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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: 20th May 2017

A soldier died today

WO2 D. (Don) G. Parker RAINF, AATTV, 1RAR



G’day all,

Sad news just in on the passing on 18th May 2017 of fellow Team member WO2 D. (Don) G. Parker, RAINF, AATTV, 1 RAR.  Don served with AATTV in South Vietnam as a WO2 from 29 Oct 1970 to May 70 with 1/54 ARVN Phu Loc, Thua Tien and then Jun 70 to Oct 70 NOAT/NOTT Dinh Tuong, IV Corps.  Don also served his first tour of duty in South Vietnam with 1RAR from 27 May 1965 to 11 Jun 1966.

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on their sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to family and friends of Don on this sad occasion of his passing. I have notified Mick Dolensky President, AATTV SA Br of Don’s passing.

Funeral details as provided by Carol Van Der Peet are detailed in her message below.

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

May Don now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Hi Rick.
I am the Membership officer for the RAR Association in SA.   We have a chap who passed away last Thursday who served with both 1 RAR and AATTV in Vietnam.  Do you have the contact details for any Member in SA, so I can notify of your Deceased Member?      He has no family so we are trying to get some people who may be able to attend.    He name is Donald Gordon Parker.  He Service is this coming Friday.
Cheers Carol Van Der Peet
Membership Officer RAR SA
3RARSA@gmail.com
0415 242 084

Hello All,
I believe he passed away early Thursday Morning.  The friend organising his Service is Colleen Kluske, contact number is 0428 373 478.
The Service will be a Graveside Service at Adrossen Cememtry 11am Friday the 26th May.   At this stage a Wake will probably be at the Ardrossen RSL.    He served with 1 RAR from 27/05/65 to 11/06/66 & AATTV from 20/10/69 to 29/10/70.   I have notified our SA 1 RAR Rep' and he will also circulate to our Members as well.
Cheers Carol Van Der Peet
Membership Officer RAR SA
0415 242 084
3RARSA@gmail.com

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 12th May 2017

A soldier died today

WO2 (later WO1) R. (Reg) A. Bandy, MBE, RAINF, AATTV, 7RAR, 3RAR

G’day all,

Details of funeral service for Reg Bandy, MBE as received from John Nolan AATTV WA Br, follow.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

From: John E Nolan [mailto:jono37939@bigpond.com]
Sent: Monday, 8 May 2017 9:18 PM
To: Rick Ryan <advisor@echidna.id.au>
Subject: Funeral Service Reg Bandy MBE

Good Evening Rick
Just got word from Kevin Emberson. The funeral service for Reg will be held at St Joseph’s Church Queens Park at 1015 hrs  on 16th May 2017
There will be a family only private cremation following the funeral service.
A wake will be held at the Cannington RSL commencing at 1300hrs
Regards
John E Nolan

G’day all,

On my way to Broome I was advised by Kathy Riley, Treasurer, AATTV WA Br on the passing on the evening of 7th May 2017 of fellow Branch Team member Reg Bandy.  On arrival in Broome there were a couple of emails on Reg’s passing and I have selected the one from Kevin Emberson a great friend of Reg’s to pass this message on.

Reg served with AATTV in South Vietnam as a WO2 from 22 Oct 1963 to 8 Oct 1964.  From Oct 63 to May 64 at Dong Da National Training Centre, Tactics Committee, near Hue.  Nov 63, observed TF100 operation north of Hiep Khanh. Jun 64, Jungle, Mountain, Swamp School, Duc My Ranger Training Centre.  In addition to the unit citations awarded to AATTV, Reg was also awarded the US Air Medal for Service, US Armed Forces Honour Medal 2nd Class and the US Training Service Medal 2nd Class. Reg also served a tour of duty in South Vietnam as RSM 7RAR from 18 Feb 1970 to 4 Mar 1971.  For his service in 7RAR for that tour he was awarded Member (Military) of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).  Reg also served in Korea with 3RAR who was awarded the US Presidential Unit Citation for involvement in the Battle of Kapyong.  Extract from 7RAR Association web page on Reg’s military service follows:

WO1 Reginald A. Bandy, MBE

 WO1 Reg Bandy was born in Subiaco, Perth Western Australia on 14 July, 1922 and joined the Army in 1940.  He trained with 11,000 other men in 1941 and was subsequently posted to an Armoured Reconnaissance Unit on the Australian mainland.  In 1943 all units were converted to Infantry to oppose the Japanese in New Guinea and WO Bandy was posted to a US Army Landing Unit in Finschaffen, New Guinea.  By 1943 he was posted to an Australian Landing Craft Unit and served up and down the New Guinea coast servicing other Army units for the remainder of the war.
After World War 2 ended he was posted to Moratai with the 67th Battalion which then became the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment. The Battalion trained for British and Commonwealth Occupation Forces (BCOF) duties in Japan where subsequently WO Bandy patrolled and helped clean up Hiroshima after the Atom bomb.
Early 1950 rumours of war in Korea initiated training for another war and by February of that year WO Bandy was at war again with 3RAR who had joined the UN Force attached to the British 27th Brigade along side the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and the Middlesex Regiment.
In 3RAR’s first 6 months in Korea they fought 7 battles, lost 100 KIA and 50 wounded.  WO Bandy was acting as platoon commander at the Battle of Kapyong and in his own words described it as “Not a nice place to be”.
In 1951 his tour of duty finished, he went back to Japan and then later, in December, to Australia where he was posted to 6 Recruit Training Company training reinforcements for Korea.
From 1953 to 1959 WO Bandy trained National Servicemen and CMF Officers and NCOs and then in 1960 was posted to Battle Wing Canungra as an instructor. In 1963 he was  posted to South Vietnam with the Australian Army Training Team where he worked with the South Vietnamese Rangers.  He is one of the very few Australians who were awarded the General Service Medal with Vietnam Clasp, the predecessor to the Australian Vietnam Medal
On RTA WO Bandy served as a Senior Instructor at the Infantry Centre and was then  promoted and posted as RSM, 11th Battalion, CMF in Western Australia.  In 1968 he was posted as RSM of 7RAR and took the Battalion back to South Vietnam in 1970 for both his and the Battalion’s second tour.
On RTA WO Bandy was posted as RSM Infantry Centre and then from 1972 to 1975 was RSM of Australia House, London.  On RTA he was posted as RSM Western Command and his last task as an RSM was to train the Royal Guard of Honour for the departure of HRH  Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip from Perth Airport.
WO Bandy retired from the Army in July, 1977 having completed 37 years service.  He saw active service in three wars over multiple tours and beside the MBE was also awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and Conspicuous Service and Good Conduct Medal.  He was also awarded five foreign awards and three citations giving him a grand total of 25 medals, citations and awards.

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to Susan, Broni, Clayton, family and friends of Reg on this sad occasion of his passing.  Most of us were aware that Reg was not well of late and we will remember Reg as the tough soldier that he was.  Reg was a stalwart member of the AATTV WA Branch for many a year and it has only been in the past couple of years that he really slowed down.  A very sad loss to us all as well as the veteran community.

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May Reg now Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick Ryan
President
AATTV WA Branch Inc.
 

From: Kevin J. Emberson [mailto:kjemberson@westnet.com.au]
Sent: Sunday, 7 May 2017 7:32 PM
To: Subject:  Re: Reg Bandy
 

Hello Everyone, passing on a message I received from Broni Bandy this morning about the passing of her Dad Reg last evening 6 May 2017 at Hollywood Private Hospital, at 8.50PM my long time mentor and very good friend of 60 years,
"May he "Rest in Peace".
Have spoken to Broni, I shall pass on to you any further details of the funeral when she advises me. Take Care, stay safe,
Kevin Emberson
----- Original Message -----
From:
"Bronwyn Bandy" <numbat60@gmail.com>

To:
"Kevin J. Emberson" <kjemberson@westnet.com.au>
Sent:
Sun, 07 May 2017 03:39:34 +0000
Subject:
Re: Reg Bandy
Good morning

Just to let you know Reg passed away on Saturday at 8.50 pm. Reg died peacefully in his sleep with out pain or complications.
As always Reg went out on his own terms, on his own and dressed in his 7RAR shirt.

Thank you for your many kindnesses.
Susan, Bronwyn and Clayton Bandy

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 7th May 2017

A soldier died today

WO2 D. (Bob) R. Cameron DCM, RAINF, AATTV, 1RAR

G’day all,

Details of funeral service for Bob Cameron, DCM AATTV as received from Doug Tear, President AATTV NSW Br follow.

May Bob Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Doug Tear [mailto:doug.tear@bigpond.com]
Sent: Monday, 8 May 2017 6:11 PM
To: Doug Tear <doug.tear@bigpond.com>
Subject: Funeral Service - WO2 DR Cameron DCM RAInf AATTV

Dear Members,
The details of Bob’s funeral service are as follows:
Date:                    Friday, 12 May 2017
Time:                    2.00 pm
Location:             War Veteran’s Chapel
                              RSL ANZAC Village
                              90 Veterans Parade
                              Narrabeen 2101
The Chapel is located next to the Gallipoli Building and the Dugout Bistro.
Regards,
Doug
M:  0417 370 842

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Doug Tear President, AATTV Association NSW Br on the passing on 6th May 2017 of fellow Team member Bob Cameron.  Doug has cited Bob’s service with AATTV in the text in his message below.  In addition to Unit Citations awarded to AATTV and 1RAR Bob was also awarded the US Bronze Star for Valour with ‘V’ Device, US Bronze Star for Service and the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) for his service with AATTV.  The citation for the DCM reads as follows:

Army Number:                     214866
Substantive Rank:                Sergeant
Temporary Rank:                 Warrant Officer Class Two
Christian Name:                   Desmond Robert
Surname:                               CAMERON
Honour or Award:                DCM

Warrant Officer Cameron enlisted in the Australian Regular Army 1n 1962.  He served with The Royal Australian Regiment in Vietnam and in Australia.  He joined the Australian Army Training Team in February 1969 and was attached to the 2nd Mobile Strike Force, 5th Special Forces Group.
On 6 May 1969, Warrant Officer Cameron was serving with 223rd Mobile Strike Force Company on an operation in the area of Ban-Me-Thuot in Darlac Province, when two of the platoons under his control were attacked by a reinforced North Vietnamese Company.  Disregarding his safety, he personally led a counter-attack against the enemy.  However, the enemy mortar, rocket and automatic weapons fire was so devastating that the counter-attack failed.  Warrant Officer Cameron covered the withdrawal of his Montagnard soldiers by exposing himself to the enemy fire, throwing grenades and assaulting the nearest enemy position on his own.  Twice more he led counter-attacks, but each time they failed and Warrant Officer Cameron covered the withdrawals in the same way.  At times during these withdrawals he approached to within 10 metres of the enemy.  After the third unsuccessful counter-attack, only fifteen soldiers were left with Warrant Officer Cameron.  Realising his position was untenable, with the enemy firing from three sides, he ordered the withdrawal of his remaining troops and stayed behind alone to cover them.  After successfully breaking contact, he gathered together what was left of his two Platoons in a temporary defensive position.  This position however quickly became encircled by the superior enemy force and came under heavy mortar and automatic weapons fire.  At this time Warrant Officer Cameron was wounded by shrapnel in the leg.
Realising his group was in danger of being overrun before any reaction force could come to his assistance Warrant Officer Cameron personally led an assault that succeeded in breaking out of the encirclement.  During this assault he paid no attention to his own wound and carried a wounded Montagnard soldier on his back.  The successful break-out through the enemy’s positions was accomplished solely by Warrant Officer Cameron’s outstanding leadership and exceptional personal bravery.  Despite the continuing enemy fire and the hazards involved he maintained his demoralised soldier’s  intact.  At the same time he controlled and directed helicopter gunships and artillery fire against the enemy and organised the helicopter evacuation of the wounded.
In June 1969, Warrant Officer Cameron was re-deployed as an adviser with the 3rd Battalion, 4th Regiment of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam.  In August he was again wounded in an operation in Quang Ngai Province and this time was medically evacuated to Australia. Within five weeks he was back with the Training Team and advising in the same Battalion on operations, where his outstanding professional skill and personal example have been instrumental in improving the Battalion’s operational efficiency.
Warrant Officer Cameron’s exceptional personal bravery, his dedication to duty and his cheerful comradeship throughout his strenuous operational service with the Training Team have been an inspiration to all Vietnamese, United States and Australian he who served with him and reflect great credit on himself, the Australian Army Training Team and the Australian Army.

