Adviser Newspage - From 23rd October 2019
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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: 2nd June 2020

A soldier died today
 
WO2 S. (Steve) H. Rawlings RAA, AATTV

 
G’day all,

Funeral details for Steve Rawlins as provided by John Gibson follow.

May Steve Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: John Gibson <jgib1941@gmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, 2 June 2020 7:38 PM
To: Linda McClurg <linda_rawlins@hotmail.com>

Subject: Re: Funeral Service Stephen Rawlins

Good evening all

The time of service for Stephens farewell, memorial funeral service is at 10.00 am Monday 8th June 2020 at St Bernards Catholic Church, Klummp Rd., Upper Mt Gravatt.

John

On Tue, Jun 2, 2020 at 9:12 PM Linda McClurg <linda_rawlins@hotmail.com> wrote:
Thank you so much for your assistance John, it's greatly appreciated.

10am on Monday 8th June
St Bernard's Church
Klumpp Rd
Upper Mt Gravatt

Kindest regards
Linda McClurg (daughter)
0428 333 020
 

G’day all,
 
Sad news in from John Gibson and Simon Hearder on the passing on 1st June 2020 of fellow Team member WO2 S. (Steve) H. Rawlings RAA.  Steve served as a WO2 in South Vietnam with AATTV from 3 Feb 1966 to 8 Dec 66.  First with RF/PF Tam Ky, Quang Tin then CSD, Vung Tau.  Steve was medically evacuated to Australia.
 
Steve was a member of AATTV Association Qld Branch and I am sure all members would wish to pass  on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to Barbara, family and friends on this sad occasion of the passing of Steve. His duty done, Steve can now join his brothers in arms in a better place.
 
Condolence messages can be passed through John Gibson on email: jgib1941@gmail.com
 
As indicated by John, funeral details will be advised once known.
 
May Steve now Rest In Peace,
 
Take care and Persevere,
 
Rick
 
From: John Gibson <jgib1941@gmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, 2 June 2020 8:13 AM
To: Rick Ryan <advisor@echidna.id.au>
Cc:
Subject: AATTV Assn Member - Steve Rawlings
 
Vale Steve Rawlings
 
Rick
I have spoken to Steve's Wife, Barbara,  this morning and sadly confirm the passing of Steve yesterday morning 1 June 20.
 
Funeral arrangements will be advised when known.
 
Dear Steve, may you RIP
 
John
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Simon Hearder <simchar.7@bigpond.com>
Date: Mon, Jun 1, 2020 at 8:03 PM
Subject: AATTV Assn Member - Steve Rawlings
To: Kerry Gallagher <np@aattva.org.au>, <jgib1941@gmail.com>
 
Hi Kerry & John
Sad to say I’ve been rung by Geoff Annette tonight to say that Steve Rawlings had died today – his wife Barbara had rung him. I knew from earlier emails from you guys that Steve was having big problems and had been not well for some years.
Thought I’d let you know so that you can follow up
Persevere
Simon

Lest we forget
Entry Date: 15th May 2020

A soldier died today

 WO1 H. (Harry) Buckley RAE, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news in from John Gibson AATTV Qld Br and others on the passing on 13th May 2020 of fellow Team member WO1 H. (Harry) Buckley RAE aged 94 years. Harry served in South Vietnam with AATTV from 22 Oct 1970 to Dec 70, NOAT,Cho Gao, Dinh Tuong. Jan – Jul 71 NOTT, Dong Tam. Aug – Oct 71, Phuoc Tuy Sector, MATT. RTA 21 Oct 71.

I am sure that all Team members would wish to pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to family and friends on this sad occasion of Harry’s passing.  Most of us knew Harry from our military service or the intervening years.  He was a great soldier and warrior and will be sadly missed by us all.

Please pass condolence messages to John Gibson on email: jgib1941@gmail.com

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May Harry now Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

From: John Gibson <jgib1941@gmail.com>
Sent: Thursday, 14 May 2020 6:07 PM
To: Rick Ryan <advisor@echidna.id.au>
Subject: Fwd: FW: VALE, 21371 Warrant Officer Class 1 Harold (Harry) Buckley
 

G'day Rick

All below and sadly another loss.

As we persevere

Regards

John
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Frank Reid <sappervn@bigpond.com>
Date: Thu, May 14, 2020 at 7:46 PM
Subject: FW: VALE, 21371 Warrant Officer Class 1 Harold (Harry) Buckley
To: <jgib1941@gmail.com>

John, sadly yet another of our members, Harry Buckley, a great sapper and a wonderful man, has left us.  This email says it all much better than I could.

