Adviser Newspage - From 23rd October 2019
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Entry Date: 23rd
soldier died today
R. (Bob) J. Collinson, BEM RAE, AATTV
After being airdropped
into the jungle outside of the Special
at A Ro in Quang Nam this bulldozer was
enemy sniper fire by WO2 R.J. Collinson
who then used it
to construct an airfield for the outpost.
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:
Rank: Warrant Officer Class Two
Name: Reginald James
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.
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: email@example.com
May Bob now Rest In Peace.
Take care and Persevere,
of Facebook from Ian Ryan (Grandson)
James Collinson, RAE, served with the AATTV from approx Sep 1963 to Sep
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.
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.
be sorely missed.
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