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to family and friends of Bob on this sad occasion of his passing.  The Team has now lost another of its finest.

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

I will pass on funeral details once known.

May Bob now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

From: Doug Tear [mailto:doug.teear@bigpond.com]
Sent: Saturday, 6 May 2017 12:19 PM
To: Doug Tear <doug.tear@bigpond.com>
Subject: Passing of a Team Member - WO2 DR Cameron DCM RAInf AATTV

Dear Members,
It is with sadness and regret that I inform you of the passing of Bob Cameron on 6 May 2017 at the RSL ANZAC Village at Narrabeen, NSW.
Bob served with the Team initially from 25 February to 25 August 1969; having been wounded in action and medically evacuated.  Bob returned to Vietnam and completed his tour from 1 October 1969 to 18 February 1970.  He served from February to May 1969 as a Platoon Commander with 223 Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th SFGA, 2 MSF at Pleiku.  Bob was awarded the Distingushed Conduct Medal for outstanding leadership and exceptional personal bravery whilst on operations with 223 Mike Special Force Company in the area of Ban Me Thout in Darlac Province where he was wounded in action.  In June and July he served as an Advisor with 3/4 ARVN, 2nd Division at Quang Ngai.  In October 1969 Bob returned to 3/4 ARVN, 2nd Division at Quang Ngai where he completed his tour.  Bob was wounded in action twice; firstly on 5 May in the Ban Me Thuot area where he sustained a shrapnel leg wound and secondly on 2 August at Quang Ngai.
Bob also served in Vietnam with 1 RAR from 9 June to 1 October 1965.
I will advise of the funeral arrangements when known.
Condolance messages to Bob’s family can be sent to me for forwarding on.
Regards,
Doug

M:  0417 370 842

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 6th May 2017;'

A soldier died today

Maj John C. Harding RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Peter Conway AATTV Qld Br on the passing on 1st May 2017 of fellow Team member John C. Harding RAINF.  John served in South Vietnam with AATTV as a Maj from 18 Sep 1964 to Jan 65 with 1st SFGA B-410 then Jan 65 5th SFGA C-4 Danang S,3 Air Officer, 24 Feb 65 to Sep 65, Operations and Advisory Training Team, HQ I Corps, Liaison Australian personnel I Corps.  In addition to unit citations awarded to AATTV, John was also awarded the US Bronze Star for Service.

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

Funeral details as provided by Peter Conway are detailed below.

May John now Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@quikdsl.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 2 May 2017 12:08 PM
To: Subject: A Soldier died Today

Good Afternoon All

Sad news which I have just received from Helen daughter of John Harding.

John passed away yesterday at Pindarra Hospital in Benowa on the Gold Coast.

His funeral service will be conducted next Tuesday 2nd may at the Newlife  Uniting Church 4 Greenwich Street Robina Gold Coast at 2.00PM

I have come to know John very well over the last few years and he always held the TEAM and its members in very high regard. He was also a great supporter of the AATTVA National Trust and made many a healthy donation to ensure that the maintenance of the Grove was continuous. A very generous and kind hearted man.

May he Rest in Peace

Lest We Forget

Regards to all

Peter

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 10th April 2017
Updated: 11th April 2017
 
 

A soldier died today

Capt (later Maj) W. Sheppard RAINF, AATTV, 4RAR

G’day all,

Funeral arrangements as received from Peter Conway AATTV Qld Br follow.

May Wally Rest In  Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@quikdsl.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 11 April 2017 8:46 AM
To: Rick Ryan <advisor@echidna.id.au>
Cc: Subject: Funeral Service the late Wally Sheppard

Hi Rick

I have seen quite a few messages about the passing of Wally.

Our man in NQ, Graham Buchan has been quite involved since we first got news of Wallys’  recent illness and subsequent passing and has been in regular contact with the  INGHAM RSL and also with INGHAM FUNERAL SERVICES

Graham has just advised that following a meeting with WALLY’S son in law GARY and the FUNERAL DIRECTOR’S representative ANGELA from Ingham Funeral Services  this morning,  WALLY’s funeral service will be held on FRIDAY 21st April commencing at 1000 AM.

It will be a graveside service at the RSL section of the  OLD INGHAM CEMETERY.

Kind regards

Peter

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Tony Mogridge AATTV on the passing on the 8th April 2017 of fellow Team member Maj Wally Sheppard.  Wally served in South Vietnam as a Capt with AATTV from 17 Sep 1969 to Mar 1970 1/51 ARVN, Mieu Bong, Regt HQ, Quang Nam, Apr – May 70, OCRF Training Team, Dinh Tuong, Jun 70. OC NOAT, Ding Tuong west of My Tho, Jul 70, NOAT, Cho Gao, Aug 70, NOAT, Dong Tam.  RTA 17 Sep 70. Wally was wounded in action on 19 May 70 at Din Tuong.  As well as Unit Citations awarded to AATTV, Wally was also awarded the US Army Commendation Medal for Service and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Silver Star).

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

Condolence messages can be passed through Tony Mogridge on email: carmog@adam.com.au

Any further information such as funeral details will be passed on once known.

May Wally now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Tony Mogridge [mailto:carmog@adam.com.au]
Sent: Monday, 10 April 2017 11:36 AM
To: 4rarsa@adam.com.au; mvb@michaelvonberg.com; advisor@echidna.id.au
Cc: David Dufall <davedufall1939@hotmail.com>
Subject: FW: SAD NEWS

To all,
Please advise your members of the passing of Maj. Wally Sheppard an original member of 4 RAR and a member of AATTV.
Regards,
Tony Mogridge

From: David Dufall [mailto:davedufall1939@hotmail.com]
Sent: Monday, 10 April 2017 9:44 AM
To:
Subject: SAD NEWS
 

G’day All,
With great sadness I wish to advise that we have lost another brother in arms and super classmate.
Wally Shephard passed away around midnight on Saturday night in the Ingham Hospital where he had been for some days.
Dave Brandie advises that Wally’s NOK, his daughter Nicolle is difficult to contact at the moment and consequently no details can be provided concerning what happens next – these hopefully will emerge later today.
In the meantime assuming we will be able to farewell Wally with the dignity he deserves, I am happy to coordinate members’ contributions/stories in any suitable format for a later delivery.
-          From his OCS brothers/classmates,
-          From former Battalion and AATTV members,
-          Friends etc.
This may mean conducting a service (if we all would like to see one) not necessarily in Ingham or Halifax for example.
Tony Mogridge, would you mind advising the RAR Assoc and anyone else who you think needs to know.  Also Nicolle might need advice re her options re burial – can you please advise?
With best regards,
Dave D

Lest we forget
Entry Date: 5th April 2017

A soldier died today

36658 WO2 M.(Les) J. Foster, RAASC, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Peter Conway AATTV Qld Br on the passing today 5th April 2017of fellow Team member, WO2 Murty (Les) J. Foster RAASC, AATTV. Les served with AATTV in South Vietnam from 12 Feb 68 HQ AATTV Saigon as Admin WO and then Jul 68 to Jun69 with 3/3 ARVN 1st Division Hue.

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

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

As Peter mentions below it was not unexpected news but still sad when one of our stalwarts of the Team leaves us.  Please also note there will be no funeral service.

May Les now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@quikdsl.com.au]
Sent: Wednesday, 5 April 2017 12:58 PM
To: Subject: A Soldier died today

Good Afternoon All
 

Well we have been expecting it for a while but it always comes as a shock.

I have just this last couple of minutes had a call from Eileen Foster to say that Les “Murty” Foster,  her husband  passed away this morning.

Les was a rough and tough old bastard but underneath all that was one of the most generous persons one could have wished to meet.

He has been ill for many years and has been through the torment of being on a dialysis machine three times a week for many years. He lived in Lowood and had to travel to Toowoomba to have the tri-weekly treatment, however over the last couple of months was travelling to Greenslopes hospital to have the treatment. It was whilst on the machine this morning that his poor old heart gave in.

There will be no funeral service. Elaine will have him cremated privately and arrange for his ashes to be spread at our Very Special Place the AATTV Memorial Grove at a a later time.

Farewell l to an old soldier and a good friend to many.

May he

REST IN PEACE

LEST WE FORGET

Regards to all on this sad day.

Peter

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 23rd February 2017
Updated; 26th March 2017
 
 

A soldier died today

Bdr P. (Phil) H. Harding RAA, AATTV

G'day all,

For those of you in SA, there is to be a Memorial service for Phil Harding AATTV on 8th April 2017 (refer details below).

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Adam Weinert [mailto:adam.weinert5241@gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, 25 March 2017 11:28 AM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: Memorial Service - BDR Phil Harding RAA
 

Hi Rick,

Adam Weinert here from Lobethal RSL in SA. I’m writing to see if you can pass the word through the AATTV website and facebook on the Memorial Service for the late BDR Phil Harding RAA and see if you could pass the details along to those in your network who knew him. Location is the Lobethal RSL Hall, Date - 8 April 2017, Time - 10am. Let me know if you need anything further. I'm putting together some photos so if you or anyone have any of Phil, I'd appreciate a scan copy.

Kind regards, Adam

Bdr P. (Phil) H. Harding RAA
4 Fd Regt, AATTV
G’day all,

Sad news in from Vic Pennington AATTV and Peter Melling RAA on the passing today, 23rd February 2017 in Bali of fellow Team member Bdr Phillip (Phil) H. Harding RAA. Phil served in South Vietnam from 3 Feb 1970 with 4 Fd Regt and joined AATTV on 24 May 70 to 4 Feb71.  He served with MATT 4 An Ngai, Phuoc Tuy Province during his time with AATTV.  During his time with AATTV Phil was awarded the US Army Commendation Medal for Valour (with ‘V’ Device).

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

Phil resided in Bali and there will be no funeral service here in Australia.  Any details of a Memorial Service will be forwarded once known.

May Phil, now Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Extract of message from Peter Melling RAA as received by me.

We know that Phil passed this morn @5.30 in Bali with family as far as we knew that was his last wishes and as far as we know there is no Aus funeral? He contracted lung cancer about 6 mths ago we saw him in good spirits at Port Broughton SA about 8 mths ago. Hope this little info. Assists. Gr8 mate of mine since 1973. UBIQUE another good Gunny leaves us but never Forgotten

Lest we forget



Entry Date: 25th February 2017

A soldier died today

Cpl P. (Phil) J. Ryan RAE
1 Fd Sqn, 21 Engr Spt Tp, 17 Const Sqn, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad but not unexpected news in from Trevor Mullins on the passing on 23rd February 2017 of fellow Team member Cpl P. (Phil) J. Ryan RAE.  Phil served as a Cpl for 5 Aug 1971 to 10 Oct 71 with MATT Phuoc Tuy Province.  Phil also served in South Vietnam with 1 Fd Sqn from 25 May 66 to 16 Feb 67, 21 Engr Spt Tp 11 Oct 71 to 20 Oct 71, 17 Const Sqn 21 Oct 71 to 1 Feb 72, 2 Feb 72 to 5 Feb 72 Visit.

Our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Phil on this sad occasion of his passing.  Phil had been hospitalised recently and was not expected to return home.

Condolence messages can be passed through Trevor Mullins on email: trevorandrobyn@bigpond.com

From the message I received from Trevor Mullins, a funeral service will be held in Townsville on 28th February 2017.  Details will be provided once known.

May Phil now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

I'm not sure if you have been notified that Phil Ryan passed away yesterday the 23rd Feb at Townsville Hospital. His wife notified me the funeral will be held on Wednesday 1st March regards Trevor M

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 3rd February 2017

Welfare Report - Murty 'Les' Foster AATTV

G’day all,

Great news in on Murty ‘Les’ Foster from Peter Conway AATTV Br.  It is good to get some good news for a change.