Frank
Subject VALE, 21371 Warrant Officer Class 1 Harold (Harry) Buckley
  Afternoon All
Sad news indeed from Speedie Sahariv, the passing of another Sapper, 21371 Warrant Officer Class One, Harold (Harry) Buckley, who passed away 13 May 2020 at 2304H.
Harry’s story is below, I will pass on his funeral details when they are available.
Condolences to his Family and Friends, of which he had many.
Rest in Peace Sapper your work is done, Lest We Forget.
 Kind Regards
John Jesser
Secretary
Sapper Association QLD Inc
07 3356 9297

From: Speedie <soney1@bigpond.com>
Sent: Thursday, 14 May 2020 4:02 PM
To: 55~John Jesser <johnjesser@iinet.net.au>
Subject: FW: VALE, 21371 Warrant Officer Class 1 Harold (Harry) Buckley
Fellow Sappers,
I am the bearer of more sad news; an icon of our corps, a warrior, a Soldier and friend and mentor to many of our Corps, Harry Buckley passed away peacefully last evening at
2304Hrs.
Harry  had been domiciled at the Keith Payne VC Hostel at Noraville NSW for some weeks.  He specifically asked that this not be publicised for he didn’t want to have anyone fuss over him.  I spoke with him a couple of days ago and we had a good laugh about life and all its strange way.  He was well prepared for this moment when he was to front his Maker. He went peacefully, and no doubt faced Peter at the Pearly Gates dressed in his uniform, Sam Brown, Pace Stick and brass polished to take up his final posting amongst all his and our comrades in paradise. He is now resting in peace. Till We Meet Again.
At this time I will divulge a secret which harry has carried throughout his military career.  Succinctly; he put his age up by a couple of months so that he could enlist into the Army in 1947. His true date of birth was at Rabaul on the 28th Jul 1926   (not 26th April as recorded in Army Records and on my commemoration) .  We as his comrades are so pleased he did, had he not, we may never have had the benefit and pleasure of having known him.
Will pass on funeral etc detail as it comes to hand.
Please pass this along to your email nets.
Kindest regards at this most sad time,
eedie Sahariv
Fellow Sapper and friend

"Harry Buckley Eulogy written by Major Jack Peel, RAE, RACT, AATTV **Harry Buckley Rest in Peace** The last couple of years have not been kind to the man laying before us covered with his beloved flag. Born a Tolai of Irish decent in Rabaul, New Britain, Harry Buckley could have led a vastly different life. But when his father was beaten to death by the Japanese, he knew he had to join the army, when rejected several times due to his age Harry joined the Civil Construction Corps and was working in Darwin during the bombing of the city in November 1943. After the war he married Moira in Sydney and joined the Permanent Military Forces, he put up his age to be eligible for enlistment. Allocated to the RAE 10th March 1948. He attended and won the Silver Sappers knife at the first Field Engineer course at SME to begin a career culminating in his appointment as RSM of Field Engineer Regiment. Harry was a first class Warrant Officer, a man who became a legend during 30 years of service. He was not another Warrant Officer Class 1. There were many on those. Harry was a member of the warrior cast skilled in all aspects of Military Field Engineering trusted to train other warrant officers. His infectious smile and sense of humour were his hallmarks as was his dress and bearing. A mentor to Officers and Recruits alike. What a privilege and an honour it is to be here today to fulfill his request. Harry was immensely proud of his service with the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam, and on the way home from the funeral of Barry Saxby a fellow team member, Harry told me he could not identify Barry from the eulogy. ‘they made him sound like an angel’. He turned from the wheel and said I want you to do mine and he never stopped reminding me ‘I am no angel’. We arrived in Vietnam on the same plane Harry went south to the Delta and I went North. Captain Bernie McGurgan his team leader in Vietnam remembered Harry as his most Senior Warrant Officer. Peter Conway (Infantry) worked closely with Harry and became a strong advocate for Harry’s military professionalism and skill with improvised explosives and booby traps, but mostly he valued his friendship. Harry was an innovative instructor. I recall on my warrant officer course sitting in a temporary grandstand looking down on a trench dug to about waist deep. There was starched and polished Harry with a hand full of what he called plastic explosive. He mentioned how unstable the new stuff was. He pulled off a small piece and threw in into the trench and it exploded. He now had our full attention. He said I want you to pass this around and get to know it. He threw the stuff up into the grandstand and our hearts stopped. Boom the explosion rocked the grandstand. Then nothing…… Eventually the student holding the substance yelled “it’s only bloody Plasticine”. “Nervous giggles”. ‘Right - now that I have your attention”. He showed us the exploder and the previously laid charges and got on with the lesson. Harry was a natural leader. I think of Brigadier Frank Cross who held the view that leadership was founded on deep-personal qualities. It is of the spirit and military training completes the process which builds self-confidence and the inner steel to achieve, even in the most frightful of circumstances. Steve Carol, (Stiffy to his mates) witnessed a complete demonstration during Terrorists Operations in Malaya in 1959. Harry was Troop Sergeant of 1 Troop 7 Independent Field Squadron RAE. His 38 Sappers joined 300 Poms of the 11th Independent Field Squadron RE. (Stiffy thought 10 to 1 were good odds) A British Army Squadron Sergeant Major (SSM) on parade ordered a group of Australian Sappers to fall out using only their surname. No one moved the SSM’s face turned red and he screamed out the order again “Woodley, Brougham, Shaw, Milgate, Creevey fall out”. No one moved. Then from the sideline Sergeant Buckley came smartly to attention - marched out and crash halted face to face in front of the man the ‘poms’ call God and started speaking to him. What he said no one knew but after a full minute the Squadron Sergeant Major executed a smart about turn and marched off. Harry turned to face the troops and said. The following personnel will fall out Corporal Woodley, Corporal Brougham, Sapper Shaw, Sapper Milgate, Sapper Creevey. As his name was called each man came to attention and marched off. Stiffy said…. “Of course, Harry tore strips off us for the way we went about preserving our dignity by having our ranks recognised. But I suspect he was proud of us. There were many more occasions he went into bat for us which did not improve his popularity with the pom hierarchy. We were lucky to have a Sergeant like Harry.” The Corps history noted Sergeant Buckley’s Troop in Malaya were a tight-knit group which produced several Officers through the ranks, and in 1970, ALL the senior warrant officers in the Corps of Engineers had been members of that troop. (P 606) Harry was proud of his ethnicity and determined to advocate ‘racism did not exist in the Australian Army’. Bernie McGurgan and Peter Conway both recall a visit to the United States Navy Sea Bees Club in Dong Tam in the Delta. The Yanks were curious about the way the Australian Army managed racism. Harry told them ‘racism did not exist in our Army’. Later he told me even though he was the guest speaker at the original Aboriginal reconciliation gathering in Sydney 14 years ago, he was comfortable with his nick name ‘BLACK HARRY’ in the Army because he did not find it offensive among his friends. He recalls his time as platoon sergeant in National Service as among his best postings, and is proud of 2nd Lieutenant Ken Duncan the Platoon Commander who progressed to Colonel Commandant of the RACT. And Father Jim Bouberg a Catholic chaplain in Vietnam who became a personal friend. Harry was an excellent public speaker and in demand on Military occasions where he always satisfied. He confided in me there are things we never talk about during the year but on Anzac Day wherever we go we find a Cobber with who we can let out what’s in here. We can talk them about anything because they understand. To Myra and family members who supported him, and no one can achieve what Harry did without family support. I must sadly confess I only caught glimpses of your family life, but I know he was cherished. On behalf of his Military family I want to thank Speedie Sahariv for his care and kindness in maintaining contact with Harry over an exceedingly long period of time. So, Harry you may not have been an angel, but you certainly were a Legend in your own time. A friend, a leader and an inspiration and I hope I have satisfied your request. Rest in Peace Mate Your duty has been well and truly done.".

