchange a few words which
was more than we could do the last time I saw him.

How long he has left we do not know however, I will maintain contact with Carol and keep
you advised.

Regards
Len 



Entry Date: 3oth July 2008
Team Member in Hospital

From: "Peter Conway" <plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au>
To: "Bernie McGurgan" <hill55@vtown.com.au>
Cc: "Bruce Davies" <bruce.davies@optusnet.com.au>
Subject: Jim Calcutt
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 10:36:44 +1000
X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2900.3138

Hi Bern

Please distribute the following

I have just received news that Jim Calcutt is in Pindari Hospital on the Gold Coast.

It appears that Jim and his wife travelled up with a group from Victoria and Jim has taken ill and is not well enough to travel home at this stage.

His wife is staying at the Beach Point Break Free Resort Unit 15 B , telephone number 07 5538 4355. She can also be contacted on her mobile 0407 889 329.

She is quiet concerned about Jim and would appreciate it if someone from the Team could go and see him and also make contact with her.

Could some of our members who live on the Gold Coast please spare some time and visit Jim.

I'm sure it would be appreciated.

Please reply if you can assist and give all an update on Jim's condition

Regards

Peter



Entry Date: 28th July 2008

Team Member in Hospital

G’day all,

Things are not looking good for Jack Martin AATTV.  Please refer to the requests below from Danny and Deanne O’Connell’s and if you can assist forward photos.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

-----Original Message-----
From: D O'Connell [mailto:oconnd@iinet.net.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 29 July 2008 12:20 AM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: urgent help request
Importance: High

Hi
My grandfather is John ("Jack") J D Martin, he was a WO2 with the aattv.
He is terminally ill with cancer, with not a lot of time left, and I am hunting for any photos or information that is out and about that I can show him, before he leaves us.

I was sent a grainy photo from the book 'the team in pictures', but I am trying to source the book itself, and any other photos, and memorabilia from his army days which he describes as the "best days of his life".

Could you please post on your website (or in the magazine) that Jack is in hospital, and give my mobile number as a contact to anyone who wishes to see him before he passes?

my full name is Deanne O'Connell, and my mobile number is 0421 016 422

Thankyou so much for your website, it has given me a lot of insight to what my grandad went through in his life as a soldier.

Deanne
 

From: "john riley" <jhriley@tpg.com.au>
To: <advisor@echidna.id.au>
Cc: "Bernie McGurgan" <hill55@vtown.com.au>
Subject: Team Member Jack Martin
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2008 11:15:58 +0800
X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2800.1106

Hello Rick
Could you please post the following message on your site
Many thanks
John Riley

WA Team member Jack Martin's situation is not good. He is in pallative care in Hollywood Hospital in Perth
WO2 Jack Martin served with the Team 27.5.72- 18.12.72 at the Phuoc Tuy Training Battalion.(RAINF).
Jack's son in law Danny O'connell has made a request if anyone has any photos of Jack during his army carreer, could they forward them to him.Copies would be made and returned. His e-mail is wacoins@iinet.au tel:0894560519.

Many thanks
Persevere
John Riley WA Sec.



Entry Date:  28th July 2008

Information sought on P.J.S. Harris AATTV (deceased)

G,day all,

Message below passed from Peter Conway AATTV Qld Branch.  Peter Harris served AATTV from Mar1969 with Special Forces Combat Orientation Course Nha Trang and Hon Tre Island.  Apr-May 69 as 223 Company commander, 5th SFGA, 2 MSF Pleiku. Jun 69, Mike Force Battalion XO and Jul 69 to Mar 70, Van Kiep, LRRP School. Peter was WIA on 6 May 69 nea Ban Me Thuot and WIA on 27 Jun 69, gunshot Kontum.  He also served with 6 RAR in 1966 67.

Please pass any information direct to Michele on email: mjcs@internode.on.net

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

From: Michele Stephens
To: plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au
Sent: Monday, July 28, 2008 8:27 AM
Subject: Peter J S Harris - AATTV

Dear Peter
P.J.S. Harris
I have only just learned that Peter Harris passed away in August 2006 and would like to add my sincere condolences.