Les no doubt gave someone the thumbs up and defies the Gods.  Let us all hope he is around with us for quite some time to come.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@quikdsl.com.au]
Sent: Friday, 3 February 2017 7:26 AM
To: Rick Ryan <advisor@echidna.id.au>
Subject: Good news

Hi Rick

This morning I spoke with Murty “Les” Foster. He was as bright as a button as they say.

He is in Greenslopes Hospital having been last week transferred from the Princess Alexandria  Hospital

The good news is that today he is going home. What a recovery!!

Murty reckons it wasn’t  his turn. Not just yet,  and wishes to thank all those who sent get well  messages. Obviously they worked
 

Regards

Peter
 

G’day all,

Not very good news from Peter Conway AATTV Qld Branch on the current health status of Murty (Les) Foster AATTV.

We all trust that Les is at least comfortable and pain free given the circumstances.

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

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@quikdsl.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 24 January 2017 4:53 PM

Subject: Member Critically Ill

Good Evening All

Sadly I must report that our Qld member Murty (Les) Foster is critically ill in the intensive care ward of the Princess Alexandria Hospital in Brisbane. Wife Eileen tells  me that it is only a matter of time before Murty crosses“the great divide”

A further update will be issued when the time comes.

We can but pray that Murty is comfortable during the time that he has left.

Kind Regards

Pierre 



Entry Date: 19th January 2017

Welfare Report - Ray Hinde AATTV

G’day all,

Dropped into see Ray this morning to see how he was faring.  It has been three months since Ray’s marathon heart surgery and he is coping fairly well in relation to the after care.  Unfortunately, Ray is still in the wars’ and has just been undergoing treatment for lung infection which has seen him on a course of antibiotics with possibly another course of tablets to follow.  The lung infection laid him low once again.  Also to add to Ray’s woes he is to undergo surgery again at the end of February for carotid arteries which in itself can be a dangerous operation.

Ray is taking it all in his stride and hopefully this will be the last battle he faces for a while.

For those of you who would like to send him a message, Ray can be contacted on email: aattv68@gmail.com

We all trust that he will get through the next operation with flying colours and be back to his normal self within the coming months.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick



Entry Date: 5th January 2017

A soldier died today

WO2 R. (Bob) E. Dillow, RAAC, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad and belated news just in from Bruce Davies AATTV Vic Br on the passing on 30th November 2016 of fellow Team member Robert (Bob) E. Dillow RAAC, AATTV.  Bob served in South Vietnam with AATTV from 15 Apr 1966 to Aug 66 with 1/1 ARVN, 1st Division, Quang Tri and then Sep 66 – Feb 67, HQ I Corps Training Danang.  RTA 5 Mar 67.

In addition to the Unit Citations awarded to AATTV, Bob was also awarded the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Gold Star) during his tour of duty with AATTV.

It is sad when one of our own passes on and we are not informed in time to pass on our condolences.  I am sure that all Team members would wish to pass on their belated condolences and sincerest sympathies to family and friends of Bob.

May he now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

From: Bruce Davies [mailto:bruce.davies@tpg.com.au]
Sent: Wednesday, 4 January 2017 4:42 PM
o: Subject: Vale Robert Earnest DILLOW

I have just received confirmation that Bob Dillow passed away on 30 November 2016. Bob Served with the Team during 1966-67. His funeral was in early December.

Regards
Bruce

Lest we forget


Entry DateL9th December 2016

Passing of Helen Garrigan widow of John 'Garry' Garrigan AATTV

G’day all,

Mike Wells President of AATTV Association VIC Br has reported the passing of Helen Garrigan widow of John “Garry” Garrigan AATTV deceased South Vietnam 27 Dec 68.

Our condolences go out to family members at this time on the sad occasion of Helen’s passing.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Mike Wells ED [mailto:mikewe@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Thursday, 8 December 2016 7:34 PM
To: felicity.garrigan@gmail.com; j-vincent@bigpond.com; 'Bruce Davies' <bruce.davies@tpg.com.au>
Subject: RE: Helen Garrigan
 

Dear Felicity,

We are so sorry to hear of your Mother Helen's Passing. We were aware of her declining health and it showed her determination to carry on as she has for so many years.

It was fitting that Helen was able to finally bid farewell to her much loved Garry when he was re-interred recently and perhaps that enabled her to "switch off" finally and bid her farewell in her own time.

She would have been grateful for the care you have shown her and perhaps you too can now relax a bit and "Smell the roses".

All members of the Team in Victoria and Nationally will be saddened to hear of Helen's Passing and on behalf of all please accept our sincere Condolences.

With kind regards and Persevere,

MIKE

       Mike Wells ED
       Victorian President



Entry Date: 8th December 2016

Welfare Report - Bill Dunstan AATTV

G’day all,

Glenys has kindly forwarded a report on Bill who is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.

If you would like to give Bill a cheerio message then email him on: gemos39@bigpond.com

We all wish Bill the best.

Take care and Persevere,

RIck

From: Glenys and Bill [mailto:gemos39@bigpond.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 7 December 2016 11:19 AM
To: Undisclosed-Recipient:;
Subject: Bills Prostrate Cancer

At the moment Bill is having Radiation every day sometimes twice a day he has to have 39 Treatments in all. We are hoping all will be well. Could you please let Team Members know.

Persevere
Glenys



Entry Date: 3rd December 2016

A soldier died today

WO2 Barry Tolley OAM, DCM, RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad but not unexpected news just in from Trevor Mullins AATTV on the passing today, 3rd December 2016 of fellow Team member Barry Tolley OAM, DCM.  Barry served as a WO2 with AATTV in South Vietnam from 25th June 1968 to 25th June 1969  with 5th SFGA company commander 211 MSF, 1st Battalion, Pleiku & platoon commander 212 MSF Coy. In addition to unit citations awarded to AATTV, Barry was also awarded the US Silver Star, US Bronze Star with "V" Device (for the Battle of Duc Lap) and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star and the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM).  The citation for the DCM reads as follows:

Army Number:                                 53714
Rank:                                                 Warrant Officer Class Two
Christian Name:                               Barry
Surname:                                           TOLLEY
Award:                                               DCM

Warrant Officer Tolley enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in 1959.  After serving the The Royal Australian Regiment in Malaysia and Borneo, he joined the Australian Army Training Team in Vietnam in June 1968.
On 22 May 1969, Warrant Officer Tolley was serving as Commander of 211th Mobile Strike Force Company, 5th Special Forces Group on an operation in Kontum Province when it was attacked by a North Vietnamese force.  So heavy was the enemy’s initial assault, that the indigenous soldiers of the company began to scatter.  Warrant Officer Tolley ran about his troops, exposing himself to heavy enemy small arms, rocket and mortar fire, in an attempt to hold them together.  However, under increased enemy pressure, the majority of the soldiers fell back.  Showing great courage and despite the overwhelming odds, Warrant Officer Tolley continued to hold his ground.  Assisted by only three other soldiers, he held back the assault enemy and covered the withdrawal of the wounded and the remainder of his company.  Together with these three soldiers, he finally fought his way back to the Battalion base.
Two days later on 24 May, Warrant Officer’s Tolley’s was moving as the rear element of his Battalion in the same area.  The leading companies were heavily attacked by a superior North Vietnamese force, which also got between Warrant Officer Tolley’s company and the remainder of the Battalion.  He quickly reorganised his company and led an assault on the enemy in an attempt to break through to the forward companies.  However, they were driven back with heavy casualties by intense enemy fire.  Warrant Officer Tolley rallied his troops and showing outstanding personal bravery, then assaulted the enemy a second time at the head of only 15 of his soldiers.  Again he was driven back.  The remainder of his company, to the rear of Warrant Officer Tolley, were now under a very heavy mortar and rocket fire and began to withdraw in disorder.  Not being in a position to rally them again, Warrant Officer Tolley stayed between his troops and the enemy who were starting to attack.  Unselfishly exposing himself to heavy fire, he then personally covered the withdrawal until the wounded and the remainder of his soldiers were clear.
Warrant Officer Tolley’s exceptional bravery and aggressive leadership in these actions and on a number of other occasions during his long tour with the Mobile Strike Force were an outstanding example to those under his command.  His professionalism and exemplary conduct reflect great credit on himself, the Australian Army Training Team and the Australian Army.

Barry was also awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) on Australia Day 1995 for outstanding service to the Australian Army particular in the field of training.

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to family and friends of Barry on the sad occasion of his passing.
Condolence messages can be passed through Trevor Mullins AATTV on email: trevorandrobyn@bigpond.com

Funeral details will be advised once known.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Trevor & Robyn Mullins [mailto:trevorandrobyn@bigpond.com]
Sent: Saturday, 3 December 2016 7:50 AM
To: 'Rick Ryan' <advisor@echidna.id.au>
Subject: RE: Health Report - Barry Tolley, DCM, AATTV

good morning i am sorry to inform you Barry Tolley DCM, OAM has just passed away at Townsville hospital  i will forward details later regards Trevor Mullins

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 3rd December 2016

Welfare Report - Ray Hinde AATTV

G’day all,

Visited Ray Hinde at home this morning.  Ray is recuperating from his heart surgery and will be doing so for the next five months.  He is in good spirits taking into consideration the fact that he is not allowed to do too much.  Ray is walking and swimming to get his strength back and no doubt will be churning at the bit for those five months to move quickly.

Ray’s contact number is 0400 937 681for those wishing to give him a call.  Emails can be directed through me.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick



Entry Date: 27th November 2016

Welfare Report - Barry Tolley, OAM, DCM,AATTV

G’day all,

The latest on Barry Tolley,OAM, DCM as received from Trevor Mullins AATTV does not read well.  Contact details for Barry are included if you wish to speak with him direct or email messages can be passed through Trevor on email: trevorandrobyn@bigpond.com

We trust that Barry is comfortable being in familiar surroundings.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: trevorandrobyn@bigpond.com

Hi Rick, the latest on Barry Tolley is not that good after spending a few days in palliative care Townsville Hospital, Barry insisted he be allowed to spend his last days at home which happened yesterday the powers to be have told Marly his wife it’s only a matter of time Christmas would be a bonus so please any of the members who know Barry it would give him real support if you contacted him on 0408189230 and would be a comfort to his wife many thanks and regards Trevor Mullins



Entry Date:  25th November 2016

A soldier died today

Maj T. C. (Colin) Bannister, RAINF, AATTV
























G’day all,

Funeral detail for Colin Bannister AATTV are shown below.

May Colin now Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bruce Davies [mailto:bruce.davies@tpg.com.au]
Sent: Thursday, 24 November 2016 7:42 AM
Subject: Fw: Funeral of Colin Bannister

For wide dissemination, please.
Persevere
Bruce

Please be advised that Colin’s funeral will take place on Thursday 1 December 2016 at 2.00 p.m.  It will be conducted at St John’s Anglican Church, 86 Clendon Street, Toorak.

Kind regards,

Margaret

Margaret Adamson
Executive Assistant

Melbourne Legacy
 

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Bruce Davies, AATTV Association Vic Br on the passing on 17th November 2016 of fellow Team member Colin Bannister OAM, RAINF. Colin served as a Major in South Vietnam from 16 May 1964 to Apr 65 as Senior Australian Advisor.  Senior Training Adviser, Duc My Ranger Centre 13-27 Aug 64, visited Ranger Training Dung Lap near Cu Chi 29 Aug – 5 Sep, visited 37th Ranger Battalion.  In addition to unit citations awarded to AATTV, Colin was also awarded the Vietnamese Armed Forces Honour Medal 1st Class.

Colin was a stalwart member of AATTV Association Vic Br and I am sure Mike Wells and his clan will be saddened by the loss of Colin.

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

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

Funeral details will be advised once known.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bruce Davies [mailto:bruce.davies@tpg.com.au]
Sent: Friday, 18 November 2016 7:48 AM
To: persevere <persevere@tpg.com.au>
Subject: Vale Colin Bannister OAM

I am saddened to report that I have received a message via Legacy that Colin Bannister OAM passed away on 17 November (84 years). No further details at this stage.