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 12th April 2020

A soldier died today

WO2 (later WO1) W. (Bill) A. Tomlinson RAInf, AATTV

Received this from George Mansford AATTV

           Billy T Has Marched Out

Warrant Officer BILL Tomlison has struck his tent, packed his haversack and quietly slipped away  to join the ever growing ranks resting in a peaceful camp where the Regimental Sergeant Major, (Except for ANZAC Day) is forbidden to scream and yell.

It is quite true to say that Billy T was true blue and a more fair dinkum Aussie you would never find.  Laconic, witty and brilliant humour was his signature in life, be they good or bad times.

He served his country with total dedication and love of country. His military service included Korea and Vietnam and as was his nature, never reluctant to step forward and get the job done.

As an early President of our Australian Army Advisory Vietnam (AATTV)  he played a leading role in its development including the planning and construction of our unit’s Memorial Grove at Canungra where the unit trained before departure to Vietnam. Such was his vision and leadership, Billy T played a significant role in the dream of a memorial grove becoming a reality.

Already missing your voice on the phone,. Cobber
Vale Billy T, True Blue






G’day all,

Sad news just in from John Gibson AATTV Qld Branch on the passing today, 12th April 2020 of fellow Team member WO2 W. (Bill) A. Tomlinson, RAInf aged 89 years.  Bill served in South Vietnam with  AATTV from 23rd April 1966 to Oct 66 2/6ARVN, 2nd Division, Tam Ky. Oct 66 to Apr 67 paramilitary Police Field Force, Trai Mat near Dalat.

I am sure that all Team members would wish to pass on their sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to Page, family and friends on this sad occasion of Bill’s passing.  Bill was a stalwart member of the Qld Branch and there will be many a heavy heart there today.  Sadly to be missed by us all.

Any further details will be passed on when they come to hand.

May Bill now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: John Gibson <jgib1941@gmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, 12 April 2020 3:18 PM
To: Subject: Vale Bill Tomlinson

Gentlemen

Very sad news in today from Des Ford on the passing of William (Bily T) Tomlinson at 1500 hrs today.