Peter was a good friend of my family in Sydney in the early 1980s and, while we knew of his AATTV service, he modestly did not say much about his lengthy military career.  Partly our fault, as we were too polite to ask questions.  To us, he was the epitome of an 'officer and gentleman' and we all appreciated his friendship and enjoyed his company immensely.

We lost track of Peter, and then my family moved to Queensland where we spent 8 years before I returned to NSW in the mid-1990s.

I came across the notice about Peter's death and funeral quite by accident - I was googling for something entirely different - and felt a deep sadness when I read it.  At the same time I was pleased to learn that he had married and had a son.  We always felt Peter wanted a family of his own.

I feel privileged to have known Peter Harris and would like to know more about his Army service. Are you able to fill me in or put me in touch with someone who can?

Sincerely
Michele Stephens
 

(Miss) Michele Stephens
PO Box 322
Gosford NSW 2250
Email: mjcs@internode.on.net



Entry Date: 8th May 2008
Passing of wife of Team Member

Good Morning Bernie and Rick

It is with a great deal of sadness that I must advise of the passing of Anne Pryde wife of our member Des. Anne passed away last Wednesday 9th April.

The family are having a PRIVATE funeral service,however Des advisies that he is arranging a gathering at a later date to remember Anne. Once details of this gathering are finalised details will be forwarded.

May Anne Rest in Peace

Regards and Take Care

Peter

Hi Peter and Mick,

We will gather in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park opposite the Bribie Island RSL at 1400 Sat 19 Apr 08.  The initial RV to be near the rotunda central North of the park.  After a few words from me anyone who wants to will be invited to say what they like.  This part will end with a short (I hope) word and prayer by my sister, who is a retired Baptist minister and ex missionary.   We will then move across the road to the Bribie RSL where tea, coffee, hot and cold nibbles and a few drinks will be available.  Here I hope we can join to celebrate Anne's life.

Park in the RSL carpark.

I would like that people who intend to attend contact me on phone: (07) 5428 5390 or email despryde@netspace.net.au   so that I can adjust catering as required.

I am persevering,

Des



Entry Date: 8th May 2008

A soldier died today

G'day all,

Sad and unfortunately belated news of the passing of WO2 George "Geoff" Thomas Smith RAINF who served with AATTV in 1968 -69.  Geoff served from Jul 68 to Jan 69 as a Patoon then Company Commander of 212 & 211 companies, 5th SFGA, 2 MSF , Pleiku and from Feb to Jun 69 at Ranger Training Centre, Jungle - Mountain - Swamp Course, Duc My. He will be deeply missed by all Team members.

May he Rest in Peace,

Persevere,

Rick

Peter, Rick,
I was advised by Geoff's wife that Geoff Smith (61242George Thomas Smith) had passed away on 16 Apr in Ulverstone, Tasmania. Most details of his service can be obtained from Bruce Davies book with the rider that Geoff was company commander of 211MSF Coy, not pl comd. His real name is George but he was known by everyone as Geoff after an informal name change whilst at recruit training to separate two Smiths both with Christian name of George. Very good soldier, straightforward, totally reliable, no bullshit about him and a great loss.
Regards,

David Savage

Lest we forget
Entry Date: 24th February 2008

A soldier died today

G'day all,

Sad and late news on the passing on 23rd January 2008 of WO2 Barry T. Fitzpatrick RAINF who served with AATTV in 1967 – 68.  Barry served as a Platoon Commander with 11th Company, 5th SFGA, Mike Force, Danang from 6th Apr 67 to Mar 68.

May he Rest In Peace.

Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Sunday, 24 February 2008 8:21 AM
To: Bruce Davies; Rick Ryan; Bernie McGurgan
Cc: Barry Sullivan
Subject: Passing of AATTV Member Barry FITZPATRICK

Good Morning Bernie Bruce & Rick

I have just received some belated  news from Barry Sullivan that BARRY FITZPATRICK  passed away on the 23rd January 2008 and was farewelled at Rookwood Cemetery on the 30th January 2008.

I do regret late notification of this sad event. Apparently Barry Sullivan sent me an email just after Barry's passing but unfortunatley it did not get through to me.There was good roll up for his funeral service.