Persevere
Bruce



Entry Date: 16th October 2016
Updated: 23rd October 2016
Updated: 25th October 2016
Updated: 1 November 2016

News and Welfare Report - Ray Hinde AATTV

G’day all,

I had a chat with Ray Hinde AATTV today.  Ray was in relatively good spirits but still suffering the effects from his major surgery.  Ray still has a bit of a road to recovery to follow.  He will soon move to rehabilitation at St John of God, Mt Lawley.  Ray of course is like the proverbial “bear with the sore tooth” wanting to get going.  I advised him to follow doctors’ orders and he will eventually get there.  I think most of us just know how he feels.

Messages for Ray can still be sent through Elaine Nolan on email: jono37939@bigpond.com or you can contact Ray direct on mobile:0400 937 681

We wish him well,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

G’day all,

Good news as received from Elaine Nolan, Ray is now out of intensive care and can have visitors but only for short periods at this stage.  He is in WARD 41.  I dare say he could also take a short telephone call.  Contact number for the St John of God Hospital, Subiaco WA is 08 9382 6111.

Looks to me that he is now on the mend.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

G’day all,

Welfare report on Ray Hinde AATTV as received from Elaine Nolan follows.  Ray did have a couple of hiccups which put us on edge for a bit but looks like our prayers have been answered.  He still has a rough road to follow yet and we all wish him the best.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

G’day all,

As received from Elaine Nolan AATTV WA Br, Ray Hinde has some good news in that both he and Chrissy will tie the knot on the 17th October.  We wish them well.  The bad news of course that Ray will be going in for a major operation on the 20th October.  I have spoken with Ray and he is preparing himself for both his forthcoming wedding and the operation.

Most of you will be aware that Ray served with AATTV from Jun to Oct 1968 as Company Commander (23 & 26) 223 and 206 companies, 2nd Battalion, 2 MSF, 5thSFGA. Pleiku and from Nov 68 to May 69, Van Kiep, LRRP Wing, Phuoc Tuy. A well respected member of The Team and we trust that Ray will come through the operation with great success.

Messages for Ray can be passed through me, on email: advisor@echidna.id.au or Elaine Nolan on email: jono37939@bigpond.com

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: John E Nolan [mailto:jono37939@bigpond.com]
Sent: Thursday, 13 October 2016 10:22 AM
To: Rick Ryan <advisor@echidna.id.au>
Subject: Welfare Report

Good Day Rick
We have some good news and some bad news in relation to our esteemed WA member Ray Hinde. The good news is that he and Chrissy are to be married on 17 October and the bad news is that he is to go into St John of God hospital Subiaco on the 20th for open heart surgery for a double bypass and replacement of Aortic valve
Suggest any messages of well wishes for the first few days following surgery be directed through you or me
PERSEVERE
Elaine Nolan



Entry Date: 10th October 2016

Hospital Visit - Keith Payne, VC, AATTV

G’day all,

Report from John Gibson, President AATTV QKD Br on the visit to fellow Team member, Keith Payne VC.

I am sure Keith will rebound and be out and about doing his usual duties.

We all wish Keith well.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 
 

From: John Gibson [mailto:jgib1941@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, 10 October 2016 12:07 PM
To: Rick Ryan <advisor@echidna.id.au>
Cc: Peter Conway <plconway@quikdsl.com.au>;
Subject: Hospital Visit - Keith Payne

Hi Rick

Please to advise that following a visit to Greenslopes Hospital this morning to check up on Keith that all is well and Keith discharged today, back on his pins and ready to start work again.

Keith was admitted late last week to have some (nasty) sun spots, on the legs that were turning bad and were most timely removed, treated and dressed.

Fishing in short pants is a no no!!!

Fond regards to all from Keith and Florence and they too are looking forward to being with us at the 55th Reunion.

Warm regards

John



Entry Date: 23rd September 2016
Updated: 29th September 2016
Updated: 4th October 2016

Welfare Report - Barry Tolley, DCM,AATTV

G’day all,

Latest health update on Barry Tolley DCM, AATTV as received from Peter Conway AATTV Qld Br.

We all trust that Barry will feel better at  home.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@quikdsl.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 4 October 2016 7:35 AM
To: Rick Ryan <advisor@echidna.id.au>
Cc: Trevor Mullins <trevorandrobyn@bigpond.com>
Subject: Health Update Barry Tolley DCM

Hi Rick

I have received an update from Trevor on Barry’s progress.

He is going home so as to be more comfortable in his home surroundings. According to his wife there is no change to his condition. He will have further chemo treatment.

Trevor will be visiting him at home tomorrow,

Thanks mate. Would appreciate it if you would distribute

Kind Regards
 

Keep safe

Peter

G’day all,

Update on Barry Tolley follows.

Looks like Barry is fighting the good fight.

Messages  for Barry can be passed through Trevor Mullins on email: trevorandrobyn@bigpond.com

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@quikdsl.com.au]
Sent: Thursday, 29 September 2016 8:30 AM
To: Rick Ryan <advisor@echidna.id.au>
Cc: Trevor Mullins <trevorandrobyn@bigpond.com>
Subject: Update on Barry Tolley DCM

Hi Rick

Just received the following from Trevor on Barry Tolley

“He is still in Townsville Marter, but  not happy. His health is not good but he is a battle> Its just a case of wait and see. His wife is doing it tough but keeping a brave face.He thanked you for all your kind thoughts at this time regards Trevor “
 

Thanks Mate

Regards

Pete

G’day all,

Health report from Peter Conway AATTV Qld Br on Barry Tolley, DCM, AATTV does not read well.

Our thoughts are with him.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@quikdsl.com.au]
Sent: Friday, 23 September 2016 12:22 PM
To: Rick Ryan <advisor@echidna.id.au>
Cc: Trevor Mullins <trevorandrobyn@bigpond.com>; John Gibson <jgib1941@gmail.com>
Subject: Barry Tolley

Hi Rick

I have just received a message from Trevor Mullins (Townsville) to say Barry Tolley is in the Mater Hospital and according to his wife his health has taken a turn for the worse.

We hope that Barry is comfortable at this time and that his health improves

Further details will be passed on as they come to hand

Kind Regards

Pierre



Entry Date: 28th September 2016

A soldier died today

Lt Col James David Stewart, MC, RAINF, AATTV, 3RAR

G’day all,

Sad news in from Bruce Davies AATTV Vic Br on the passing on 25th September 2016 of fellow Team member Lt Col James (Jim) David Stewart, RAINF, AATTV aged 86 years.  Jim served with AATTV in South Vietnam from 22 Jul 71 to Nov 71, 2IC HQ AATTV, Saigon Dec 71 to 26 Feb 72 Acting Commander AATTV, Saigon.

Jim also served in the Korean War with 3RAR where he was awarded the MC 0n 25 Nov 1952.

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

Funeral notice as taken from Hobart Mercury Newspaper follows:

STEWART. A service for Mr James David Stewart will be held at Graham Family Funeral Home, Cnr Risdon and Bay Roads, New Town, on Monday (September 3, 2016) at 1.00pm. Family and friends are warmly invited to attend. Flowers welcome, or donations may be made to Legacy Tasmania and will be gratefully received at the Service. Private Cremation.

May Jim now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bruce Davies [mailto:bruce.davies@tpg.com.au]
Sent: Wednesday, 28 September 2016 7:48 AM
To: Mike Wells ED <mikewe@optusnet.com.au>; Rick/Mandi Ryan <advisor@echidna.id.au>
Subject: Re:

I’ve just done a search through obituaries for Tasmania and found James David STEWART died on 25 September 2016 (birth date matches 10 Jan 1930).
We have not had contact with him for several years.

Regards
Bruce

MIKE

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 23rd August 2016
Updated: 24th August 2016

A  soldier died today

WO1 J. (Jim) S. Calcutt, MID, RAINF, AATTV

G'day all,

Funeral details for Jim Calcutt as provided by Bruce Davies AATTV follow.

May Jim now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bruce Davies [mailto:bruce.davies@tpg.com.au]
Sent: Wednesday, 24 August 2016 2:20 PM
To: persevere <persevere@tpg.com.au>
Subject: Funeral Service Jim Calcutt

The funeral service for Jim Calcutt will be at Le Pine Funerals, 848 Main Road, Eltham, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday 30 August.

Persevere
Bruce
 

G'Day all,

Sad news just in from Bruce Davies AATTV Vi Br on the passing today, 23rd August 2016 of fellow Team member  WO1 James (Jim) C. Calcutt MID, RAINF, AATTV. Jim served with AATTV in South Vietnam from 4 March 1970 too Jun 70 as company commander, Training Company, 2MSF Pleiku, 5th SFGA, Jul 70 – Feb 71, Admin WO, AATTV, Australia House Danang, RTA 4 Mar 71. During his service with AATTV Jim was awarded the MID, a copy of the citation reads as follows:

Army Number:                     12001
Substantive Rank:    Warrant Officer Jim Calcutt
Christian Name:                   James Samual
Surname:                   CALCUTT
Honour or Award:    MID

Warrant Officer Class One Calcutt enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in May 1951 and has served in a number of regimental and instructional appointments.  He joined the Australian Army Training Team in the  Vietnam in March 1970.
On joining the Training Team, Warrant Officer Calcutt was appointed to command a Montagnard Special Forces Company in the Pleiku area of Military Region 2.  As a Company Commander he worked tirelessly to ensure that his company received the best possible training to fit for its hazardous role.  He also took an intense interest in the wellbeing of his soldiers and families.
Following his tour with Special Forces, Warrant Officer Calcutt was appointed Regimental Sergeant Major of the Military Region 1 element of the Australian Army Training Team.  In this appointment he was responsible for the administration and discipline of all Team members stationed in Military Region 1.  In addition to these duties he was required to conduct the Team transit establishment in Danang.  By his devotion to duty, loyalty and understanding he was responsible for the high state of morale which exists in the Team.  His awareness of the strains and pressures under which members were working was outstanding.
By his untiring  efforts and extreme devotion to duty Warrant Officer Calcutt earned the respect of both superiors and subordinates and brought great credit on himself, the Australian Army Training Team and the Australian Army.

I am sure that all Team members would wish to pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to Shirley, family members and friends on this sad occasion of the passing of Jim.  Jim was a highly respected Team member and we will miss him dearly.

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

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May Jim now Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bruce Davies [mailto:bruce.davies@tpg.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 23 August 2016 2:22 PM
To: persevere <persevere@tpg.com.au>
Subject: Vale Jim Calcutt

Jim Calcutt passed away today. No further details at this stage.

Persevere
Bruce

Lest we forget


'Entry Date: 21st August 2016
Updated: 24th August 2016

A soldier died today

WO1 Ian. C. Wall, RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Funeral details as provided by Mike Wells, President AATTVA Vic Br follow.

Rest In Peace Ian,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bruce Davies [mailto:bruce.davies@tpg.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 4:26 PM
To: persevere
Subject: Funeral Ian Wall

The funeral service for Ian Wall OAM will be on 29 August at 1030 a.m. in the Cordell Chapel, Fawkner Crematorium and Memorial Park Sydney Road.

Persevere
Bruce

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Bruce Davies AATTV Vic Br on the passing today, 21st August 2016 of fellow Team member WO1 Ian C. Wall RAINF, AATTV aged 91 years.  Ian served in South Vietnam from 16 Jun 71 to Nov 71 as Admin WO, Can Tho, Dec 71, AATTV Training Group, Vung Tau Jan 72 to Jun 72 Long Hai Training Battalion. RTA 9 Jun 72.  In addition to unit citations awarded to AATTV,  I was also awarded the US Commendation for Service medal and Republic of Cambodia National Defence Medal with Bronze Star. Ian was awarded the OAM For service to the welfare of the ex-service community 1998.

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on their sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to family and friends on this the sad occasion of Ian’s passing.  Condolence messages can be passed through Bruce Davies on email: bruce.davies@tpg.com.au

Funeral details 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: Sunday, 21 August 2016 12:16 PM
To: Rick Ryan <advisor@echidna.id.au>
Subject: RIP Ian Wall AATTV 1971-1972

Rick
Ian Wall (1971-9172) passed away 21 August, funeral details to be advised.
Persevere
Bruce

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 15th August 2016
Updated: 16th August 2016

A soldier died today

Cpl (later WO2)  Donald. (Scruffy) W. Burgess RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Funeral details for Donald (Scruffy) Burgess as received from his son, Paul follow.