Will advise as further details come to hand.

But for now, a very sad Easter indeed.

BillyT,  may he RIP.

John

Lest we forget


Entry Date:12th April 2020

A soldier died today

WO2 N. (Norm) J. Bain, RAInf, AATTV, 3 SAS Sqn


 Members of Mobile Advisory Training Team2 in Phuoc Tuy Province. From left
WO2 N.J. BAIN,  WO2 A.J. WHIPP, SSGT B.F. RANSON and LT R.J. HARVEY

G’day all,

Sad news in from Bruce Davies, AATTV Vic Branch on the passing today, 9th April 2020 of fellow Team member WO2 N. (Norm) J. Bain RAInf aged 79 years. Norm served as a WO2 with AATTV in South Vietnam from 19 July 1972 18 December 1972 with MATT 2 Van Kiep, Phuoc Tuy Province.  Norm also served his first tour of duty in South Vietnam with 3 SAS Sqn from 15 June 1966 to 19 March 1967.

I am sure that all Team members would wish to pass on their sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to family and friends of Norm on this sad occasion of his passing. A true warrior his duty is now done and Norm will be sorely missed by us all.

Should funeral details come to hand they will be passed on.

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

May Norm now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 
 

From: Bruce Davies <bruce.davies@tpg.com.au>
Sent: Thursday, 9 April 2020 3:48 PM
To: Rick Ryan <advisor@echidna.id.au>; John Gibson <jgibson9@bigpond.com>
Subject: Vale: NORMAN JOHN BAIN

Rick and john

For your information.

Persevere
Bruce

From: Maurice Benson
Sent: Thursday, April 9, 2020 4:04 PM
To: AATTV - Vic
Cc: bruce.davies@tpg.com.au
Subject: NORMAN JOHN BAIN

Clarrie/Bruce,

Just had notice that my good mate Norm Bain passed away this morning after a long fight with cancer.

36179 Norman John BAIN
Royal Australian Infantry Corps
3SASR Vietnam 6/66 > 3/67
AATTV Vietnam 7/72 >12/72

Another warrior’s duty done – Rest in Peace.

Regards.

Maurie Benson
Office Manager
VVAA Vic Branch
office@vvaavic.org.au
0417 588 886

Lest we forget
Entry Date: 28th March 2020
A soldier died today

WO2 G. I. (Ian) Hodgson, RAA, AATTV

WO2 W.A. NESBIT (L) and WO2 G.I. HODGSON (R) flank the cook of the AATTV cake made to mark the award of the
US Meritorious Unit Commendation, VUNG TAU, 30 September 1970.





G’day all,

Sad news in from Mick Dolensky, President AATTV Association SA Branch on the passing today, 27th March 2020 of fellow Team member WO2 G. I. (Ian) RAA, AATTV aged 88 years. Ian served in South Vietnam as a WO2 with AATTV from 25 Jun 1970 to Jul 70 with 2/2 ARVN, Quang Tri. Aug 70, MATT 5, Hoi My. Sep 70 MATT, unallotted. Oct 70 to Jan 71, MATT 9, Phuoc Loi, Phuoc Tuy Province.  Medically evacuated 25 Jan 71, NBC.

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on the sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to Edna, family and friends of Ian on this sad occasion of his passing.  Ian, a former President of the SA Branch was a stalwart member of that Branch and a well respected member of the Team.  He will be sadly missed by us all.

Condolence messages can be passed to Edna on email: ednahodgson@bigpond.com

As detailed below in Mick’s email, funeral details will be advised once known.

May Ian now Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Dolensky <mdolensky50@outlook.com>
Sent: Friday, 27 March 2020 9:54 AM
To: 'Rick Ryan' <advisor@echidna.id.au>
Subject: Ian Hodgson
 
 

                                Hi Rick,

                                                Very sad news mate, Ian Hodgson passed away at 0400hr this morning.

                                                When funeral details become available I will pass them on.

                                                Could you please pass this on to all members.

                                                Any condolences can be sent to me to pass on to Edna. I have spoken to Edna and she is coping well; at this stage.

                                                Persevere

                                                                                Mick

Lest we forget
Entry date: 25th March 2020
A soldier died today

WO2 D.(Dave) J. Wallner RAINF, AATTV

A gathering at Australia House in DANANG in 1967
From left WO2 J.T. DURRINGTON, WO2 P.  WHITE, WO2 M. “TEX”
SINCLAIR, WO2 D.J. WALLNER,  WO2 BRUCE DAVIES, WO2 D.F.
FORD, WO2 J.A. BOND, WO2 D.T. POWELL AND WO2 R.I. OLIVER.
WO2 DURRINGTON and WO2 BOND were later killed in action.

