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: 6th September 2020

A soldier died today

Cpl M. (Michael) J. Grosser RAASC, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news in from Ken Phillips, Secretary AATTV Assn Qld Br on the passing on 20th July 2020 of fellow Team member Cpl M. (Mike) J. Grosser RAASC aged 71 years.  Mike served with AATTV in South Vietnam from 30 Aug 1971 to Jan 72 at JWTC, Nui Dat. Jan 72 to Sep 72, AATTV Van Kiep, Phuoc Tuy Province.  RTA 6 Sep 72.

I am sure that all Team members would wish to pass on belated condolences and deepest sympathies to daughter Belinda, family and friends on the sad occasion of Mike's passing.  Sadly the late notification does not allow Team members the chance to attend any service but in the times of this virus there may not have been a service at all.  A young soldier whose duty is now done.

Condolence messages can be passed to daughter, Belinda on email: belinda.bb@hotmail.com

May Michael Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Lest we forget





Entry Date: 29th August 2020

A soldier died today

Lt Col (later Col) A. (Alex) V. Preece, DSO,MVO
AATTV, 1RAR, HQ AFV


 Commander of AATTV, LTCOL ALEX PREECE with Prime Minister HAROLD HOLT during
a visit to Australian troops at BIEN HOA, April 1966. LTCOL Preece took over command of
AATTV  in May 1965 from Col O.D. Jackson who had been promoted and assumed command of the
Australian Army Force, Vietnam. Preece himself had to leave AATTV early in December 65 to take
over command of the 1st Battalion RAR when its commanding officer became ill.

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Simon Hearder, Secretary, AATTV Association ACT Br on the passing on 27th August 2020 of fellow Team member, Lt Col (later Col) A. (Alex) V.Preece DSO, MVO aged 93 years.  Alex served in South Vietnam as Deputy Commander in Danang from 19 Mar 1965 to Jul 65. Aug 65 – Nov 65 Commanding Officer, Saigon. Brig Jackson remained overall Commander, , CO commanded day-to-day activities of AATTV. Alex was also CO of 1RAR, first tour from 2 Dec 65 to 4 Jun 66.  14May 69 to 13 Aug 69, HQ AFV. 29 Oct 69 to 10 Dec69, HQ AFV.  Visits, 30 Sep 70 to 10 Oct 70 and 18 Jul 73 to 23 Jul 72.

In addition to unit citations awarded to AATTV, Alex was also awarded the US Bronze Star for Service with AATTV. Alex was also awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for his service with 1RAR in South Vietnam and it is worthy of mentioning his citation, which reads as follows:

Army Number:         1113
Substantive Rank:    Lieutenant Colonel
Christian Name:       Alexander Vogler
Surname:                   PREECE
Honour or Award:    DSO

Lieutenant Colonel Preece was appointed to command 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, in Vietnam on 3 December 1965 at short notice when the previous commanding officer became a casualty. At that time the Battalion was participating in Operation New Life, a divisional sized offensive operation against the Viet Cong in Binh Tuy Province.  Without any hesitation and with great determination he assumed immediate and effective command of the First Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment tactical group and maintained pressure on the enemy forces until the operation was brought to a successful conclusion two weeks later.
During the next four weeks Lieutenant Colonel Preece planned and, with outstanding success, commanded three Battalion group heliborne assault operations deep into Viet Cong territory in Bonh Hoa, Hau Nghia and Bing Duong Provinces.  During the third phase of this series of operations, Operation Crimp which lasted from 8 January to14 January 1966, his Battalion after carrying out well planned assault against enemy  opposition in the landing zone, located a major Viet Cong tunnel complex. This complex proved to be the target for the Brigade, the Viet Cong headquarters which supervised enemy operation in the Bien Hoa and Gia Dinh Provinces which includes Saigon. The Battalion group cleared, searched and destroyed many thousands of yards of tunnels deep underground, large quantities of documents  were captured which provided valuable intelligence to the Government of Vietnam.
In the following four months Lieutenant Colonel Preece continued to command his Battalion during a further four major and successful operations, three which included heliborne assaults.  Between these operations the Battalion continued to dominate its area of responsibility in the Bien Hoa airfield defences using a well co-ordinated and aggressive patrol program.
Throughout this period of six months of command, during which his Battalion was in almost continuous contact with a militarily proficient and fanatical enemy, Lieutenant Colonel Preece set by personal example the highest standards of courage, leadership and professional skill.  Under his leadership the Battalion has played a full and effective part in turning the tide against the Viet Cong and in restoring many thousands of South Vietnamese to Government control.