 May he Rest in Peace

Take Care and Keep Safe

Peter

Lest we forget



Entry Date: 18th February 2008

A soldier died today

G’day all,

Sad news in from Barry Sullivan per Peter Conway on the passing on 16th February 2008 of WO1 Gregory (Greg) Francis McGee RAINF who served with AATTV in 1965/66.  Greg was with ARVN battalion, Quang Tin in May 65, Tam Ky Sector, Quang Tin Jul-Aug 65, CSD Vung Tau Oct 65, CSD Dalat Dec 65 – Feb 66 and National Police Field Force Training Centre near Dalat Mar – Apr 66.

I am sure all Team members pass their sincerest condolences onto the family of Greg McGee. Condolence messages can be passed through Barry Sullivan on email: marbar@speednet.com.au

Funeral details are as follows:
Just received funeral arrangements for Greg and they are as follows – Service at ST FINBARS CATHOLIC CHURCH, GLENBROOK AT 8.30 AM (Yes that is correct – 8.30am) followed by burial at SPRINGWOOD CEMETERY.

Persevere Barry Sullivan
 

May he Rest In Peace,

Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Monday, 18 February 2008 10:10 AM
To: Rick Ryan; Bruce Davies; Bernie McGurgan
Subject: Fw: A soldier died today

Godd Morning Bruce, Bernie and Rick
 

More sad news as detailed below.

May he Rest In Peace

Peter
----- Original Message -----
From: Barry Sullivan
To: 'Peter Conway'
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2008 11:08 AM
Subject: A soldier died today

Dear Peter,

Sadly I have to notify you of the passing of WO1 Greg McGee late on Saturday night16 February 2008.   Greg served with the Trg Team 7 May – 30 April 1966.

Funeral arrangements not firm as yet, but possibly on Friday 22 Feb 2008.   Will keep you informed as information becomes available.   Persevere.

Barry Sullivan

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 14th February 2008
50th Wedding Anniversary - Brian and Betty Quee

G'day all,

Nice to bring you some goods news and appropriate on Valentine's Day. Congratulations to Brian and Betty Quee on the celebration of their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

Thanks for the photos Michelle.

Good onya Brian.

Persevere,

Rick
 

Some photos of Mum and Dad's big day.
Priest giving them a blessing. Can you see the photo on the wall behind them.

Family shot. - Jim Michelle Kathy at the back, Mum and Dad at front.

The AATTV flowers that were sent to them, in front is their cake.

Mum showing Dad their wedding photo. He is in the chair that we fought for.

It was a great day, dad seemed very awake. It was a good feel day.
Everything just fell into place.

Regards

Michelle Quee



Entry Date: 8th February 2008
A soldier died today

G’day all,

Sad news on the passing  of fellow Team Member WO1 Leslie Steele RAEME on 4th February 2008 who had served with AATTV from 16 Mar 65 to 8 Feb 66 in RVN.  Leslie served with RF/PF Thua Thien, Mar to Aug 65 and from Oct 65 to Jan 66, General Subjects Committee, National Training Centre Dong Da.

May he Rest In Peace.

Persevere,

Rick

Funeral Details are as follows:

Anton Brown Funerals
Telephone: 03217 3088

Date:  Monday, 11th February 2008 at 1300hrs.

Location: Hemmant Crematorium Chapel
                 Hemmant and Tingalpa Roads
                 Hemmant

Medals to be worn.

Rick

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 8th February 2008
A soldier died today
G’day all,

More sad and belated news on the passing of a fellow Team member just in from Peter Conway.

WO2 Roland (Ron) John Diggens RAINF served with AATTV from Apr – Aug 65, 3/3 ARVN, 1st Division Hue and Sep – Oct 65 with RF/PF Quang Tri Sector.

May he Rest In Peace,

Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Friday, 8 February 2008 1:01 PM
To: Bruce Davies; Rick Ryan; Bernie McGurgan
Subject: Passing of Team Member

Hi Folks

Some more belated sad news.

Mick Smith (Qld Secretary) advised yesterday that he had received an email from the daughter of Ron Diggens advising that Ron passed away on the 31st December 2007. A Private and quiet funeral service was conducted.Ron had been ill for many years.

