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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 2015

A soldier died today

WO2 James (Jim) Rex White RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Peter Conway AATTV Qld Br on the passing today of fellow Team member James (Jim) Rex White RAINF, AATTV.  Jim served in South Vietnam as a WO2 with AATTV from 15 July 171 to Oct 71 AATTV Danang, Nov 71 with NOTT-2, Phu Cat, Binh Dinh. Dec 71 AATTV Training Group, Vung Tau, Jan – Feb 72, CSM, 1ALSG, Vung Tau. Jim was awarded the RVN Cross of Gallantry (with Bronze Star),  RVN Armed Forces Honour Medal 2nd Class  and the RVN Training Service Medal 2nd Class during his tour of duty with AATTV.

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to Margaret and family, friends on this sad occasion of the passing of Jim.

As Peter Conway says below, Jim was a staunch member of the Qld Br of AATTV and will be sadly missed by us all.

Condoence messages can be passed to Peter Conway on email: plconway@quikdsl.com.au

May Jim now Rest In Peace.

Funeral details will be advised once known.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@quikdsl.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 27 October 2015 4:13 PM
To: Rick Ryan; John Gibson; Frank Reid; Mick Smith; Allen Edwards
Subject: A Soldier Died Today

Good Evening All

It is with sadness we announce the passing of Queensland member James Rex (Jim) White today at 1240 PM Queensland Time .

 Jim was a staunch member of the Queensland Branch and he will be missed. Our deepest sympathy goes to wife Margaret and the White family

Rick would you please pass on through your TEAM net.

May Jim Rest In Peace

LEST WE FORGET

Regards and

PERSEVERE

Pete

Lest We Forget
Entry Date: 13th October 2015

A soldier died today

Maj (later LtCol) R. (Roly) P. Webb, RASIGS, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad and belated news in from Mick Dolensky, AATTV SA Branch on the passing of fellow Team member Maj (later LtCol) Roland (Roly) Paul Webb of McLaren Vale, SA on the 2nd October 2015.  Roly served as a Major with AATTV in South Vietnam from 14 Jan 1971 to Feb 71 with HQ AATTV, Saigon.  Mar 71 as District Senior Adviser (DSA) Duc Thanh, Phuoc Tuy Province, Apr – May 71 Aug – Sep 71, Long Le, Oct – Dec 71 Duc Thanh, Phuoc Tuy.

I am sure that all Team members would wish to pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Roly on the sad occasion of his passing.

Condolence messages can be passed through Mick Dolensky on email: mdolensky50@outlook.com

The family of Roly held a private cremation.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Lest we forget


Entry Date:  8th October 2015

A soldier died today

Capt G. (Glen) W. Dennis RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad and belated news on the passing on 1st July 2015 of fellow Team member, Glen William Dennis RAINF,  AATTV as received in the message below from Tony Mogridge AATTV.  Glen held the rank of Capt whilst serving with AATTV in South Vietnam.  In addition to the unit citations awarded to AATTV Glen was also awarded the US Bronze Star for Valor with 'V' Device and the US Bronze Star for Service while serving with AATTV.

I am sure all fellow Team members would wish to pass on their belated deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to family and friends of Glen on the sad occasion of his passing.

May he now Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Rick,
I noticed in the SA RSL magazine Signal That Glen Dennis Died on 01 Jul 15. Glen has been a bit of a recluse over the years and his death flew under the radar.
Glen served with 1/5 ARVN 2nd Division at Tam Key and Quang Ngai Nov 68 to Mar 69 and Adjutant Saigon Apr to Oct 69.
Persevere,
Tony Mogridge

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 3rd October 2015

Simmo Book Order Form
Biography of Ray Simpson VC, DCM

G'day all,

The book on 'Simmo' is to be released on 1st November 2015.  You can pre-order your copy using the form shown below.  Five years in the making and I am looking forward to reading it.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick


Entry Date: 27th Se[tember 2015

A soldier died today

Capt (late Lt Col) James (Jim) R. Bourke AM, MG
1RAR, AATTV, HQ 1 ALSG

G’day all,

Sad news today from 1RAR Association on the passing of fellow Team member Capt (later LtCol) Jim Bourke AM,MG on the 25th September 2015. Jim served in South Vietnam with AATTV from 11th Jun 1968 to Aug 68 with 1/1 ARVN, 1st Division, Quang Tri, 4 Sep to Dec 68 with 5th SFGA, company commander 212 Coy, 1st Battalion, 2 MSF, Pleiku. Battalion CO two weeks in Nov 68.  Jim then served with HQ 1 ALSG from 2 Jan 69  to  18 Jun 69.  Jim also served with 1RAR on his first tour of duty in South Vietnam from 9 Jun 65  to 14 Feb 66.  He was wounded in action while serving with 1RAR and his subsequent award for the Medal of Gallantry (MG) was for service during his tour with 1RAR.

I am sure that all Team member would wish to convey their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Jim on this sad occasion of his passing.  Jim had been in poor health for some time but fought the battle until the end.

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May Jim now Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

The following is some verse written by George Mansford AATTV on the passing of Jim. I knew Jim when I was in uniform and he was never worried about speaking his mind, no matter what the rank.  I will miss him as will many of his digger mates.

A Fond Salute to Lieutenant Colonel Jim Bourke (RL) AM, MG

Jimmy Bourke, True Blue (RAR-AATTV)
Did you ever meet a bloke so full of life?
Always with a huge grin, even in strife
Would often share his last smoke and tucker too
Never hesitant to speak up for the likes of me and you
In peace and war for causes he led many a band
Defeat and failure he never did understand
“Cannot be done” was never part of his game
Always challenging the system gave him justified fame
Above all, he was to you and me, true blue
A mate to be trusted to see any danger through
Already we are missing you, JB
Yet always will be those proud treasured memories
So many dawns and sunsets you shared with others
Such a great honour to have called you our brother
Luv ya mate
George Mansford September 2015

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 8th September 2015

A soldier died today

WO2 Robert (Bob) Bury, RAEME, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news in from Peter Conway AATTV Qld Br on the passing today of fellow Team member Robert (Bob) Bury RAEME.  Bob served with AATTV in South Vietnam as a WO2 from 21 January 1969 to 25 Jun 69 as Admin WO LRRP Wing Van Kiep, Phuoc Tuy Province.

All Team members pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to family and friends on the sad occasion of his passing.

Funeral details are contained in the email below.

May Bob now Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick.

-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@quikdsl.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 8 September 2015 9:59 AM
To: John Gibson; Frank Reid; Mick Smith; Allen Edwards; Rick Ryan; bruce.davies@tpg.com.au
Subject: Fw: Sad News- another Team Member died

Good Morning All

Indeed very sad news from me today.

Bob joined the Army from National Service in 1955 . . Whilst he was not an active member of the Qld Branch I'm sure many who served with him in the TEAM would be saddened by this sad  news of his passing

May He Rest In Peace

LEST WE FORGET

REGARDS
PIERRE

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert John Bannan
Sent: Tuesday, September 08, 2015 11:30 AM
To: plconway@quikdsl.com.au
Subject: Sad News- another Team Member died

G'day Sirs.

I wish to advise that Robert (Bob) Bury, ex RAINF and a member of the Team,(my daughter-in-law's father) passed away early yesterday, 7th September (about 2.30am) at Pinewoods Nursing Home, Lawnton. He had suffered a severe stroke about three days before.

Bob's wife, June, predeceased him. His family have planned his funeral service for this Friday, 11th September, 2015, at Lakeview Chapel, Albany Creek. It will commence at 2.00pm. The service is being arranged by a funeral director at Kelvin Grove, Brisbane. Bob's daughters don't want a big fuss at the funeral, but I told my son they should have the funeral director contact a RSL Sub Branch for a Poppy Service.

I wanted at least you folk in the Association to know of his passing.

Kind regards
Bob Bannan
The Sapper Association, Qld, Inc..
Phone: (07) 3205 1820.

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 29th August 2015

A soldier died today

Maj (later Lt Col) Graham (Curly) M. Templeton RAAC, AATTV

G’day all,

Belated news on the passing of Maj (later Col) Graham (Curly) Muir Templeton RAAC, AATTV who passed away on 24th August 2015.  Curly served as a Maj with AATTV in South Vietnam from May 1968 to Apr 1969.  Curly initially served as a Assistant Senior Advisor in Can Tho and later as Assistant to the Chief of Territorial Security in Can Tho.

Funeral details have been provided by Doug Tear AATTV NSW Br in the email below.

I am sure all Team members pass on their sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Curly on this sad occasion of his passing.

May Curly now Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@quikdsl.com.au]
Sent: Saturday, 29 August 2015 12:57 PM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Fw: Passing of a Team Member - Graham (Curly) Templeton

Hi Rick

Only found out about Curly’s passing this AM. from Doug. Haven’t noticed anything from you mate.

Could you distribute.

Curly was well known by many at JTC when he was the Col Admin there in the late seventies. A real good mate to many

Regards

Peter

From: doug.tear@bigpond.com
Sent: Saturday, August 29, 2015 4:14 AM
To: plconway@quikdsl.com.au
Subject: Passing of a Team Member - Graham (Curly) Templeton

Dear Peter,
As you may be aware, Curly Templeton passed away on 24 August.
Funeral details are:
12.30 pm
31 August
Hillside Chapel
56 Palmdale Chapel
Palmdale
I have asked a number of our members to attend.
It would be appreciated if you could pass on this information to other Team Members.
Regards,
Doug

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 24th July 2015

A soldier died today

WO2 Harold Pope RAINF, AATTV, 6RAR, 1ARU

G’day all,

Sad news just in from John Gibson, President of AATTV Assoc Qld Br on the passing today of fellow Team member, WO2 Harold Pope RAINF, AATTV, 6RAR, 1ARU. Harold served as a WO2 with AATTV in South  Vietnam from 1Aug 1964 to Oct 64 with Van Thanh RF Training Centre near Hue, Nov – Dec 64 CSD Ban Me Thout, Jan – Jul 65 2 ARVN Division, Quang Nam.  Harold also served in South Vietnam with 6RAR from 6 – 9 Jun 66, 1ARU 10 Jun 66 to 17 Jan 67, 6RAR  18 Jan 67 – 14 Jun 67.

Our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies go out to Clair, family and friends on the sad occasion of Harold’s passing.

Condolence messages can be passed to John Gibson on email: jgib1941@gmail.com

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May Harold now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: jgib1941@gmail.com [mailto:jgib1941@gmail.com] On Behalf Of John Gibson
Sent: Friday, 24 July 2015 2:35 PM
To: Rick Ryan
Cc: Frank Reid; Peter Conway; Allen Edwards; Mick Smith; Kerry Gallagher
Subject: Vale WO2 Harold Pope

Hi Rick

Sad news just in on the passing of WO2 Harold Pope. Harold passed away peacefully this afternoon, at home, this 24th July 15.

Vale Harold Pope

Kind regards

Persevere

John

Lest we forget
Entry Date: 12th July 2015
Updated: 14th July 2015

A soldier died today

WO2 Robert (Buzz) J. Curran, RAINF, AATTV and 1RAR

G’day all,

Funeral details for  ‘Buzz’ Curran as received from Peter Conway AATTV Qld Br are shown below.

May Buzz Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@quikdsl.com.au]
Sent: Monday, 13 July 2015 4:42 PM
To: Rick Ryan; doug.tear@bigpond.com
Subject: Funeral Service Bob "Buzz" Curran

Rick and Doug

Details of funeral service as advised by Buzz’s son Justin are as follows

Date     Friday 17th July

Time    2.30PM

Venue Stockton Cemetery

Graveside service .
 

A wake will be held at Stockton RSL between 3.30PM  and 5.30PM on Friday 17th July

Regards

Peter

G’day all,

Sad news just in on the passing on 11th July 2015 of fellow Team member, WO2 Robert (Buzz) James Curran RAINF.  Bob served with AATTV in South Vietnam from 22 Oct 1970 to Feb 71  with 4/1 ARVN, 1st Division, Quang Tri, Mar 71, 37 Ranger Battalion near Danang, Apr – May 71 Mui Bong RHQ Quang Nam, Jun-Aug 71, 51st Regt Dai Loc, Quang Nam and Sep – Oct 71, 3rd ARVN Div, Quang Tri. Buzz also served with 1 RAR from 26 May 65 to 15 Sep 65. In addition to Unit citations awarded to AATTV, Buzz was also awarded the US Bronze Star for Valor with ‘V’ Device, US Air Medal for Valor with ‘V’ Device, US Army Commendation Medal for Valor with ‘V’ Device, RVN Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Gold Star, RVN Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star, and the RVN Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star.

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on their sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to family and friends of Buzz on this sad occasion of his passing.

Condolence messages can be passed through Doug Tear, President AATTV Association NSW Br on email: doug.tear@bigpond.com

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May Bob now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Mick Smith through Mrs Lyn Wilkes (Wallaby)  regarding the passing of Robert (Buzz) Curran of Stockton NSW yesterday evening Saturday 11th July.

Doug sorry to be the bearer of this sad news regarding one of your members.

May he rest in peace

LEST WE FORGET

Regards

Peter

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 12th July 2015

Upcoming Book Release - WO2 Ray Simpson, VC, DCM

G’day all,

The much anticipated book release on Simmo looks like being launched in October this year.

You can order your copy or copies by following the advice in the message below from Mick Malone and Peter Lutley below.

Looking forward to the release which has been  some years in the making.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Imprimatur Books [mailto:info@imprimaturbooks.com.au]
Sent: Saturday, 11 July 2015 3:52 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Cc: 'Peter Lutley'
Subject: Simmo book advice

Rick, would you please alert your AATTV members that the Simmo biography is nearing completion with launch sometime in October (TBA). As we  are doing it pro bono (with monies donated to Legacy and other charities) I will need those members who wish to order a copy to pay into a bank account set up for that purpose. The retail price is $65 however members of the AATTV, Cdo, RAR and SASR will attract a 20% discount. Everyone is invited to the launch either at the SAS Association House at Swanbourne or the RSL HQ in the city.(TBA) If they are attending they can pick up their signed copy on the night. If however, they can’t make the launch then postage is $15. So…members book price is $52 and postage is $15.

The bank details are:

Bank: NAB
BSB: 086172
Acc name: M.Malone and P.Lutley
Acc #: 24664 2302

cheers

Mick Malone
Imprimatur Military Books
PO Box 227 North Perth  WA  6906



Entry Date: 24th June 2015

A soldier died today

WO2 Brian R. Day RA INF, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news in from Bruce Davies AATTV Vic Br on the passing of fellow Team member,  Brian Raymond Day RAINF, AATTV today, 24th June 2015.  Brian served in South Vietnam with AATTV as a WO2 as detailed in the message below from Bruce.  In addition to the foreign citations awarded to members of AATTV, Brian was also a recipient of the Republic of Cambodia National Defence Medal with Bronze Star.

Our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to Aaron, family members and friends on the sad occasion of Brian’s passing.

Condolence messages for the family may be passed through Aaron Day on email: trinhsat6@bigpond.com

May Brian now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bruce Davies [mailto:bruce.davies@tpg.com.au]
Sent: Wednesday, 24 June 2015 8:54 AM
To: persevere
Subject: Vale: Brian Day

I have just received information from Aaron Day that his father passed away this morning (24 June) at 0830 hours. Brian Day served with the Team between April 1971 and April 1972 with MATT, NOT Pleiku and Binh Dinh and the Phuoc Tuy Training Battalion.

Details of a funeral service will follow, but it is expected that there will be a service at Bendigo next Tuesday (30 June) in the pm.

Rest in peace

Persevere
Bruce

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 4th June 2015
Updated: 6th June 2015

A soldier died today

WO2 Norm 'Snow' F. Matthews, RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Funeral details for Snow Matthews follow.

Please note that it is a private service, invitation only.

Condolence messages can still be sent to Ed Harkin on email: montytwenty@bigpond.com

RIP Snow.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick.
 

  Hi Rick.
               Funeral details for Snow
               Service commences at 10 :15 Hrs. Wednesday 10 June 2015
               at Purslows 15 Scarborough Beach Road North Perth.
              Service is to be private,would like input from the AATTVA WA Branch.
               I have suggested possibly four Members . I will read Snows Military History
              and two to fold the flag. There is no speeches.
          Thanks  ED
 

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Ed Harkin, President AATTV Association WA Br on the passing on Wednesday, 3rd June 2015 of one of our fellow Team members WO2 Norm ‘Snow’ F. Matthews, RAINF, AATTV. Snow passed away peacefully at the RAAFA Estate Bull Creek, WA.

Snow served in South Vietnam with AATTV from 3rd Feb 1966 to Jun 66 as Admin WO Saigon and then from Jul 88 to 17 Jan 67 with 3/1 ARVN, 1ST ARVN Div, Quang Tri. Snow will be sadly missed by all Team members and our sincerest sympathies and deepest condolences go out to his sons and other family members and friends on the sad occasion of his passing.

Funeral details will be advised once known.

Condolence messages may be passed to Ed Harkin on email: montytwenty@bigpond.com

May Snow now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 4th June 2015

A soldier died today

WO2 Lyal 'Joe' N. Gorman, RAA, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Simon Hearder AATTV Assn (ACT & Sthn NSW) on the passing on 3rd June 2015 of fellow Team member WO2 Lyal ‘Joe’ N. Gorman RAA, AATTV(refer message below).  Joe  served with AATTV in South Vietnam from 25th March 1969 to May 69 with 11th ARVN Arty Bn, Quang Tri, Jun to Sep 69 with 4/1 ARVN, 1ST Division, Quang Tri, Oct to Dec 69 attached 1 ATF ARVN Training, Nui Dat, Horse Shoe, Phuoc Tuy and then Jan to 25 Mar 70 as Admin WO, AATTV Danang.

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to Gloria, family members and friends on this sad occasion of his passing.

Email condolence messages can be passed back to Simon Hearder on email: simchar7@internode.net.au

May Joe now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Dear Members and Friends
Its sad to inform you that Joe Gorman passed away peacefully last night . He had been in ill health for some time as most of you know and has been in a nursing home for the last six months. So his passing just after his 90th birthday is a blessing.
His wife Gloria and his daughter Ruth has asked that details of the funeral be advised even though there will be a notice in the Canberra Times this Saturday .

The funeral will be at Norwood Park on Thursday 11th June 2015 at 1.30 pm .
Medals should be worn
Messages of sympathy can be sent to 30 Stockdale St , DICKSON , ACT 2602  or by phoning 02 / 6249 6409

May He Rest in Peace

Simon Hearder
Secretary AATTV Assn (ACT  & Sthn NSW)

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 3rd May 2015

Passing of June Almond widow of Ron Almond AATTV

G'day all,

Sad news in on the passing last night of June Almond widow of Ron Almond
AATTV.   June has been one of our regular attendees at our functions in the
years since Ron has passed and usually accompanied by son, Terry.

Our deepest condolences go out to Terry, family and friends on this sad occasion of the loss of June.

Please pass any condolence messages to Terry on email: salmond1@iinet.net.au

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

-----Original Message-----
From: Ed Harkin [mailto:montytwenty@bigpond.com]
Sent: Sunday, 3 May 2015 10:38 AM

Subject: Re: June Almond

  Dear Terry. .
              Please accept our deepest Condolences  , from the Committee and all Members of the
             Australian Army Training Team. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the Family.

            Ed
          President of the AATTVA WA Branch

-----Original Message-----
From: Terry Almond
Sent: Sunday, May 03, 2015 9:27 AM
To: montytwenty@bigpond.com
Subject: June Almond

Hi Ed,

Just letting know mum is now with dad. She passed away this morning in her sleep.

Terry Almond



Entry Date: 25th February 2015
Updated: 27th February 2015

A soldier died today

WO2 D. (Des) R. Truelove, RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Further to my last on Des.  I have ascertained that Des passed away on 16th February at 2215hrs.

I am led to believe that the family wanted his funeral a private affair.

May Des Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

G’day all,

Sad and belated news just in from Peter Conway AATTV Qld Br on the passing of fellow Team member, WO2 Derek (Des) R. Truelove, RAINF, AATTV.  Des served in South Vietnam as a WO2 with AATTV from Sep to Dec 1968 with 4/4 ARVN Quang Ngai and from Jan to Aug 69 with 1/4 ARVN Quang Ngai, RTA 11 Sep 69.

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on our belated sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to family and friends of Des.

I have not been able to find out details of his passing.  My records show formerly of Kallangur, QLD.  If anyone has details could they please let me know on email: advisor@echidna.id.au

May Des Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@quikdsl.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 17 February 2015 5:21 PM
To:
Subject: Passing of Team Member

Gentlemen

I have been at Canungra for the last couple of days helping ( or for the want of a better word watching the professionals )  with some improvements to the Grove and have just returned home . Whilst at the Grove today  I was very saddened to be informed  of the passing of TEAM member Des Truelove .

Not too sure of all the details regarding his passing and time   but once they come to hand will pass them on. Many of our of members will have memories of their time serving with  Des. He was a fine soldier and known by many.

Apologies for late advice.

.May Des Rest in Peace. Vale another TEAM  warrior

Regards Peter

Lest we forget


 Entry Date: 6th January 2015

A soldier died today

WO2 (later WO1) RSM N. (Noel) Smith, RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Mick Dolensky, President of AATTV Association SA Br on the passing on today, 6th January 2015 of fellow Team member RSM, WO1 Noel Smith, RAINF.

Noel served as a WO2 with AATTV in South Vietnam from 22 Oct 1970 to Feb 71 with 4/54 ARVN Regt, Phu Loc, Thua Thien then Mar –Apr 71 with MAT 23,Quang Ngai, Jun71 TOC, 2nd ARVN Division, Quang Ngai and then Jul - Oct 71 , NOTT2, Phu Cat, Binh Dinh Province. RTA 21 Oct 71.

In addition to awards and citations for service with AATTV, Noel was also awarded the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Bronze Star).

Noel has always been prominent figure within the AATTV Association especially in the SA Br and he will be sorely missed.

I am sure all Team would wish sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies go out to family and friends on the sad occasion of his passing.

Condolence messages can be passed through Mick Dolensky on email: ranee@adam.com.au

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May Noel now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Michael Dolensky [mailto:ranee@adam.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 6 January 2015 6:30 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: Sad News: Death of RSM, WO1 Noel Smith
 

HI Rick,

Noel Smith passed away this afternoon at the War Veterans’ Home, Myrtle
Bank.

Please pass the word to as many as possible including the other RAR
Associations..

 In his usual style he left detailed instructions with a number of people.

 We will need to meet ASAP to complete details (probably Friday?)