I am sure that all Team members would wish to pass on their sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to his children, Janet, Michael, Susan and James on this sad occasion of the passing of Alex.  Alex was well known in military circles and his passing will certainly have an effect on those that served with him or under his leadership.  A true warrior that has now gone on to be with his fellow brothers in arms.

Condolence messages to the family are detailed in the message below from Simon.

May Alex now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Simon Hearder <simchar.7@bigpond.com> a
Sent: Saturday, 29 August 2020 6:58 PM
To:

Subject: Death of AATTV Member Alex PREECE DSO MVO

Dear TEAM members and friends
I have just been advised that our colleague Colonel Alex PREECE DSO,MVO,AATTV  died on Thursday night here in Canberra .  He was just short of his 94th birthday. He is survived by his four children Janet, Michael, Susan & James  ( his wife having died some years ago ). Condolences should be sent to Michael Preece c/- 6 Brassey St , DEAKIN , ACT 2600
Rick – could please send out this information on your net with his AATTV details.
May Alex now Rest in Peace
Lest We Forget
Simon

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 28th August 2020
A soldier died today

Capt (later Maj) J. (John) E. Campbell, RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,
Sad news in from Doug Tear MBE, President AATTV Association NSW Branch on the passing on 16th August 2020 of fellow Team member Captain (later Major) J. (John) E. Campbell RAINF, AATTV aged 86 years.
I am sure that all Team members would wish to pass on their sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to daughter Erica, family and friends of John on this sad occasion of his passing.  An old and bold warrior whose duty is now done and will be missed by us all.
As stated in Doug’s message below there will be no funeral service.
May John now Rest In Peace,
Take care and Persevere,
Rick

From: Doug Tear <doug.tear@bigpond.com>
Date: 28 August 2020 at 12:11:24 pm AEST
To: Doug Tear <doug.tear@bigpond.com>
Subject: Passing of a Fellow Team Member - John Ernest Campbell RAInf

Dear Members,
It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of a fellow Team Member, Captain John Ernest Campbell RAInf on 16 August.
John served with the Team from 18 June 1965 to 7 September 1966 with the Combined Studies Division at Kien Hoa and Kien Gang in IV Corps.  John had previously visited South Vietnam from 7 to 16 January 1964.
Our thoughts and prayers go to John’s daughter Erica and her family and friends at this difficult time.
Erica has advised that due to the current restrictions there will be no funeral.
Messages of condolence may be sent to Erica at ericacampbell1968@yahoo.com.au
Regards,
Doug Tear MBE
President

Lest we forget


 Entry Date: 16th August 2020

A soldier died today

WO2 R. D. (Des) Aylett, MID, RAINF, AATTV

G'day all,

Funeral details for Des Aylett as received from Peter Aylett are shown below.

May Des Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Aylett <pca47@bigpond.net.au>
Sent: Tuesday, 18 August 2020 7:05 AM
To: Ryan <advisor@echidna.id.au>
Subject: Funeral - Des Aylett

Rick,

Have been advised the funeral for Des will be held at the Atherton Cemetery at 10:30 am on Thursday  20 Aug 2020.

All who can make it are invited to attend.

Persevere,
Peter Aylett.
 

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Peter Aylett AATTV, on the passing today, 16th August 2020 of fellow Team member WO2 R. D. (Des) Aylett, MID, RAINF, AATTV aged 79years. Des served in South Vietnam with AATTV on his first tour of duty from 17 Dec 1968 to May 69 with 223 MSF Coy, 5th SFGA, Pleiku. May 69, 21st Ranger Battalion near Danang. Jun- Jul 69, 39th Ranger Battalion. Aug -Oct 69, 37th Ranger Battalion. Nov -Dec 69, 21st Ranger Battalion near Danang – Group HQ . Des was wounded in action on 6 May 69 near Ban Me Thuot. RTA 17 Dec69.
On his second tour of duty with AATTV from 15 Jul 1971 to 26 Oct71 Des served at JWTC, Nui Dat, Phuoc Tuy Province.