G’day all,

Sad news in from John Gibson, AATTV Association Qld Branch on the passing on 23rd March 2020 of fellow Team member WO2 Dave J. Wallner RAINF aged 82 years. Dave served as a WO2 with AATTV in South Vietnam from 10Nov1964 to Dec 64 at Dong Da National Training Centre, Tactics Committee. Jan – Apr 65, 1st Division. May – Sep 65, CSD, Vung Tau. RTA 8 Oct 65.  On his second tour of duty with AATTV, Dave served from 14Aug 67 to May 68, 3/6ARVN Battalion, Tam Ky, Quang Tin. Jun – Jul 68, 54th Regt, Hue.  RTA 6 Aug 68.

In addition to Unit Citations awarded to AATTV, Dave was also awarded the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Silver Star) and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Bronze Star).

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on their sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to daughter, Devina Moore, family and friends of Dave on this sad occasion of his passing. Dave will be sorely missed by us all.  A true warrior whose duty is now done.

Devina can be directly contacted as per Dave’s email below for condolence messages.

May Dave now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: John Gibson <jgib1941@gmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, 24 March 2020 11:51 AM
To: Subject: Vale

Gentlemen

Sad news just recieved of the passing of WO2 David J Wallner RAInf.on 23 March 2020,  aged 83

Messages of condolence may be sent to David's daughter, Devina Moore,
Mob 0413 338 662

Vale David RIP

John

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 25th March 2020
A soldier died today

Capt G. (Gary) W. Ghent RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news in from Doug Tear MBE, President, AATTV Association NSW Br on the passing on 22nd March 2020 of fellow Team member Gary W. Ghent RAINF aged 81 years.

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to Helen, family and friends on this sad occasion on the passing of Gary.  Sadly there will be no funeral service as mentioned by Doug Tear. Gary his duty done may he now Rest In Peace.

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

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Doug Tear <doug.tear@bigpond.com>
Sent: Tuesday, 24 March 2020 8:01 AM
To: Doug Tear <doug.tear@bigpond.com>
Subject: Passing of a Team Member - Captain Gary William Ghent RAInf

Dear Members,
It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of a fellow Team Member, Gary William Ghent RAInf on 22 March 2020 at Sydney, New South Wales.
Gary served with the Team from 19 July 1967 to 16 July 1968 with the Combined Studies Division’s Provincial Reconnaissance Units at Pleiku.
Gary was good Branch member; he was a gentle soul with a quirky sense of humour and always a gentleman.  He will be sorely missed
Our thoughts and prayers go to Helen at this difficult time.
Due to these uncertain times, Helen has determined that there will be no funeral service.
Rest In Peace.
Messages of condolence may be sent to me.
Regards,
Doug Tear MBE
President

Lest we forget
Entry Date: 25th February 2020

A soldier died today
 
 
 

Capt (later Brig) R. J. (John) Moyle RAAC, AATTV


Unloading stores for a rifle range training session at Phu Bai. Capt John Moyle in jeep.








G’day all,

Sad news in from Simon Hearder, AATTV Association ACT Branch on the passing to today, 23rd February 2020 of fellow Team member, Capt (later Brig) R. J. (John) Moyle RAAC, AATTV aged 85 years. John served as a Capt in South Vietnam from 5 October 1963 to Sep 64 at Dong Da National Training Centre, Chief Weapons Committee and Tacitcs Committee. Nov 63, observed TF 100 operations North of Hiep Khanh. Oct – Nov 64 attached 4th Armoured Regiment.

I am sure that all Team members would wish to pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to Del, family and friends on this sad occasion of the passing of John.  An old warrior whose duty is now done.

Funeral details will be advised once known.  Condolence messages may be passed through Simon Hearder on email: simchar.7@bigpond.com

May John now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Simon Hearder <simchar.7@bigpond.com>
Sent: Sunday, 23 February 2020 5:43 PM
To: Simon Hearder <simchar.7@bigpond.com>
Cc: Rick Ryan <advisor@echidna.id.au>; jgib1941@gmail.com; Kerry Gallagher <np@aattva.org.au>
Subject: RE: JOHN MOYLE SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Dear members and friends
Sad news in from John Bullen via John Jackson on the death of Brig John Moyle RAAC AATTV . He was a fine soldier and always had a kind word for everyone he knew.
Lest We Forget
Persevere
Simon

----- Forwarded message -----
From: John Bullen <jebullen@homemail.com.au>
To:
Subject: JOHN MOYLE SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Dear Friends,

John Moyle died this morning. Here is an extract from an email from his wife Del…
“Just to let you know that John died peacefully this morning. He waited for the grandchildren yesterday and decided to hand in his knife, fork and spoon. He fought the good fight.”