May he Rest in Peace

Regards and Take Care

Peter

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 12th January 2008
A soldier died today

Funeral of  Brian Foster. OAM

Brian Foster, CSM A Company 6 RAR Vietnam 1967, then 2 RAR, RSM Duntroon, AATTV, RSM 3 RAR, RSM Land Warfare Centre passed away peacefully on Sat 12 Jan 08 with family at his side having made his own decision on Thursday 10 Jan to turn off life support.

Brian will be cremated at the Allambe Memorial Park Cemetery and Crematorium, Nerang-Broadbeach Road, Nerang (on the Gold Coast) at 1100 hours, Friday 18 January 2008.

The funeral service will be conducted by ex Infantry Major Ross Eastgate and a simple wake will be held after the service. It is then intended that mourners will retire to Brian's favourite pub, Ashmore Tavern on the corner of Cotlew St and Currumburra Rd, Ashmore on the Gold Coast.

Please wear medals and make yourself known to wife Annett and sons Murray, Ashley and Wayne and daughter Michell.

Messages of condolence and enquiries can be made to son Murray Foster on 07 5532 4082. Please leave a message if not answered and your call will be returned.

For those coming from far away, limited accommodation is available at the Veterans Respite Centre created by Brian, "Nui Dat House", 112 Allied Drive, Arundel, Qld, 4214, Phone 5594 7499.

Please promulgate these details to your networks.

Further to my last, the Foster family have requested, "No floral tributes". However, if you wanted to make a donation instead, an appropriate recipient would be the Veterans Retreat Brian created, Nui Dat House, 112 A llied Drive, Arundel, Qld, 4214. Or EFT to Nui Dat House Trustees V&ADFVets Assoc, Commonwealth Bank, Ashmore, BSB 064-450, Account Number 28013841
 

Charles S Mollison
Patron

A Coy 6 RAR Assoc
PO Box 82
Woombye, Qld, 4559

Phone 07 5442 1589
Fax 07 5442 1587

G’day all,

Sad but not un-expected news on the passing of fellow Team member, WO2 Brian Foster RAINF AATTV as received from Robbie Robinson AATTV.

Brian Foster served with AATTV from 30 Jun 1971 to 16 Jun 1972.  He served from Jul-Sep 71 with NOTT at Phu Cat, Dec 71 with AATTV Training Group, Vung Tau and Jan-Jun 72 with Phuoc Tuy Training Battalion.  Brian also served on SVN with 6 RAR from 6 Jan 1967 to 29 May 1967 and then with 2 RAR from 30 May 1967 to 6 Sep 1967.

Brian will be sadly missed, may he Rest in Peace,

Persevere,

Rick

From: robbie [mailto:pji3au@bigpond.net.au]
Sent: Saturday, 12 January 2008 9:58 AM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Re: BRIAN FOSTER AATTV

HI.

Just to let you know if you have not been informed as yet.

Brian Passed away early this morning.

Family are not sure of funeral arrangements at this stage.

He is going to be missed at the House and around the traps.

You all that side of the Country have a Great New Year.

Got out the hospital to celebrate my OBE..........
Over Bloody Eighty on the 4th Jan 2008

This growing old is no BloodyGood......
Operation effects the Golf.But will Persevere

Take Care and God Bless.

Robbie....................Surfers.

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 29th December 2007

A soldier died today

G’day all,

I received the email below notifying the passing of WO1 Raymond Anthony Kean RAAC who served with AATTV 1970/71. I have ascertained that Ray passed away on 29th September 2007.

Ray served from Sep 70 to Mar 71 with 2/4th ARVN Cavalry Regiment, Hoa Vang, Quang Nam. Apr 71 with 4th ARVN Cavalry, Hong Ha, Quang Tri, May 71 with 7th ARVN Cav, Dong Ha and Jun – Aug 71 with 3/7th ARVN Cav, Dong Ha.

I do not have the actual date, place or reason for Ray’s passing but have confirmed from RAAC Association that he is deceased.