In addition to unit citations awarded to AATTV, Des was also awarded the US Bronze Star for Valour (with ‘V’Device), US Bronze Star for Service, Vietnamese Staff Service Medal 2nd Class and Mentioned in Despatches (MID) for his service with AATTV.  A copy of the citation for the MID, reads as follows:

Army Number:         36371
Substantive Rank:    Sergeant
Temporary Rank:     Warrant Officer Class Two
Christian Name:       Ronald Desmond
Surname:                   AYLETT
Honour or Award:    MID

Warrant Officer Aylett enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in 1958. He served with the Royal Australian Regiments in Australia, Malaya and Borneo. He joined the Australian Army Training Team in Vietnam in December 1968, where he served initially with the 2nd Mobile Strike Force, 5th Special Forces Group and later as an adviser with the 1st Ranger Group of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. On 6 May 1969, Warrant Officer Aylett was serving as a Platoon Commander with 223rd Mobile Strike Force Company on an operation in the area of Ban-Me-Thout in Province, when two other Platoons of the company came under heavy attack from a superior North Vietnamese force and were surrounded.  Warrant Officer Aylett was leading his own Platoon forward to assist, when it came under intense enemy mortar, rocket and automatic weapons fire. Ignoring this, he made repeated attempts to assault the enemy in an effort to break through to the other Platoons. This failed and his own Platoon was then itself heavily attacked.  Warrant Officer Aylett, by his personal example an by exposing himself to direct enemy fire, encouraged his men to beat back the repeated attacks on his platoon. During these attacks, one of his Montagnard soldiers was seriously wounded.  Warrant Officer Aylett, without hesitation and in full view of the enemy, moved over ground which was swept by enemy fire and retrieved him. Soon after this Warrant Officer Aylett was himself wounded in the face.  Despite this and realising that his platoon position was untenable, he moved forward alone towards the nearest enemy, firing his weapon to provide a diversion and cover for the remainder of his platoon to break out and withdraw. This they were able to do solely through Warrant Officer Aylett’s outstanding bravery and aggressiveness.  He then crawled back and picked up the wounded Montagnard soldier and carried him, while still under heavy fire from the enemy, to a more secure position. For the next four hours, although separated from his platoon and the rest of the company and with no radio communications to call for assistance, Warrant Officer Aylett continued to fight off the enemy and to care for the wounded soldier. Late in the day he eventually succeeded in linking  up with the remainder of his company, who had broken through the enemy positions, bringing with him the wounded Montagnard soldier.
Warrant Officer Aylett’s personal bravery and aggressive leadership in the extremely hazardous conditions involved in this action and on a number of other subsequent occasions during his operational tour with the Training Team were outstanding.  His professionalism, unselfish devotion to duty and cheerful comradeship have been an inspiration to all who have served with him and reflect 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 son Michael, family and friends on this sad occasion of the passing of Des.  Des passed away after a long illness and he will be sorely missed by us all.  Des was one hell of a soldier and a well known identity throughout The Team.  A true warrior that has now left us.

Funeral details will be advised once known.

Condolence messages for the family can be sent through son, Michael Aylett on email: michael.aylett@ergon.com.au

May Des now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Aylett <pca47@bigpond.net.au>
Sent: Sunday, 16 August 2020 8:10 AM
To: Ryan <advisor@echidna.id.au>
Subject: Vale: Ronald Desmond AYLETT

Rick,

News from Michael Aylett that his Dad, Ronald Desmond ‘Des’ AYLETT passed away in his sleep at 3:30 am today 16 Oct 2020 at the palliative care in Mareeba N/Qld. No funeral arrangements known, will advise.

In sadness,

Peter Aylett.

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 16th August 2020

A soldier died today
WO2 W.(Bill) M. Baxter, RAINF, AATTV


On a Special Forces patrol in the ARO area of I Corps, WO2 L.G. McGARRY (L) and WO2 W.M. BAXTER
were snapped during a rest break, 1964.

G’day all,
Sad news in from Doug Tear MBE, President, AATTV Association NSW Branch on the passing on 10th August 2020 of fellow Team member WO2 W. (Bill) M. Baxter, RAINF aged 88 years.
I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on their sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to Vickie, Steve, family and friends on this sad occasion of Bill’s passing.  A true warrior whose duty is now done.  He will be sorely missed by us all.
Condolence messages can be sent to Doug Tear on email: doug.tear@bigpond.com
Funeral details are shown in the message below.
May Bill now Rest In Peace,
Take care and Persevere,
Rick

From: Doug Tear <doug.tear@bigpond.com>
Date: 16 August 2020 at 11:35:51 am AEST
To: Doug Tear <doug.tear@bigpond.com>
Subject: Passing of a Team Member - William Montgomery Baxter RAInf