May Scruffy Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: paul burgess [mailto:paul_burgess98@hotmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 16 August 2016 3:15 PM
To: rick ryan <advisor@echidna.id.au>
Subject: funeral details
Importance: High

Further to the conversation from last night the details for dad’s funeral service
Are as follows

DARWIN FUNERAL SERVICES
MCMILLANS ROAD – MARRARA
DARWIN NORTHERN TERITORY
MONDAY 22ND AUGUST
10.00AM
MILITARY MEDALS TO BE WORN
A wake will be held at the local RSL after the service

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Paul Burgess on the passing in Darwin NT on 14th August 2016 of fellow Team member, Cpl (later WO2) Donald (Scruffy) W. Burgess RAINF, AATTV aged 78 years.  Scruffy served as a Cpl in South Vietnam with AATTV from 30 June 1971 to Jul 71 AATTV Saigon, Aug -Sep 71 MATT, Phuoc Tuy, Oct – Jun 71, MATT1, Baria then RTA 3 Jul 72.

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on their sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to son Paul, family and friends on the sad occasion of the passing of Scruffy.  Condolence messages can be passed to Paul on email: paul_burgess98@hotmail.com

As Paul indicates full funeral details will be forwarded once known.

May Scruffy now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: paul burgess [mailto:paul_burgess98@hotmail.com]
Sent: Monday, 15 August 2016 6:28 PM
To: rick ryan <advisor@echidna.id.au>
Subject: Sad news
Importance: High

Good evening rick

Paul burgess here the son of Donald burgess I’m writing to let you and the team know
That my father don passed on Sunday 14thAugust in Darwin after a long illness , his funeral
Will be on Monday 22nd august in Darwin further details as they become available
Dad spent 20 in the army he went to the team as a sergeant and after 20 years service retired as a WO2
Members of the team are welcome to send condolence messages to my email address

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 6th August 2016
UpdatedL 8th August 2016
Updated: 9th August 2016

A soldier died today

WO2 (later WO1) W. (Bill) H. Abigail, RAASC, AATTV

G'day all,

G’day all,

Wake details for Bill follow.  I am sure that there will be a few beers drank on the day.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@quikdsl.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 9 August 2016 8:40 AM
To

Good Morning Gentlemen

Further to  my last message regarding Bill’s funeral.

MEDALS MAYBE WORN

On conclusion of the service a wake will ne held at Nerang RSL Club 69 Nerang Street Nerang commencing at 1.30 PM

Peter & Sue have extended an invitation to all to attend.

Let’s all have a beer for Bill and wish him all the best, and thank him for being the man he was and such a great friend to very many . God Bless Him

Regards

Pete
 

G’day all,

Funeral details as provided by Peter Conway AATTV Qld Br for Bill Abigail AATTV follow.

Rest In Peace Bill,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Conway [mailto:plconway@quikdsl.com.au]
Sent: Monday, 8 August 2016 4:01 PM
To: Subject: Funeral Details William (Bill) Abigail

Good Evening All

I now have the funeral details for Bill. They are as follows

Day/Date                                 Tuesday 16th August

Time                                        12. 30 PM

Place                                        Allambie Memorial Gardens
                                                 Nerang Broadbeach Road
                                                 Nerang Qld

          NO FLOWERS BY REQUEST

Thank You and

Kind Regards

Peter

G’day all,

Sad but not unexpected news on the passing today, 6th August 2016 of fellow Team member WO2 (later WO1) W. (Bill) H. Abigail, RAASC, AATTV aged 93 years.  Bill served as a WO2 with AATTV in South Vietnam from 17 Feb 1965 to Jun 65 as Admin WO Saigon, Jul – Sep 65 with 5th SFGA, Nung Coy, Danang and from Oct 65 to 26 Jan 66 with 5th SFGA, C1-S3-Air, Danang,  Bill also served on the HMAS Sydney (Ships Army Staff) in 1971 in the rank of WO1.

Our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies go out to Peter and Sue, family members and friends on the sad occasion of his passing.  Bill has been a long time stalwart of the AATTV Association and in particular with the Qld Br and he will be sorely missed by us all.  Bill was also a leader in the push for Can Tha Memorial Grove at Canungra.  Condolence messages can be passed through Peter Conway Qld Br of AATTV on email: plconway@quikdsl.com.au

On a personal note, I first met Bill when I was a young digger.  He was our mentor and also instructor for our subject courses for promotion to Cpl rank.  He had a great rapport with his diggers which in turn earned our respect for him over our lifetime.  Bill we will miss you.

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May Bill now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Good Morning Fellow Team members

I have just had a call from Sue Abigail to advise of the passing of her and Peter’s Dad and our Team Member and Mate William (Bill) Abigail. Bill passed away in the early hours of this AM peacefully in his sleep.

Whilst we were somewhat expecting this, it  still  comes as a great shock . He not only was a friend to many he was a very special type of person, highly respected and well admired and thought of by so many in the military and civil community  His passing will leave a deep void in the lives of many who knew him so well for so long.

                                                                                                                “REST IN PEACE OLD MATE”

Sue advises that funeral arrangements will be finalised this coming Monday, the service will be conducted at the Allambie (Nerang) Memorial Gardens and will be held either Monday 15th or Tuesday 16th August. I will ensure that all will be kept advised as final details come to hand.

At this time we can but wish Bill “Safe Journey to Paradise” to be reunited with all those who have marched on before him.

                                                                                                                        “LEST WE FORGET”

Regards to all and as Bill would wish of you all

PERSEVERE

Pierre

Lest we forget


Entry Date::31st July 2016
Updated: 1st August 2016

A soldier died today

WO2 (later WO1) D. (Don) Donkin, MBE, RAA, AATTV

G’day all,

Funeral details for Don Donkin AATTV as forwarded by Doug Tear President AATTV NSW Br follow.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Doug Tear [mailto:doug.tear@bigpond.com]
Sent: Monday, 1 August 2016 11:09 AM
To: Doug Tear <doug.tear@bigpond.com>
Subject: Funeral - WO2 Donald Wellow Donkin MBE RAA

Dear Members,

I have received the details of Don’s funeral as follows:
Date:                    Friday, 5 August 2016
Time:                    11.00 am
Venue:                 Magnolia Chapel
                              Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium
                              Cnr Delhi Road and Plassey Road
Macquarie Park   NSW   2113
Telephone:         (02) 9805 0499

Regards
Doug

M:  0417 370 842
 

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Doug Tear, President AATTV NSW Br (refer to message below) on the passing of fellow Team member WO2 (later WO1) Don Donkin, MBE, RAA, AATTV.

In addition to the unit citations awarded to AATTV Don received the US Bronze Star for Service and was also awarded an MBE for his tour of duty with AATTV.  The citation reads as follows:

Army Number:                                             21398
Substantive Rank:                                        Warrant Officer Class Two
Christian Name:                                           Donald
Surname:                                                       DONKIN
Honour or Award:                                        MBE

Warrant Officer Class Two Donald Donkin joined the Royal Australian Artillery in 1947 and was posted initially to A  Field Battery in the British Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan.  After returning to Australia in 1948, he served with the 1st Field Regiment, the 2nd Recruit Training Battalion and at the School of Artillery, before joining the Australian Army Training Team in Vietnam in July 1963, He was an adviser at Hiep Khanh Civil Guard Training Centre until February 1964 when he was attached to the United States Special Forces A Detachment Number 731 situated at Khe Sanh in Quang Tri Province.
During his service with this detachment from February 1964 to July 1964, Warrant Officer Donkin produced an outstanding effort in leadership and organisational ability.  His professional standard on operational patrols was also of a very high standard.
When the United States Detachment Commander was declared “missing in action” on an operational reconnaissance flight, Warrant Officer Donkin personally led several search patrols and co-ordinated the effort of others.
His actions have at all times been highly commended by officers of the United States Special Forces under whom he has served and has been an outstanding example to other members of his team.

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on their sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Don on this sad occasion of his passing.  Condolence messages can be passed through Doug Tear on email: doug.tear@bigpond.com

May Don now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Doug Tear [mailto:doug.tear@bigpond.com]
Sent: Saturday, 30 July 2016 8:43 PM
To: Doug Tear <doug.tear@bigpond.com>
Subject: Passing of a Team Member - WO2 Donald Wellow Donkin MBE RAA

Dear Members,

It is with regret and sadness that I inform you of the passing of WO2 Donald Wellow Donkin MBE RAA on 30 July 2016 at Manly in New South Wales.

Don served with the Team from 30 July 1963 to 4 July 1964 initially at the Hiep Khanh Training Centre with the General Subjects Committee.  Later in October and November Don was attached to the 7th SFG Team A-727 at Khe Sanh and from February to June 1964 he was attached to the 7th SFG, Team A-731 at Khe Sanh.  Don later served another tour in South Vietnam with 4 Fd Regt from 3 March 1970 to 11 March 1971.

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

Our thoughts and prayers go out Don’s family at this sad and difficult time.  I will pass on Don’s funeral arrangements when known.

Kindest regards,

Doug Tear MBE
President

0417 370 842

Lest we forget
Entry Date: 24th July 2016

A soldier died today

Maj (later Lt Col R. (Bob) J. Aitken MID, RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Bruce Davies AATTV Vic Br on the passing of fellow Team member Maj (later Lt Col) R. (Bob) J. Aitken, MID, RAINF aged 82 years.  Bob served in South Vietnam with AATTV from 3 Apr 1970 to 31 Mar 1971 as Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Senior Australian Adviser, HQ I Corps Danang.  Whilst on active duty with AATTV, Bob was also awarded the US  Army Commendation Medal for Service, the RVN Cross of Gallantry (with Gold Star) and Mentioned in Despatches (MID), the citation reads as follows:

Army Number:                                 33810
Substantive Rank:                            Major
Christian Name:                               Robert John
Surname:                                           AITKEN
Honour or Award:                            MID

Major Aitken graduated from the Officer Cadet School in 1952 and was allocated to The Royal Australian Infantry. He served with The Royal Australian Regiment and in various training appointments before joining the Australian Army Training Team in Vietnam in April 1970.
As the Senior Australian Adviser in Military Region 1, Major Aitken worked tirelessly and with complete disregard for his own safety or welfare.  He travelled extensively throughout the Military Region visiting and observing the Australian advisers in operations, which enabled him to recommend or vary assignments to suit the tactical situation and the characteristics of the individual advisers.
Major Aitken’s professional ability and leadership during his tour with the Training Team has been outstanding.  His achievements reflect great credit on himself, the Australian Army Training Team and the Australian Army.

Bob was a stalwart member of the Vic Br of AATTV for some years before moving eventually to Qld.  I am sure all members of AATTV would wish to pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to Sheila, family members and friends on the sad occasion of his passing.  Condolence messages can be passed to Sheila on email: wenlocksdj@hotmail.com

Personally, I will miss Bob whom I considered a friend having worked with him and known him for many a year.  He always had your back.

May Bob now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bruce Davies [mailto:bruce.davies@tpg.com.au]
Sent: Sunday, 24 July 2016 1:54 PM
To: Rick Ryan <advisor@echidna.id.au>
Subject: Vale: Bob Aitken

Rick

I have just received a telephone call from Sheila Aitken telling me that Bob died last night, 23 July. His funeral details are as follows:

Date:                    Thursday, 28 July
Time:                    2.30 pm
Location:             Allambe Memorial Park
                              129 Nerang Broadbeach Rd, Nerang QLD 4211
Telephone:         07 5578 1699
 

Shelia provided her mobile for point of contact, it is 0438951734 and her email is wenlocksdj@hotmail.com
 

May he Rest in Peace.