Once again, late and sad news on the passing of one of our fellow members.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: John R Howard [mailto:john.howard6@bigpond.com]
Sent: Friday, 28 December 2007 11:06 AM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Death of AATTV Member; WO1 Raymond Anthony KEAN

G'day Rick,

Sorry this is late but notices from the Family,Watsonia RSL & Melb Legacy, were placed in the Herald Sun notices of deaths for the 1st/2nd October 07[pages 90/ 74] reporting the passing of 35237 Raymond Kean.
His funeral was held at the Eltham[Vic] cemetery at 1030hrs on the 4/10/2007. There was no mention of cause of Death.
Regards,

John H

An old worn out Malayan, Borneo & Sth Vietnam Infantry Veteran of 20 + years. STILL FIGHTING,THIS TIME FOR VETERANS RIGHTS.

Lest we forget


Entry Date:  19th December 2007

Welfare Report - Dave Dermody AATTV

G'day Rick,

I spent an hour with Dave today down at the Nursing Home and delivered the e-mails that I received.  I should have had a video camera on Dave to capture his reaction when I read out the names of those who had sent messages.  Priceless, and he remembered every name that I read out.

Dave sends his best wishes to all for the festive season and for a prosperous 2008.

His daughter is staying in town and sorting out Power of Attorney requirements.  Once this is completed Dave will be moving to Bundaberg Qld to be closer to his children and his 13 grand children.

I haven’t replied individually to the e-mails so it would be appreciated if you would send this out on your net.

Sad times this week here at our Mens Shed.  We lost three WWII veterans including our eldest who would have been 93 in February.  He spent three years in Changi as a POW.  Vale a true gentleman in Pat White.

Best regards.

Bruce Henderson



Entry Date: 19th December 2007

A soldier died today

Good Morning All
Sad News from the West

I have been advised by Bruce Sutherland of the passing of John Sheehan in th early hours of yesterday (Monday) morning.
Further details as they come to hand.

May he rest in peace
Persevere and Keep safe

Pierre

G’day all,
Just been advised of the passing of WO2 John N. Sheehan AATTV.  Funeral details as received follow.

John served in Vietnam with 1 SAS Sqn 16 Feb 65 to 13 Aug 65, with HQ AAFV 14 Aug 65 to 5 Oct 65 and with AATTV from 3 Feb 66 to 26 Feb 66 at 11 Ranger Battalion, Danang, Quang Nam. He was
wounded-in-action on 12 Feb 66 from a booby trap, Medically evacuated to Butterworth, Malaysia on 26 Feb 66 and to Australia on 7 Mar 66.
John will be sadly missed by Team members and members of the ASASA.
Persevere,
Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 18 December 2007 1:58 PM
To: Rick Ryan; Bruce Davies; Bernie McGurgan
Subject: Funeral arrangements John Sheehan

Bernie/Bruce/Rick

Please see below for funeral arrangements for John Sheehan

Regards

Pierre

Official update on funeral arrangements for John Neil Sheehan.

Funeral at 1000hrs Saturday 22nd December at the Pinnaroo Valley Memorial

Park Crematoria, left off the Mitchell Freeway (if travelling north from
Perth) at Whitfords Ave.

A service will be held at the Crematoria. Following the service there will
be a grave site internment.

The family request that Medals be worn, no Beret, please. The wake is to
be  held after the funeral at The House, Campbell Barracks.

Regards Kevan Logan
ASASA WA Branch Secretary
08 9451 8557 Mob. 0402035128

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 15th November 2007

Welfare Report - Terry Whitwam AATTV

G’day all,

Message from Terry and Jill Whitwam on Terry’s treatment for cancer.  Terry has been battling this illness for quite some time now and the latest news is not the best.

I am sure all Team members wish Terry well and trust that he can continue to fight this latest attack.

Emails can be sent to Terry and Jill on: whitty38@bigpond.com

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Hi All

We have just received the results of a recent CT Scan the results as expected weren't very encouraging the original cancer has increased in size and some small ones have popped up on the Liver.  On the plus side these two are the only Cancer's that have been identified and I am  to undergo a new round of Chemo as soon as possible.  I am confidant along with the Oncologist that this early and according to him aggressive attack will if nothing else extend my time amongst us.

Best regards to all

Terry Whitwam



Entry Date: 14th November 2007
 
 

Welfare Report - Stan Kent AATTV

G’day all,

Message below from Judy Smith (RDNS), daughter of Stan Kent AATTV on his current health situation.