Regards,

Mick Dolensky

Lest we forget
Entry Date: 2nd January 2015

A soldier died today

WO2 W. (Bill) T. Jones, RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

As per my previous email and just advised by John Gibson AATTV Qld Br, Bill has succumbed to his illness on this am, 2nd January 2015.  Bill served as a WO2 adviser with AATTV in South Vietnam from 27 Aug 1969 to 13 Aug 70 with 3/51 ARVN Regt, Mieu Bong, Quang Nam Province.

All Team members pass on their sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to his son Roy, family members and friends of Bill on the sad occasion of his passing.  He will be sorely missed by us all.

Condolence messages can be sent to Roy Jones as per details as shown in John Gibson’s email below.

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May Bill now Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: jgib1941@gmail.com [mailto:jgib1941@gmail.com] On Behalf Of John Gibson
Sent: Friday, 2 January 2015 12:48 PM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Vale WO2 William Thomas Jones

Hi Rick

Roy Jones, son of Bill, has advised that Bill passed away peacefully at 0230 hours this morning.

Will advise funeral details when known

Messages of condolence may be forwarded direct to Roy at

therealroy4@gmail.com

May he RIP

Persevere

John

Lest we forget
Entry Date: 1st January 2015
Updated: 3rd January 2015

A soldier died today

WO2 (later WO1) Rex P. Taylor RAA, AATTV

G'day all,

Funeral details for Rex Taylor as provided by Peter Conway AATTV Qld Br are shown below.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@quikdsl.com.au]
Sent: Saturday, 3 January 2015 7:44 AM

Subject: Funeral Service Rex Taylor

Good Morning All

I have been informed by family member Mark that Rex’s funeral service will be held on Friday 9th January.

Details are

Venue Centenary Memorial Gardens  353 Wacol Station Road Sumner Qld

Time 3.00 PM

A Family Funeral Notice

Ex Service members attending are requested to wear medals

After the service a wake will be held at the Sherwood/Indooroopilly RSL Sub Branch (2 Clewley Street Corinda  ) Note NOT THE SHERWOOD EX SERVICES CLUB

Kind Regards

Peter

G’day all,

Sad but not unexpected news in from Peter Conway AATTV Qld Br on the passing today, 1st January 2015 of fellow Team member WO2 (later WO1) Rex Taylor RAA.  Rex served with AATTV in South Vietnam from 31 Jul 1970 to Feb 71 at Hai Lang sub-sector RF, Quang Tri, then Mar – Apr 71 with MAT 22, Quang Ngai, May 71 with MATT 12, Quang Ngai and Jun – Jul 71 at HQ AATTV Danang. RTA 29 Jul 71.

In addition to medals and citations awarded for service with AATTV, Rex was awarded the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Bronze Star).

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on their sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Rex on this sad occasion of his passing.

I was good to hear that Barry Long AATTV WA Br got to see his mate before his passing.

Condolence messages can be passed through Peter Conway on email: plconway@quikdsl.com.au

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May Rex now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@quikdsl.com.au]
Sent: Thursday, 1 January 2015 9:54 AM
Subject: A Soldier Died Today

Good Afternoon All

Very sad news to hand from Matt Conway (Qld branch honorary member and great friend ) advising of the passing of Team Member Rex Peter Taylor at 1115 AM this morning (Qld time)

Matt also mentioned that Rex’s passing was peaceful and his family were in attendance.

Rex had a wonderful outlook towards life and even towards the end was at peace with the fact that his time was short.

I am sure he now “Rests in Peace”

Vale Rex Taylor a good man and a fine soldier
 

“LEST WE FORGET”

Funeral details will be forwarded as they come to hand

Kind Regards

Peter

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 26th October 2014
Updated: 28th December 2014

A soldier died today

WO2 J.T. (Tommy) Hoolihan, RAINF, AATTV,
2 SAS Sqn Borneo

G’day all,

Funeral details for Tommy Hoolihan as received from John Nolan AATTV follow.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: John E Nolan [mailto:jono37939@bigpond.com]
Sent: Sunday, 28 December 2014 10:09 AM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Funeral Notice

Good Day Rick
Would you please promulgate the following?
The Funeral service of WO2 John Thomas Hoolihan ex SAS ex AATTV will be held at the Norfolk Chappell of Karrakatta at 1530hrs (3-30pm) on Friday 2nd January 2015
Following the service there will be a gathering at the HOUSE at Swanbourne
The family requests that former service personnel wear medals

G’day all,

Sad news in from Charles Stewart SAS Association WA Br and John Nolan AATTV WA Br on the passing on 24th December 2014 of fellow Team member, WO2 John Thomas(Tommy)  Hoolihan RAINF,AATTV and 2 SAS Sqn, Borneo aged 80 years.

Tommy served  with AATTV from 13 Jun 1969 to Aug 69 as Platoon Commander 211 Coy 1st Battalion, 2 MSF B-20 5th SFGA Pleiku, then from Sep to Nov 69 with Training Coy 2 MSF Pleiku, then Nov to Apr 70 LRRP Wing, Van Kiep, Phuoc Tuy Province and finally May 70 at National Training Centre, Van Kiep, Phuoc Tuy, RTA 12 Jun 70.

Tommy has had no real contact with the AATTV WA Br but I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to the family and friends on the sad occasion of his passing.

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

Further details will be advised once known.

May Tommy now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 17th December 2014

A soldier died today

Lt Col R. (Reg) Pollard, RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Peter Conway AATTV Qld Br on the passing on 12th December 2014 of Lt Col Reg Pollard, RAINF.  Reg served as a Capt with AATTV in South Vietnam from 8 Sep 1963 to Jun 64 at Dong Da National Training Centre, Chief Tactics Committee and from Jul 64 to Oct 64 with 7th SFG A728 and 1st SDF A-323 teams Khe Sanh, Quang Tri and then Saigon until RTA 10 Dec 64.

While Reg may have little contact with our Association as detailed in the message below, I am sure that all Team members would wish to  pass on their sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to families and friends of Reg.

Funeral details are also shown below.

May Reg now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@quikdsl.com.au]
Sent: Wednesday, 17 December 2014 10:09 AM
To:
Subject: Passing of Team Member

Good Morning All

I notice this  AM in the Brisbane Courier Mail a funeral notice for Lt Col Reginald Lance Pollard who passed away on the 12th December 2014.

Reg served with the Team from Sept 1963 – December 1964

In recent years Reg had little if any contact with the Team Association and we do not have an address of his NOK, however there are two children listed in the funeral notice ,Grant and Ryrie.

Unfortunately the Qld Branch has no record of a postal address. Those wishing to send condolence cards should contact the funeral directors Alex Gow Funerals phone (07) 3851 7800 who may be able to assist with an address as to where cards can be sent
 

Reg’s funeral service will be held at the Alex Gow Funeral Chapel  56 Breakfast Greek Road Newstead Brisbane on Friday 19th December 2014 commencing at 11.00 AM

May He Rest In Peace. Vale Reg Pollard

Regards

Pierre

Lest we forget
Entry Date: 5th December 2015

Fellow Team Member Ill - Rex Taylor AATTV

G’day all,

Not pleasant news from John Gibson AATTV Qld Br on the current health status of Rex Taylor AATTV.

Messages for Rex can be passed through John Gibson on email: jgib1941@gmail.com  or Peter Conway on email: plconway@quikdsl.com.au

Not  looking good for Rex and we wish for him to be as comfortable as possible.

No doubt he will be in our prayers.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: jgib1941@gmail.com [mailto:jgib1941@gmail.com] On Behalf Of John Gibson
Sent: Friday, 5 December 2014 6:18 PM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: More sadness

Hi Rick

Compliments of the season to you and yours. I am most pleased to get the WA newsletter along with others that indeed make good reading.

Anyhow, sad news to report. The Qld Branch members got together for our Christmas Lunch this year as we do and again in attendance was Mark Johnston, an AATTI Veteran and  son - in - law of our Team Member (WO1 RSM) Rex Taylor.

Rex was at the party in 2013 and full of life. But he has just spent time in Greenslopes for treatment for Lung Cancer and has since been discharged.

Mark said the Rex wanted us to know that he has perhaps only a few more weeks before he will leave us. I saddly announced this on our day and now wish you to advise the Team, on your net that Rex may not be with us for too much longer.

Will keep you in touch but respects may be sent to both myself and Pierre C.

Thanks Rick

Keep up the good work

John



Entry Date: 28th November 2014

A soldier died  today

WO2 H(Mick).J.W. Stuttard, RAINF and RAAC, AATTV, 3RAR

G’day all,

I received belated news from Doug Tear AATTV NSW Br on the passing of fellow Team member  Mick Stuttard on the 21st November 2014 in Tenterfield, NSW.  WO2 Henry (Mick) J.W. Stuttard RAAC served with AATTV in South Vietnam from 19 Nov 1968 to Dec 68 with 7th ARVN Cavalry Regiment, PK 17 near  Hue, the Jan to Apr 69 with 11th ARVN Cavalry Quang Tri area and the May to Nov 69 1/11 ARVN Cavalry Quang Tri area, RTA 26 Nov 69.  Mick was wounded in action on 24 Mar 69 as a result of a mine in Quang Tri area.  Mick also served in RAINF when with 3RAR in the Korean War.

In addition to awards and citations awarded to AATTV members for South Vietnam service, Mick was also awarded the US Bronze Star for Service and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star.

In accordance with Mick’s wishes he was privately cremated.

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to family and friends on the sad occasion of Mick’s passing. He will be sadly missed by us all.

Condolence messages can be passed through Doug Tear on email: doug.tear@bigpond.com

May Mick now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Lest we forget
Entry Date: 8th November 2014
Update: 11th November 2014

A soldier died today

WO2 Douglas Barry (Dinga) Bell RAE, AATTV

G’day all,

Funeral details for Dinga Bell as received from Peter Conway AATTV QLD Br follow.

May Dinga now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@quikdsl.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 11 November 2014 7:15 AM
To: John Gibson; Frank Reid; Mick Smith; Allen Edwards
Cc: Rick Ryan
Subject: Funeral Service Doug (Dinga) Bell

Good Morning All

Sarah ( Dinga’s grand daughter)  has advised that the funeral service for our late member Doug ( Dinga ) Bell will be held at Great Southern Crematorium, 1774 Mt Cotton Road Carbrook on Thursday 13th November commencing at 3.00PM (Queensland Time) Notice appears in this morning’s Courier Mail.

AATTV members attending are requested to wear medals.

On conclusion of the service a wake will beheld at Redland Bay Golf Club North Street Redland Bay.
 

Kind Regards

Peter

G’day all,

Sad news just in from John Gibson AATTV QLD  of the passing on 6th November 2014 of fellow Team member Douglas Barry (Dinga) Bell RAE.  Dinga served in South Vietnam with AATTV from 3 Dec 1969 to Mar 70 with VDAT, Ben Tranh District Din Tuong, Apr to Jun 70  RF Training Dinh Thuong, Jul to Sep 70 1/54 Hue and Oct to Nov 70 Admin WO AATTV Danang.

All Team members pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to family and friends of Dinga on this sad occasion of his passing.  He will be greatly missed by all fellow Team members. Condolence messages may be passed through John Gibson on email: jgib1941@gmail.com

Funeral details will be advised once known.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: jgib1941@gmail.com [mailto:jgib1941@gmail.com] On Behalf Of John Gibson
Sent: Friday, 7 November 2014 6:10 AM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Vale Douglas Bell

Hi Rick

Received sad news that WO2 Douglas Barry (Dinga) Bell passed away yesterday in the Wesley Hospital, Brisbane. Doug served on the Team in 69/70.

May you please pass on.

Thanks

John

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 8th November 2014
Updatede: 8th November 2014
Updated: 5th December 2014

Team Member to be hospitalised - Ernie Martens, AATTV

G'day all,

Mary-Helen has advised the Ernie is now at home and hopefully should be able to get around a bit in the New Year.  Good news for a change.

Any messages for Ernie can be sent on the email address I have listed below.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

G'day all,

Message below from Mary-Helen on the current status of Ernie.  Sounds like he got trough the operation quite well.

Please pass messages through Mary -Helen on email: maryhelenmartens@gmail.com

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Hello Rick

Could you please extend our sincerest thanks to Team members for their thoughts and best wishes and provide them with the update Thank you

Ernie has come through the surgery very well and is resting comfortably.
Dr is hopeful his mobility will improve and pain will be reduced.
He will be assessed for inpatient rehab which will be here in Melbourne. I will let you know location when Ernie is moved.

We greatly appreciate the many messages of support and prayers from Team members.

Kind regards & Persevere

Mary-Helen Martens

PS Rick we do hope that you are now in good health
 

G’day all,

News in from Simon Hearder AATTV ACT Br on the forthcoming operation on fellow Team Member Ernie Martens.

We all wish him well and trust that everything works out fine. Contact details for messages are shown below.

All the best Ernie.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Simon Hearder [mailto:simchar7@internode.net.au]
Sent: Thursday, 6 November 2014 3:58 AM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: FW: Health Report Ernie Martens

HI Rick
Hope you are starting to feel better after your health scare – hope you are taking one day at a time.
Sorry to have to ask you to do something but could you please put this message from Mary-Helen out on your Team net
Take extreme care as you and Mandi
Persevere
Simon

From: hemh [mailto:hemh@bigpond.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 4 November 2014 12:55 AM
To: 'Simon Hearder'; 'Adian Clunies-Ross'; 'Adrian Roberts'; 'Alex Craig'; 'Bill Deane'; 'Bill Harkness'; 'Bill Thompson'; 'Cliff Brock'; 'Ern Snelling'; 'Ernie Martens'; 'Eugene Henry'; 'Garth Hughes'; 'Geoff Annett'; 'Geoff Hazel'; 'Ian Gollings'; 'Ian McQuire'; 'Ian Porteous'; 'James & Julie Morris'; 'James Morris'; 'john jackson'; 'John Leggett'; 'John Moyle'; 'john Scales'; 'June Healy'; 'Mary Sticpewich'; 'Max Norris'; 'Peter McNamara'; 'Peter Tilley'; 'Roger Tilley'
Subject: Health Report Ernie Martens

Hello Everyone
A quick note to let you know that Ernie is having another spinal operation this coming Friday 7th November at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Fitzroy Melbourne. Most unfortunately his spine has significantly deteriorated above the spinal fusion he had six years ago. He has been in a bad way since late May so we are hoping this brings relief and enables him to increase his mobility.

We anticipate that he will attend inpatient rehab in a Melbourne facility as well so we expect to be away from Wagga Wagga for 4-6 weeks

We leave WW on Wednesday morning
I will not be accessing this email address and can be contacted on 0409394958 or maryhelenmartens@gmail.com

Please keep him in your thoughts over the coming days

We hope you have a lovely Christmas gathering and wish we could be with you all

Fond regards to you all

Mary-Helen



Entry Date: 30th October 2014

Team Member out of Hospital - Rick Ryan, AATTV

G’day all,

Just arrived back home after six days in Intensive Care Unit of the Fremantle Base Hospital here in WA after suffering a stroke on 25th October.

Very lucky boy and may not have been here had not Mandi recognised my symptoms last Saturday as being that of a stroke.  I awoke around 7am and when I spoke to her it was with a very slurred speech pattern.  I did not take too much notice as I thought I was just tired but after having a shave I walked out to the kitchen trying to put on a jumper.  Mandi noticed I was having trouble and asked if I was alright.  I answered in gooblygook (Slurring again) and started to get very wobbly on my legs.  Mandi sat me down and called 000 to get an ambulance.  She also noticed my left facial area beginning to fall.

Luckily for me Mandi works in the medical arena and she also got me to raise my arms but the left one collapsed.  This information was passed to triple 0  who agreed with her that I was having a stroke.

So after a trip to hospital with a couple of events in the ambulance with my stroke I was put in the best of care with all sorts of tests being done over the 6 days.  The nett result was that I had a stroke, a blood clot and a carotid artery which was 100 per cent closed.  No operation as considered too high risk.  The good thing is that I bounced back fairly quickly and regained all my co-ordination with no side effects at all.  The doctors put my fast recovery down to luck and the fact that I do keep myself reasonably fit for my age.

Bit of a wake up call and glad to have the chance to rebound and go on with life.  Just a few changes to my medications and a bit of follow up and I should be OK.

It all took me by surprise but the slurriness in my speech was the really dead give away to Mandi that something was wrong.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick



Entry Date: 30th October 2014

A soldier died today

WO2 R.D.P. Couttie, RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

I have just returned home from hospital after suffering a stroke on 25th October to find out fellow Team member and mate Peter Couttie had passed away on 25th October 2014 (refer to message below from Bruce Davies AATTV Vic Br).  My apologies for the late notification.

Peter served with AATTV in South Vietnam from Jul to Sep 71 with MATT 4 An Ngai village near Long Dien, Phuoc Tuy & HQ Baria Oct 71.AATTV Saigon Nov 71 and NOTT 2 Dong Tam Dec 71. Dec 71 AATTV Vung Tau and then Jan 72 attached 1ATF, Vung Tau old ALSG site pack up. RTA 7 Mar 72. During my military career I did serve with Peter and always found him to be a affable fellow who got on well with those he worked with.  He will be sadly missed by fellow Team members and our sincerest sympathies and deepest condolences go out to his family and friends on this sad occasion of his passing.

May Peter Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From:Bruce Davies [mailto:bruce.davies@tpg.com.au]
Sent: Saturday, 25 October 2014 9:28 AM
To: persevere
Subject: Vale: R. D. 'Peter' Couttie

Peter Couttie passed away in the early hours of 25 October. Further details will follow.
Peter served with AATTV during 1971-1972.
Persevere
Bruce Davies

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 4th October 2014

A soldier died today

WO2 L.I. Morrison, AATTV, RAINF

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Doug Tear AATTV NSW Br on the passing on 3rd October 2014 of  fellow Team Member, Laurie Morrison.

Doug has information on Laurie’s passing and funeral details in the attached document.  I have copied the text from attachment and it as shown below for those that may have problems in opening the document.

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to Shirley, family members and friends on the sad occasion of Laurie’s passing.
Condolence messages can be passed through Doug Tear on email: doug.tear@bigpond.com

May Laurie now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Doug Tear [mailto:doug.tear@bigpond.com]
Sent: Saturday, 4 October 2014 5:17 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: Passing of a Team Member - Laurie Morrison RAINF

Dear Rick,

It is with sadness that I advise of the passing of Laurie Morrison.

A summary of Laurie’s service with the Team and his funeral details are attached.

Regards,

Doug
 

4 October 2014

VALE

LAWRENCE IVAN MORRISON RAINF

It is with regret and sadness that I inform you of the passing of Laurie Morrison on Friday, 3 October 2014 at Winston Lodge, Winston Hills in Sydney NSW.

Laurie served two tours with the Team; firstly from 11 November 1965 to 1 November 1966 with the Regional Force/Popular Force at Hoa Vang Sub-Sector in Quang Nam; Quang Nam Province and secondly from 21 January to 18 May 1969 initially with 1/6 ARVN at Tam Ky in Quang Tin Province and later from March 1969 with the Regional Force/Popular Force at Hoa Vang Sub-Sector in Quang Nam; Quang Nam Province.  Laurie was wounded by an enemy grenade on 11 May 1969 and was medically evacuated back to Australia on 18 May 1969.

Our thoughts and prayers go to Shirley and their family at this most difficult time.

The details of Laurie’s funeral are as follows:

Date:               Friday, 10 October 2014
Time:              11.30 am
Location:        Pinegrove Memorial Park Cemetery and Crematorium
Kington Street
Minchinbury   NSW   2770
Phone:            9625 8066

Like the leaves on a tree in autumn,
we slowly depart, one by one.
But, let those remaining still Persevere.

A quote from Richard Riddle, a Team Member

Rest in Peace

Doug Tear MBE
President

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 27th September 2014
Updated: 28th September 2014
 
 

A soldier died today

Maj Ian G. McKeown, RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Funeral details for Ian McKeown as received from Bruce Davies, AATTV Vic Br follow.

Condolence messages for the family of Ian can be passed through Bruce on email: bruce.davies@tpg.com.au

May Ian, Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bruce Davies [mailto:bruce.davies@tpg.com.au]
Sent: Sunday, 28 September 2014 4:02 PM
To: persevere
Subject: Ian McKeown funeral details

The service for Ian will be on Friday 3 October 2014 at 1400 hours.

The location Tobin Brothers Cranbourne
210 Sladen Street, Cranbourne.
Telephone 03 5996 7211

No wreath, I will coordinate a eulogy with the DFWA representative.

An AATTV notice will appear in the Herald Sun, probably on Tuesday 30 September (in concert with the family’s notice).

Dress, please wear AATTV attire with medals.

My contact is mobile 0413 189 885.

Persevere
Bruce Davies
Secretary AATTV-A (VIC)

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Bruce Davies AATTV Vic Branch on the passing last night of fellow Team member, Ian McKeown, RAINF, AATTV.  Ian served as a Maj with AATTV in South Vietnam from Mar to Nov 1964 at Dong Da National Training Centre, and from Dec 64 to Mar 65 with HQ I Corps, Danang as G-3 nad Liaison Officer Australian Advisers 1st and 2nd ARVN Divisions.

As Bruce states, Ian was a stalwart member of our Association. Both Mandi and I knew Ian for many years during our military service together and will always remember him.  He will be sadly missed by all Team members and our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies go out to family members and his friends on this sad occasion of his passing.

Condolence messages for the family of Ian can be passed through Bruce Davies on email: bruce.davies@tpg.com.au

Funeral arrangements will be advised once known.

May Ian now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bruce Davies [mailto:bruce.davies@tpg.com.au]
Sent: Saturday, 27 September 2014 6:38 AM
To: persevere
Subject: Vale Ian McKeown

Ian McKeown passed away last night (26-27 Sep), further details will be advised.
Ian served with AATTV during 1964-1965 and  he was a stalwart member of the AATTV Association and its Committee over many years.
Persevere
Bruce

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 13th September 2014

A soldier died today

WO2 Graham Hugh King RAINF, AATTV, 1 RAR

G’day all,

Sad but not un-expected news in from John Barnes, AATTV on the passing on 11th September 2014 of fellow Team member, WO2 Graham Hugh King RAINF, AATTV, 1 RAR.  Graham served as a Private with 1 RAR on his first tour of duty in South Vietnam from 3 Jun 1965 to 1 Jun 1966 and as a WO2 from 14 May 1970 to 12 May 1971 with 3/1 ARVN, 1st Division, Quang Tri from May to Dec 70 and then with JWTC, Nui Dat, Phuoc Tuy Province from Jan to May 71.

In addition to his campaign medals for service in RVN, Graham was also awarded the US Army Commendation Medal for Service, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Silver Star), US Army Meritorious Unit Commendation and the RVN Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to family and friends of Graham on the sad occasion of his passing.