Dear Members,
It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of a fellow Team Member, William Montgomery Baxter RAInf on 10 August 2020 at Yamba, New South Wales.
Bill served with the Team from 11 September 1964 to 6 August 1965 initially with Special Forces Group B Team at Danang and later in November with 1st Special Forces Group Team A-322 at Kham Duc in Quang Tin Province.  Bill was wounded in action on 24 December 1964.  In January to March 1965, Bill was appointed to the 5th SFGA, B Team Danang, Nung Training.  Bill completed his tour with 2/6 ARVN, 2nd Division at Danang.
Our thoughts and prayers go to Vickie, Steve, their family and friends at this difficult time.
Bill’s funeral is to be held at 1.00 pm on Tuesday, 18 August in the Yamba RSL Sub-Branch Hall, 19 Church Street Yamba.
Messages of condolence may be sent to me at doug.tear@bigpond.com
Regards,
Doug Tear MBE
President

Lest we forget
Entry Date: 13th August 2020

Petition to Make AATTV Memorial Grove a Living National Memorial

Recent story on A Current Affair about "The Grove" Click on photograph below. Please don't forget to vote in our Change.org petition:http://chng.it/PkHhnkXtFBto help ensure the site is declared a national war memorial.
 
 


Entry Date: 1st August 2020
 
 

A soldier died today

WO2 J. (John) A. Gibson RASIGS, AAvn, AATTV, 103 Sig Sqn
 
 


WO2 (later WO1) J.A. Gibson gains the confidence of young  Cambodian
soldiers (aged 10 and 12 years) at the Long Hai Training Centre, 1971

G’day all,

Just read a Facebook entry for Joy Bryson on the passing today, 1st August 2020 of fellow Team member WO2 (later WO1) J. (John) A. J. Gibson  RASIGS, AAAvn aged 79 years.  John served in South Vietnam with AATTV as a WO2 from 15 July 1971 to Aug 71 with MATT 1, Phuoc Tuy. Sep to Oct 71, NOTT2, Phu Cat, Binh Dinh. Nov 71, JWTC, Van Kiep. Dec 71 AATTV Training Group, Vung Tau. Jan to Jul 72, Long Hai Training Battalion, Phuoc Tuy. RTA 12Jul 72.  John also served a tour of duty in South Vietnam with 103 Sig Sqn from 26 April 66 to 1 May 1967.

In addition to Unit Citations awarded to AATTV, John was also awarded the VietnameseTraining Service Medal 1st Class and the Cambodian National Defence Medal with Bronze Star.

John was a stalwart President and member of AATTV Qld Branch for many years and also a strong supporter of the AATTV memorial at Canungra.  I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on their sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to Laurel, family and friends on this sad occasion of John’s passing. Sadly the Team birthday memorial service organised by John is at Canungra today. A sad day indeed.

At this stage can email messages for the family be passed to Ken Phillips on email: bannerb@ozemail.com.au

I have also been informed that there will be no funeral service for John.  Instead, the family will have a memorial service at our Memorial Grove, Canungra for John in the future.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

Lest We Forget


Entry Date: 20th July 2020

A soldier died today

WO2 J. (John) McEwan-Ferguson QC, RAE, AATTV, HQ AFV

G’day all,

Sad news in from Doug Tear, AATTV NSW Branch of the passing on 18th July 2020 of fellow Team member WO2 J. (John) McEwan-Ferguson QC, RAE aged 85 years.

In addition to the Unit Citations awarded to AATTV,  John was also awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct for his service with AATTV in South Vietnam.  The citation reads as follows:

Army Number:         27467
Substantive Rank:    Warrant Officer Class Two
Christian Name:       John
Surname:                   McEwan-Ferguson
Honour or Award:    QC

Warrant Officer McEwan-Ferguson enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in February 1953,
Warrant Officer McEwan-Ferguson served as an Squadron,  17 Construction Squadron and as Squadron Sergeant Major to 30 Port Squadron prior to his assignment to the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam.  Warrant Officer McEwan-Ferguson commenced duty with the Training Team on 25 August 1964.
Warrant Officer McEwan-Ferguson distinguished himself by bravery at Hoi An city in the province of Quang Nam, Republic of Vietnam on 10 and 11 November 1964. Warrant Officer McEwan-Ferguson volunteered to perform rescue work as a result of the most severe flooding in over fifty years. For more than forty eight hours, without regard to his own personal safety Warrant Officer McEwan-Ferguson waded raging flood waters chest deep and carried people to safety.  He later participated in boat rescue work and was instrumental in helping to save over a hundred lives. Warrant Officer McEwan-Ferguson willingly performed these acts although there was a continual danger from enemy sniper fire.  By his untiring efforts he was able to inspire many Vietnamese Nationals to assist in the rescue work.  Warrant Officer McEwan-Ferguson’s action during this national disaster is in the highest tradition of the Australian Regular Army and reflects great credit upon himself and the military service.