Persevere
Bruce

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 22nd July 2016

A soldier died today

WO1 (later Maj) R.E. Dummett, MM, BEM, RAINF, AATTV

G'day all,

Belated news on the passing on 15th October 2013 of fellow Team member WO1 (later Maj) Raymond (Ackie) Ernest Dummett, MM, BEM, RAINF, AATTV aged 91 years.  Thanks to the heads up from Geoff Annett AATTV, I was able to do some research to find out details of the passing of Ackie.  Ackie served as a WO1 with AATTV in South Vietnam from 1 Apr 1967 RF/PF Trieu Phong District, Quang Tri and was wounded in action on 12 Aug 1967, he then served as Admin WO Danang from Sep 1967 and returned to Australia on 26 Feb 1968. In addition to the unit citations awarded to AATTV, Ackie was also awarded the US Silver Star, the RVN Cross of Gallantry (with Bronze Star) and the Military Medal.  The citation of the Military Medal reads as follows:

Army Number:                              26479
Temporary Rank:                        Warrant Officer Class One
Christain Name:                          Raymond Ernest
Surname:                                     DUMMETT
Award:                                         MM

Warrant Officer Class One Raymond Ernest Dummett enlisted in the Australian Regular Army on 7 July 1952. He was posted to The Royal Australian Regiment and had operational service with the 2nd Battalion in Malaya. He has had previous service with the Australian Imperial Force in World War II where he served in New Guinea with the 2/3 Australian Infantry Battalion. He volunteered for service in South Vietnam and was posted to the Australian Army Training Team arriving on 1 April 1967. He was posted as a Regional Forces/Popular Forces Adviser to Trieu Phong District in  the province of Quang Tri.
At 0230 hours on 12 August 1967, the District HQ was attacked by the Viet Cong under an intense barrage of rocket launcher fire. Warrant Officer Class One Dummett from his position in the 81mm mortar pit kept up a continuous barrage of defensive fire and illumination around the perimeter defences, for approximately two and a half hours.  He did this with the assistance of only one Vietnamese soldier.  The mortar pit was in an extremely exposed position and even in the face of Viet Cong moving around inside the defences blowing up bunkers, intense rocket fire from the enemy forces outside the position, the mortar was kept in action covering the likely approaches of a follow up enemy ground force.   The consistency and accuracy of this fire undoubtedly deterred the enemy from reinforcing their initial assault squad and allowed the defenders to deal with those in the defensive position.  After the attack finished Warrant Officer Class One Dummett was the first adviser to move around, checking wounded and reorganising the defences.  His calm  attitude and bearing did a great deal towards restoring the morale and fighting efficiency of the very tired and dazed Vietnamese troops.  He also very quickly coordinated the arrival of medical evacuation helicopters and arranged for the wounded to be moved out.
Throughout this action the distinguished conduct and coolness under fire of Warrant Officer Class One Dummett was an inspiration to all.  His professional skill with the mortar undoubtedly savedthe position from further penetration by enemy ground force.

I am sure that all Team members would wish to pass on their belated sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies Narelle, family and friends.

May Ackie now Rest In Peace

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

The following is the extract  of the funeral notice taken from the Archives of the Sydney Morning Herald on the 23rd Octiber 2013.

  DUMMETT MM. BEM,
Major Raymond Ernest (Ackie)
 Service numbers 26479 (NX78747) - 15th October 2013. Late of Batemans Bay.
Dearly loved husband of Narelle, awesome father of Lynette, Paul
 (dec), Stephen, Ian, Robyn and extended families. Aged 91 years.

A life well lived

 RAY's relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his funeral
 to be held at the Chapel of Broulee Memorial Gardens Crematorium,
 Broulee, with a service commencing at 10:00 am on Friday (October 25,
 2013). By request, no flowers. In lieu, donations to Legacy would be
 appreciated and can be made on the day at the chapel.

 Batemans Bay Funerals
 Family Owned. Est. 1969
 A.F.D.A. 4472 8886

Lest we forget
Entry Date: 19th June 2016

A soldier died today

WO2 (later WO1)  A. (Hec) A. Wells RAE, AATTV

G’day all,

Funeral details for Hec Welsh AATTV as sent by Bill Thompson AATTV follow.

May Hec now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bill Thompson [mailto:billthompson@tpg.com.au]
Sent: Thursday, 16 June 2016 2:52 PM
To: 'Rick Ryan' <advisor@echidna.id.au>
Subject: FW: Funeral Details for Ex-AATTV WO2 AA 'Hec' Welsh RAE

Rick,

For your info.

Bill

Dear All,

I am advised by the late ‘Hec’ Welch’s daughter Tammy that a funeral notice will appear in The Canberra Times on Saturday 18 June 16. She advises that all former AATTV members are welcome at the commemoration to be held at 10.30 hrs on Monday 20 June 2016 at the Norwood Park Crematorium Memorial Park, Sandford Street, Mitchell. As is usual, it is requested that jacket, tie and medals be worn. RSVP is not required.

Please note that Simon Hearder is interstate, and I am acting at his request.

Persevere,

Bill Thompson
T: 02 6254 3429                M: 0428 215 476

G’day all,

News just in on the passing of fellow Team member WO2 (later WO1) A.A. (Hec) Welsh RAE, AATTV on the 11th June 2016 aged 78 years.  Hec served as a WO2 with AATTV in South Vietnam from 17 Dec 68 to May 69 with CORDS RD Cadre, Can Tho, then Apr – Dec 69, VDAT, Dinh Tuong, IV Corps.

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

Condlence messages can be passed through Simon Hearder AATTV ACT Br on email: simchar7@internode.net.au

Funeral details will be provided once known.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Brian Spilsbury [mailto:bspilsbury9@bigpond.com]
Sent: Monday, 13 June 2016 10:57 AM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: A soldier died today WO1 A.A. Welsh RAE

Greetings Rick,

My name is Brian Spilsbury, we lived in Bridge St, Nundah as kids.  I have been advised through the RAE old sappers net that WO1 A.A. (Hec) welsh ex AATTV passed away in Canberra on Saturday, he was 78. His funeral details are not known but advice is that it will be a small family affair. I replaced Hec in Canberra in 1982 when he retired, a good digger sadly missed.

Ubique

Brian Spilsbury
Maryborough Qld
0402078299

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 27th April 2016

A soldier died today

WO2 V. (Vince) F. Metzroth RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news in from Wayne Pearce, Bruce Sutherland and Dennis Manski on the passing of fellow Team member WO2 V. (Vince) F. Metzroth RAINF, AATTV on 23rd April 2016. Vince served with AATTV in South Vietnam as a WO2 from 11 Feb 71 to 7 Jan 72 as Admin WO, HQ AATTV, Saigon.

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

Condolence messages can be passed to Peter Conway AATTV Qld Br on email: plconway@quikdsl.com.au

Funeral details are shown below.

I did have the pleasure of serving with Vince and all I can picture is a young and very fit soldier.

May Vince now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bruce Sutherland [mailto:bruceatcanungra1@bigpond.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 27 April 2016 7:56 AM
To: Rick Ryan; Peter Conway
Subject: Fw: Vincent Frederick metzroth 13563
 

From: Wayne Pearce
Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 8:54 AM
To: bruce sutherland
Subject: Vincent Frederick metzroth 13563

Bruce, the above was in the Fraser coast chronicle this morning. can you pass this on to the training team people the funeral is in the heritage chapel maryborough Thursday the 28th April  at 10 am..Wayne
METZROTH, Vincent Frederick. 13563 Warrant Officer Of Tinana. Passed away suddenly on April 23, 2016. Aged 81 years. Dearly loved husband of Joan. Much loved father and father-in-law of Lisa and Roderick Ritchie, Gina and Richard Hole, Robyn and Zoey. Loved grandfather of 5. Family and friends of Vincent are invited to attend his funeral service to be held in the Heritage Chapel, Maryborough Crematorium, Bruce Highway on Thursday, April 28 at 10am. RSL Members are invited to attend.

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 26th April 2016

A soldier died today

WO2 O. (Ocker) S. Stevenson OAM,  RAINF, SAS, AATTV
G’day all,

Sad news in from Bruce Sutherland, AATTV Qld Br on the passing on 25th April 2016 (ANZAC Day) of fellow Team member WO2 Ola. (Ocker) S. Stevenson OAM, RAINF, SAS, AATTV. Ocker served in South Vietnam  as a WO2 with AATTV from 27 Aug 1969 to Sep 69 attended 5th  SFGA Combat Orientation Course Nha Trang, Sep – Dec 69, platoon commander, 2 MSF, Sub 5th SFGA, Pleiku, Jan – Apr 70, LRRP Wing Van Kiep Training Centre, May – Aug 70, Phuoc Tuy, National Training Centre.  Ocker also served in South Vietnam with 3 SAS Sqn 14 Feb 67 to 2 Mar 67, 1 SAS Sqn 3 Mar 67 to 27 Feb 68.

In addition to unit citations awarded to AATTV, Ocker was also awarded the US Silver Star and  the US Bronze Star for Service.

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

Condolence messages can be passed to Peter Conway AATTV Qld Br on email: plconway@quikdsl.com.au

As per the message below there will be no funeral service.

May Ocker now Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Bruce Sutherland [mailto:bruceatcanungra1@bigpond.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 26 April 2016 4:00 PM
To: Peter Conway; Rick Ryan
Subject: Fw: [ ASASA-Q ] Fw: CDS: Sad News
 
 

From: Peter Schwarze
Sent: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 4:36 PM
To:
Subject: [ ASASA-Q ] Fw: CDS: Sad News

Hi All,

Sad news on one of our members who passed away on Anzac Day, as detailed below.

R.I.P. Ocker.

Peter
 

From: Charles Stewart
Sent: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 2:14 PM
To:

Dear All,
I have received the message below from Harry Whiteside who has been with Ocker and his family for the past week
IMPORTANT
Gents,
It is with great personal sadness that I tell you that Ocker succumbed after battling cancer since last October. He was in a coma since last Friday night and stood in the door with the “Red Light” on. He got the “Green Light” at 2035hrs tonight.
Ocker died peacefully with his family with him.
At his request there will be no funeral service or wake. He will be cremated and his ashes scattered to the wind over the ocean.
It was nothing short of an outstanding privilege to have served with him and an even bigger privilege that he call me his friend. He was A Man’s Man and a Soldier’s Soldier!
More to follow when I know more.
Regards,
H
Harry Whiteside
Secretary,
Australian Special Air Service Association (NSW Branch)
0417 063177
For the record:
 STEVENSON OAM. Ola Sever (Ocker)
Warrant-Officer Class 2
Service No: 16273
DOB: 24/03/1939
DOD: 25/04/2016

Active Service: with SAS.
Borneo:
1st Special Air Service Squadron
26/02/1965
Vietnam:
15/02/1967 and 13/08/1970
Total Days: 730
1st Special Air Service Squadron
3rd Special Air Service Squadron
Australian Army Training Team Vietnam
--
Regards,
Charles Stewart
Honorary National Secretary
Australian SAS Association
PO Box 6137
SWANBOURNE WESTERN AUSTRALIA 6010
E: asasanatsec@gmail.com
M: +614 1892 1528

Lest we forget


Updated: 29th March 2016
Entry Date: 23rd March 2016

A soldier died today

Cpl Peter Hateley RAAMC, AATTV

G'day all,

Funeral details as received from Mick Dolensky AATTV SA Br for Peter Hateley are as follows:

Thursday, 31st March 2016, Ian Berry Funerals 198 - 204 Magil Road, Norwood SA  at  2.30pm.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Mick Dolensky, AATTV SA Br on the passing of  fellow Team member, Peter Hateley RAAMC on 20th March 2016.  Peter served in South Vietnam with AATTV from 10 Sep 1970 to 28 Dec 1970 when he was medically evacuated as a NBC.  He was with Advisors School Di An is Sep and MATT 1 Dong Dien  Oct – Dec 70.

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on their sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to family and friends on this sad occasion of his passing. Condolence messages can be passed through Mick Dolensky on email: mdolensky50@outlook.com

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May Peter now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: mdolensky50@outlook.com [mailto:mdolensky50@outlook.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 23 March 2016 3:43 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: P. Hately
 

Hi Rick,

Sad news, Peter Hately passed away on the 20th march 2016. When more information becomes available, I will pass it on.