Condolence messages can be passed to John Barnes on email: jbar9388@bigpond.net.au

John Barnes, as shown below, is handling the affairs of Graham and has been a great mate right to the end.

May Graham now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

-----Original Message-----
From: John Barnes [mailto:jbar9388@bigpond.net.au]
Sent: Friday, 12 September 2014 2:33 PM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Vale- Graham Hugh King

Hi Rick,

Sad news, Graham passed away last night approximately 11.30pm, 11th September 2014. The tending nurse told me that he died in his sleep and did not suffer. Thank god for that.

Graham's mortal remains have been collected by Elliott Funeral Services and as soon as the Doctor can sign the Death Certificate and confirm the Date of Death, Graham's body will be cremated. His ashes will go to the Grove in Canungra, for placing around his tree, as were his wishes.

For those who did not know Graham personally, He served in 1 RAR, first tour and 3/1 Bn out of Quang Tri second tour with the AATTV. He was a good Advisor and highly respected by the Bn Comd.

Graham has been in a Nursing Home in Adelaide for the past 3 years. I have been his Power of Attorney, Power of Guardianship and Executor of his Will and I now have to locate his 2 daughters who he has not had contact with for far too many years.

Persevere

John

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 31st August 2014

Team Member Hospitalised - Graham King, AATTV

G'day all,

Further to my last email on Graham, the following just in from John Barnes AATTV on the health status of Graham King AATTV which does not bode to well.

Any messages for Graham can be passed through John on email: jbar9388@bigpond.net.au

We trust that is at least resting comfortably under his current condition.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

-----Original Message-----
From: John Barnes [mailto:jbar9388@bigpond.net.au]
Sent: Saturday, 30 August 2014 2:50 PM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Condition of Graham King

Hi Rick,

Just before lunch today the Doctor looking after Graham rang and informed me that there is no good news about Graham. Because he had a large build up of calcium in his system that was also affecting his diabetes, he suggested that there must be a growth somewhere. He had a couple of x-rays  yesterday and the Doctor has found that Graham has advanced Lung Cancer and that it has already moved through his body. He does not know how long he has, but he will not be going back to the Home. He may only have 2 weeks, then he could live longer.

Cheryl and I are going to Melbourne on Monday to see her Parkinson's Specialist, so we will drive to South Australia on Tuesday to see Graham.
Graham and I will have a long talk and I want him to put on paper his wishes and I will make sure that they are carried out.

We have paid for his Cremation and he wishes to have his ashes spread at his tree in the Grove at Canungra. I am going to Queensland in December for my brothers 50th Wedding Anniversary, so I will do it then, or ask the Team to do it when they can. But it will happen.

Please pass on this sad news to all, I will keep you informed.

Persevere

John

-----Original Message-----
From: John Barnes [mailto:jbar9388@bigpond.net.au]
Sent: Thursday, 28 August 2014 11:02 AM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Hospitalisation of Graham King

Hi Rick and Mandy,

Please pass on to members that Graham has been admitted into Central District Hospital, Elizabeth South yesterday because his diabetic condition and liver problems are causing him problems. I have spoken to his Doctor and he reckons that Graham will be okay, just needs to again eat properly and recover from his present condition. Graham lost his balance and fell heavily and has been confused about his eating. He thinks he has eaten, but sleeps through the meal time, he really has not touched any food on his plate, that is why he has been hospitalised.

The phone no for the hospital is 0882504111, the switch will put you through to Graham's ward.

Cheryl and I hope that you and Mandy are OK, if you see John please pass our regards.

Persevere

John



Entry Date: 31st August 2014

A soldier died today

Cpl Michael Barry BYRNE, RAE, AATTV

G’day all,

News just in from John Graham – Hon Sec of Kingsgrove RSL Sub Branch NSW on the passing on Thursday, 28th August 2014 of fellow Team member, Cpl Michael Barry Byrne, RAE, AATTV.  Michael served in South Vietnam with 1st Field Squadron from 20 Aug 1969 to 22 May 1970 and then with AATTV from 23 May 70  with MATT 3, Baria, Phuoc Tuy and Jul - 13 Aug 70 with MATT 6, Hoi My, Phuoc Tuy Province.

I am sure that all Team members would wish our deepest  sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends on the sad occasion of his passing.

Funeral details are shown below.  At this stage could any condolence messages be passed to John Graham on email: jagraham6@optusnet.com.au

May Michael now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

From: John Graham [mailto:jagraham6@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Saturday, 30 August 2014 11:03 AM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: Michael Barry Byrne

Hi Rick,
I am the Secretary of Kingsgrove RSL Sub Branch NSW. One of our members Michael Barry Byrne passed away on Thursday and on checking his records I note that he was a member of the Team in Vietnam from 23/05/1970 until 13/8/1970. Michael was a career soldier.
His funeral is to be held on Friday the 5th September at the Forest Lawn Crematorium Leppington NSW.
I was wondering if you have contact with ex Team members in Sydney that may be able to attend.
Our Sub Branch will be conducting the Service.
Regards John

John A.Graham, JP
Honorary Secretary
Kingsgrove RSL Sub Branch
0297182583
0411809936

Lest We Forget


Updated: 21st July 2014

A soldier died today

WO2 Bruce Elphick, RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Peter Conway AATTV Qld Br on the passing at Cootamundra, NSW on 20th July 2014 of fellow Team member Bruce Elphick, RAINF.

Bruce served as a WO2 in South Vietnam with AATTV on two tours of duty.  His first tour was with 5th SFGA, C Team, Danang from Mar to Sep 67 and from Oct – Nov 67 with RF/PF Binh Ba and Duc Thanh, Phuoc Tuy Province.  On his second tour of duty, Bruce served with NOTT, Bac Lieu from Aug to Nov 71, then AATTV Training Group, Vung Tau in Dec 71 and during Jan – Feb 72 with Long Hai Training Battalion.  From Mar 73 until RTA Aug 72 at JWTC, Van Kiep, Phuoc Tuy.

Bruce will be sadly missed by Team members and our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies go out to all family and friends on this sad occasion of his passing.

Condolence messages can be passed through Peter Conway on email: plconway@quikdsl.com.au

As Peter Conway states, Bruce was a fine soldier and a generous man.  I recall him as always having a very friendly smile.

May Bruce now Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@quikdsl.com.au]
Sent: Monday, 21 July 2014 3:15 PM
To:
Subject: Another Tour of Duty Completed

Good Afternoon All

Sad news and with deep regret that we announce the  passing of Team Member Bruce Elphick at Cootamundra yesterday ( Sunday 20th July AM). Those who may have served with Bruce on either of his two tours will remember him as a fine soldier and a good and generous man. Our sincere sympathy goes to Joanne, his daughter  and family. Funeral arrangements will be advised as they come to hand.

MAY BRUCE REST IN PEACE: LEST WE FORGET

Regards

Peter
 
 

Lest we forget


Updated: 16th July 2014
Entry Date:: 15th July 2014

A soldier died today

WO2 Joseph Frank Ghilotti, RAAC, AATTV

G’day all,

Funeral service details for Frank as received from John Nolan AATTV are shown below.

May Frank now rest in peace,

Take care and Persevere.

Rick

From: John E Nolan [mailto:jono37939@bigpond.com]
Sent: Saturday, 12 July 2014 10:26 AM

Subject: Funeral Service

The Funeral Service for Mr Joseph Frank Ghilotti will be held in the Chapel of Bowra & O'Dea's Mandurah office at 2 Leslie Street Mandurah commencing at 1330 hrs on Thursday 24 July 2014.

PERSEVERE

John E Nolan

G’day all,

Sad but expected news in from John Nolan, AATTV WA Br on the passing early this morning (14 Jul 2014 at 0015hrs) of fellow Team member Frank Ghilotti.  WO2 Joseph F (Frank) RAAC served with the AATTV in South Vietnam from 27 Aug 69 to Sep 69 with 2/5 ARVN, Tam Ky, Quang Tri and from Sep 69 to 27 Aug 70 with 2/4 ARVN Cavalry, Quang Ngai.

Frank was a stalwart member of the AATTV WA Branch for many a year and will be sadly missed by us all. I am sure all fellow Team members would wish to pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to Jeanette, Shane and family on this sad occasion of the passing of Frank.  I know as a personal friend of Frank and his family, I will miss him deeply.

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

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May Frank now rest in peace,

Take care and Persevere.

Rick

Lest we forget


Updated: 12th July 2014
Updated: 11 July 2014
Updated: 12th June 2014
Updated: 9th June 2014
Entry Date: 6th June 2014

Team Member in Hospital - Frank Ghilotti, AATTV

G’day all,

Further to my last email on Frank Ghilotti AATTV,  John Nolan Welfare Officer AATTV WA Br has provided the following update on Frank who is now in a critical condition.

Our best wishes go out to Frank, Jeanette and all family members.

Messages to Frank, Jeanette and family can be passed through John Nolan on email: jono37939@bigpond.com

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: John E Nolan [mailto:jono37939@bigpond.com]
Sent: Saturday, 12 July 2014 10:26 AM
To: montytwenty@bigpond.com; Des Campbell; Barry Long; Eric Lloyd; janet jenkin; jhriley; John Gibson; Oliver Moon; Peter Conway; Ray Hinde; tonythorp; Rick Ryan
Subject: Welfare Report

Frank Ghilotti is in a critical condition in the Hollywood Private Hospital, he is now only allowed family visits and it is requested that he no longer be phoned directly,
Condition reports can be be obtained from me on 0417170790 or from Jeanette on 0412544412
I will update this report when further information becomes available
John E Nolan

Rick will you please give this further promulgation.
 

G’day all,

Spoke with Shane Ghilotti, son of Frank today.  Frank is not travelling well and the family fear the worse. Shane advised that Frank has been taken off his oxygen machine and has been given injections to help keep him comfortable.

Frank served in South Vietnam from 27 Aug 1969 to Sep 69 with 2/5 ARVN, Tam Ky, Quang Tri and from Sep 69 to 27 Aug 70 with 2/4th ARVN Cavalry, Quang Ngai.

I did tell Shane that Frank, Jeanette and the family are in our prayers at this time and only wish that Frank is made as comfortable as possible.

For your information.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

G’day all,

Further to my last on Frank, John Nolan has provided Ward and Bed Nbr for Frank.

I also spoke with Frank and he wishes to thank all those that have contacted.  Frank's mobile number is 0409 296 402 for those wishing to give him a call.  While he is still finding it hard to talk, he can still communicate okay with any callers.

Still on the road to recovery and we wish him all the best.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: John E Nolan [mailto:jono37939@bigpond.com]
Sent: Thursday, 12 June 2014 4:01 PM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Welfare update Frank Ghilotti

Frank is now in Hollywood private Hospital Clifford Sadlier Ward Bed 26 and is allowed visitors. He looks much happier just being in Hollywood although he is not looking forward to Physio commencing tomorrow morning

G’day all,

Further to my last on Frank Ghilotti, AATTV,  our Welfare Officer John Nolan, AATTV has kindly provided the following update on Frank.

We trust he is now well and truly on the mend.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: John E Nolan [mailto:jono37939@bigpond.com]
Sent: Monday, 9 June 2014 4:40 PM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Welfare Report

Good Day Rick
Would you please promulgate the following?

Welfare Report Frank Ghilotti
Elaine and I have just returned from Fremantle Hospital (PM Monday 9th June2014) where we visited Frank in ward 8 North room 14.  Although he is not out of the woods by a long way, he did look considerably better than he did last Friday his breathing is improved and colour much better, he is still in quite a deal of pain and discomfort and is on a continuous morphine drip.
Frank is in a critical care unit and is allowed visitors but no more than two at a time, he seems to enjoy having team mates visit. Frank had received a phone call from Bill Dunstan from over East and was really chuffed even though talking for more than a few seconds is difficult, Thanks Bill
John E Nolan
 

G’day all,

Team member in WA – Frank Ghilotti is in Fremantle Hospital after a motor vehicle accident on Tuesday, 3rd June.  Frank has broken  and fractured ribs, punctured lung and severe cuts and bruising and is in a serious but stable condition.  I spoke with son Shane this morning about the associated breathing problems with Frank while in his current condition.  Frank has been on oxygen bottles for the past few years and of course with the injuries sustained in the accident is being consistently monitored by hospital staff.

His wife, Jeanette also suffered severe bruising and has been released from hospital and resting at home and is in quite a bit of pain.  I spoke with Jeanette this afternoon and she is coping alright apart from the apparent concern as to Frank’s well being.

Frank’s mobile number is 0409 296 402 if members wish to make a call, however, I would suggest that calls be made from Sunday onwards as Frank is still in quite some pain.

Email messages can be sent to him on his email: j.ghilotti@bigpond.com

We all trust that Frank will be on the mend and out of hospital in the near future.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick



Entry Date: 30th June 2014

Passing of Beverley Kenneally wife of Blue Kenneally, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news in from Peter Conway, AATTV Qld Br on the passing of Beverley Kenneally.

Our condolences go out to Blue on this sad occasion of the loss of Beverley, his wife, partner and best friend.

Messages for Blue can be passed through Des Ford AATTV as per email address below.

May Beverley now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@quikdsl.com.au]
Sent: Sunday, 15 June 2014 4:40 PM
To:
Cc: Rick Ryan;

Subject: Passing of Team members Wife

Good Evening All

Very sadly Des Ford has advised of the passing of Beverley Kenneally  wife of our Member Blue . Bev has been ill for some time, however the news has come as a shock to all who know Blue and Bev so  well.

Further details will be forwarded as they come to hand. Messages of condolence should be forwarded to Des Ford at demof@bigpond.com

May Beverley Rest in Peace,

Regards

Peter



Entry Date: 3rd May 2014
 
 

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“Walk Tall” is an Australian’s view of ‘the American War’. It is an in-depth look at the Vietnam War wherein John Peel served as a member of the highly respected AATTV allocated to 1st ARVN Regiment. It records his experiences along with his perceptions on the Army of the Republic of Vietnam’s response to constant changes in policy, by reflecting on the character, culture and religion of the South Vietnamese soldier. It exposes the battles fought against their ideological enemy on one front, and the Saigon government on another, a government which ignored their cultural traditions threatening the soldier’s family by neglect.

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Entry Date:  3rd May 2014

G’day all,

Following applicable to WA only.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: John E Nolan [mailto:jono37939@bigpond.com]
Sent: Thursday, 1 May 2014 10:04 AM
To: Ann Sarah May Wells; Barry Long; montytwenty@bigpond.com; Eric Lloyd; janet jenkin; jhriley; whitty38@bigpond.com; joseph frank ghilotti; Oliver Moon; M Stewart; Ray Hinde; Rick Ryan; tonythorp; Vin Murphy
Subject: AATTV May BBQ

Good Day All
Due to the date of our May BBQ falling on Mother’s Day and many of our members indicating they have family commitments it has been decided to cancel the May function. Our next function will be at the ‘House ‘on Sunday 8th June
PERSEVERE
John E Nolan
Vice Pres.
Rick can you give this message a wider coverage?



Entry Date: 28th April 2014

A soldier died today

WO2 Raymond (Ray) Alexander Barnes, DCM, RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Peter Conway, AATTV Qld Br on the passing on 21st April 2014 of fellow Team member, Raymond (Ray) Alexander Barnes,DCM RAINF.  Ray served with AATTV on his second tour of duty in South Vietnam from 25 Feb 1970.  Ray served as Platoon Commander, 212 Coy,2 MSF, 5th SFGA Mar – Apr 70, Company Commander 211 Coy, 2 MSF, Pleiku, May 70, then Jun 70 as Platoon Commander, 2 MSF, Pleiku and from Jul 70 to Feb 71,  MATT 2, Dat Do, Phuoc Tuy Province.  Ray’s first tour of duty was with 6RAR 6 Jun 66 to 14 Jun 67.

For his service with AATTV he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (DCM).  The citation reads as follows:

Army Number:                      1410972
Rank:                                     Warrant Officer Class Two
Christian Name:                    Raymond Alexander
Surname:                               BARNES
Award:                                   DCM

Warrant Officer Barnes enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in October 1964.  He served with 6th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment in South Vietnam in 1966 and 1967.  He joined the Australian Army Training Team in Vietnam in February 1970 and from that time until 18 July 1970 he served with the 2nd Mobile Strike Force on operations in Pleiku and Kontum Provinces.
During the period 3 to 11 April, Warrant Officer Barnes served as Platoon commander in the 212th Mobile Strike Force Company on operations in the Dak Seang area of Kontum Province.  On many occasions during this operation Warrant Officer Barnes’ Platoon came under intense and continuous enemy fire and suffered many casualties.  On each occasion he moved about his area despite the heavy enemy mortar and small arms fire encouraging and inspiring his soldiers and directing their defensive preparations, withdrawal or assault activities.
During the period 10 to 31 May, Warrant Officer Barnes served as Company Commander of the 211th Mobile Strike Force Company again on operations in the Dak Seang area.  On several occasions the company came under intense enemy attacks and suffered many casualties.  On each occasion Warrant Officer Barnes was in full command of the situation.  From the 16th to 18th, the battalion was completely surrounded and very short of ammunition.  All enemy assaults to break into the area fell on the 211th Company.  On each occasion Warrant Officer Barnes moved to the forward edge of the company perimeter to co-ordinate his defence, evacuate his wounded, direct air and artillery support and re-allocate ammunition.  On one occasion he moved outside the unit perimeter to help carry back one of his wounded soldiers.
Throughout the entire period whilst in continual heavy contact with the enemy Warrant Officer Barnes displayed such outstanding qualities of leadership and bravery that despite the heavy casualties sustained, his company remained an effective fighting entity.
Warrant Officer Barnes has continued to display outstanding bravery and leadership.  His actions reflect great credit to himself, the Australian Army Training Team in Vietnam and the Australian Army.

Ray will be sadly missed by his fellow Team members and our deepest sympathies and sincerest sympathies go out to Audrey, family and friends on the sad occasion of his passing.

Funeral details are shown below in both Peter Conway’s email and the funeral notice from the Courier Mail today.

Condolence messages for the family can be passed through Peter Conway on email:  plconway@quikdsl.com.au

May Ray now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@quikdsl.com.au]

Sent: Monday, 28 April 2014 1:30 PM

Subject: Passing of Team Member Ray Barnes DCM

Good Afternoon

More sad news from Qld

I have just been perusing today’s edition of the Courier Mail and notice a funeral notice for Raymond Alexander Barnes. I knew Ray and his first wife Helen quite well as they lived close to me at Stafford during the sixties early seventies. Helen passed away some years ago and Ray remarried Audrey and were living at Hendra at the time of Ray’s passing. He sadly passed away on the 21st April.

The funeral notice indicates that the funeral service will be held this coming Friday the 2nd May at St Clemens Anglican Church Eudunda Street Stafford commencing at 1030 AM.

May He Rest in Peace

LEST WE FORGET

Regards

Peter

Extract from Courier Mail 28th April 2014

BARNES, Raymond Alexander
BARNES, Raymond Alexander (Ray)Late of Hendra. Passed away peacefully on the 21st April, 2014. Aged 77 Years. Much loved Husband of Helen (dec'd). Loving Husband of Audrey. Beloved Father and Father-in-law of Bruce and Carmela, Elizabeth, and Kathryne and Graham. Loved Poppy of Jarrod, Sharray, Samantha and Sean. Relatives and Friends are respectfully invited to a Celebration of Ray's Life, to be held in St. Clements Anglican Church, Eudunda Street, Stafford, on Friday, 2nd May, 2014, commencing at 10.30 a. m.
Funerals
Published in The Courier-Mail on 28/04/2014 



 Entry Date: 26th March 2014

Vale -A soldier died today

WO2 Brian C. Smith RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news in from John Gibson AATTV Qld Br on the passing today of fellow Team Member, WO2 Brian C. Smith RAINF, AATTV. Brian served as a WO2 with AATTV in South Vietnam from 27 Apr 1967 to Oct 67 with 5th SFGA, Mike Force, China Beach, Danang.  He was Medevac to Australia on 6 Nov 67.

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to Bobby, family and friends on the sad occasion of his passing.

Condolence messages can be passed through John Gibson on email: jgibson9@bigpond.com

Funeral details will be forwarded once known.

May Brian Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: John Gibson [mailto:jgibson9@bigpond.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 26 March 2014 4:12 PM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Vale

Hi Rick

Sad news. Brian Cyril Smith passed away at 11.30 am today. Brian served with Mike Force, 5th SFGA, China Beach, Da Nang,  April to Nov 67.

Funeral Details will follow when known.

Persevere

John

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 26th March 2014
Updated: 27th March 2014

A soldier died today

WO2 Colin ‘Doc’ B. Judd RASIGS, AATTV

G’day all,

Funeral details for Doc Judd AATTV as received from John Gibson AATTV Qld Br per Des Campbell are detailed below.

Details are:

Date/Time:     1030 hours, (Qld time) 07 April 2014.
Place:             Garden Chappel, Allambe Memorial Park.
Address:        129 Nerang-Broadbeach Road,
                       Nerang,  Queensland.

May Doc Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

G’day all,

More sad news received from John Gibson AATTV Qld Br on the passing yesterday at 3.30pm, 25th March 2014 of fellow Team member, Colin ‘Doc’ B Judd, RASIGS, AATTV.  Doc served in South Vietnam as a WO2 with AATTV from 11 Sep 1964 to Dec 64 at Dong Da Training Centre Weapons Committee and from Jan to Mar 65 with 1st SFG Team A-414 A Ro, Western Quang Nam. In Apr 65 joined A5/331 later A-104 Ha Than, Son Ha district, Quang Ngai and May – Sep 65 Admin WO 2nd ARVN Div and HQ AATTV Danang.

Doc had not been very well for the past few years but fought a strong battle until now.  He will be sadly missed by fellow Team members and our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies go out to Doreen, family and friends on the sad occasion of his passing.

Condolence messages can be passed through John Gibson on email: jgibson9@bigpond.com

Funeral details will be advised once known.,

May Doc now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Lest we forget
Entry Date: 24th March 2014
Updated: 26th March 2014
Vale – A soldier died today

Maj D. (Don) G. Robertson RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Vin Murphy AATTV has provided the details for the funeral for Don below.

Funeral Directors William Barrett and Sons Bunbury

May Don Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
From: Vincent Murphy [mailto:vinmurf@gateway.net.au]
Sent: Wednesday, 26 March 2014 9:07 AM
To: Rick Ryan
Cc: Barrry Long
Subject: Funeral Don Robertson

Good morning gentlemen,

As advised in this morning’s West Australian the funeral for Don
will take place at 11.00am Wednesday 2nd April 2014 in the
Crematorium Chapel, Belcher Street, BUNBURY.
Delay in the funeral is caused by travel arrangements for
three sons resident in the ES.