We all knew John in many different ways. He was my benevolent section commander at RMC in 1956. He was a fellow subaltern with others at Pucka sixty years ago. He was a member of the Training Team in Vietnam. He was CO Corps of Staff Cadets (his favourite posting). He was the inaugural Co-ordinator of the Duntroon Guides and did that job for the best part of 20 years (for which he was appointed a Fellow of the Duntroon Society). He was also a member of the RMC Heritage Committee for about 20 years until his health began to fail.

John is particularly remembered for his decency and sincerity. Never a poser, he always spoke his mind – a trait much appreciated by all.

In due course there will be a funeral at Duntroon.

Ross, could you please pass this to all Guides. This email has gone Bcc to Sir Peter Cosgrove.

Chris and Robert, it would be appropriate for HQ RMC-D to be represented at this funeral.

Cheers,
John
(J E Bullen OAM, Lieutenant Colonel, retd)
Chairman, RMC Heritage Committee
Tel (02) 6288 7312
Email jebullen@homemail.com.au

John and Del good morning,

First, I must thank Simon Herder for passing on this sad news of John Moyle’s passing.

John, I don’t think we have ever met or as far as I can remember (and that’s not necessarily gold standard evidence of us having not met) we haven’t met but I do thank you for passing on this sad information.

Perhaps Del may remember me, although now that is many years ago.
We first met some forty four years ago now when John was appointed as CO CSC to lead the “new experiment” of all major company commanders in an attempt to have more senior officers in charge of cadets of the CSC immediately after the second more recent incidence of national publicity on the issue of cadet “bastardisation”.

I was OC of Alamein company in 1976/77 and the first half of 78 before being posted to Fort Leavenworth Kansas, fortunately not the Disciplinary Barracks! I had (and have still) a wife, Sharon and young family of two at first and then three children from late 1977 and we lived in the corner married quarter at 1 Parnell Road, opposite the swimming pool and Duntroon gardens and hedge maze.

On taking up the posting at RMC, I was somewhat concerned initially at two black berets together, leading the CSC as both CO and 2IC, but I soon discovered that, as you John, have summed up perfectly, John Moyle’s strongest and most admirable personal qualities, “John is particularly remembered for his decency and sincerity. Never a poser, he always spoke his mind!” This is how I always remembered him. I regarded John very highly and some six years later I would like to think I was able to emulate, at least some small way, John’s leadership when I was appointed to CO/CI OCS Portsea.

Del please accept my sympathy at the passing of John. I can assure he is remembered very fondly by many.

Also, as the National President of the AATTV Association, if at all possible, I would be proud to represent the Team at John’s funeral if you, John or Simon could let me know the date when it is set.
Only on the weekend just passed, I spent Sunday with a number of Team members working on our Memorial Grove, Can Nha, within the Land Warfare Centre at Canungra in SE Queensland.
I have enclosed a couple of photos from the Grove, where there is a tree for each of the 1000 members of the Team. This may bring back some memories of John’s time preparing for service with or within the Team.

Warmest regards,

Kerry

Lest we forget


 Entry Date:  22nd January 2020

A soldier died today

WO2 M. (Mick) E. Youl RA INF, AATTV, 1 ARU

G’day all,

Sad news in from Doug Tear MBE, President, AATTV Association NSW Branch on the passing on 17th January 2020 of fellow Team member WO2 M. (Mick) E. Youl RA INF aged 85 years. Information as to Mick’s service details with AATTV and funeral details are shown in the email below from Doug.

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

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

May Mick now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Doug Tear <doug.tear@bigpond.com>
Date: 21 January 2020 at 6:52:14 pm AEDT
To: Doug Tear <doug.tear@bigpond.com>
Subject: Passing of a Team Member - Michael Ernest Youl - RAInf

Dear Members,
It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of a fellow Team Member, Michael Ernest Youl, RAInf on 17 January 2020 at Medowie, New South Wales.
Mick served two tours with the Team, firstly from 6 December 1966 to 5 December 1967 initially with 5th SFGA Team A Tra Bong RF/PF.  Later due to an injury, Mick served with MSF Danang for several months.  In July 1967 Mick was appointed to Civil Affairs, 1 ATF, Dat Do where he completed his tour.
Mick’s second tour was from 27 August 1970 to 29 April 1971, initially at the Advisor’s School at Di An.  In September 1970 Mick was appointed to MATT 1, Binh Ba.  Later, from December 1970 to February1971 with MATT 3 at Baria and Long Dien and in March 1971 to Matt 7 at Ong Trinh.
Mick was then transferred to 1 ARU where he served from 29 April 1971 to 2 September 1971.
Our thoughts and prayers go to Mick’s family and friends at this difficult time.
The details of Mick’s funeral are:
Date:                                                   Tuesday, 28 January 2020
Time:                                                  1.00 pm
The Service will be held at:             St Brigid’s Catholic Church
                                                            65 William Street
                                                            Raymond Terrace NSW
Regards,
Doug Tear MBE
President

Lest we forget
Entry Date: 31st December 2019

Welfare Report - Barry and Elsie Long

G'day all,

Report from Barry Long on their recent illness follows.  Of interest is the allegy that one can get fro Cortisone.  Both Barry and Elsie are now on the mend.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

G’day old Vet mates, and good friends,

Things are finally starting to get back to normal. What a shit of a virus, we both went down with something similar to a coward’s punch, didn’t see it coming but what a wallop.

