K.I.A. 21st AUGUST, 1967

(Photo courtesy son of Tony Siggers)

WO2 A.P. SIGGERS - K.I.A. 21st AUGUST 1967

"WO2 Anthony P. Siggers first served in Korea in the Australian Army and upon his return to Australia was discharged and joined the CMF (Citizens Military Forces) and rose through the ranks to Warrant Officer Class 2 serving in the 17th RNSWR.  He volunteered for service in South Vietnam early in 1966 and was accepted and granted CMF (Full Time Duty) status.

Together with John Stone, Barry Rust and Bruce Prosper, Tony attended the Advisor's courses at the School of Intelligence and Jungle Warfare Centre; and together, they were all posted as advisers to South Vietnam on 7th September, 1966.

On arrival, they were seconded to Company C, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) (US Green Berets) and became Platoon Commanders in Det.A-100 Mike Force and MGF 768 (Mobile Guerilla Force). Tony Siggers, along with John Stone and Bruce Prosper, commanded platoons of Koho Montagnards, while Barry Rust had a platoon of Rhade Montagnards. All were involved in combat operations together and when time allowed had their R&R together.

In early February 1967, they volunteered for a US Parachute School, for which they all qualified. Their job now was to retrain their Montagnards in guerilla warfare and afterwards carried out that role with a lot of success. During this time, John Stone was killed in action during an 8 hour battle with North Vietanmese troops.

On their return to camp, they were stood down and enjoyed some R&R on Okinawa. Upon their return they were split up. Barry Rust went further south, Bruce Prosper stayed with Special Forces, and Tony Siggers was posted down to Quang Ngai province in MRI (Military Region) and was at either Chu Nai, Hoi An or Lam Ky when NVA units attacked the District/Sector HQ, including the airfield.

WO2 Tony Siggers was is an aircraft taking off from Tam Ky when it was hit by enemy ground fire, crashed and all aboard were KIA. Tony Siggers was identified by his dog tags and returned to Australia and buried with full miliary honours.

(The above account of the time spent in Vietnam of WO2 Anthony Siggers was passed on to Danny Siggers (UK) by Bruce Prosper (AATTV). Danny Siggers would like to thank Bruce Prosper for his help and assistance as well as the very kind veterans who have also helped and replied to his research.)

WO2 A.P. Siggers in tiger suit rests near a .30 calibre
machine gun atop a hill during operations at
a mountain outpost in I Corps.

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