Regards,

Vin Murphy

G'day all,

Sad but not unexpected news in from Vin Murphy AATTV via John Nolan, AATTV on the passing today of fellow Team member, Maj D. (Don) G. Robertson RAINF, AATTV.  Don served in South Vietnam with AATTV as Maj Senior Australian Adviser/Training Adviser at Duc My Ranger Training Centre from Apr to Sep 1965 and from Oct 65 to Nov 65 Quang Tri Sector, Dec 65 to Mar 66, Trieu Phong sub-sector Senior Adviser, I Corps.
I am sure all team members would like to pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to his wife Jo, family members and friends on the sad occasion of Don’s passing.
Messages for Jo and family can be passed through Vin Murphy, AATTV on email:  vinmurf@gateway.net.au
Funeral details will be advised once known.
May Don Rest In Peace,
Take care and Persevere,
Rick

From: John E Nolan [mailto:jono37939@bigpond.com]
Sent: Monday, 24 March 2014 5:59 PM
To: Rick Ryan
Cc: Barry Long
Subject: Death Notice

Good Day Rick
Sad news from Vin Murphy, Don Robertson E x AATTV ,  Passed away at 10am this morning at St John of Gods palliative care unit at Bunbury
Funeral will be in Bunbury further details to follow when known
John E Nolan

Lest we forget


Updated: 18th March 2014
Entry Date: 16th March 2014

Vale - A soldier died today

Sgt H. (Heinz) H. Zinke, AACC, AATTV

G'day all,

Funeral details for Heinz are detailed below.

Condolence messages can be passed through Doug Tear on email: doug.tear@bigpond.com

May Heinz Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Millett [mailto:aattvvet71@hotmail.com]
Sent: Monday, 17 March 2014 11:44 AM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Fwd: Funeral - Heinz Herbert Zinke

For you mate.

Sent from my iPad

Begin forwarded message:
From: "Doug Tear" <doug.tear@bigpond.com>
Date: 17 March 2014 2:30:57 pm AEDT
To: "Doug Tear" <doug.tear@bigpond.com>
Subject: Funeral - Heinz Herbert Zinke
Dear Members,
The details of Heinz’s funeral are as follows:

Date:                    Thursday, 20 March 2014
Time:                   1200 noon
Location:             North Chapel
                              Pinegrove Memorial Park Cemetery and Crematorium
                              Kington Street
                              Minchinbury   NSW   2770
Phone:                 9625 8066

Like the leaves on a tree in autumn,
we slowly depart, one by one.
But, let those remaining still Persevere.

A quote from Richard Riddle, a Team Member

Regards,

Doug

G’day all,

Sad news in from Peter Millett AATTV via Doug Tear AATTV on the passing today of fellow Team member, Sgt Heinz H. Zinke, AACC.  Heinze served with AATTV in South Vietnam from 28 Apr 1971 to 2 Dec 71 as Sergeant’s Mess supervisor cook at JWTC, Nui Dat.  Heinz also served in South Vietnam with 85 Tpt Pl from 11 Nov 68 to 26 Feb 69 and with 1 Fd Sqn from 27 Feb 69 to 12 Nov 69.  He also served at AFV Amenities from 15 Sep 71 to 5 Nov 71.
 

Heinz had been in palliative care lately.  He will be sadly missed by fellow Team members.  Our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies go out to Marianne,  family and friends of Heinz on the sad occasion of his passing.
Individual messages of condolence can be passed through Doug Tear AATTV NSW Br on email: doug.tear@bigpond.com
Funeral details will be advised once known.

May Heinz Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Millett [mailto:aattvvet71@hotmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, 16 March 2014 12:12 PM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Passing of a Team Member - Heinz Herbert Zinke

Another passed away cu mate.

Sent from my iPad

Begin forwarded message:
From: "Doug Tear" <doug.tear@bigpond.com>
Date: 16 March 2014 1:35:01 pm AEDT
To: "Doug Tear" <doug.tear@bigpond.com>
Subject: Passing of a Team Member - Heinz Herbert Zinke
Dear Members,

It is with sadness I advise of the passing of Heinz Zinke early this morning.

Regards,

Doug

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 6th March 2014

Team Member Seriously Ill -  Don Robertson, AATTV

G’day all,

Not so good news from Vin Murphy AATTV on the health of fellow Team member, Don Robertson.  Don served with AATTV as Maj Senior Australian Adviser/Training Adviser at Duc My Ranger Training Centre from Apr to Sep 1965 and from Oct 65 to Nov 65 Quang Tri Sector, Dec 65 to Mar 66, Trieu Phong sub-sector Senior Adviser, I Corps.

As Vin has indicated below, messages for Don and Jo can be passed through Vin on email:

I am sure all Team members pass on their best wishes to Don and Jo on this sad situation and trust that he is comfortable and in good hands with family members and friends.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Vincent Murphy [mailto:vinmurf@gateway.net.au]
Sent: Thursday, 6 March 2014 9:09 AM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: Maj D G Robertson

Hi Rick,

I am not a regular correspondent to your excellent computer site
but I thought that I should make contact and advise you, and the
rest of the Team, that Don Robertson, a 1966 member of the Team,
is seriously ill in the St John of God Hospital, Bunbury. Robbie is
doing battle with a large, aggressive cancer and is not expected
to survive much longer.

I would be happy to convey any messages to him or his wife, Jo.

Best wishes,

Vin Murphy



Entry Date: 6th March 2014

Vale - A soldier died today

WO2 K. O. Smith, RAINF

G'day all,

I have received very late notification of the passing of fellow Team Member,  WO2 Keith (KO) Ormond Smith, RAINF on the 23rd November 2012 in Seymour, Victoria.  Keith served with AATTV in South Vietnam from 1 Jul 72 to Niv 72 with Phuoc Tuy Training Battalion and in Dec 72 at Van Kiep.  Keith also  served with 5RAR in South Vietnam from 3 Mar 1967 to 25 Apr 67 and with 7RAR from 26 Apr 67 to 8 Mar 68.

In addition to awards given to AATTV members, Keith was also a recipient of the Repunlic of Cambodia National Defence Medal with Bronze Star for his service with AATTV.

It is always sad to hear of the passing of one of our own but even harder when we have belated news.  I am sure that Team members pass on their deepest sympathies to Myrea, family and friends of Keith.
Messages can be passed through his grandson, Andrew on email: rustanroo@gmail.com

Also please refer to the message below from Andrew on the notification of the passing of Keith and his request for any photographs that Team members may have of Keith.

May Keith Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Andrew Costanzo [mailto:rustabroo@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 5 March 2014 6:08 AM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Re: WO2 K.O Smith

      Keith was at his property on Kerris circuit in Seymour with his
 closest family, pop spent his last hours closely with daughter Tracie
 (my mum) by his side, I believe they were listening to a military
        tattoo as he left this word peacefully, from natural causes on the
 23/11/2012.
  K.O is my grandfather and my idol, a man I believe truly lived his
  life to the fullest, a hard man and a hero. his daughter Tracie is my
  mother.
Thank you.

 -----Original Message-----
 From: Andrew Costanzo [mailto:rustabroo@gmail.com]
 Sent: Tuesday, 4 March 2014 1:02 AM
 To: advisor@echidna.id.au
 Subject: WO2 K.O Smith

 G'day my name is Andrew Costanzo proud grandson of Vietnam veteran,
 Warrant officer class 2 K.O Smith. Unfortunately I'm writing to
inform you that my biggest role model is no longer with us. K.O
 passed away on the 23/11/2012, Much loved husband to Myrea, father to
Tracie, Stuart and Lyndsey, grandfather to Alexandra, Emily, myself
 and Jordan. and great grandfather to Luca. Missed by everyone lucky
 enough to have him in there life. May I ask, If you were able to get
 copies of photographs picturing K.O they would be greatly
 appreciated. Thank you for your time.

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 16th March 2013

Passing of Glennys Kelly wife of Jock Kelly AATTV

G’day all,

Message below from Mick Dolensky AATTV SA Branch on the sad news of the passing today of Glennys Kelly wife of fellow Team member Jock Kelly.

Our sincerest condolences go out to Jock, family members and friends of Glennys on this sad occasion.

Messages for Jock can be passed through Mick on email: ranee@adam.com.au

May Glennys Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Michael Dolensky [mailto:ranee@adam.com.au]
Sent: Thursday, 27 February 2014 7:18 AM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: Vale

Hi Rick,
 

I have sad news from here in SA. Jock Kelly's wife GLENNYS passed away peacefully at her nursing home on the 27th February at 00:15hrs.

Our condolences to the family from the Team SA.

Confirmation of funeral details will be sent once confirmed.

Regards,

Mick Dolensky



Entry Date:  24th February 2014

Vale - A soldier died today

WO1 Ian ‘Robbie’ Robertson RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Bruce Davies AATTV Vic Br via Ray O’Hara AATTV on the passing on 23rd February 2014 of fellow Team member,  WO1 Ian ‘Robbie’ Robertson RAINF.  Robbie served in South Vietnam with AATTV from Sep 1970 to Jan 71 at JWTC, Nui Dat and from Jan to Apr 1 as RSM, AATTV Saigon.  May 71 with 1st ARVN Division, TOC forward near Quang Tri and from Jun to Aug 71 , 1st ARVN Div TOC, Hue. RTA in Sep 71.

Robbie Robertson was a stalwart member of AATTV Vic Branch and a familiar face to be seen by all at ANZAC Day marches in Melbourne.  He will be sadly missed by Team members and our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to the family of Robbie on the sad occasion of his passing.

Condolence messages for the family can be sent via Bruce Davies  on email: bruce.davies@tpg.com.au

Confirmation of funeral service details will be forwarded once known.

May Robbie Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

• From: Bruce Davies [mailto:bruce.davies@tpg.com.au]
Sent: Monday, 24 February 2014 1:08 PM
To:
• Subject: Vale: Robbie Robertson

Ray O'Hara called to tell me that Robbie passed  away last night (23 Feb). The message came from Robbie's daughter, but no further details. The funeral will be on 4 March (Greensborough), again details to follow.

Rest in Peace

Bruce

G'day all,

The following is an extract from the Herald/Sun article by Andrew Rule of 6th March 2014 and gives one an insight into the military life of Robbie.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

IAN “Robbie” Robertson’s trouble was that he could shoot better than his mates. He was his battalion’s teenage photographer when it went to Japan with the occupying forces in 1946, and was still there in 1950. He might never have fired a shot in anger if North Korea hadn’t invaded the South that year.
Suddenly, Corporal Robertson was a sniper. His superiors knew the lanky kid from Preston was one of the best marksmen of the 600 troops in the battalion. His father had been a sniper at Gallipoli and had taught the boy to shoot rabbits in the paddocks around Preston to get the family through the Depression. It was one shot, one rabbit. Bullets cost money.
They gave him a modified version of the venerable .303 rifle that Diggers had lugged around since the Boer War. It had a small telescopic sight and a heavy barrel, and that was it. The rest was up to him. It was autumn. Nights were freezing; soon days would be, too. It was dirty, dangerous and deathly cold. Men’s lips stuck to metal mugs and some slept with their rifles to stop them freezing tight.
If the enemy didn’t kill you, the Australian uniform might: it was useless in the northern winter. Diggers begged, swapped or stole warm gear from the Americans. The only way Robertson could match “the Yanks” was with a rifle: he could group 15 rounds in a space the size of his hand at 300m, hit something the size of a football at double that range, and was pretty sure he could hit an enemy at a kilometre if conditions were right.
Not that long-range marksmanship helped much in his first brush with death.
Robbie and his mate, Lance Gully, were scouting ahead to draw fire away from officers they were escorting when Gully stumbled on 30 enemy troops hiding in a ditch. They pelted him with hand grenades but he kept shooting as he backed out.
Robbie ran in to help him. He recalled something an old Digger had told him about being ambushed by superior numbers: “Keep firing — if you give them time to think, they’ll kill you.”
He ran to the ditch and fired off six quick shots before running back to jam another clip into his rifle and doing it again — six times.
By some miracle, both Australians survived and none of the Koreans did. Historians call it a “skirmish” at the start of the Battle of the Apple Orchard.
Lance Gully was sidelined by grenade shrapnel and the boy from Preston got a new sniping partner, a reputation and the first of a lifetime of bad dreams.
By the time I met him more than 50 years later, he was still trying to forget the “Forgotten War” of the Korean Peninsula.
“When people are trying to kill you, it concentrates your mind; you don’t leave it behind,” he said.
Ian “Robbie” Robertson during his time as a marksman in the Army.
What he did leave behind were scores of dead enemy soldiers.
“I never did the arithmetic — I still don’t.”
He also took a lot of photographs — now held by the Australian War Memorial — but few action shots.
He saw things he refused to photograph. Once, they found a little church full of bodies. Men, women and children had been beaten to death. The enemy had first tortured the children in front of their parents to make the parents “confess” to something.
They found villagers bound hand and foot and dropped in latrine pits to die. In other places, victims were trussed with wire looping their necks to their legs so they strangled.
But there were also acts of courage and kindness, such as when Robbie’s battalion rescued a regiment of American paratroopers, out of ammunition and preparing to die when the Australians arrived.
“When the Yanks saw our big hats they let out a cheer because they thought we were Texans!” he recalled.
“We sailed into the enemy so hard they withdrew.”
When the US commander went home, he fenced off part of his ranch and put up a sign and an Australian flag in tribute.
There was Carl Whittaker, last man standing of 20 Australians mowed down in a bayonet charge. Whittaker shouldered two rifles, picked up his wounded mate and carried him to safety, then continued the charge alone.
While the enemy was distracted by the crazy-brave Australian, a reserve section was able to run across and take the position.
 “He was worth two Victoria Crosses,” mused Robbie. “But he got nothing but a bawling out for stopping to pick up the wounded fella. It was against orders.”
THE more successful a sniper was, the more the enemy tried to kill him. Eventually the Koreans pinned Robbie down with artillery on a hillside and wounded him, and his war was over.
When he got out of hospital he went with some older ex-soldiers to the Preston RSL club and was refused entry. Korea “wasn’t a war — it was a police action” was the excuse.
Years later, after he’d served in Vietnam, the club invited the now retired Warrant Officer to join and he told them to go to hell.
He had married his Japanese sweetheart, Miki, and lived a quiet life and raised a family of daughters in a spotless brick veneer house in the northern suburbs.
He wrestled with his demons after Vietnam by taking up ballroom dancing. He also learned to ride and for years borrowed a police horse to ride in the Anzac march.
Over the years, the Army got him to go to training camps and teach young soldiers the deadly secrets of his trade. First he would teach them some dance steps to help their balance and rhythm.
For some reason they all liked the lean old bloke with the grey crew cut. That’s why there were so many of them in uniform at his funeral at Greensborough this week.
One of them read his favourite poem. It was called A Soldier Died Today.
 
 

Lest we forget


Entry Date:  16th January 2014

Book Release - George Mansford

G’day all,

Information on ordering a copy of George Mansford’s book is detailed below.  As Peter Conway points out, a very kind gesture from George to donate 100 books and for funds raised to go into the AATVA National Trust Foundation.

Some of you would have seen some of the poems that George has distributed across the net over the past number of years.

Order details are also shown below.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@quikdsl.com.au]
Sent: Thursday, 16 January 2014 8:55 AM
To: Rick Ryan

Subject: George' Mansford's New Book

Hi Rick

Could you put the following out through your Net please

“George Mansford’s new book ( A selected  collection of his poems) is to be released next month,  February. Date to be advised

George has very kindly donated 100 of these books to the AATTVA NATIONAL  TRUST FOUNDATION at no cost what so ever to the TEAM   and we are extremely grateful to George for this  very kind gesture. WELL DONE GEORGE!!!!

All profits from the sale of the books will go to the TRUST FOUNDATION

These 100 books will be reserved for TEAM Members,  the NOK of Deceased Members and immediate family descendants.

The books will be sold through the Qld Branch of the Association at a cost of $30.00 plus handling and packaging.

Those who wish to purchase a copy of the book should contact the Treasurer of the Qld Branch (Peter Conway ) (02) 6687 6274) or email: plconway@quikdsl.com.au and place their order NOW.

Would State Branch Committees please give this notice the widest notification “

Regards Mate and I appreciate your help

Peter



Entry Date: 21st December 2013
Updated: 23rd December 2013

A soldier died today

WO2 M.R. Bolitho, MID, RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

John Nolan, AATTV WA Branch has informed me that the funeral details for Merv Bolitho,MID are as follows:

Date:  Monday, 30th December 2013

Time:   0930hrs

Location: Funeral cortege arrives at the entrance of Karrakatta Cemetery for cremation service at the Norfolk Chapel.

Medals may be worn.

Get together after the service for Merv will be held at SAS House, Swanbourne.

May Merv Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

G’day all,

Sad news just in from John Nolan, Welfare Officer of AATTV Association WA Branch  that fellow Team member,  WO2 M. (Merv) R. Bolitho, MID, RAINF, AATTV passed away on 20th December 2013 here in Perth, WA aged 78 years.  Merv served with AATTV in South Vietnam from 19 Nov 1968 to 5 Nov 1969.  Merv served with the Black Panther Coy, Hue, Thua Thien Province and was wounded in action in the A Shau Valley on 19 Jul 1969.  During his service with AATTV, Merv was awarded the Mentioned In Despatches (MID). A copy of his citation reads as follows:

Army Number:          5411664
Substantive Rank      Sergeant
Temporary Rank      Warrant Officer Class Two
Christian Name         Mervyn Richard
Honour or Award     MID

Warrant Officer Bolitho enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in 1953 and served with The Royal Australian Regiment in Korea and in Malaya.  He joined the Australian Army Training Team in Vietnam in November 1968.
For his full tour with the Training Team, Warrant Officer Bolitho served in operations with Hac-Bao (Black Panther) Company of the 1st Division, Army of the Republic of Vietnam and for the majority of this time was the company’s senior adviser.  Only the best advisers were selected for this elite Company and it contained carefully selected Vietnamese soldiers. The company was tasked with special operations in some of the most difficult areas of Vietnam, including the Demilitarised Zone and the mountainous region  of the A-Shau Valley.  Warrant Officer Bolitho’s outstanding personal example and professional ability resulted in this small unit producing operational result previously thought unattainable.
During July 1969, the Hac-Bao Company was assigned to a search and destroy operation in the A-Shau Valley, adjacent to the Laotian border. On numerous occasions throughout his protracted operation, Warrant Officer Bolitho displayed outstanding leadership and personal bravery. He was constantly moving forward to the leading elements of the company while under enemy fire, encouraging the Vietnamese junior leaders and their soldier by his personal example. He was wounded during the operation, but refused to be evacuated until he ensured that the company was settled in a temporary defensive position. He returned to the field after only three days in hospital to continue the operation. His guidance to the Vietnamese Company Commander, and in the more hazardous situations his direct leadership and command of the company, in the actions involved in this operation were outstanding.
Warrant Officer Boltiho’s professional ability, his personal example and his devotion to duty throughout his operational tour with the Training Team were an inspiration to all who served with him and reflect great credit upon himself, the Australian Army Training Team and the Australian Army.

Merv was also awarded the US Bronze Star for Service for his time with AATTV in South Vietnam.

Most of us here in WA were aware that Merv was in poor health over the past years but he always continued his battles with his illness without complaint.  He will be sadly missed by his fellow Team members and our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies go out to Jeffery, Debbie, family and friends on the sad occasion of his passing.

Funeral details will be advised once known.

Condolence messages for the family of Merv can be passed to John Nolan on email:  jono37939@bigpond.com

May Merv now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: John E Nolan [mailto:jono37939@bigpond.com]
Sent: Saturday, 21 December 2013 10:15 AM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Welfare Report

Good Day Rick
It is with deep regret that we notify you of the Death of ex WO2 Mervyn Richard Bolitho,MID. ex SAR ex AATTV at  approximately 1900hrs Friday 20th December 2013 in St John of God Hospital Murdoch WA.
Merv passed away last night in the presence of his two children Jeffery and Debbie
May He Rest In Peace
John E Nolan

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 20th December 2013

Team Member Critically Ill - Merv Bolitho,MID, AATTV

G’day all,

Just received the following message from our Welfare Officer, John Nolan on fellow Team member, Merv Bolitho.  Have also just spoken to John and Merv is in a really critical condition.

Please pass any messages for Merv through John on email: jono37939@bigpond.com

John will endeavour to get the messages to Merv direct or through his son, Geoffrey.

Merv served with AATTV in South Vietnam 1968/69 with Black Panther Coy, Hue, Thua Thien Province and was WIA, A Shau valley on 19 Jul 1969.

We all trust that Merv is very comfortable at this time and our thoughts go out to him and his family.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: John E Nolan [mailto:jono37939@bigpond.com]
Sent: Friday, 20 December 2013 4:22 PM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Welfare Report

Good Day Rick
Sad news from the West WO2 Mervyn Bolitho, MID is in a critical condition in St John of God Hospital Murdoch, St Michaels ward



Entry Date: 30th November 2013

Passing of Widow of Team Member

G’day all,

Message in from Peter Conway AATTV Qld Br on the passing of Marie Stevenson (refer below).

May she now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@quikdsl.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 26 November 2013 7:28 AM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Passing of Marie Stevenson

Hi Rick

Perhaps some of our members may be interested to know that Marie Stevenson wife of the late Ray “Gunner “ Stevenson passed away yesterday Monday 25th November. Marie had been in an Aged Care Home for many years. May she Rest In Peace

Kind Regards

Peter



Entry Date: 11th November 2013
Updated: 11th Novembewr 2013
Updated: 14th November 2013
Updated: 18th November 2013

A soldier died today

WO2 Sydney (Syd).R. WELLS, RAASC, AATTV

G’day all,

Memorial service for Syd is to be held on Friday, 29th November 2013 at the Mandurah Murray Vietnam Veterans Group (MMVVG) Clubhouse which is situated on the banks of the Murray River at Ravenswood.  Those of you not familiar with the location, the clubhouse is opposite the Ravenswood Hotel (other side of the Murray River).  Once you cross the bridge over the Murray River, heading towards Pinjarra, take the first turn left.  Entrance to carpark is approximately 250m from the Bridge.

Time:  1100hrs

Medals to be worn.

Ample parking available.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

G'day all,

Below is a message from Ann Wells on the details of Syd's funeral arrangements.

The memorial service to be held in Mandurah in due course, no doubt will be a big event.