Elsie is not fully recovered yet but much better than me. A couple more days should see her back to her chirpy self. I caught it off her so I am a bit behind plus, my lungs are much worse than hers – 45 years since I smoked but, I did give it a hammering before that for many years, maybe those White Owl cigars in Quang Tri did the damage?

Although I have a 90% oxygen intake now there is some gunk down the bottom that I just can’t get rid of, and it’s not for the want of trying – Elsie asked me to go outside for coughing as it makes her feel like joining in. That had me recall our WO Medic Ernie Pirani at Quang Ngai with his early morning wake up cough, it would send everyone outside dry retching in sympathy. ??

I had a further problem to worry about while in hospital – and at home – as I am allergic to Cortisone after having heaps of injections before my back was operated on. The hospital put a red band on my wrist to remind everyone that I was allergic to the dreaded cortisone and then commenced to fill me up with the bloody stuff over four days!?? Apparently it was essential to break the virus with no alternative. If you have had a few too many Cortisone injections or even tablets given to you for treatment in recent years speak to your doctor regards an allergy.

In my case, and I believe it to be the norm, after a couple of days all of the nerves from the armpits to the knees start to itch, and I mean really itch. There is no rash to see and nothing you can apply to ease the itch, just scratch like a mangy dog. The only thing I found for relief was to get into a shower that was as hot as you can manage (and maybe a little hotter) then, with a hand shower wash all areas particularly the outer legs, armpits and chest. Grit your teeth mates because this near brought me to my knees with pain but, it somehow eases the nerves and stops the itch, this is required twice daily. You’re allowed to cry. ??

The good news is it only lasts a week! I am currently down to scratching only the thighs and waist now. I have been through it before, so I know when there is progress. Should celebrate 2020 with a beer this Wednesday. I am hoping that this little note will have you aware early and may you never fall victim. ??

This has given both Elsie and I cause to think seriously of our lifestyle for 2020. Better eating habits, less booze (since I’m the nominated driver now that has started already) and exercise for a small weight loss. Sounds all good, will check in June.

I know we are not the only ones to have a shitty Christmas and we still have feelings for friends out there wishing them early recovery. I know Alfie Gee is now on the mend after getting a scary message on his health and BillyT aka Bill Tomlinson has been moving quite slowly of late and there are many more I know but names are not at hand – get well guys.

To all Team members currently feeling low, think positive as there is something new being found daily in our great medical institutions thereby making it increasingly hard to die so, just keep smiling and remember the password;

PERSEVERE,

Barry



Entry Date: 21st  December 2019

A soldier died today

Maj P. (Phil) R. Burns RAA

G’day all,

Sad news in from Tony Mogridge, AATTV SA Branch on the passing on 18th December 2019 of fellow Team member Maj P. (Phil) R. Burns, RAA aged 88 years.  Phil was attached to AATTV in South Vietnam from 27 Jun 1966 to 11 Jun 67 USAID Chieu Hoi Program, Can Tho.

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to Lesley, family and friends on this sad occasion of the passing of Phil.  Phil also served with Legacy in South Australia for 18 years.  He will be sadly missed by us all.

Condolence messages can be passed through Mick Dolensky on email: stretch@chariot.net.au

Funeral details will be advised once known.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Tony Mogridge <carmog@adam.com.au>
Sent: Saturday, 21 December 2019 3:20 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: Death 57038 Mai P. R. Burns RAA

Rick,
Maj Phil Burns died on 18 Dec 19. He was attached to AATTV for the Chu Hoi Programme, Can Tho.
Persevere,
Tony Mogridge. (SA)

Lest we forget
Entry Date: 10th December 2019
 
 

A soldier died today

WO2 A. (Bert) H. Franks RAINF, AATTV


WO2 A. (Bert) H. Franks, an advisor with 2/5 ARVN Regiment in QUANG TRI Province on his second tour, examining
weapons captured by his unit.  He is holding an AK47 like those lined up against the wall and next to him is a 75
recoilless rifle - a small artillery piece.  WO2 Franks lated moved to Phuoc Tuy province to lead a MATT. May 1970












G’day all,

Sad but not unexpected news in from John Gibson, AATTV Qld Br on the passing of fellow Team member, WO2 A. (Bert) H. Franks RAINF aged 83 years.  Bert served in South Vietnam with AATTV from 11 Jun 1965 to 28 Jul 65 with 3/4 ARVN 2nd Division, Danang when medically evacuated to Australia due to illness on 28 Jul 65.  On his second tour of duty, Bert  served from 7 Jan 70 to Jun70 with 2/5 ARVN Tam Ky, 2nd Division, Jul – Aug 70 attached MATT 1, Binh Ba, Phuoc Tuy. Sep 70 unallotted Phuoc Tuy. Oct – Dec 70, MATT 14, Long Dien. RTA 7 Jan 71.