Any emails for Stan can be directed through Judy on email: Judy.Smith@rdns.org.au

Like Judy, I am sure all Team members wish him all the best.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Subject: Stan Kent

Hi just thought I would bring you up to date with Stan. He is currently quite unwell. He had a fall and fractured some more bones in his spine. He is currently in St Andrews Hospital in Ipswich Qld. His goal is to return back home but that might be a pretty tall order because walking is becoming increasingly difficult. He also has some other health issues and they all tend to complicate things. He turned 86 years old this year. I suppose that is a pretty good innings when you consider both his service in WW2 and then his service in Vietnam. The RSL members have been fabulous and have helped me organise Mum’s placement into St Michaels Nursing Home (Dad is her carer) and getting all of the various forms signed etc. I will keep you informed. Fingers crossed that Stan is able to win this fight and get well again.
Regards
Judy Smith (Stan’s daughter)
Executive Director of Nursing & Client Services
Royal District Nursing Service (SA)
Telephone: (08) 8208 5306
Fax: (08) 8338 8506
Email: judy.smith@rdns.org.au
Web: http://www.rdns.org.au



Entry Date: 11th November 2007
Welfare Report - Dave Dermody AATTV

G’day all,

Message on the current health of fellow Team Member Dave Dermody AATTV follows. Dave served with AATTV in Sep 66 at 2/5 ARVN, 2nd Division, Quang Ngai and from May – Aug 67 with the Mobile Guerrilla Force, Danang.  On his second tour of duty with AATTV Feb- Jul 70 with 2/51 ARVN, Mieu Bong, near Danang, Aug-Oct 70, Ranger Training Centre, Duc My and Nov-Dec 70, NOAT, Cho Gao, Dinh Tuong, IV Corps.

Email messages for Dave can be passed through Bruce Henderson on email: brucehenderson1@bigpond.com

Please take note of the offer if traveling through Port Augusta.

Our best wishes go out to Dave.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bruce Henderson [mailto:brucehenderson1@bigpond.com]
Sent: Sunday, 11 November 2007 12:19 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: Dave Dermody

Dear Rick,

I was wondering if anybody from the Team was keeping up to speed on the health of Dave Dermody?

I had a talk with him at the Remembrance Day Service at the Port Augusta R&SL today.  Dave had a stroke some time back and this year his condition has deteriorated to the extent that he is now wheelchair bound.  He currently resides in the Nerilda Nursing Home in Port Augusta.

He still enjoys a beer and a smoke and also a conversation although at times the latter is difficult.

I’m sure that he would enjoy the company of mates from his days with the Team so if anyone is passing through “The Port” please take the time to look him up.

I’m happy to act as an initial contact point and to relay messages.

An excellent website and keep up the good work.

Best regards.

Bruce Henderson



Entry Date: 6th November 2007
Welfare Report - Brian Quee AATTV

G’day all,

Message below on the current health of Brian Quee AATTV as passed to me from Bruce McIlwraith follows.

Any messages for Brian can be passed back through Bruce on email: bruceandlee@westnet.com.au

It sounds like Brian is doing reasonably well and we all send him our best wishes.

Persevere,

Rick

Greetings Bruce,

Thought you may like this report for tomorrow's lunch.

I managed to make contact with Betty Quee about 30 minutes ago.

Brian's condition is unchanged.  However, his own chair is a Godsend.

Brian is as fit as a Mallee Bull, still strong.  However, now he can not walk anywhere, thus the chair is his only mode of moving from point A to point B.

Betty, Jim,Michelle and the whole family are so grateful to DVA for now, after many letters from Michelle to the Department and the intervention of "Our Team"  for making the provision of the chair a reality.

Betty still goes to the hospital twice a day to see Brian.  She deserves a Medal.  She says the hospital staff at Lockhart are so wonderful.

Once or twice a week they, take Brian down to the township to have a meal, a change from the hospital food, at a local cafe.  Brian, as usual, has won over the staff. He always was a "cool dude" and obviously has not lost his charm.  He might just have a piece of fish or chips etc which of course has to be cut up for him.

Just thought I should get this to you as soon as I can and before tomorrow.

Kindest regards to all,

Bruce
Fort Thurgoona - which is in NSW - the best side of the Mighty Murray


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