We wish Ann and family well and a safe journey home.  Messages to Ann can be sent to: sydnann@westnet.com.au

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

-----Original Message-----
From: Syd And Ann [mailto:Sydnann@westnet.com.au]
Sent: Wednesday, 13 November 2013 9:08 AM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Funeral arrangements Sydney Robert Wells

Dear Rick. Syd will be cremated here in Adelaide without a service and remains collected at a later date. We intend having a memorial service in Mandurah at a later date and all will be informed. Kevin Emberson will preside over the service as he is a celebrant and also a very good friend of our family for many years. Our family over here will probably have a wake at the Bath pub in Norwood as it was a favourite of Syd and our family for get togethers etc.This will possibly occur in next couple of days. Two of the boys will be driving the van back tomorrow as they have work commitments in the West. I will fly with the dog back later and live in the van until house is built as I intend to go ahead with it as Syd would have wanted. Also the dog and I need somewhere to live. The irony is I got an email from the builder that work is ready to start in a couple of weeks. We were both waiting for that info. Thank you very much for info etc and all you have done Rick. Will be in touch. Regards Ann Wells and tell Mike that I think he is right that we are not related, but you never know.

Sent from my iPad=

G'day all,

Ann kindly forwarded the attached photograph of Syd's final resting place. What a spot eh!  Well worth sharing and thanks to Ann for forwarding it on to us.

Some information on funeral arrangements is also detailed below.  Once I have full details, I will pass them on.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

-----Original Message-----
From: Syd And Ann [mailto:Sydnann@westnet.com.au]
Sent: Monday, 11 November 2013 5:25 PM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Last resting place

Hi Rick and Mandi.

This is Syd,s last resting place. Very peaceful. I am back in Adelaide with my niece and nephew. Funeral arrangements will be arranged in next couple of days. The boys will be here in next couple of days. Will possibly have him cremated and then a memorial service in Mandurah at a later date. He is currently at Charles Berry funeral parlour in Norwood. Am being looked after very well. Will let you know final details when we know what they are.

Thank you for your support.

Love Annie Wells

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Ann Wells on the passing today in South Australia of fellow Team member, WO2 Sydney (Syd) Robert WELLS, RAASC, AATTV.  Syd served with AATTV in South Vietnam from 4 Mar 1968 to Jun 68 with 3/3 ARVN. Hue, Thua Thien, Jul 68 to Feb 69 with HQ AATTV, Admin WO.  On Syd’s second tour of duty in South Vietnam he served with 1/2 ARVN, 1st Division, Dong Ha, Quang Tri from Sep 70 to Feb 71 and then JWTC, Nui Dat from Feb to Aug 71.

Syd was a stalwart member of AATTV WA Branch for many years until poor health prevented his attendance at Perth functions.  He was however, a strong local member of R&SL Mandurah Branch and also gave his support to the Mandurah Murray Vietnam Veterans Group.

I am sure that all Team would wish to pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to Ann, family and friends on the sad occasion of Syd’s passing.  Email messages can be passed to Ann on email: sydnann@westnet.com.au

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May Syd Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From:  Syd And Ann [Sydnann@westnet.com.au]

To:      Rick Ryan

Subject:  Death of Member

Dear Rick, I am sorry to inform you of Syd,s death. We were up the river near Blanchetown in South Australia and Syd collapsed and died. It was quick and peaceful. Please inform fellow members. Regards Ann Wells

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 6th November 2013

Welfare Report - Kevin Rowe AATTV

G'day all,

Nerida Rowe was kind enough to respond to my message on the passing of Macca our dog yesterday and in her response included an update on Kevin Rowe AATTV.  Nerida has advised me that she does not mind the current situation on Kevin going out to Team members.  Refer to the text in green in the message below to see how Kevin is faring.

Been a hard year for them by the sounds of it and I am sure that Kevin would appreciate a message from his mates.  Email address is: rowgo1@bigpond.com

Let us all hope that things now get better for both Nerida and Kevin.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

From: Nerida Rowe [mailto:rowgo1@bigpond.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 6 November 2013 4:36 AM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Re: We lost a true friend today

Hello again Mandi and Rick...
We were very moved when we read your beautiful tribute to your wonderful friend Macca and knew of your loss.      And what a loss it is.       He has been a wonderful friend and we’ve watched him from Port Macquarie on the east coast thanks to your pics and info.     We appreciate being part of your difficult time.   He was/is your ‘son’ and whilst we all know there are other folk suffering from incredible medical and personal problems which are probably considered to be insurmountable and on-going, it doesn’t help your awful empty feeling as a result of his departure.   Know it is all part of life, but a tough time.

Kevin and I know this because only days past we also farewelled our beautiful fourteen and a half year old RSPCA adoptee son Lucky Rowe...  an intelligent and caring little bloke who has occupied our hearts and time for over ten years.         We looked forward to enjoying his company for a long time to come but sadly as he became slower and older looking (like us) he was diagnosed as having a two inch tumour just above his little heart and also secondary cancer in his  clever little brain.       He had commenced having  frightening anxiety neurosis between l700 and 0600 hours and during those times I often remained on the floor all through those nights near to one of his beds in an endeavour to settle him.       He was up and down all night and terrified, not being able to settle in any of his beds and also being terrified of the dark.      He was suffering and had nature taken it’s course he would have incurred considerable pain.     Lucky departed for Doggie Heaven from my own lap when our caring vet visited our home recently.     We received a sensitive card in later days from that vet, who said old Lucky was a great little patient who tolerated all the vet handling and always came out of it with a smile and a tail wag..  he had also captured the hearts of that vet and his staff.

Poor Kevin didn’t deserve this stress at this time...  I’ve not yet advised you as  this year for us has moved at a rapid pace.         Whilst being in and out of hospital on many occasions during this year with negative cancer results after day or overnight exploration, his very perspicacious urologist finally  discovered a small stone in the bladder which caused occasional incontinence, he also found a “low, grey frilly growth” on the lining of the bladder.       A very aggressive cancer which had also progressed on to the lining of the prostate – in short, necessitating ten hours of massive surgery to remove both bladder and prostate, the creation of a stoma and addition of a urostomy bag, a loss of ten kilos after two kilos of surrounding material was also removed for pathology testing (all clear to date, and nothing at this time in liver, kidneys, lungs  or lymph glands).     Many other specialists were present during that full day surgery in September (due to the rare nature of the cancer breed) and during surgery after an  arterial spurt of 6 litres and much pandemonium in theatre, plus total  allergy resulting in incredible pain after both anaesthetic/s and all oral and epidural pain killers.      A busy time but in a good hospital and thankfully excellent specialists, Kevin has pulled through.      He is handling the new and complicated medical equipment which is now part of his life -  whilst he does not like it, he also accepts and laughs about the fact that he has for now avoided the alternative...  he would have been on the way to a funeral in six months if that little bladder stone had not been discovered.     He is for now one lucky man who has added to your statistics eh?

So for now Mandi and Rick, we do feel for you in your loss..   you have wonderful memories as we also do.      Hugs to you and also the Alpha Dog Harry.        Warm thoughts from both of us, Nerida Rowe x x



Entry Date: 6th November 2013

Update on Geoff Jenkin AATTV

G’day all,

Message from Jan Jenkin giving us a current update on Geoff was sent to me on 9th October.  I did send the information out on the Team Emailing List but inadvertently missed updating the site.  My apologies..

Let us hope that with further treatment Geoff’s issues can be resolved.

You can send a message to Geoff on email: jenkinjanet@gmail.com

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Janet Jenkin [mailto:jenkinjanet@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 9 October 2013 6:57 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: update on geoff

hi everyone, just a update on geoff. we went to see the specialist today, he gave us some good news and some not so good news. first off  he said everything inside after the op was healing very well. now for the not so good. when they sent the prostate off to pathology it showed that one of the tumors had gone beyond the prostate. dr kuan had taken quite a lot of tissue around the prostate, but it turns out not enough. so geoff will have to have radium treatment he wont be able to start the treatment till,he is completely healed. from the op. so we are going to be able to go away in the van, and start treatment when we get back. thank you for all your calls and good wishes. love to you all .xxx jan



Entry Date: 1st October 2013

Wife of Team Member Passes On - Moria Donkin

G’day all,

Sad news in from Blue Millett AATTV on the passing of Moira Donkin, wife of Don Donkin, MBE, AATTV.

Funeral details are shown below. Condolence messages can be passed to Don through Doug Tear AATTV on email: doug.tear@bigpond.com

May Moria Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Millett [mailto:aattvvet71@hotmail.com]
Sent: Monday, 30 September 2013 2:42 PM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Fwd: Passing of Moira Donkin

For your info mate Don Donkins wife has passed away cu. Persevere

Sent from my iPad

Begin forwarded message:
From: "Doug Tear" <doug.tear@bigpond.com>
Date: 30 September 2013 2:17:01 pm AEST
To: "Doug Tear" <doug.tear@bigpond.com>
Subject: Passing of Moira Donkin
Dear Members,

It is with regret and sadness that I advise of the passing of Moira Donkin on 25 September 2013.

The funeral arrangements are as follows:

Where:            St Marks Anglican Church
Corner of Oliver and Lawrence Streets Harbord

When:             Tuesday, 1 October at 1.00 pm

Our thoughts are with Don and his family at this difficult time.

Regards,

Doug Tear



Entry Date: 22nd September 2013

Team Member Doc Judd in Hospital

G'day all,

News in from Des Campbell AATTV that Doc Judd AATTV has been admitted to hospital again.  News does not sound too good for Doc at the moment as he has been ill for quite some time with lung cancer.

Messages for Doc can be passed to him on his email address: garnetjudd@bigpond.com as I am sure his family members will be checking his emails for him.

All the best Doc and trust you will pull through this latest battle.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Gidday

Sheila and I took Doreen and Doc to lunch last Wednesday.  Although Doc has lost more weight, he was bright responsive and ate well.  On Thursday night Doreen informed us that Doc had been re-admitted to Pindarra Hospital with severe Pneumonia.  He is not responsive to visitors at this time, so Doreen has asked that no visitors call.  Michael (their son) is Docs full time carer and can be contacted for an update if needed on 07 5580 8006.
Sheila and I will be away for the next couple of days visiting her father in Goonellabah and my cousin in Casino.  Her Dad is 91 years old today, is feeble and in a care facility at Goonellabah.

Talk to you later.

DesC



Entry Date: 21st September 2013

A soldier died today

WO2 D.A. Purton, RAINF, RAR and AATTV

G'day all,

Sadly at the funeral of fellow Team member Don Cameron, DCM, MM today I met the grand-daughter of Ray Purton RAINF, RAR and AATTV and was informed that he passed away in Joondalup, WA on 19th January 2011.  Ray served with AATTV as a WO2 in South Vietnam from 19th Feb 1968 to Jun 68 with 3/1ARVN, 1st Division, Quang Tri, Jul - Aug 68 with RF/PF Trieu Phong sub-sector Quang Tri and with 1/1 ARVN, Quang Tri area from Sep 68 to Jan 69,  RTA 11 Feb 69.  Ray was also wounded-in-action (WIA)  on 13 May 68 in Quang Tri.

In addition to Unit Citations awarded to AATTV, Ray was awarded the US Presidential Unit Citation,  US Bronze Star for Valour (with 'V' Device), South Vietnames Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star and the South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star.

Ray was also a veteran of the Korean War having served with 3RAR.

Ray was not an active member of AATTV WA Branch and sadly we were not aware of his passing.  Our belated condenlences and sincerest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Ray.

May he Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Lest we forget
Updated:  21st September 2013
Updated: 17th September 2013
Entry Date: 16th September 2013
 
 

A soldier died today

WO2 D.G. Cameron, DCM,. MM, RAINF, AATTV

For Our Cobber-WO2 Don Cameron DCM, MM (RAR and AATTV)

Fond memories of A Brother In Arms

Suddenly missing in our ranks is a beloved face
A brave and dear comrade who has left life’s race
Now as our weary column marches towards tomorrow
It carries sweet memories as well as deep sorrows
For a brother in arms from our journey over many years
Mid milestones of laughter, daring, fear and tears
George Mansford September 2013

G’day all,

Funeral details for Don Cameron DCM,MM are as follows:

Date:  Saturday, 21st September 2013

Time:   The Funeral cortege will arrive at the entrance to Karrakatta cemetery at 1030hrs.  To be followed by a cremation service.

Location:  Karrakatta Cemetery, Railway Road, Karrakatta WA

Funeral Directors:  Bowra and O’Dea

Medals to be worn.

After Service Reception:   To be held at Yokine Bowling Club, 10 Wordsworth Avenue, Yokine WA

May Don Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

G'day all,

Sad news just in from John Nolan Welfare Officer AATTV WA Branch on the passing of fellow Team member WO2 D. 'Don' G, Cameron DCM,MM, RAINF.   Don passed away at 5.30pm, Sunday 15th September 2013 at Sandstrom Nursing Home, Mount Lawley, WA.
 

WO2 Don Cameron served with AATTV in South Vietnam from 21 Oct 1965 to Nov 65 at Mo Duc sub-sector, Quang Ngai, Dec 65 with Tra Bong sub-sector, Quang Ngai, Jan 66, 5th SFGA C Team, Danang.  Feb-Jul 66, Nung Force, 5th SFGA, Danang.  26 Aug 66 to Dalat for six weeks with his tour complete on 11 Oct 68.  On Don's second tour of duty with AATTV he served from 19 Feb 68 to May
68 as platoon commander 11th Company, 1st Battalion, 5th SFGA MSF Danang. Jun 68 as platoon commander 22nd Company, B-20, 5th SFGA, Pleiku. Jul-Sep 68 at Training Company, 2MSF. Sep-Oct 68 as company commander 211 Company, 5th SFGA,Pleiku an to 18 Nov 68, Training Officer, 2 MSF.

During his service with AATTV Don was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM).  Citation reads as follows:

Army Number:                        5410081
Substantive Rank:                  Sergeant
Temporary Rank:                  Warrant Officer Class Two
Christian Name:                     Donald George
Surname:                                 CAMERON
Honour or Award:                   DCM

Warrant Officer Cameron served with The Royal Australian Regiment in Korea, where he was awarded the Military Medal for bravery, and in Malaysia.  He served in South Vietnam with the Australian Army Training Team from October
1965 for one year and rejoined the Team in February 1968 as a Platoon Commander with No 11 Mobile Strike Force Company of the 5th Special Forces Group.
On 10 May 1968, No 11 Company was occupying an outpost at Ngok Tavak in Quang-Tin Province neat the Laotian border.  A North Vietnamese Battalion attacked and partially over-ran the outpost, isolating the command post from
Warrant Officer Cameron and the surviving defenders.   At dawn, Warrant
Officer Cameron organised and led a counter-attack which broke through the beleaguered command post and which eventually cleared the enemy from within the perimeter.  Under constant enemy fire, he calmly moved around the post reorganising the defences, controlling the clearing of pockets of resistance and encouraging and helping the Vietnamese soldiers.  His outstanding leadership and exemplary conduct under fire contributed greatly to the success of the defence.
On other occasions during his two years of service in South Vietnam Warrant Officer Cameron's professional ability, his bravery and his qualities of leadership have been of a high order and have brought great credit to him and the Australian Army.

In addition to Unit Citations awarded to AATTV, Don was also awarded the US Bronze Star for Valour (with 'V' Device) and the US Bronze Star for Service during his AATTV service.

Don was one of the most stalwart members of AATTV WA Branch and was a keen attendee at Team functions over many, many years.  He will be sorely missed not only by fellow Team members but also throughout the veteran community as one of our finest soldiers. Our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to family and friends on the sad occasion of his passing.

Condolence messages for the family of Don can be passed through John Nolan on email: jono37939@bigpond.com

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May Don Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Lest We Forget


Entry DateL 16th September 2013

Wife of Team Member Passes On

G’day all,

Message in from Mike Wells AATTV on the funeral details of Gai Norris, wife of Max Norris AATTV follows.

Please pass any messages for Max back through Mike on email: mikewe@optusnet.com.au

May Gai Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Mike Wells ED [mailto:mikewe@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Monday, 16 September 2013 2:49 PM
To: Rick/Mandi Ryan
Cc: Bruce Davies MBE
Subject: Max Norris' Wife

Hi Rick,

Could you please distribute - especially to ACT Branch, details of The Death of Max Norris' Wife - Gai, who has been battling a debilitating Cancer for some time.

Max is an old Mate of mine from 1 CDO Coy in the '50's and 60's he also served with The Team, from 09/04/68 to 02/04/69.

Gai's Funeral is this coming Friday, 20th September, 1030hrs, at Norwood Park Crematorium, 65 Sandford Street, Mitchell, ACT.

I'm not sure whether Max attended any ACT Branch activities, however, they may wish to have someone attend. I will be going up from Melbourne.

Sad news about Don Cameron - another fine Warrior lost to us.

Take care and Persevere,

Mike Wells - Vic Branch 



Entry Date:  15th September 2013

Result of CT Scan - Geoff Jenkin AATTV

G’day all,

News from Janet Jenkin wife of Geoff ‘Smiley’ Jenkin AATTV on his prostate cancer scan (refer below).

While it  is good news for Geoff, I ask that all Team members make sure they have regular checkups on their prostate.  There are far too many Vietnam veterans coming down with this form of cancer.  Quite a number in my area  sends a signal to me of this concern.  So chaps stay on top of this nasty cancer with just a little effort of seeing your doctor for PSA checks.  I can also advise that the PSA check alone is not the only solution to pick up the cancer.  A biopsy is sometimes required and is more certain to confirm any presence of the cancer.

As for Geoff we all wish him well for his forthcoming operation and for a speedy recovery.

You can email Smiley on:  jenkinjanet@gmail.com

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Janet Jenkin [mailto:jenkinjanet@gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, 13 September 2013 6:36 PM

Subject: geoffs ct scan

hi everyone, good news. the ct scan geoff had on monday shows that the cancer is confined to the prostate. it hasnt gone beyond the wall. he will have his op on the 24th and then its just recovery time. we still hope to be on the road in december. love to you all for you calls and good wishes. xxx jan.



Entry Date 6th September 2013

A soldier died today

WO2 Warick 'Blue' or 'Mick' M. McFadden RAINF, AATTV and 1RAR

G’day all,

Sad but expected news in from Peter Conway AATTV QLD Branch on the passing today of fellow Team Member Warick (Blue or Mick) Martin McFADDEN RAINF, AATTV and 1RAR..  Blue served with AATTV in South Vietnam as a WO2 from 23 Sep 1966.  He served from Sep 66 to Mar 67 with RF/PF, Phuoc Tuy Province, from Feb to May 6t with 2/6 ARVN, Tam Ky, Quang Tan and with 5th SFGA, platoon commander, 11 MSF Coy Danang from Jun to Sep 67.  Blue also served with 1RAR, 1st tour from 29 May 65 to 18 Aug 65.

All Team members pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to David his son, family members and friends of Blue on the sad occasion of his passing.

As Peter Conway explains below, Blue was one of the most stalwart members of AATTV and he was in regular contact with his Team member mates.

Funeral details are shown below.  Messages of condolences for the family can be passed through Peter Conway on email: plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au
 

May Blue now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Friday, 6 September 2013 2:32 PM

Subject: A Soldier Died Today

Good Afternoon Fellow Members of the Team

It is with much sadness that we have to report the passing of  Warwick Martin Mc Fadden. Better known as “Mick”  or “Blue”. His son David rang me a short time ago to advise of Blue’s passing in Caboolture Hospital this AM.

Without any fear of doubt Blue was one of the most staunchest and loyal members of the Queensland Branch of the AATTV. He was also a very generous man having over many years donated plaques and had them installed at our Memorial Grove in memory of many of  his TEAM   mates who have marched on before him to the other side of the “Great Divide” In recent years Blue has been seriously ill, but he always made it along to our ANZAC Day and Team Birthday Memorial Service and did so to our most recent. He bore his cross with great fortitude and  courage and was never heard to complain.

He will be sadly missed. ,

“May He Rest in Peace”

Funeral and Burial  Details are as follows

Funeral Service

DATE / TIME             Friday 13th September 12 NOON
PLACE                       St Peter’s Catholic Church 30 Beerburrum Road Caboolture Qld

On conclusion of the service a burial will take place at Tallowwood Drive Deception Bay.

WAKE : After the burial those attending are invited to attend a wake at Blue’s home at 3 Barossa Crescent Caboolture South.

Messages of condolence can be sent to me at plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au

NB WOULD THOSE ATTENDING THE WAKE  PLEASE ADVISE PETER CONWAY (02) 6687 6274 by NLT 12 NOON WEDNESDAY 11th SEPTEMBER

For Rick. Thanks mate I know you will do the honours and distribute.

Regards Keep Safe and PERSEVERE

Pierre

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 4th September 2013

Team Member Seriously Ill - Blue McFadden AATTV

G’day all,

Not very good news in from Peter Conway AATTV Qld Branch (see below).

We all wish Blue well at this time and trust that he will battle on.

Messages, at this stage should be passed through Peter on email: plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au

Hang in there Blue.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Wednesday, 4 September 2013 8:52 AM
Subject: Blue Mc Fadden

I Good Morning All

Very sad news for us regarding Blue McFadden

I have just had a call from Blue’s son David in which he said that Blue is in the Critical Care Unit at Caboolture Hospital, and  is very seriously ill. It does not look good.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Blue and the family.

Persevere

Pierre



Entry Date: 1st August 2013
Updated: 3rd August 2013

A soldier died today

WO2  (Later WO1) F. Sykes, OAM, RAINF ex-AATTV, ex-SASR

G’day all,

Funeral details for Frank Sykes as received from John Nolan, AATTV WA Br are detailed below.

Medals to be worn.

May Frank Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: John E Nolan [mailto:jono37939@bigpond.com]
Sent: Saturday, 3 August 2013 7:42 AM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Funeral
 

The Funeral for the late Mr Frank Sykes OAM of York will assemble at the main entrance of KARRAKATTA Cemetery on WEDNESDAY (07.08.2013) at 10.30am for a service ro commence in the Norfolk Crematorium Chapel.
In lieu of flowers donations to the Alzheimers Association would be appreciated
Funeral Directors Bowra & O'Dea

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Tony Thorp AATTV on the passing of fellow Team member,  WO2 (later WO1) Frank Sykes OAM, RAINF.  Frank served as a WO2 with AATTV in South Vietnam from Aug 70 to Feb 71 with 2/51 ARVN, Mien Bong, Quang Nam and from Mar – Jun 71 with 37th Ranger Battalion, near Danang.  Frank also served in South Vietnam with 1 SAS Sqn from 2 Mar 67 to27 Feb 68.

Frank was also awarded the US Army Commendation Medal for Valour (with ‘V’ Device), US Army Commendation Medal for Service, South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Gold Star) and the South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Bronze Star) for his service in RVN with AATTV.

Frank also served on the Malay Peninsula with 2 SAS Sqn.