Persevere

            Mick

Lest we forget


Entry Date:  8th March 2016

AATTV 55th Anniversary National Reunion - Gold Coast,  QLD
28th - 29th July 2017

G'day all,

For your information I have included a page for the 55th Anniversary Reunion on the main page of this site.  I will update it as further information comes in.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick



Entry Date: 29th February 2016

A soldier died today

WO2 L. (Lochie) B. Scowcroft, RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Brian Scowcroft on the passing on 27th February 2016 of fellow Team member WO2 L. (Lochie) B. Scowcroft RAINF, AATTV aged 78 years.  Lochie served as a WO2 in South Vietnam with AATTV from27th August 1969 to 9 Sep 69 5th SFGA Combat Orientation Course, Nha Trang, then Sep – Oct 69 as platoon commander, 5th SFGA, 2 MSF, Pleiku.  Nov 69 – Mar 70, Training Coy, 2 MSF Pleiku. Apr 70 replaced Pettit AATTV, who was killed in action in the Battle of Dak Seang.  Wounded in action on 7  Apr 70, Dak Seang and medevac to Australia.  In addition to the unit citations awarded to AATTV, Lochie was also awarded the US Valorous Unit Award for action in the Battle of Dak Seang. Lochie was also awarded in 2002 the US Bronze Star for Valor (with 'V' Device) for his part in the battle.

I am sure that all Team members would wish to pass on their sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to Brian, family and friends on the sad occasion of his passing.  Lochie will be missed by us all.

Condolence messages can be sent to Brian Scowcroft on email: bfscowcroft@yahoo.com

Funeral details are shown in Brian’s email below.

May Lochie now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

From: bfscowcroft [mailto:bfscowcroft@yahoo.com]
Sent: Monday, 29 February 2016 4:25 AM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: Lachlan Scowcroft
 

I would like to advise you the WO2 Lachlan Scowcroft  (Retired) passed away on 27 February 2016, Tomakin NSW.

His funeral is in Thursday 3 March 1pm at Broulee.

Regards
Brian Scowcroft

Lest We Forget


Entry Date: 26th February 2016

A soldier died today

WO2 Graham C. Neitz, RAINF, AATTV





























































G’day all,

Sad news in from grandson of Graham Neitz aged 76 years, on his passing last night, 25th February 2016.  WO2 Graham C. Neitz RAINF served in South Vietnam  with AATTV from 21st October 1965 to Mar 66 with 2/1 ARVN, 1st ARVN Division, Quang Tri, Apr to Sep 66 with 5th SFGA, Nung Force, Danang.  On his second tour of duty with AATTV, Graham served from 20thAugust 1968 with 1/6 ARVN Tam Ky and Quang Ngai, Jan – Feb 69 54th Regiment, Hue, Mar – Apr 69 Regimental Recon Coy, 54th Regt, Hue and May – Aug 69, 2/54 ARVN, Hue.  In addition to unit citations awarded to AATTV, Graham was awarded the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Silver Star) and the Vietnamese Armed Forces Honour Medal 1st Class.  Graham was wounded-in-action on 22nd September 1968.

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on their sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to family and friends on this sad occasion of his passing.  He will be sorely missed by us all.

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

May Graham now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

From: Graham Neitz [mailto:graham_neitz@bigpond.com]
Sent: Friday, 26 February 2016 10:32 AM
 

Subject: Graham Neitz

Hello,

My name is Bryce Harrington, I am Graham Neitz's grandson I was just writting to inform you that last night (25/02/2016) Graham passed away. The service will be private.
Warmest Regard,

Bryce Harrington

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 2nd February 2016

A soldier died today

WO2 F. (Fred) A. G. Callander,MID, RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news just in from John Gibson, President AATTV Qld Br on the passing on 31st January 2016 of fellow Team member, WO2 F. (Fred) A. G. Callander, MID, RAINF, AATTV.  Fred served in South Vietnam as a WO2 with AATTV from 19th September 1966 with 3/5 ARVN, Danang and from Jan 67 to Jun 67 with 5th SFGA Company C, Mike Force, 11th Company, Danang. In addition to unit citations awarded to AATTV, Fred also was the recipient of the US Presidential Unit Citation for his service with 5th SFGA and was Mentioned In Despatches (MID).  His awards reads as follows:

Army Number:                      33691
Substantive Rank:                 Staff Sergeant
Temporary Rank:                 Warrant Officer Class Two
Christian Name:                    Frederick Arthur George
Surname:                               CALLANDER
Honour or Award:                MID

Warrant Officer Class Two Frederick Arthur George Callander enlisted in the Australian Regular Army on 8 November 1951 after completing National Service.. He was posted to The Royal Australian Regiment and has had operational service in Korea and Malaya.  He volunteered for service in South Vietnam and was posted to the Australian Army Training Team on 19th September 1966.  He was allotted for duty to Mike Force, Company C, 5th Special Forces Group, Danang.
On 11 May 1967 Warrant Officer Class Two Callander was in command of a Company of indigenous troops from Mike Force engaged in operations against the enemy around Con Thien outpost near the Demilitarised Zone.  The company was on a daylight fighting patrol to search and destroy enemy forces to the North East of the outpost.  At approximately 1420 hours the company contacted a dug in enemy position which they assaulted but could not capture.  Under an intense barrage of enemy mortar fire a second enemy force started to move towards Mike Force forcing them to withdraw to the outpost.  The withdrawal was orderly but the company suffered fifteen casualties.  At 170 hours two men from 3 Platoon were sighted moving towards the camp pursued by the enemy. Artillery and mortar support was called for and Warrant Officer Class Two Callander immediately moved out, by himself, across 600 metres of open ground swept by enemy fire and covered the movement of the two soldiers into the defensive position.  Warrant Officer Class Two Callander by his resolute courage and immediate action, undoubtedly saved the lives of the two soldiers, raised the morale of his company by his display of leadership and bravery, and brought great credit on himself and the Australian Regular Army.

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on their sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to Angela, family and friends on  the sad occasion of Fred’s passing.  Condolence messages can be passed direct to Angela on the contact number provided below or through Peter Conway on email: plconway@quikdsl.com.au

Another fine soldier of The Team has now left us hopefully to a better place.

May Fred now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

From: jgib1941@gmail.com [mailto:jgib1941@gmail.com] On Behalf Of John Gibson
Sent: Tuesday, 2 February 2016 6:22 AM
To: Rick Ryan
Cc: Peter Conway; Frank Reid; Mick Smith; Kerry Gallagher; Allen Edwards
Subject: Sad news

Hi Rick

Word in this morning, from Ron Cook in Bundaberg, on the passing of WO2 Frederick Arthur Callander MID. Fred passed away peacefully on 31 January 16 and a notice that his funeral service will be held on Wednesday 3 February 16.

Ron advises the recent storms in Bundaberg have left some landlines out of action however copndolonces may be passed to Fred's wife Angela (07) 4152 5084 if that land line is restored.

May you place on your system please.

Vale Frederick

Warm regards
John

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 29th January 2016
Updated: 8th March 2016

A soldier died today

Sgt (David) W. Scheele RAINF, SAS, AATTV

G'day all,

A Memorial Service for Dave Scheele, DCM was held at The House, Swanbourne WA on Friday 5th March 2016. There were SAS and AATTV personnel in attendance and we all gave Dave a good send off. The service was held at the same time a private Memorial Service was being held at Karrakatta Cementry.

May he now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

G’day all,

Sad and tragic news on the passing of fellow Team member Sgt D. (David) W. Scheele, DCM recently. Full details of his passing are not known at this stage but Dave was found at his property here in WA deceased. Dave served as a Sgt with AATTV in South Vietnam from 27 March 1969 to Apr 69 with 5th SFGA Combat Orientation Course. Nha Trang May to Aug 69 Platoon Commander 223 Company and Aug to Sep 69 Training Company, 2 MSF, 5th SFGA, Pleiku.  In addition to unit citations awarded to AATTV Dave was also awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM).  The citation reads as follows:

Army Number:                      54901
Substantive Rank:                 Sergeant
Christian Name:                    David William
Surname:                               Scheele
Honour or Award:                DCM

Sergeant Scheele enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in 1964.  He served with The Royal Australian Regiment in Australia and the Special Air Service Regiment in Borneo and South Vietnam.  He joined the Australian Army Training Team in Vietnam in March 1969 and was attached to the 2nd Mobile Strike Force, 5th Special Forces Group.
On 6 May 1969, Sergeant Scheele was serving as a Platoon Commander with 223rd Mobile Strike Force Company on an operation in the area of Ban Me Thun in the area of Ban Me Thuot in Darlac Province, when two other platoons of the company came under heavy attack from a superior North Vietnamese force and were surrounded.  Despite the intense enemy mortar , rocket, automatic weapons fire, he personally led his platoon against the enemy in an attempt break through to the other platoons.  During this attempt one of his Montagnard soldiers was seriously wounded.  Disregarding the danger involved, Sergeant Scheele moved across open ground to treat the wounded man and in doing so fully exposed himself to the direct fire of the enemy.  So intense was the enemy’s fire, his platoon was unable to move further forward and itself became almost encircled.  Sergeant Scheele then directed his men to break out and with outstanding personal bravery he alone assaulted the adjacent enemy positions, throwing grenades and firing his weapon  to cover the movement of his platoon.  As he himself withdrew, still providing cover for his men, he picked up the wounded Montagnard soldier and carried him to the position to which his platoon had withdrawn. Again the enemy attacked and again Sergeant Scheele personally covered the withdrawal of his platoon, still carrying the wounded soldier.  While so doing he was attacked by two enemy squads.  He put the wounded man down, assaulted the enemy on his own and successfully drove them off.  Sergeant Scheele then returned to the wounded soldier and still firing at the enemy, carried him to where a helicopter was hovering to evacuate the wounded.  While the enemy continued to fire, he shielded the wounded Montagnard with his own body until the soldier had been successfully extracted.
Sergeant Scheele’s personal bravery and aggressive leadership in the extreme hazardous conditions involved in this action and on a number of other subsequent occasions during the heavy fighting in the area of Ben Het were outstanding.  His professionalism and unselfish devotion to duty have been exceptional and reflect great credit on himself,  the Australian Army Training Team and the Australian Army.

Dave was also awarded the US Bronze Star for Valour (with ‘V’ Device) and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star.

Dave also served in South Vietnam with 2nd SAS Sqn from 26 Feb 68 to 23 Feb 69, with 1st SAS Sqn from 21 Jan 71 to 18 Feb 71 and then 2nd SAS Sqn 19 Feb 71 to 11 Oct 71.

I am sure that all Team members would wish to pass on our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to family and friends on this sad occasion of his passing.  Although a very private person Dave was well respected within AATTV circles and also the SAS Regt.  He will be sadly missed by us all.

Should funeral details become available, I will pass them on.

May Dave now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 25th January 2016

A soldier died today

WO2 (later WO1) G. (Graeme) L. Millington RAAC, 1 Armd Regt, 3 Cav Regt

G’day all,

Sad but not unexpected news on the passing today, 25th January 2016 of fellow Team Member WO2 (later WO1) G. (Graeme) L. Millington RAAC.  Graeme served in South Vietnam with AATTV from 7 January 1971 with unallotted MATT MR III,  Feb – Apr 71 MATT 9 Phuoc Loi, Phuoc Tuy Province, May – Jul 71 MATT Phuoc Tuy, Aug – Nov 71 20th Tank Sqn Instructor, Quang Tri.  Graeme also served in South Vietnam with C Sqn 1 Armd Regt from11 Feb 68 to 17 Jun 68, 18 Jun 68 to 19 Aug 68 FWD Det Tp and A Sqn 3 Cav Regt 20 Aug 68 to 21 Feb 69.

Graeme also served at one stage as President AATTV  Assn WA Br and will be missed by us all here in the West.

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences go out to Doris, family and friends on the sad occasion of Graeme’s passing.

Condolence messages may be passed through John Barnes AATTV on email: jbar9388@bigpond.net.au

There is to be no funeral service for Graeme, instead a family gathering is being organised..