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

Funeral details are shown in the email below.

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

May John now Rest in  Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick
 

From: Doug Tear <doug.tear@bigpond.com>
Date: 20 July 2020 at 6:36:30 pm AEST
To: Doug Tear <doug.tear@bigpond.com>
Subject: Passing of a Team Member - John McEwan-Ferguson QC RAE

Dear Members,
It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of a fellow Team Member, John McEwan-Ferguson QC RAE on 16 July 2020 at his home in Campbelltown, New South Wales.
John served with the Team from 25 August 1964 to 10 June 1965.  In September, John was appointed to the Quang Nam Sector, later in November 1964, John was appointed to the General and Weapons Committees at the Dong Da National Training Centre.  In March 1965, John was appointed to the Reconnaissance Company, 1st ARVN Division and later in April 1965 to 1st ARVN Division’s Engineering Company, attached to 1st Division Engineer Battalion at Quang Tri.
John was awarded the Queen’s Commendation.
John served a second tour in South Vietnam from 4 May 1967 to 23 April 1968 with HQ AFV.
Our thoughts and prayers go to John’s daughter Rachael and her family at this difficult time.
John’s funeral details are:
10.30 am Thursday, 30 July 2020
South Chapel, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Camden Valley Way, Leppington
Members are advised that social distancing restrictions apply, and attendance is limited to 20.
May John Rest in Peace.
Regards,
Doug Tear MBE
President

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 28th June 2020
A soldier died today

Capt D. (Des) J. Wilmore RAINF, AATTV

G’day all,

Sad news just in on the passing on 26th June 2020 of fellow Team member Capt Des. J. Gilmore RAINF aged 72 years.  Des served in South Vietnam as a Capt from 4th July 1972 to 18 Dec 72 with MATT 1, Van Kiep, Phuoc Tuy Province.

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on their sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to family and friends of Des on this sad occasion of his passing.  A true warrior whose duty is now done.

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

May Des now Rest in Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: pasbury@gmail.com <pasbury@gmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, 28 June 2020 2:11 PM
To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: Vale Captain Des Wilmore, RA Inf (Retd)

Classmates and All,
Des died in his sleep this morning at his home in Noosa, SE Queensland following a small operation the day before.

Born on 10 April 1948 in Broken Hill.
After graduating from OCS Portsea in Dec 1967, Des served in PNG and then in 1972 with the AATTV.  Des later resigned from the Army while serving as adjutant at the Infantry Centre, going into business in Singleton.

No other details known at this time.
Vale Des.

Paul Asbury

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 13th June 2020
A soldier died today

Cpl C. (Chris) J. Holmes RA Inf, 1 ARU, 1RAR, AATTV

G’day all,

News just in from a Dr Shauna McGlone on the passing on 9th June 2020 of fellow Team member, Cpl C. (Chris) J. Holmes RA Inf aged 71 years.  Chris served with AATTV as a Cpl in South Vietnam from 22 Jul 1971 to 30 Sep 71 with MATT, Phuoc Tuy Province.  Chris also served in South Vietnam from 11 Mar 68 to 28 May 68, 1 Australian Reinforcement Unit.  28May 68 to 28 Feb 69, 1RAR.

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on their sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to family and friends of Chris on this sad occasion of his passing. Chris was a stalwart member of the AATTV Association Vic Branch and will be sorely missed by fellow Team members.  A good soldier his duty now done.

Funeral details will be advised once known.