A well respected member of AATTV and SASR, Frank contributed on many years to work at SAS House Swanbourne as well as duties with the R & S L WA.  He will be sadly missed by us all and will be remembered as a great soldier.

Our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to his son Gavin, family and friends on the sad occasion of Frank’s passing.  Condolence messages can be passed to Gavin Sykes on email: kombi@westnet.com.au

Funeral details will be forwarded once known.

May Frank, Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Tony Thorp [mailto:tonythorp@westnet.com.au]
Sent: Thursday, 1 August 2013 7:25 AM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: Frank Sykes

Rick, I have just received a phone call from Frank Sykes son, Frank passed away 0120 hrs this morning, emails can be sent to Gavin Sykes at kombi@westnet.com.au, details regarding his funeral will be announced later, regards Tony

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 30th July 2013

A soldier died today

Maj J.M. Da Costa AUST INT, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Bruce Davies, AATTV on the passing on 28th July 2013 of fellow Team Member,  Joe M. Da Costa.  AUST INT. Joe served in South Vietnam as a Major with AATTV from May 1963 to 12 Apr 64 at Dong Da National Training Centre, senior Australian adviser, S-3 Adviser.  He also served as Assistant Naval-Military Attache from 4 Dec 64 to 21 Dec 65.

Joe was awarded the US Bronze Star for Service during his tour of duty with AATTV.

Team members pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to Jan, family and friends on the sad occasion of Joe’s passing.

A stalwart member of AATTV Vic Branch for many years, Joe will be greatly missed.

Condolence messages can be passed through Bruce Davies on email: bruce.davies@tpg.com.au

Funeral details will be forwarded once known.

Rest In Peace, old friend.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bruce Davies [mailto:bruce.davies@tpg.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 30 July 2013 9:55 AM
To: Kerry Gallagher; Simon Hearder; John Jackson Cbr; John Gibson; Rick Ryan
Subject: Vale Joe Da Costa

Sad news. I have just received a brief notification from Jan da Costa that Joe died on 28 July. No further details at this stage.
Persevere
Bruce

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 30th July 2013

Team Member in Hospital
Les 'Murty' Foster, AATTV

G'day all,

Eileen Foster has advised that Les is Greenslopes Hospital, Brisbane, QLD.  If you have any messages for Les then you can pass them to Eileen on Email: murty_foster@oneseniors.com.au

We all wish Les a speedy recovery,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

We
Les was unable to make reunion at the weekend due to  having an operation at greenslopes last Wednesday 24th july . he had a few setbacks but is starting to improve. I don’t know how much longer he will there . he also is having dialysis there. Regards  Eileen foster



Entry Date: 12th July 2013
Updated: 17th July 2013

A soldier died today

WO2 J. H. Coleman, BEM, RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Funeral Notice from today’s West Australian newspaper for John Coleman reads as follows:

"The Funeral Cortege for Mr John Henry Coleman of Heathridge will arrive at PINNAROO Valley Memorial Park Whitfords Ave, Padbury at 3.30pm on FRIDAY (19.7.2013) for a Cremation Service to be held in the East Chapel.
In lieu of flowers donations to the Cancer Council of WA would be appreciated."

BOWRA & O’DEA

571 Stirling Hwy
Cottesloe 9384 2226
www.bowraodea.com.au

Medals to be worn.

May John Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

G’day all,

Sad news in on the passing today, 12th July 2013 of fellow Team mate, John Henry Coleman, BEM, RAINF, AATTV.  John served as a WO2 with AATTV in South Vietnam from Jun to Aug 1964 at Duc My Ranger Training Centre, Ranger Unit Training, 13 – 27 Aug 64 visited Ranger Training, Trung Lap near Cu Chi. Sep 64 – Apr 65 , 11th Ranger Bn, 2nd ARVN Division Quang Nam. John also served in South Vietnam with 2 SAS Sqn from 5 Feb 68 to 3 Sep 69.

John was also awarded the US Bronze Star for Valour (with ‘V’ Device) and  US Army Commendation for Service whilst serving with AATTV.

John also served in Borneo in 1966 with 2 SAS Sqn as a Tp Sgt and from Feb 1968 to Sep 68 with Royal Fusiliers to Middle East and Paras in Cyprus and Suez (2Bn).

Team members pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to the family and friends of John on this sad occasion.

Condolence messages can be passed via Shirley Mooney on email: shirly37@tpg.com.au

Funeral details will be forwarded once known.

May John Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: John E Nolan [mailto:jono37939@bigpond.com]
Sent: Friday, 12 July 2013 6:27 PM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: VALE a Soldier Died Today

Good Day Rick
Sad News, I have just heard from Shirley Mooney that John Henry Coleman, MBE. Ex SAS Coy, Ex SASR, Ex AATTV Died at 1530 today 12 July 2013
Funeral arrangements will be forwarded when known, bereavement notices can be sent via Shirley Mooney at: shirly37@tpg.com.au

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 1st July 2013
Updated:11th July 2013

A soldier died today

Capt James "Jim" H. Devitt, RAINF, AATTV

G'day all,

Funeral details as provided by Simon Hearder, AATTV are shown below.

May Jim Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Simon Hearder [mailto:simchar7@internode.net.au]
Sent: Sunday, 7 July 2013 8:44 PM

Subject: Vale Jim Devitt AATTV - Funeral Details

Dear members
Please be advised that Jim Devitt’s funeral service will be at St Stephens Church , Main St Mittagong NSW at 11am on Monday 15th July 2013. There will be an ex-service component in the service so medals may be worn . Ian Gollings will giving an eulogy .  For messages of condolences please pass these through Ian Gollings  . His email is is.gollings@gmail.com .
Charlotte and I will be going & staying the night beforehand in Mittagong or Bowral. Geoff Hazel is also going and Ian Porteous is looking for a lift from someone please.
Persevere
Simon

G’day all,

Sad news in from  Simon Hearder, AATTV ACT Br and Helen Devitt on the passing today, 1st July 2013 of our fellow Team member, Jim Devitt RAINF, AATTV. Jim served in South Vietnam as a Capt with AATTV from 13 Nov 1964 to Dec 64 with CSD, not allocated and from  Jan to Oct 65 with CSD – PAT, Qui Nhon, Binh Dinh, II Corps.

Team members would have been aware that Jim had been hospitalised and was seriously ill.  We all pass on our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to his widow, Helen, family and friends of Jim on this sad occasion of his passing.

Condolence messages can be sent to Helen on email: devittj@bigpond.com and/or his daughter, Susan on email: susanwatts@westnet.com

May Jim Rest in Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: James Devitt [mailto:devittj@bigpond.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 2 July 2013 5:15 AM
To: 'Rick Ryan'
Subject: RE: Team Member in Hospital - Jim Devitt RAINF, AATTV

Dear Rick,
Jim died very quietly  at 0400 this morning. On behalf of Jim I would like to thank all the team members who sent messages. I was able to read them to him until Saturday morning. They were well appreciated. He put up the good fight and persevered.  His daughter Susan is NOK and will be arranging the funeral in Bowral on the 15th I believe. susanwatts@westnet.com.
Regards
Helen Devitt

Dear Members
I have received this sad news from Ian Gollings

Jim's widow, Helen, has advised that "Jim gave up the good fight very quietly at 0400 this morning" (Monday). The funeral is tentatively planned for Monday, 15 July at Bowral, NSW. I will advise details as they come to hand

I’m sure everyone will join me in giving our deep sympathy and condolences to Helen .

Lest we Forget

Simon

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 27th June 2013

Hospitalisation of Team Member Jim Devitt RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Not very good news in from Simon Hearder via Ian Gollings on the hospitalisation of fellow Team member, Jim Devitt.

The email from Ian is self explanatory and I suggest that Team members that wish to contact the hospital do so.

We all trust that Jim is as comfortable as possible.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Simon Hearder [mailto:simchar7@internode.net.au]
Sent: Thursday, 27 June 2013 8:13 AM

From: Ian & Shirley Gollings [mailto:is.gollings@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 26 June 2013 10:06 AM
To: Hearder, Simon
Subject: Jim Devitt ex AATTV

Simon, I visited Jim in the Southern Highlands Private Hospital at Bowral yesterday. He is in very poor condition with multiple organ failure and his wife, Helen, who is an RN said he has only one maximum two weeks left. If you promulgate this info you might like to give the hospital phone number 02 4862 9400.
Cheers, Ian Gollings



Entry Date: 10th June 2013
Updated: 24th June 2013

A soldier died today

Maj later LTCOL W.D. Thomas, RAA, AATTV

G'day all,

Sad news just in from Simon Hearder AATTV, ACT  Br on the passing on 8th June 2013 of fellow Team member Maj later LTCOL William (Dai) David Thomas, RAA, AATTV.

Dai was attached to AATTV from May 71 and then posted to AATTV.  He served with AATTV at Phuoc Tuy Sector, Psy Ops, Baria to Sep 71.  Dai also served with HQ AFV, as a LO from Oct 70.  While serving with AATTV he was also awarded the US Army Commendation Medal for Service.

All Team members pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to the family members and friends of Dai on his passing.

Condolence messages can be passed to Simon Hearder on email: simchar7@internode.net.au

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May He Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From Simon Hearder

Dear Members,

Sad news received from Cliff Brock that our esteemed Team member WIlliam David (Dai) Thomas died 8 June in Canberra after a long illness surrounded by family. Funeral arrangements and where to send condolence messages will be advised when known
May He Rest in Peace. Lest we forget

Simon

From: John Jackson 24th June 2013

Rick ,

Some details  of  the death and funeral of Dai Thomas an esteemed TEAM member . The Canberra AATTV  Team and ACT  " Gunners  "  farewelled Dai last Saturday . Dai was loved by a very close family and was a man of many talents . He participated in five Sydney to Hobart yacht races and pursued interests as diverse as acadaemia  and dog training .

Dai served served with the TEAM in 1970-71 in Phuoc Tuy Sector PsyOps and was very closely supported by TEAM mate Cliff Brock during his illness . A Tribute from Dai's  RAA Association  follows . We have lost a good man and an esteemed AATTV member .  John Jackson , President AATTV ( ACT ) .

________________________________________
From: Floyd, Nick LTCOL
Sent: Wednesday, 12 June 2013 14:41
Subject: Passing of LTCOL (Retd) W.D. 'Dai'  Thomas, RAA, AATTV [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
UNCLASSIFIED

Dear fellow Gunners,
Passing of LTCOL (Retd) W.D. 'Dai ' Thomas, RAA, AATTV
It is with great regret that I announce that one of our veteran Gunners, LTCOL (retd) W.D. 'Dai' Thomas, passed away earlier this week at Clare Holland House, after an extended battle with cancer.  I am advised that his passing was peaceful in the company of his family.
Dai was a member of of the distinguished AATTV, as well as his long service to the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery.
The funeral service for Dai will be held in the Chapel of Norwood Park Crematorium, 65 Sandford St, Mitchell on Saturday, 15 June 2013, commencing at 10.30am.
Dai was well known to, and held in high esteem by many Gunners, including MAJGEN (retd) J.P. Stevens AO, who has asked me to pass on this short message of remembrance:
Fellow Gunners,
I see in this morning's paper that Dai Thomas passed away on the weekend, and his funeral will take place at the Norwood Park Crematorium this coming Saturday at 1030hrs.
Some of you may have known Dai better than me, but I recall he was a British Gunner who came over to join us about the time of the Vietnam War, and stayed on thereafter.  When I met him again recently he had been living quietly in Canberra for the past 25 years or so, working away as an historical researcher, and maintaining a lively interest the Regiment through the Historical Society.
He was a Gentleman, and his passing is regretted.
Ubique,
Paul Stevens
Major General J. P. Stevens AO (Retd)

For those members wishing to express messages of condolence, Mr Cliff Brock [ cliffbro@bigpond.net.au ] has accepted the request by the family to act as a contact with relevant military organisations such as the RAA Association and AATTV.  Cliff's email address is on the cc line above.
Vale.
VBIQVE, QVO FAS ET GLORIA DVCVNT
NHF
N.H. FLOYD
Lieutenant Colonel
Directing Staff, Australian Command & Staff College
President RAA Association (ACT Branch )

Lest we forget



Entry Date: 23rd June 2013

A soldier died today

WO2 H. J. "Jock" Charles, RAASC, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Paul Charles on the passing today of fellow Team member WO2 Howard Jock Charles, RAASC, AATTV.

Jock served in South Vietnam with AATTV from 11 Sep 1964 to 20 Mar 1965 with RF/PF Thua Thien sector.  Jock  had an illness in Dec 64 and was medevac in Mar 65.

All Team members would wish to pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to grandson Paul and the family and friends on Jock on this sad occasion.

Condolence messages can be sent to Jock's grandson, Paul Charles on email:  wobes@hotmail.com

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May Jock Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

From: Pauly Charles [mailto:wobes@hotmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, 23 June 2013 10:49 AM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: The Passing of H.J Charles.

Hello, my name is Paul Charles and I am the Grandson of Howard "Jock" Charles. I am ringing you to inform you that today the 23/06/2013 he has finally finished his duties as a soldier and has passed on, he passed peaceful and with out pain. I felt that I should inform you of this for your website.

Regards, Paul Charles.

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 12th June 2013

A soldier died today

WO2 W. (Wally) J. Davies, RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news just in from John Gibson, AATTV Qld Br on the passing on 11th June 2013 of WO2 Walter (Wally) John Davies, RAINF.  Wally served in South Vietnam with AATTV  from Jun to Oct 1965 with 5th SFGA, C Team, platoon commander, Nung Force, Danang, from Nov 65 to Jan 66 detached HQ NCPD, Australia and from Jan 66 to May 66 again with 5th SFGA, Nung Force, Danang.

All Team members pass on their sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to Janet, family members and friends of Wally on this very sad occasion.

Funeral details are shown below.

Condolence messages can be passed to John Gibson AATTV Qld Branch on email: jgibson9@bigpond.com

May He Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: John Gibson [mailto:jgibson9@bigpond.com]
Sent: Thursday, 13 June 2013 7:00 AM

Subject: A Soldier Died Today

Gents

Have just recieved the sad news from Janet Davies, her dad WO2 Walter John Davies passed away on Tuesday 11 June 2013.

His funeral service is to be held on Monday 17 June 2013 at 12.30 at Burstows Funeral Chapel and Crematorium, Ruthven Street, Toowoomba, Queensland.

Vale Wally

John Gibson

For Des Ford: Mate, any chance of getting an AATTV sash up to one of the team in Toowoomba?

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 12th June 2013

AATTV Facebook Page

G’day all,

For those of you on Facebook, you may wish to join the Facebook group as explained by Col Chadwick AATTV.

When you get to the page, look up towards the left hand  side and you should see a link to click on: Australian Army Training Team Vietnam and that should take you to the Team Group page.

Also, you will need to be logged into your Facebook page to gain access.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Hi All
At the Reunion held last year in Brisbane/Canungra,Apart of the Padres (I think it was the Padre) speech made me sit up and listen.
The context was if you dont start talking to your children Grandchildren ect about your time in Vietnam and more specifically the AATTV Then in time no one will know of the AATTV as history will be lost.
I have given this a lot of thought over the last 11 months or so and wondered what i could do to further this statement that rang true to me.I thought i could tell my family about my time with the team and i did.However i felt that my story on its own pales into igsignificance not for any other reason except i was only one of the 1000 men.
I searched everywhere and could not find a full history of the Team.Sure there are publications about but none that show too many individual picture stories.
I looked at various ways in which i thought i could best do something.I therefore have decided that i would start a Facebook group called The Australian Army Training Team Vietnam which i hope will be use by many ex members and their families.I envisaged that in this techno savvy times we are in it might be a good time to hand the photos and pics over to the younger ones and they can put the pics up on the facebook page for all to see.
I hope I am not treading on anyones toes but i figure its a way of keeping our story alive.
The  link to the group is https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/AATTV/members/
 you just need to copy and paste this into your browser.
PleaseI pass this around to your various networks and lets all share

Regards Col Chadwick



Entry Date: 23rd May 2013

Team Member Hospitalised - Peter Conway, AATTV

G’day all,

Des Ford AATTV Qld Br has contacted me on the hospitalisation of Peter Conway AATTV.

Peter is in St Andrews Hospital, Brisbane and due for major surgery on Monday, 26th May 2013 related to heart condition.

We all wish Peter the very best for his upcoming operation.  No doubt Lola will be going through a trying time at the present.

Please pass get well messages for Peter through Des Ford on email: demof@bigpond.com

All the best Pierre,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick



Entry Date: 22nd May 2013

A soldier died today

WO2 D. G. Yench, RAA, AATTV

G'day all,

Late news in from Geoff Annett AATTV on the passing on 28th February 2013 of fellow Team member, WO2 Douglas Gordon YENCH, RAA, AATTV.

Doug served with AATTV in South Vietnam from 25 Sep 1964 to May 65 with 3/2 ARVN, 1st Division, Quang Tri and from June to Sep 65 with RF/PF Hoa Vang sub-sector Quang Nam.

Our belated sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of Doug on his passing.

I found the notice shown below after a search of the internet. Our records show that Doug resided at Sawtell NSW near Coffs Harbour.

May he Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

Douglas YENCH

Tribute
 

YENCH, Douglas Gordon 'Doug'. - February 28, 2013 peacefully at Coffs
 Harbour Health Campus, late of Sawtell, formerly of Geelong. Much loved
 husband of Betty, loving father and father-in-law of Christine and Les, John
 and Bonnie, David, Christine (dec), Cheryl and Bob, Helen (dec), adored
 grandfather and great-grandfather of their families, dear brother and
 brother-in-law. Aged 82 Years "Chop! Chop!"

-----Original Message-----
 From: Geoffrey Annett [mailto:geoffrey@annett.id.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:21 AM
 To: Rick Ryan
 Subject: Passing of Team Member Doug Yench

Rick I was told today that D Yench AATTV RAA had passed around 6
months ago. I cannot confirm this however. He lived at Sawtell ? Geoff
 Annett.

Lest we forget


 Entry Date: 26th April 2013

A soldier died today

Capt (later Maj) B. (Bernie) F. McGurgan, RAINF, AATTV

Vale Brave Warrior
216493 Major Bernie McGurgan, RTD (AATTV)(2RAR)

In war, a trusted warrior who carried shield and spear
In peace he aided old comrades, year after year
Defeat of any kind not part of his dreams
His pen flung barbed darts of truth, again and again
In support of comrades in a Fair Go Campaign
This morning he is travelling to a better place
Ending his proud memorable run in life’s great race
George Mansford 26 April 2013

G’day all,

Funeral details for Bernie McGurgan as received from Peter Conway AATTV are listed below.

May Bernie Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Monday, 29 April 2013 4:34 PM

Subject: Funeral Service Bernie McGurgan

Hi Rick and All

Details of Bernie’s Funeral Service are as follows

Date                    Friday 3rd May
Time                    3.00 PM
Place                   Great Southern Memorial Park
                            1774 – 1794 Mt Cotton Road
                            Carbrook Brisbane.

                            No flowers. Donations in lieu to Qld Cancer Council

Funeral Director Metropolitan Funerals Toowong Phone (07) 3870 1044

Family Funeral Notice will appear in The Courier Mail and The Australian on Wednesday 1st May

Ex service members attending are requested to wear medals

Could you please distribute

Regards

Peter

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Peter Conway AATTV Qld Br on the passing today, 26th April 2013 of fellow Team member  216493 Capt (later Maj) Bernard (Bernie) F. McGurgan RAINF served with AATTV in South Vietnam  from 25 Mar 1970 to Aug 70 with 1/51 ARVN, Quang Ngai, Hill 55, near Dai Loc, and from Sep – Dec 70 as OC, NOTT and NOAT Dong Tam, Dinh Tuong and from Jan – Mar 71, OC, Night Advisory Team, Bac Lieu. Foreign awards for his service in South Vietnam include US Bronze Star for Service, US Army Commendation for Service and the Republic of Vietnam Fouragere of Military Merit Medal.

Team members pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to Leslie, family members and friends of Bernie.

Having considered him a mate and a fighter for veteran and military entitlements, I firmly believe the veteran community has lost a great advocate.

Condolence messages can be sent to Peter Conway on email: plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au

Funeral details will be advised once known.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Friday, 26 April 2013 10:57 AM
To: Rick Ryan; John Gibson; Frank Reid; Mick Smith; Allen Edwards; Des Ford
Subject: Passing Bernie McGurgan

Good Afternoon All

I am the bearer of sad news in that I have to report with a great deal of sadness the passing of Bernard Francis McGurgan

Bernie passed away in St Vincent’s hospital Brisbane at 1130 AM after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

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

Funeral arrangements will be advised early next week

LEST WE FORGET

Peter

Lest we forget


Updated: 2nd May 2013
Updated: 27th April 2013
Entry Date: 22nd April 2013

Son of Team Member Passes Away

G’day all,

Last week I sent out a message from Blackie Reid on the passing of John (Jack) Selmes and asked that condolence messages be passed to Blackie for the Selmes family.

Sadly, I have just been advised by Bruce Sutherland AATTV that Blackie Reid was killed in a motorcycle accident on 30th April.  Refer email below.

Can any condolence messages for the family of John (Jack) Selmes now be passed to Peter Conway AATTV on email: plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au

Those that wish to pass a condolence message to the Reid family, then please refer to the details as shown below.

May Blackie Reid also Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

VALE - ANTHONY LEON (BLACKIE) REID

From: Bruce Sutherland [mailto:bruceatcanungra1@bigpond.com]
Rick,

You may not be aware of the death of Blackie Reid. ( he sent you the details regarding Jack Selmes last week).

 Regards

Bruce
 
 

Please advise all ASASA Branches and SASR that 215478 ANTHONY LEON (BLACKIE) REID OAM who served in 3 SQN (SVN) 1966–1967 and 1 SQN (SVN) 1970 was killed in a motorcycle accident at 1530H on Tuesday, 30 April 2013, between Surat and St George in Queensland. I am advised that Blackie struck some gravel and lost control of his motorcycle and died at the scene of the accident.

I am advised by Blackie’s family that funeral arrangements will be made after an autopsy has been done. When funeral arrangements are notified I will pass them on.

CONDOLENCES & FLORAL TRIBUTES
Condolences should be sent to:

Sharon Reid
7 Stanley Street
Lemon Tree Passage  NSW   2319

EMAILS
Please send email messages and condolences to Blackie’s daughter Sandra (Cass) at: casshane@bigpond.com
 

Regards,

Harry Whiteside
Secretary)
Mobile: 0417 063177
Australian Special Air Service Association (NSW Branch

G'day all,

Details of John (Jack) Selmes service and farewell are detailed below.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Blackie Reid [mailto:srei6211@bigpond.net.au]
Sent: Saturday, 27 April 2013 11:48 AM

Subject: SERVICE & FAREWELL FOR JOHN (JACK) SELMES, OAM

Troops,

UPDATE  Stephanie is out of hospital and recovering well.  As can be expected under the circumstances the Family are coping and regaining their sense of humour and remembering the good times.   As at FRI night 26Apr13 Jack had not been released by the coroner with police forensics still investigating.