In addition to Unit Citations awarded to AATTV, Bert was also awarded the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Bronze Star).

I am sure that all Team members would wish to pass on our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to Dawn, family and friends on this sad occasion of Bert’s passing.  An old soldier who has now done his duty.

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

Funeral details will be advised once known.

May Bert now Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: John Gibson <jgib1941@gmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, 10 December 2019 8:17 AM
To: ALLEN & HEATHER EDWARDS Subject: Vale

Gents
Sad to be advised from Des Ford of the passing of team member, Bert Franks,    Date to be confirmed.
Vale Bert
Warm regards
John

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 23rd October 2019

A soldier died today

WO2 R. (Bob) J. Collinson, BEM RAE, AATTV


After being airdropped into the jungle outside of the Special
Forces outpost at A Ro in Quang Nam this bulldozer was
Recovered under enemy sniper fire by WO2 R.J. Collinson
who then used it to construct an airfield for the outpost.

G’day all,

Sad news just in from a message on Facebook from grandson Ian Ryan on the passing of fellow  Team member, R. (Bob) J. Collinson BEM, RAE on 20th October 2019 aged 86 years.  Reg served in South Vietnam with AATTV from 25th September 1963 to Jan 64 with Hiep Khanh Training Centre, General Subjects Committee, Feb-May 64, 7th SFG A-732, Kham Duc, Quang Tin. Jun -Jul 64, 1st SFG A-414 A Ro, Quang Nam detached from SFG A Shau valley Aug 64, SFG, B Team Danang. Wounded 19 Jun 64 Panji wound. RTA 24 Sep 64.

In addition to the unit citations awarded to AATTV, Reg was also awarded the US Bronze Star for Valour (with ‘V’ Device), US Bronze Star for Service and the British Empire Medal (BEM) for his service with AATTV. A copy of the award of the BEM reads as follows:

Army Number:         34393
Substantive Rank:    Sergeant
Temporary Rank:     Warrant Officer Class Two
Christian Name:       Reginald James
Surname:                   COLLINSON
Award:                       BEM

Warrant Officer Reginald James Collinson joined the Royal Australian Engineers in 1952. He served for two years with the British Commonwealth Brigade in Korea, then returned to Australia where he served with 20 National Service Training Battalion,  17 Construction Squadron, and as an instructor at the School of Military Engineering.  In September1963, he was posted to the Australian Army Training Team, Vietnam.  After four months as an adviser at the Hiep Khanh Civil Guard Training Centre, Warrant Officer Collinson was attached to Detachment A732 of 7 United States Special Forces Group at Kham Duc.  For the next four months, he used his engineering knowledge to supervise the construction of a new camp and its defences to house two Vietnamese Strike Force companies.  On 1 April, he saved the life of a Vietnamese Strike Force soldier who was in danger of drowning in a deep pond near Kham Duc airfield.
In mid-June 1964, a D6 bulldozer was air-dropped to this base.  It landed five hundred yards short of the camp in thick secondary jungle.  Warrant Officer Collinson and a small patrol went out to recover it.  They were under continuous enemy sniper fire and operating in an area boob-trapped with sharpened bamboo stakes.  It was due solely to Warrant  Officer Collinson’s technical skill and disregard of his own safety that the bulldozed finally reached the base eight hours later.  The patrol suffer seven casualties during this period.  Throughout his twelve month’s tour in Vietnam, Warrant Officer Collinson has shown outstanding devotion to duty under all conditions and has been an inspiration to all who have served with him.

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on their deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to family and friends of Bob on this sad occasion of his passing.  Truly one of the old and bold warrior’s of The Team, his duty is now done and Bob will be sadly missed by us all.

As per the message below there will be a family service held for Bob.

Condolence messages may be passed through John Gibson AATTV Qld Branch on email: jgib1941@gmail.com

May Bob now Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Message of Facebook from Ian Ryan (Grandson)

WO2. Reginald James Collinson, RAE, served with the AATTV from approx Sep 1963 to Sep 1964.
My grandfather fought long and hard but unfortunately passed away yesterday afternoon. He leaves behind his beautiful wife, 4 children, a plethora of grandchildren and a few great grandchildren.
There will be a family service held for his passing on Friday in Coffs Harbour and as per his wishes his ashes will be spread at the Grove in Canungra at a later date.
He will be sorely missed.

Lest we forget

 
 

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