Condolence messages can be sent to Bruce Davies, AATTV Vic Br on email: bruce.davies@tpg.com.au

May Chris now Rest In Peace,

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

To: advisor@echidna.id.au
Subject: Christopher John Holmes

Chris Holmes who served with the AATV died on Tuesday night. It was a quick and natural death at home. There was someone with him at the time. I have no information regarding his funeral arrangements.
Dr Shauna McGlone

Lest we forget


Entry Date: 3rd June 2020

A soldier died today

Capt (later Maj) D. (Pete) Rothwell MID, RAINF, 1RAR, AATTV

 Capt Peter Rothwell (L) and WO2 J. M. Grafton brief Vietnamese Officers at Pleiku,
1968. Capt Rothwell initially served with Mike Force and then at the Special Forces
Headquarters at Nha Trang.  In May 1969, during the action that WO2 Simpson won
his Victoria Cross, Capt Rothwell Cleared a helicopter landing pad and then single-
handedly fought off the enemy to enable the wounded to be evacuated. For his gallantry
he was Mention  In Dispatches.

G’day all,

Sad news just in from Peter Aylett AATTV on the passing today, 3rd June 2020 of fellow Team member Maj D. (Pete) Rothwell, MID RAINF aged 87 years.  Pete served in South Vietnam as a Capt with AATTV from 28 May 1968 – Sep 68 Adjutant, Saigon, 19 Oct 68 – Mar 69, Company Commander223 Coy, 2MSF, 5th SFGA, Pleiku. Mar – May 69, AsstS-3, 5th SFGA HQ Nha Trang, May 69 operational visit3rd MSF  Battalion near Kontum.  Pete also served in South Vietnam with 1 RAR from 9 Jun 65 to 9 Jun 66.

In addition to the unit citations awarded to AATTV, Pete was also Mention In Dispatches (MID) and awarded the South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Bronze Star) for his service with AATTV. A copy of the citation for his MID reads as follows:

Army Number:         26931
Substantive Rank:    Captain
Christian Name:       Dale
Surname:                   Rothwell
Award:                       MID

Captain Rothwell enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in 1952and served twice with The Royal Australian Regiment in Korea as a non-commissioned officer.  He was commissioned in 1961 and served again with The Royal Australian Regiment in Malaysia and in Vietnam. He joined the Australian Army Training Team in May 1968 for his second tour in Vietnam.
Captain Rothwell was two weeks short of the end of his tour with the Training Team when, on 11 May 1969 he was on an operational visit to the 3rd Mobile Strike Force Battalion of the 5th Special Forces Group which was on a search and clear operation in Kontum Province.  In a heavy contact with the enemy, forward of the company with which Captain Rothwell was moving, the Commander of the Mobile Strike Force Battalion was killed and an Australian Warrant Officer who had been separated from the majority of his troops was contained in the area by enemy fire.  Without hesitation, Captain Rothwell joined a small group under the command of a further Australian Warrant Officer, who was a Company Commander in the Battalion, and went forward to the area of contact.  While the remainder of the group were extricating the casualties, Captain Rothwell commenced preparation of an area close by to enable a helicopter to winch out the casualties.  Unable to obtain the assistance of the indigenous troops, who had been scattered in the contact and who were reluctant to expose themselves, Captain Rothwell cut and prepared the  casualty evacuation point on his own and under the threat of enemy fire. Captain Rothwell, with complete disregard for his own safety, then single handed, cleared the enemy from the close proximity of the evacuation point using grenades and small arms fire.  This action delayed the enemy’s movement for sufficient time to allow the remainder of the group and the wounded to move out of the immediate contact area.
On the tedious and dangerous movement back to the firm base with the casualties, Captain Rothwell quietly assisted the Warrant Officer who was in command of the group and helped carry the wounder over much of the difficult terrain.
Captain Rothwell’s personal conduct and steadying influences wer major contributing factors in enabling the group to extricate the wounded and others successfully from the contact area.  His conduct in this action and on a number of other occasions, when earlier he was serving with the Mobile Strike Force, has been exemplary.  His professionalism during his extensive operational service has been a credit to himself and the Australian Army.

I am sure all Team members would wish to pass on their sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to Denise, family and friends on this sad occasion of the passing of Pete.  A true warrior who has served his nation proudly on a number of occasions.  He will be sorely missed by all Team members.

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

Funeral details will be provided once known.

May Pete now Rest In Peace.

Take care and Persevere,

Rick

From: Peter Aylett <pca47@bigpond.net.au>
Sent: Wednesday, 3 June 2020 4:47 PM
To: Subject: Vale D. (Pete) Rothwell MID.

Gents,

I regret to advise that 26931 Maj D. (Pete) Rothwell MID passed away at 16:30 hrs today, Wed, at his Sydney home aged almost 88 years. 24 Jul 1932 – 3 Jun 2020.

Duty done - now rest old warrior.

In sadness,
Peter Aylett.

Lest we forget


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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