SERVICE AND JACK’S FAREWELL   Jack had previously requested after attending other funerals that he would prefer a party and also to be in attendance; so in fitting with his request the Family have asked me to pass on the following information:

• Once Jack’s remains are released he is to be taken by the Funeral Director to a crematorium where he is to be cremated.  There will be no Family or friends in attendance.
• A memorial Service is to be conducted on 10May13 at Duntroon ACT commencing at 1400hr, (2pm) with Jack’s Ashes in attendance.  Details attached.
• A short break after the Service of approximately one hour is to follow at the Duntroon SGT’s Mess.
• At approximately 1600hr, (4pm), Jack’s Ashes are to be taken to the Community Hall at Wamboin NSW for his party.  Details attached plus the WHEREIS LINK is shown below.

FAMILY’S WISHES   Those wishing to depart after the Service, or after the SGT’s Mess or at any time during the Party please do so; please don’t think that you must or should attend all three activities.

CONTACT WITH THE FAMILY   The Family are now at a point where they are happy to receive calls or receive correspondence.  Kay can be contacted on 0405 026357 or mail to 33 Forster Street BUNGENDORE NSW 2621.

MY ABSENCE  I’ll be absent from 30Apr13 until the evening 7May13 however if you leave a message on my mobile I’ll get back to you, (0427 240946).

For widest distribution.

Yours Sincerely,
Blackie REID

REMEMBERING JOHN (JACK) SELMES, OAM
Service

A Service to celebrate the life of Jack Selmes is to be held at the Duntroon Chapel at the Royal Military College – Australia on Friday 10 May 2013 commencing at 1400 hours, (2:00pm).  It is anticipated that the Service will conclude no later than 1500 hours, (3:00pm).

Dress

Jack would not want people to “go overboard” at his farewell so the dress is a personal choice, however, it is requested that those entitled to wear Medals, Honours, Decorations and Awards do so.

Floral Tributes

It is requested that no floral tributes be made, however, the Family have requested that if people wish to donate to the Family Charity, the Salvos, a donation box will be available at the entrance to the Chapel.

Parking

Parking is to be available at the Chapel car park and the former hospital car park across the park from the Chapel.

Time to Regroup

The RSM RMC has kindly made the Sergeant’s Mess available after the Service for Jack’s Friends to regroup prior to returning home or attending Jack’s Farewell Party.  Bar facilities are to be made available.  The Family and those moving directly to the party are to depart the Mess at approximately 1600 hours, (4:00pm).   Jack’s Ashes are to be taken to the party, by his motorcycle, ridden by his neighbour

The Party Location

• Location   Wamboin Community Hall 112 Bingley Way WAMBOIN NSW.  Map Link: http://www.whereis.com/?id=915CFA04BCAD3&intref=emailmap
• Facilities   See attachment on covering email.  Those wishing to remain overnight are required to bring their own sleeping equipment.
• Refreshments   While some refreshments will be available it is requested that you bring a “six pack” of your favourite refreshment to the function.
• Food    A barbeque meal is to be provided.  If you are attending the party could you please advise me by email on srei6211@bigpond.net.au or by telephone (02) 4982 5367 so that the Family can properly cater for those attending.

G'day all,

Sad news in on the passing of  John (Jack) Selmes, son of deceased Team member, Jack Selmes.

This comes after the passing of Helen Selmes, widow of Jack back in February this year.

Sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies go out to the family of Jack on this sad occasion.

Condolence messages to Kaye and family can be passed through Blackie Reid on email:  srei6211@bigpond.net.au (please now ignore as Blackie was tragically killed in a motor cycle accident on 30th April 2013. Refer to later message above for condolence messages for Selmes family.)

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Blackie Reid [mailto:srei6211@bigpond.net.au]
Sent: Monday, 22 April 2013 7:50 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: SAD NEWS JOHN (JACK) SELMES, OAM

Rick,

Greatly appreciate if you put this on your site.

Passing of Son of Team Member – John (Jack) Selmes

It is with deep regret that I inform you of the death of Jack Selmes at Bungendore NSW.  Jack had been discharged from hospital on 21Apr13 after a bout of salmonella poisoning, (Jack’s daughter Stephanie remains in hospital).  He was found dead in his bed by his wife Kaye during the evening.

All messages of condolence to me please.

I will advise additional information as it comes to hand.

LEST WE FORGET
Blackie REID
(02) 4982 5367
srei6211@bigpond.net.au

7 Stanley Street
LEMON TREE PASSAGE NSW 2319"



Entry Date: 22nd February 2013

Passing of Son of Team Member

G'day all,

Sad and belated news in the passing of David Evans, son of deceased Team member Max Evans.

NSW Branch of AATTV has now been informed.

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

Belated messages can be passed to Karen Dusting, Max's daughter on email: dusty25@bigpond.com

May David Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: KAREN DUSTING [mailto:dusty25@bigpond.com]
Sent: Monday, 22 April 2013 4:25 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: nswdave- information about his death

Rick Ryan,

    My name is Karen Dusting nee Evans- I am Capt Max Evans's  daugther and David Evans's sister. Could you please pass on the news that we found David dead on the 22nd of January 2013, he had died on the 17th January or earlier. His funeral was on the 29th January,2013.
I know he had contact with the Sydney Branch of the Team and you  I do not know how to let them know about his death.
    Dad was a member of the Team 67-68 and 70-71 in Vietnam.

    Regards

Karen Dusting
(02) 6778 4538



 Entry Date: 18th March 2013

A soldier died today

Cpl P. (Paul) Hanley, RAAMC, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad and belated news on the passing of fellow Team member, Cpl P. (Paul) Hanley, RAAMC, AATTV on 16th November 2012.

Paul served with AATTV in South Vietnam from 19 Nov 1970 to Apr 71 with MATT 1, Binh Ba, Phuoc Tuy Province and from May 71 to 30 Sep 71 , MATT, Phuoc Tuy.

It is always sad to hear of late notification of a fellow Team member and I am sure that all Team members would like to express their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the late Paul Hanley.

Shown below is a copy of an email received from Rob Thornton AATTV who served with Paul and gives an insight into his service.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: ROBERT THORNTON [mailto:thornton584@btinternet.com]
Sent: Monday, 18 March 2013 6:49 PM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Re: Late Notification of passing of Team member - Cpl Paul Hanley RAAMCT, AATTV

Paul was a great guy and an excellent medic who i had the honour of knowing from recruit training,corps training,and the AATTV in Vietnam.I never heard him say a bad word about anybody and whenever we met up on our military travels it was allways in great humour under hilarious circumstances.Paul was one of those guys who were the fabric of honour,humour,and loyalty that kept our spirits up in the most trying times and its a great pity there are no medals for this.My sincerest sympathies to his family.Thanks for letting me know Rick.

Rob Thornton

Rob Thornton - Mountaineering & Fitness Instructor.
Farsight Mountain Ventures.
Tel:01273 611190.
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From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Monday, 18 March 2013 7:41 AM
To: Rick Ryan

Subject: Late Notification of passing of Team member

Good Morning Rick, Bruce and John

I have received sad news to day of the passing of Team member  Paul Hanley on the 16th November 2012. May he Rest in Peace

Lest We Forget

Regards

Peter

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 16th March 2013
Updated: 18th March 2013

A soldier died today

Cpl (later WO1) A. (Alex) Skowronski, RAE, AATTV

G’day all,

Funeral details for Alex Skowronski AATTV are shown below.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
________________________________________
From: johnjesser@iinet.net.au
To: johnjesser@iinet.net.au
Subject: FW: Vale: 38218 WO2 Alexander Skowronski (Sko)
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2013 17:27:31 +1000
Ladies & Gentlemen
I now have the funeral details, for Alex Skowronski (Sko), it will be held on Monday 25 Mar 2013, at 1pm, at the Crematorium, Cummins Road, Kensington, (a suburb of Bundaberg)
Kind Regards

John Jesser

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Fred Gebbett AATTV on the passing of fellow Team member, Cpl (later WO1) Alexander (Alex) Skowronski RAE, AATTV on or about 15th March 2013.

Alex served with AATTV in South Vietnam from 7 Aug 70 to Dec 70 with MATT 1, Binh Ba, with MATT 8, Xuyen Moc during Jan 71, MATT 15, Long Son, Feb 71 and MATT 4, Hoa Loi Mar – Apr 71.  Alex also served in South Vietnam with 17 Const Sqn from 21 Mar 1967 to 5 Dec 67 and  27 Apr 71 to 24 May 71.  He served with 1 Fd Sqn from 25 May 71 to 5 Aug 71.

I am sure all Team members would like to pass on their sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to the family, relatives and friends of Alex on this sad occasion.

Funeral details will be advised once known.

Condolence messages may be passed through Fred Gebbett AATTV on email: fredgebbett@hotmail.com

May Alex Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Fred Gebbett [mailto:fredgebbett@hotmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, 16 March 2013 2:02 PM
Subject: RE - Alex Skowronski - AATTV Member
Importance: High
___________________________________

Hello Fred,

I have to tell you that Alex passed away late last night or early this morning.  I have no details to give re-funeral, but I think you may know
many of his mates, could you please let them know.

Sadly,

Anne Skowronski
Phone: 4159 4908

This is my son’s contact details too – he has come up from Brisbane: Patrick Silvey 0402 308 922

Lest we forget


 Entry Date: 7th March 2013

A soldier died today

WO2 Brian C. Emberson, RAA, AATTV

G'day all,

Sad but expected news just in from Libby Brennan (daughter-in-law of Bill  Brennan AATTV deceased) on the passing today, 7th March 2013 of fellow Team member, WO2 Brian C. Emberson, RAA, AATTV.

Brian served with AATTV in South Vietnam from Feb - Sep 68 with 11th Artillery Battalion, ARVN Quang Tri area and from Oct 68 - Jan 69 at the Artillery School, Duc My.

Team  members pass on their sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies go to the family and friends of Brian on this sad occasion.

Messages for the family can be passed through Libby Brennan on email: colbrennan10@gmail.com

Funeral service by John Allison Monkhouse
Tel (03) 9783 7722

Cranbourne Road, Frankston at 1000hrs, Tuesday, 12th March 2013.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

From: Colin Brennan [mailto:colbrennan10@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, 7 March 2013 11:55 AM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Re: WO2 Brian Emberson

Hi Rick,
Just to let you you know , Brian Emberson passed away in the early hours of this morning.

All the best and Persevere

Libby Brennan

Lest we forget
Entry Date: 4th March 2013

Team Member in Hospital - Brian Emberson AATTV

G'day all,

Message in from Libby Brennan, daugher-in-law of Bill Breenan AATTV (deceased) and friend of Brian Emberson AATTV.

Brian is not in the best of condition but messages for him may be passed through Libby on email: colbrennan10@gmail.com

Brian served with AATTV in South Vietnam from Feb - Sep 68 with 11th Artillery Battalion, ARVN Quang Tri area and from Oct 68 - Jan 69 at the Artillery School, Duc My.

Will all wish Brian the very best with this latest battle.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

-----Original Message-----
 From: Elizabeth Brennan [mailto:colbrennan10@gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, 2 March 2013 4:29 PM
 To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: WO2 Brian Emberson

 Just a note that WO2 Brian Emberson is in palliative care in
Frankston. He is not expected to go on much longer



 Entry Date: 4th March 2013

Team BBQ WA Branch 10th March 2013

G'day all,

John Riley, Secretary AATTV WA Br is in hospital and the President, Ed Harkin will be in Adelaide, SA at the time of the next WA BBQ to be held on 10th March.  Those of you from WA who view this message may wish to pass it onto other WA Br members as I doubt if John Riley will be sending out any updated notification.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Good Afternoon.

                            You know what they say about the best laid plans.. John Riley is in hospital and Kathy has injured her back. This prevents them from attending the BBQ on the 10 March.Plan B now comes into action. John Nolan will be filling in as the President during the period the 8 to the  18 March 2013 ,.Smiley and Jan Jenkins have offered to collect for the lunch money for the BBQ.

Cheers for now
PERSEVERE
Ed Harkin
President AATTVA WA Branch



Entry Date: 20th February 2013

Passing of Widow of Team Member - Helen Selmes

G’day all,

Sad news in from Ian Hodgson, President AATTV SA Branch on the passing of Helen Selmes, widow of Jack Selmes AATTV.

Condolence messages may be passed to Ian Hodgson on email: ednahodgson@bigpond.com

May Helen Rest In Peace.en

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Edna Hodgson [mailto:ednahodgson@bigpond.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 20 February 2013 12:17 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: Passing of Helen Selmes

Dear Rick,

I thought the Team Members who knew Jack Selmes should be informed that his wife Helen. passed away on Sunday 17th Feb. A blessing for her.

Regards Ian



Entry Date: 18th February 2013

A soldier died today

WO2 A. (Allen) K. Jones, RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news received from Bruce Davies AATTV Vic Branch on the passing today (18th February 2013) of WO2 Allen K. Jones RAINF.  Allen served with AATTV in South Vietnam from 25 Jun 1970  to 2 Jun 1971.  From Jul 70 Allen was with NOTT, Cho Gao, Dinh Tuong, Aug – Sep 70, NOTT, Dong Tam,  Oct  – Dec 70,  Admin WO, Can Tho,  Jan – May 71, CORDS, Admin WO Can Tho, May 71 Saigon.

Our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies go out to his wife Trish, family members and friends on this sad occasion of the passing of Allen.  Members of AATTV will be saddened by the passing of their fellow Team member.

Funeral details are shown in the message below to Bruce Davies.

Condolence messages can be passed directly to Trish Jones on email: ajo59188@bigpond.net.au

May Allen Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bruce Davies [mailto:bruce.davies@tpg.com.au]
Sent: Monday, 18 February 2013 4:36 PM
To: persevere
Subject: Vale: Allen Jones

For your information. Allen served in the Delta area during 1970-1971.

Persevere
Bruce

----- Original Message -----
From: allen
To: bruce.davies@tpg.com.au
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2013 5:48 PM
Subject: Allan Jones

Dear Bruce, just a quick note to let you know that my beloved husband Allen Kenneth warrant officer class 2 36958 ex AATTV passed away this morning at Mildura Private Hospital. His funeral is to be held on Friday morning at 10am with RSL services. I would appreciate it if you could pass this on as I dont know the right people to get in touch with. I know he served the last six months at Can Tho  he was in Vietnam 71-72 He is going to be dearly missed, beloved father of three boys Grandfather to 13 and Great Grandfather of 3. Many thanks for you help in this Yours Faithfully Mrs Patricia ( Trish ) Jones ph 0350230865 mob 0419023086

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 10th February 2013
Updated: 12th February 2013

A soldier died today

Capt (later LtCol) G. (Guy) F. Boileau, AUST INT, AATTV

G’day all,

Details of a Requiem Mass for Guy Boileau as received from Bruce Davies AATTV follow.

May Guy Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bruce Davies [mailto:bruce.davies@tpg.com.au]
Sent: Monday, 11 February 2013 4:50 PM
To: persevere
Subject: Guy Boileau: Requiem Mass (11AM) and drinks (3PM) at the Toorak RSL (Friday 15th Feb)

Subject: Guy Boileau: Requiem Mass (11AM) and drinks (3PM) at the Toorak RSL (Friday 15th Feb)
 

There will be a notice in Tuesday's Sun and The Age and another in the Australian on Wed but here are the details of Dad's service:

Requiem Mass for Lt. Col. Sir Guy Francis d'Arcy Boileau Bt. will be held at Xavier College Chapel, 135 Barkers Rd, Kew at 11am on Friday 15th February 2013.

All are welcome at "The Heroes", Toorak Services Club, 72 McClendon Rd, Toorak from 3pm.

A private burial will take place at Phillip Island the following day.

Can you please pass on to the Team and RMC and any others you think relevant?

Kind regards,

Chris Boileau (0413-660 351)

G’day all,

Sad news in from Chris Boileau (son of Guy Boileau,) informing us that  Guy passed away on 8th February 2013.  Capt (later Lt Col) Guy F. Boileau RAINF served with AATTV in South Vietnam from 2 Jul 1963 to 4 Jun 64 with  CSD Programs, Danang Base operations in Quang Tin and Quang Ngai.

Our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to Judith, family and friends on this sad occasion.  There would be many Team members that knew Guy during his military service and he will be sorely missed. Condolence messages can be passed to Judith and the family on email:boileaux@waterfront.net.au

Both Mandi and I knew Guy during our military service and Mandi did at one time serve with him, a great friend for many, many years.

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May Guy Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Hi Bruce,

Can you please relay the news that my father passed away yesterday afternoon?

Dad was surrounded by mum (Judy) and all his 5 kids and the in-laws. He died peacefully and without pain. Some of the Team may be surprised that dad was a model patient at the Epworth ICU. Rarely, if ever, complaining and generally doing what he was told! He was stoic, dignified and retained his humour to the end.

The details of the Requiem service have not been confirmed but it is likely to be held on Thursday or Friday next week in Melbourne followed by drinks at the Heroes (Toorak RSL). We'll confirm this on Monday or Tuesday.

If possible, could you please cc mum on your email?

Also, if anyone has Jude Healy's or John Rowe's contact details, can they please pass them on to mum (boileaux@waterfront.net.au).

PS A few members of the Team and RMC classmates have relayed some stories involving dad (not attached) which the family has enjoyed. If anyone has any other stories, anecdotes, quirky pieces of information, the family would love to receive them (chrisboileau1@gmail.com) for the service and a little book for the family. They can call me directly and test my typing skills/speed if they would prefer to talk rather than type. Any photos would be very nice too.

I have CC'd a few people who have contacted me directly. I wasn't sure if they were on your normal mailing list or had your email last week relayed to them. Apologies if I have broken protocol!

Many thanks,

Chris (0413-660-351)

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 4th February 2013

Team Member in Hospital - Guy Boileau

G'day all,

News just in from Bruce Davies AATTV Vic Br on the hospitalisation of fellow Team Member Guy Boileau.

From the report below, Guy sounds to be in a bad way at present.  Messages for him can be passed through Judith on email: chrisboileau1@gmail.com

We all trust that Guy will get through this latest battle.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From:
"Bruce Davies" <bruce.davies@tpg.com.au>

To:
"persevere" <persevere@tpg.com.au>
Sent:
Mon, 4 Feb 2013 21:03:52 +1100
Subject:
Guy Boileaux
Hi Bruce,

I'm Chris Boileau, one of Guy's 2 sons. I think we may have met once or twice at Team gatherings...

Mum suggested I let you know that Guy is seriously ill. He's in Intensive Care at the Epworth in Richmond with respiratory / lung problems. He's been in and out of hospital the past few months and the outlook is not great. Unfortunately, I don't think Dad is well enough for visitors.

Could you please pass this news on to the Team and anyone else you think relevant?

The email is chrisboileau1@gmail.com  (This is mum and dad's email address So people could respond to this email address if they'd like to leave mum a message.)

Thanks for your help,

Chris B



Entry Date: 15th January 2013

A soldier died today

WO2 George (Geordie) Y. Jamieson MID, RAINF, AATTV

G’day all, G’day all,

More sad news just in from Peter Conway AATTV on the passing of fellow Team member WO2 George (Geordie) Y. Jamieson MID, RAINF, AATTV.on 12th Jan 2013.  Geordie served with AATTV in South Vietnam from 7 Oct 1965 with 2/51 ARVN, Quang Nam and from Nov 65 to Sep 66 with 3/5 ARVN, 2nd Division, Quang Ngai, RTA 27 Sep66.  Geordie was accidentally wounded by grenade on 13 Aug 66.

Geordie  served a second tour of duty with AATTV from 5 Dec 67 to Dec 68with 3/5 ARVN, Tam Ky and Quang Ngai Jan to Oct 69, Mobile Training Team, PRU Central Highlands, Nha Trang base and from Nov 69 to Apr 70, 5th SFGA, platoon commander, 2nd MF Battalion, Pleiku.  Geordie was wounded in action (WIA) on 8 Apr 70 and again on 11 Apr 70 and medically evacuated to Australia on 4 May 70.

Geordie was awarded a Mentioned in despatches (MID) for his service with AATTV, the citation read as follows:

Warrant Officer Jamieson enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in 1958.  He served with The Royal Australian Regiment in Malaysia from 1962 to 1964.  He joined the Australian Army Training Team in Vietnam in October 1965 and rejoined it in December 1967.
During three and a half year’s service in the Australian Army Training Team, Warrant Officer Jamieson served as an adviser with the Army of the Republic of Vietnam unit and with indigenous para-military forces.  He joined the 2nd Mobile Strike Force in Pleiku as a Platoon Commander in November 1969.
Warrant Officer Jamieson worked tirelessly and with complete disregard for his own safety and welfare throughout the whole of his Vietnam service.  His efforts were instrumental in raising the standards of the units in which he served.  His self acquired understanding of Vietnamese and Montagnard custom, people, and language was a tremendous asset which enable him to excel both as and adviser ad as a Commander.
During operations in Pleiku on 8 April 1970, Warrant Officer Jamieson was wounded.  Despite his wounds, he continued to lead and encourage his indigenous soldiers for three days until he was more seriously wounded and was evacuated from the battle field.
Warrant Officer Jamieson’s professional ability, loyalty, leadership and courage under fire during an extended period with the Australian Army Training Team have been outstanding and reflect great credit on himself, the Australian Army Training Team and the Australian Army.

Other foreign awards included the United States Valorous Unit Award (VAU) and the South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star.

All Team members pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to family and friends of Geordie on this sad occasion.  He will be sadly missed by us all.

Please pass any condolence message through Peter Conway AATTV on email: plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May Geordie Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 15 January 2013 1:28 PM
Subject: Passing of Team Member Geordie Jamieson

More sad news again just to hand form Des From regarding the passing of George (Geordie ) Jamieson last  Saturday 12th January

Message relayed through Bill Fisher

May He Rest In Peace

Will pass on funeral details as they come to hand

Regards

Peter

Lest we forget

Lest We Forget 


 Entry Date: 15th January 2013
Updated: 17th Janaury 2013

A soldier died today

WO1 Ralph H. Witten RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Information in from Peter Conway AATTV on the funeral details for Ralph Witten.

Date:  Monday, 21st January 2013-01-13 at 2.00pm

Location: Rose Chapel, Palmdale Lawn Cemetery & Memorial Park, Palmdale Road, Palmdale

Palmdale Lawn Cemetery & Memorial Park is conveniently located just off the F3 freeway between Sydney and Newcastle.
Palmdale is situated close to small town of Ourimbah, NSW.