May Graeme now Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

-----Original Message-----
From: John Barnes [mailto:jbar9388@bigpond.net.au]
Sent: Monday, 25 January 2016 6:02 AM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Passing of Graeme Millington

Hi Rick,

Doris rang this morning to inform me that Graeme passed away at approximately 0715. Graeme is now in a better place, there will be a private funeral as per Graeme and Doris's wish. A memorial wake will be held at their home, attended by close friends, at a later date.

Please pass on this sad news.

Persevere

John

Lest we forget


Updated:5th January 2016
Entry Date: 3rd January 2016

A soldier died today

Maj I. (Ian) G. Porteous RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Details for a Memorial Service for Ian Porteous as received from Simon Hearder AATTV are shown below.

May Ian now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Simon Hearder [mailto:simchar7@internode.net.au]
Sent: Monday, 4 January 2016 6:16 PM
To: Simon Hearder
Cc: Rick Ryan; 'Neil & Carmel'
Subject: Memorial Service for Maj Ian Porteous RAINF , AATTV

Dear Members
Following a private cremation there is to be a Memorial Service for Maj Ian Guildford Porteous RAINF, AATTV  on Friday 8th January 2016 at 11.00am .
Location is St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church , State Circle , FORREST  2603 .
Service members are requested to wear medals .
Light refreshments will be served in the church hall following the service.

As Ian was an active member of the Woden Valley RSL there is to be an RSL segment led by former President Peter Collis .
John Jackson will be delivering the TEAM eulogy  . Any stories or anecdotes of Ian’s Army service in Malaya or Vietnam  are welcomed and should be forwarded to john jackson at johnjackson107@yahoo.com.au
Persevere
Simon Hearder

G’day all,

Sad news in from Simon Hearder AATTV ACT Br on the passing last night, 2nd January 2016 of fellow Team member Maj Ian G. Porteous RAINF, AATTV.  Ian served as a Major with AATTV in South Vietnam from 4th March 1968 with Nam Hoa sub-sector, Thua Thien then from Apr 68 to Feb 69 with HQ I Corps, G3 Training, Danang. In addition to Unit Citations awarded to AATTV, Ian was awarded the US  Bronze Star for Service, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star and the Vietnamese Armed Forces Honour Medal 1st Class.

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to his wife Bev, family and friends on this sad occasion of Ian’s passing.  As Simon states in the message below, Ian was a staunch member of The Team.

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

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May Ian now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Simon Hearder [mailto:simchar7@internode.net.au]
Sent: Sunday, 3 January 2016 9:51 AM
To: Simon Hearder
Cc: Rick Ryan
Subject: Passing of TEAM Member - Maj Ian G Porteous , RAINF, AATTV

Dear All
It is with much sadness that we mourn  the passing of fellow TEAM member  Major Ian G. Porteous , RAINF , at home last night with his family by his side.
Our thoughts and deepest sympathy go to wife Bev and the family at this time.
Ian was a staunch and dedicated member of all the TEAM’s activities over the years and he will be sadly missed.
I will advise you further once funeral arrangements are known.
Persevere
Simon

Rick – would you please pass this on to members of your network

Lest we forget


Updated: 15th December 2015
Entry Date: 13th December 2015

A soldier died today

Cpl B. (Bruce) J. Arthur RAE
1Fd Sqn, 17 Const Sqn, AATTV'

G’day all,

Funeral details as received from Doug Tear President AATTV NSW Br follow.

May Bruce Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Doug Tear [mailto:doug.tear@bigpond.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 15 December 2015 2:59 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: Funeral Details - Bruce Arthur

Dear Rick,
The details for Bruce Arthur’s funeral are:
Date:              Thursday, 17 December 2015
Time:             2.00 pm
Location:        North Chapel
Forest Lawn Crematorium Memorial Park
Camden Valley Way
Leppington NSW 2179.
The family have requested no flowers, rather a donation to the Cancer Council Research.
I will attend the funeral.
I have been unable to ascertain the details of Bruce’s family at this time.
Regards,
Doug

M:  0417 370 842
 

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Doug Tear, President AATTV NSW Br on the passing today of fellow Team member Bruce Arthur.  Bruce served as a Cpl in South Vietnam with AATTV from 10 Aug 1970 to 17 Jun 1971 with MATT 7, Ong Trinh District, Phuoc Tuy Province.  Bruce also served in South Vietnam with 1 Fd Sqn from 13 Nov 67 to 12 Nov 68 and with 17 Const Sqn from 17 Jun 70 to 9 Aug 70.

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to family and friends of Bruce on this sad occasion of his passing. Condolence messages can be passed to Doug Tear on email: doug.tear@bigpond.com

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May Bruce now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Doug Tear [mailto:doug.tear@bigpond.com]
Sent: Sunday, 13 December 2015 6:38 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: Passing of a Team Member - Bruce James Arthur

Dear Rick,
I have received advice that Bruce James Arthur passed away on 13 December 2015.  Bruce served with the Team from 10 August 1970 to 17 June 1971 with MATT 7 in Ong Trinh District; Phuoc Tuy.
Details of Bruce’s funeral are not know at this time.
Regards,
Doug

M:  0417 370 842

Lest we forget


Enry Date: 13th December 2015

Welfare Report - Graham Millington AATTV

G'day all,

My apologies for the late entry on Graham's health.  I did send out a email on my National Mailing List at the time of receipt from John Barnes but overlooked an entry on the site.

We trust that Graham is in good hands.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

-----Original Message-----
From: John Barnes [mailto:jbar9388@bigpond.net.au]
Sent: Thursday, 26 November 2015 12:27 PM
To: Rick Ryan
Subject: Illness of Team Member - Graham Millington

Hi Rick,

I hope you and Mandy are in good health. I have to report the health of Graham Millington. Graham had been diagnosed at least 5 years ago that he had Parkinson's Disease. In Graham's case it also included the likely hood of Alzheimer's Disease. Graham has been suffering severe Hallucinations for at least 3 years and now has Alzheimer's Disease. His condition has reached the point where he has been placed into a nursing home.

Doris has done a magnificent job of caring for Graham at home, but the time came for Graham to be placed in a secure place. If anyone needs to contact Doris, please contact me on 03 5021 2925. I will pass on your message to Doris or if she is able, she will contact you. Graham's family know of his condition and this is a big relief for Doris.
Graham's doctor is also my LMO and I have been able to assist Doris as required.

All the best.

Persevere

John



Entry Date:  5th December 2015

5th Special Forces Patch Reverts to Vietnam Era

G'day all,

Below is a Press Release from 5th Special Forces Group on the change of their patch back to the recognisable patch from the Vietnam War.  A number of Team members served with SFG including three of our VC recipients.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 
 
 

5th SFG (A) Public Affairs Office                                           PRESS RELEASE
                                    Fort Campbell, Kentucky
                                    5SFG_Flashchange@ahqb.soc.mil
                                    Home of the Legion
 
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Release Number 15-001
FOR INFORMATION CONTACT
5th Special Forces Group Public Affairs
EMAIL: 5SFG_Flashchange@ahqb.soc.mil
Special Forces Association Chapter 38
EMAIL:  secretary@sfa38.org

5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) to conduct Beret Flash Changeover Ceremony

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) will conduct a Beret Flash Changeover Ceremony on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Returning to the Vietnam beret flash, worn by the 5th SFG(A) between 1964 and 1985, acknowledges the Group's extensive history in the Vietnam War, the first large scale combat employment of U.S. Army Special Forces.

“I am proud to announce that the 5th Special Forces Group will honor our history by officially changing the unit’s beret flash back to the one utilized by 5th Group during the Vietnam War.” said Col. Kevin Leahy, commander of the 5th SFG(A). “The Group’s 20 Congressional Medal of Honor and three Australian Victoria Cross recipients are a testament to the courage and honor of those trail blazers.

Returning the yellow and red stripes to the 5th Group flash honors the Group's history and all of the Special Forces Vietnam veterans who served under 5th Group, including over eight hundred 5th Group Soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice.”  Additionally, said Col. Leahy, "This change simply returns stripes to our current flash, it takes nothing away.  This change ties the history of the group in Vietnam to our more recent history in the Gulf War, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq and the continuing battle against ISIL."

According to official Army records, in October, 1964, the 5th SFG(A) Commander, Col. John H. Spears, petitioned the Department of the Army to officially approve a modified 5th SFG(A) flash with diagonal yellow and red stripes.  These stripes were added to the black and white 5th SFG(A) flash to represent 1st and 7th Special Forces Groups, which sent teams to Vietnam in the early days of the conflict.  Additionally, the yellow and red stripes were the same colors as the Republic of Vietnam flag and served to honor Group's commitment to its Vietnamese and Montagnard partners.  The request was approved in December 1964.

An official time for the ceremony will be provided in a subsequent correspondence. If you have any questions regarding the ceremony please feel free to contact the 5th Special Forces Group’s Public Affairs Office via email 5SFG_Flashchange@ahqb.soc.mil or the Special Forces Association Chapter 38 via email at secretary@sfa38.org.
-30-

 
 
 

The original 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) flash (left) consists of a black background with a 1/8” white border. The Vietnam-era flash adds a 3/4” yellow stripe of which contains three smaller red stripes spaced accordingly from the center of the thicker yellow stripe; the yellow being representative of the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) and the red for the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). (U.S. Army graphic images courtesy of 5th SFG(A) Public Affairs)



Entry Date: 17th November 2015

Passing of Joan Roney and Rhonda Knowles

G’day all,

Sad news in from Mick Dolensky AATTV SA Br on the passing of Joan Roney wife of Ron Roney AATTV and Rhonda Knowles widow of Ken Knowles AATTV.
Team members pass out their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to Ron and the Knowles family on this sad occasion of their passing.

We all know that it is our partners who also have to carry the burden of tending to our needs especially in these latter years.  I find it hard to contemplate the loss that Ron would be feeling now but our thoughts are with you..

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

May Joan and Rhonda now Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: mdolensky50@outlook.com [mailto:mdolensky50@outlook.com]
Sent: Monday, 16 November 2015 5:09 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: The Passing of Team members wife's
 
 
 

Hi Rick,

Sad news of the SA front.
Ron Roney's wife Joan passed away on the 8th Nov'2015. Joan's funeral was held today, it was a very good service, befitting Joan.
Ken Knowles wife Rhonda passed away yesterday, 15th Nov'2015. Funeral details are currently being finalized. I will let you know when more details come to hand.

Regards and Persevere

 Mick Dolensky



Entry Date: 2nd November 2015

A Soldier Died Today

Cpl (later Sgt) N.(Nick) W. Burgerhof RAE, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news in from Helena Hamm, daughter of Cpl (later Sgt) N. (Nick) W. Burgerhof RAE, AATTV on his passing on Friday, 30th October 2015.  Nick served in South Vietnam as a Cpl with AATTV.  From Sep 1970  MATT unallotted.  Oct 70 to Feb 71 MATT 12 Long Le and An Ngai, Phuoc Tuy Mar – Jun 71 MATT 15 Long Son Island, Phuoc Tuy then Jul – Aug 71, JWTC, Nui Dat, Phuoc Tuy.  RTA 2 Sep 71.  Nick also served with 1 Fd Sqn from 10 Oct 67 to 22 Oct 68.

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

Helena has kindly passed on funeral details as shown below.

Condolence messages may be passed to Helena on email:  randhhamm@bigpond.com

May Nick now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Richard & Helena Hamm [mailto:randhhamm@bigpond.com]
Sent: Monday, 2 November 2015 9:06 AM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: Burgerhof Nicolaas

Good Morning,

Sgt Nick W G Burgerhof #1200865.

As Nick’s daughter Helena, it is with great sorrow that I inform you of Dad’s passing on Friday the 30th of October 2015 at approx. 14.00 hrs, aged 72.
Nicks funeral with be held on Tuesday the 3rd of November 2015, 10am at St Josephs Church, North Ipswich with refreshments to follow at 260 Blackwall Rd Chuwar.
Contact is Helena Hamm 0413908616.
All welcome.

Thanks and kind regards
Helena Hamm

Lest we forget



 

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