Funeral Directors:  Creightons Funeral Service
Phone:(02) 4324 1533
Fax:(02) 4324 7108
Email:creightons@palmdalegroup.com.

Medals to be worn.

May Ralph Rest in Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

G’day all,

Sad news just in per Peter Conway AATTV as received from Mick Youl AATTV on the passing of fellow Team Member on 15th January 2013 of WO1 Ralph H. Witten RAINF.  Ralph served with AATTV in South Vietnam from 16 Dec 1965 to Oct 66 with 5th SFGA team A-107 Tra Bong, Quang Ngai and from Nov –to 10 Dec with AATTV Danang.  Ralph was wounded in action (WIA) on 13 Aug 66 near Tra Bong.

Team members pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Ralph on this sad occasion.
Please pass any condolence messages through Peter Conway AATTV on email: plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May Ralph Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 15 January 2013 1:02 PM
Subject: A soldier died today

Good afternoon all

I have just had a call from Mick Youl advising that Team member  Ralph Witten passed away this AM

Ralph was in a nursing home at Killarney Vale in NSW and Mick was in regular contact with him travelling form Medowie frequently to visit. him

Sadly I tried to call him on Xmas day and could not make contact

May he rest in peace

LEST WE FORGET

Peter

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 26th December 2012
Updated: 1st January 2013

A soldier died today

WO2 Royce (Roy) W. Chamberlain, RAINF
AATTV and 6RAR

G’day all,

Funeral details as passed to me from John Nolan AATTV WA Br per Phillip Buttigieg for the funeral of Roy Chamberlain 6RAR and AATTV are detailed below.

May Roy Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Phillip Buttigieg [mailto:wilbut@bigpond.net.au]
Sent: Friday, 28 December 2012 7:41 AM
To: Arthur Willemse
Subject: Funeral Arrangements - Roy Chamberlain

28th Dec.

Dear Arthur,

Please advise members that a funeral service to lay Roy to rest will be conducted at TRADITIONAL FUNERALS located at 636 Morayfield Road, Burpengary at 1130 am on Tuesday 8th January 2012. The service will be followed by a wake at the Caboolture RSL from 1pm.

Veterans are asked to wear medals and appropriate dress please.

Phil (Butch) Buttigieg

G’day all,

Sad but not unexpected news from son Peter Chamberlain of the passing today 26th December 2012 of WO2 Royce (Roy) W. Chamberlain RAINF.  Roy served as WO2 with AATTV in South Vietnam  from Jul 72 to Nov 1972 with Long Hai Training Battalion, Phuoc Tuy  and with 6RAR, Phuoc Tuy Province in South Vietnam from 4 Jun 66 to 14 Jun 1967.

Team Members pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to the family of Roy on this sad occasion.  No doubt he will be sorely missed by all.

Funeral details will be advised once known.

Condolence messages to the family can be passed through Roy Chamberlain on email: c.peter71@optusnet.com.au

May Roy Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

From: Peter Chamberlain [mailto:c.peter71@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Wednesday, 26 December 2012 10:15 AM
Subject: The Passing of Roy

Dear family & friends,

With great sadness I must report that our Dad Roy lost his battle with cancer this morning at approximately 08:15 hrs.  Dad’s passing was peaceful and he didn’t suffer too much thanks to modern pain management nursing.

This is a devastating blow to our family who love him so dearly.  Dad was a huge personality in life and he had a great impact on those who loved, cared, worked and fought alongside of him.  I just can’t say enough how proud we are of him.

Dad’s army mates Phil ‘Butch’ Buttigieg & Chas Heyward have provided tremendous support to Dad during his illness and this loyalty and mateship will never be forgotten.  The true ANZAC spirit continues shining to the end no matter what.

We sincerely thank you all for your support of Dad in his life and we regard you all as a part of the Chamberlain family forever.

I will advise ASAP regarding the arrangements for Dad.

Kindest regards,

Peter Chamberlain
For
Roy Chamberlain
5 Ninderry Close
BATTERY HILL  QLD  4551
Mobile: 0429 014 123
Email: c.peter71@optusnet.com.au

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 18th December 2012

Team Member on the Mend - Wally Sheppard, AATTV

G'day all,

Sitrep from Wally Sheppard AATTV per Des Pryde AATTV is shown below.

Great to see, for a change, one of our own beating an illness and well and truly on the mend.

For those that wish to send Wally a email, his email address is as follows: wsheppard@bigpond.com

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Des Pryde [mailto:despryde@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 18 December 2012 8:57 AM
To: Rick/Mandi Ryan
Subject: FW: My Sitrep as at 18 Dec 12

Rick,

Would you please pass this on as appropriate.

Cheers,

Des
________________________________________
From: Wally Sheppard [mailto:wsheppard@bigpond.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 19 December 2012 4:09 AM
To: despryde@gmail.com
Subject: My Sitrep as at 18 Dec 12

Hello Des,

Thanks for asking about my  progress.
I’m recovering, slowly. Done away with the wheelchair, and try to rely on the walking stick as little as possible. Blue Care Nurses change my
“wound” dressings twice a week and tell me they’ll be finished with me by ANZAC Day, so I should be able to march (stagger?) with the rest.

It’s been a long, long, trip; 6 months in hospital where they wanted to chop the leg off, 68 weeks now as an out-patient, and a few months
to go, but I’m starting to believe in that light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel !!

Regards................Wally

P.S; Feel free to pass this on to whoever asks about my state, as I don’t have everyone’s address and don’t know who cares.



Entry Date: 17th December 2012

Team Member Terminally Ill - Roy Chamberlain AATTV and 6RAR

G’day all,

Sad news just in on the current health situation of Roy Chamberlain AATTV and 6RAR.

It sounds from the email below from his son, Peter that Roy is comfortable and with his family during this time.

Emails for Roy can be sent through Peter Chamberlain on email: c.peter71@optusnet.com.au

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Monday, 17 December 2012 6:27 AM
To: Rick
Cc: John Gibson; Mick Smith; Frank Reid; Allen Edwards; Des Ford
Subject: Fw: Roy Chamberlain (Dad)

Good Morning Rick

Sad news regarding Roy Chamberlain received on Saturday

Let’s all hope that he is comfortable and at peace  in his final days.

Will keep you advised

Regards

Peter

From: Roy Chamberlain
Sent: Sunday, December 16, 2012 9:51 PM
To
Subject: Roy Chamberlain (Dad)

Dear family & friends,

As you are aware my Dad Roy is in the last stages of his battle with cancer but I’m proud to advise he is conducting his “last operation” in an exemplary strategic fashion making us even more proud to love and know him.  He is not scared and as he says “there’s heaps of people I love waiting for me up there”.  He also says he is “a tiny bit worried there might be a few NVA & VC waiting to speak with him up there however”.

Due to his medication Dad is at home sleeping most of the time now and unfortunately he is no longer able to take phone calls or have visitors other than his immediate family and his closest of friends at hand.

Dad says he has achieved everything he wanted to in life already including the best wife ever Glenda, Kylie & I (his kids & brats some might say) and 4 x grandkids Tommy, Benny, Jazzy & Liam who just love their Poppy so much.

Dad is in good hands here at home in Caloundra “in his fart sack” just the way he likes it.

As an army Son I have read a lot of war history but Vietnam Veterans are my heroes and I’m so proud Dad is one.

Dad loves you all!

Keep you posted.

Kindest regards,

Peter Chamberlain (Dad’s Son)
5 Ninderry Close
BATTERY HILL  QLD  4551
Mobile: 0429 014 123
Email: c.peter71@optusnet.com.au

PS: 6 RAR & AATTV rock hard!  Entry Date: 19th November 2012



Entry Date: 17th December 2012

Welfare Report - Jim Devitt, AATTV

G'day all,

Sounds like Jim Devitt, AATTV is in the wars.  I really feel for him and the pain he would be suffering with this injury.

Let us hope he can still bend the elbow over the festive season.

If you wish to send Jim a cheerio message, then email him on: devittj@bigpond.com

You have our well wishes Jim, so get well soon.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: James Devitt [mailto:devittj@bigpond.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 18 December 2012 5:48 AM

Subject: FW: Merry Christmas

Dear Friends,
I am not sending Christmas cards this year as I am virtually house-bound due to a fall
whilst shopping which broke my left shoulder.Strain on my right shoulder has now torn
the ligaments in my right shoulder so movements are very restricted and painful.
I would like to wish you all the best for the Festive Season and a healthy 2013.
Affectionly,
Jim



Entry Date: 18th November 2012
Updated: 29th November 2012
Updated: 17th December 2012

Current Health Status Colin 'Doc' Judd

G'day all,

Doc is taking each day as it comes.  He keeps me up to speed on just how he is coping and currently his says his memory is failing and of course he is getting weaker.

Indeed not good for Doc but expected.  Email address is: garnetjudd@bigpond.com

There are some battles that we just can not win and Doc is fully aware that he now faces such a battle.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

G'day all,

Following the last email from Doc Judd, he has advised me that he will now not be undergoing chemo or radiation treatment.  His doctor has given him until Christmas to live.

Obviously this is not good news but I accept that Doc can make his own judgement on his health after discussions with his doctor.

We all wish that Doc is comfortable while facing this battle.

Messages for Doc can be sent to the email address as shown below.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

G’day all,

Doc will start chemo treatment from 27 Nov 12 and this will continue for 6 weeks.

Obviously the news was not good but let us hope that the radiation treatment does the trick.

You can email Doc direct on: garnetjudd@bigpond.com

We wish you all the best Doc.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

----- Original Message -----
From:
"colin judd" <garnetjudd@bigpond.com>

To:
advisor@echidna.id.au
Sent:
Sun, 18 Nov 2012 14:30:22 +1000
Subject:
my health
Not good news aggressive cancer start radiation on tuesday not good news
att all.persevere doc judd
garnetjudd@bigpond.com



Entry Date: 7th December 2012
Updated: 9th December 2012

A soldier died today

Passing of Honorary Member of AATTV Assoc. WA Br.

G'day all,

Funeral details as provided by John Nolan AATTV Welfare Officer WA Branch follow.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Good Day Rick
Funeral for Al Bacon 1530 Wednesday 12th December at Pinnaroo Memorial Park Crematorium
Further info to follow
PERSEVERE
John E Nolan

G’day all,

Sad news just in from John Nolan AATTV WA Branch on the passing of 5400040 Pte Alwyn (Al) C. Bacon RAINF today, 6th Dec 2012.  Al had been in hospital undergoing treatment at the time of his passing.

Al served as a Pte with 3RAR in the Korean War 1950/51.

Al was a long term Honorary Member of AATTV Association WA Branch Inc. and over many years attended most functions held by the Branch.  His wife, Anita passed away last year.  Al always contributed to the AATTV Branch raffles at our gatherings and it was during the crayfish season that most Team members enjoyed, because Al would always donate crayfish to the raffle prizes.

Al will be sadly missed by our Branch members and by members of the 3RAR Korean War veteran community.

Condolence messages for his family can be passed to granddaughter Vannessa through Garry Burgoyne on email: geearbee@iinet.net.au

May Al Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Hi Garry,

Thank you for your lovely message.

Very sadly my dear Pop passed away in the early hours of this morning (Thursday).  I will miss him dearly.

Absolutely, I find solace in knowing he is reunited with them again.

I would appreciate if you could please notify members of the Association who knew him.

I might check some details with you when it comes time to prepare his eulogy.  He had already set aside a flag, hat and other pieces.

Thank you and best wishes,
Vanessa

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 9th December 2012

Family seeking information on WO2 John P. Hagean AATTV

G'day all,

Wayne Hagean, son of Team member John Hagean who passed away in September 2008 is trying to gather information of his father's time with AATTV.

John Hagean RAINF served with AATTV as a WOs in South Vietnam from 21 Apr 1967 as a Platoon Commander, 5th SFGA, Danang and from Sep 67 to 20 Oct 67 as LO, 5th SFGA, Mike Force, Danang.  Medevac to Aust.

I will liaise with Wayne on the medals issue.

Email address for Wayne is: clemway56@hotmail.com

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: clemway56@hotmail.com
To: adviser@echidna.id.au
Subject: WO2 JP HAGEAN
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2012 18:50:51 +1030
hi rick, i am trying to find as much information as possible about dads tour of vietnam ,ie,unit he served with etc.any thing at all will be appreciated,as my brother and i am making a memorial wall for him .i did post a msg in the guest book a while ago with no responce as yet.i realise you are very busy,but if you could refer to my guest book msg and help in any way we would be forever greatfull,
best wishes and regards wayne hagean

hi rick and all members,
am seeking information about dads tour of vietnam.would appreciate any input as to who he was attached to unit wise.would also like to be put on the right track as to aquire replicas of his citations medals etc as they were sold on e/bay soon after he passed away,without our families approval or notice.if any member has knowlege of their wherabouts i would do all i can to buy them back to be where they rightfully belong.also would like to join the association with great pride.any feedback from those that knew dad would be greatfully appreciated.dads service no;42735 WO2 john patrick HAGEAN
regards,
wayne hagean



Entry Date: 21st November 2012
Updated: 29th November 2012
Updated: 4th December 2012

A soldier died today

Lt Col (later Brig) R.D.F. Lloyd, OBE,MC, AATTV
Former Commander AATTV

G’day  all,

Below is the Obituary as written in the West Australian today on Brig Russell Lloyd, OBE, MC a past commander of AATTV.

For those that have crossed paths with the Brig either in their military careers or thereafter would know that he was a true gentleman.  He, “did not suffer fools gladly” but as the article title states “Fair in War and Peace”, it is a true representation of this great Australian.

Team members will be in attendance at his funeral to be held on Thursday, 6th December.

May he Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 
 

G’day all,

Funeral timings as sent by Ed Harking, President AATTV Assoc. WA Br are detailed below.

Medals to be worn.

A reminder, that condolence email messages for Stephanie can be forwarded through Tony Thorp AATTV WA Br on email: tonythorp@westnet.com.au

May Brig Russell Rest-In-Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Ed Harkin [mailto:monty2@tadaust.org.au]
Sent: Monday, 26 November 2012 12:23 PM
To: Rick Ryan; tonythorp@westnet.com.au
Subject: Fw: Funeral Timings ,Brig LLoyd
 

Hi Tony , Rick
 

Subject: Funeral Timings ,Brig LLoyd

           This morning Stephanie Lloyd advised me of the timings and location for the Funeral.
            Date ------ Thursday 6 Dec 2012.
           Time -----  1330 hrs.
           Cemetery---- Karrakatta.  Norfolk Chapel.
 

Regards
Ed Harkin
President of AATTVA  WA Branch

G’day all,

As advised by Tony Thorpe, AATTV WA Branch, it is my sad duty to inform you of the passing of Brig Russell D. F. Lloyd OBE, MC, at 0200hours today, 21st November 2012 after a long illness.

Brig Russell Lloyd served in South Vietnam as a Lt Col, Commander AATTV from 28 Jan 1969 to 28 Jan 70 where he was awarded an OBE for his service with The Team.  His citation reads as follows:

“During his tour of duty in Vietnam he displayed outstanding leadership in his command.  His enthusiasm, energy and personal concern for the welfare of his men was an inspiration to all and was a significant contribution to the esteem in which the AATTV was held by the Vietnamese Army and the United States advisers with whom the Training Team live and work.”

Brig Russell Lloyd was also awarded the US Air Medal for Valour (with ‘V’ Device), the US Army Commendation Medal for Valour (with ‘V’ Device) and the South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Gold Star)- during his service as Commander AATTV in South Vietnam.  Brig Lloyd also served in the Korean War with 3RAR as a Lt from 27 October 1952 to 22 October  53 where he was awarded the MC.

Brig Lloyd was patron of the WA Branch of AATTV for many years and only withdrew from that position a couple of years ago due to ongoing illness.  Both he and his wife Stephanie have always supported AATTV and all Team members will be saddened by his passing.

Our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to his wife, Stephanie and family members on this sad occasion.

Funeral details will be advised once known.  Please pass all condolence messages for Stephanie and family 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: 29th November 2012
Updated: 4th December 2012
Updated: 9th December 2012

Team Member in Hospital - John Barnes, AATTV

G'day all,
 

Had a good chat to John and Cheryl this evening. John is his usual upbeat self and getting on with his re-hab - like taking medicine!

Cheryl has coped well during the emergency and is very happy with John's progress.

As to the future, John agrees he will more than likely relinquish some of the activities he has been involved in - on a selective basis.

All in all we look forward to seeing he and Cheryl at our AGM at Ocean Grove, Feb '13.

Persevere,

Mike

G'day all,

Good news in that John Barnes is now out of hospital and resting at home.

I did speak with John the other day while he was in hospital and he is in great spirits.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

G'day all,

News in from John Vincent on the hospitalisation of one of our own, John Barnes.

John, as we know is a tough nut and will take this latest situation in his stride.

We all wish him well.  Contact phone numbers are shown below.  Those that wish to email Cheryl with messages for John can do so by emailing:  jbar9388@bigpond.net.au

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Hi Rick,

I have spoken to John this evening.

He has had a severe heart attack but has survived well and is now ensconched in the Royal Melbourne Hospital (Private).

John is due to have a defibulator fitted in the next day or two and is quite relaxed about his situation at this time as is Cheryl to whom I also spoke to.

John has a bed side phone 03 8341 3465 or Cheryl can be contacted on 03 5021 2925.

Persevere,

John Vincent



Entry Date: 19th November 2012

Current Health Status - Bernie McGurgan AATTV

G’day all,

Peter Conway AATTV Qld Branch has kindly sent the following update on Bernie.  I am glad that he is now with Leslie and will be in good hands.

Please pass any messages for Bernie through Peter on email: plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au

We all trust that Bernie is comfortable during this battle.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Monday, 19 November 2012 10:33 AM
To: Rick
Subject: Bernie

Good Afternoon Rick

As you know I have been keeping in regular contact with Bernie. He is now being looked after by Leslie at her home.

He will be seeing the oncologist again tomorrow.

In my most recent conversation  (this AM)  he stated that quote “he was holding his own against the tide”

He is very ill, nauseous and having difficulty in eating, but maintaining a very courageous and positive outlook but ?

Those who may have a message for Bernie are requested to pass same through me and I will ensure it is passed on

Kind Regards
 

Pierre



Entry Date: 15th November 2012
Updated: 16th November 2012

A soldier died today

WO2 A. (Alan) W. Bone, RAA, AATTV

G'day all,

Funeral details as received from Bruce Davies, AATTV for Alan Bone AATTV are detailed below.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Davies [mailto:bruce.davies@tpg.com.au]
Sent: Friday, 16 November 2012 4:54 PM
To: persevere
Subject: Fw: Alan Bone funeral details

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22 at 13.00 hours. The  service will be held at Tucker's Funeral Chapel, Hope Street, West  Geelong and afterwards at the Geelong RSL Sub-branch.
For those who are unable to attend the funeral, the service will be  webcast:  Log onto www.tuckers.com.au and click "Funeral Webcasting". Select the Hope Street location and enter the pin number 9051. After
entering the pin, make sure you click "Log In" and not the "Enter" key on your keyboard.  Webstreaming will start at approximately 12.50.

Persevere
Bruce Davies

G’day all,

Sad news received from Bruce Davies AATTV on the passing of fellow Team member, WO2 Alan W. Bone, RAA on 15th November 2012.  Alan served with AATTV in South Vietnam from 6 Jan 1966 to Mar 66 with CSD Vung Tau, then with CSD Nung Force, Long Hai base protection during Apr – Jun 66 and from Jul –  12 Dec 66 with Gio Linh sub-sector, Quang Tri.

Our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to family and friends of Alan on this sad occasion.  Condolence messages for the family can be passed through Bruce Davies AATTV on email: bruce.davies@tpg.com.au

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May Alan Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

From: Bruce Davies [mailto:bruce.davies@tpg.com.au]
Sent: Thursday, 15 November 2012 7:03 PM
To: persevere
Subject: Vale Alan Bone AATTV 1966

I have been advised by Alan's daughter that he passed away today (15 November). No further details at this stage.
Persevere
Bruce

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 4th November 2012

Team Member - Bernie McGurgan in Hospital

G’day all,

Message in from Peter Conway AATTV Qld Br on the re-admission of Bernie to Brisbane Mater Hospital.

Contact details for Bernie at the hospital are listed below.  Pass email messages to Bernie through Peter Conway on email:  plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au

Our fingers are crossed for you Bernie.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Sunday, 4 November 2012 9:54 AM
Subject: Bernard

Hi

A note to let you all know that Bernie was re admitted last Thursday  to the Mater Private.

He is scheduled to see the oncologist tomorrow and I will provide an update after I speak to Bern tomorrow afternoon.

Should you wish to have a yarn to Bernie contact (07) 3163 8111 and ask for “Mater Private 896”

Regards

P



Entry Date:  4th November 2012

A soldier died today

WO2 Noel Stockwell, RAA, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news just in on the passing on 2nd November 2012 of one of our own, WO2 Noel Stockwell, RAA, AATTV.  Noel served with AATTV in South Vietnam form 15 Apr 66 with RF/PF Quang Tin Sector and then with 1/2 ARVN, Quang Tri until 2 Apr 67.

Our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies go out to family and friends on this sad occasion.  Messages for the family can be passed to Gordon Nielson on email: glnhgn5469@bigpond.com
 

Funeral details are shown in the message from Gordon Nielson below.

May Noel, Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au]
Sent: Sunday, 4 November 2012 7:53 AM
To: John Gibson; Frank Reid; Mick Rodger; Allen Edwards; Des Ford; Rick
Subject: Fw: Passing of AATTV Member

Good Morning All

Very sad to receive news of another passing of one of our Team members. May he rest in Peace. Lest we forget. I have replied to Gordon and asked him to represent the TEAM

Regards and keep safe

Peter
From: Gordon Nielson
Sent: Saturday, November 03, 2012 3:02 PM
To: plconway@nnsw.quik.com.au
Subject: Passing of AATTV Member

Hi Peter,

I have the sad duty of advising the passing of 12769 Wo2 Noel Stockwell RAA on 2nd November 2012.  His funeral will be held at Kings Theatre, the Warwick RSL Services & Citizens Memorial Club at 2pm on Thursday 8th November.  Noel served on the Team from 15th April 1966 to 3rd April 1967.  I will be attending his funeral and will represent the Team if you wish.

I would have passed this to Mick Smith as Secretary but I don’t have his e-mail address.

G.L. Nielson
(Gordon Nielson)
Secretary /Treasurer
Warwick RSL Sub Branch Inc.
PO Box 429
WARWICK  QLD  4370
4661 5772
0429 615 773

Lest we forget



 
 


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