Photos Aussies and Kiwi's in Vietnam

Nui Dat, South Vietnam. August 1970. The Minister for National Development, Mr Swartz (left), wore a Colonel's uniform when he visited the 161 Independent Reconnaissance Flight (161 Ind Rec Flt) at the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) base. The Minister is a honorary Colonel of the 1st Army Aviation Regiment. He talks to Army Sioux helicopter pilot Second Lieutenant Peter Bysouth of Rose Bay, NSW (centre), and the Officer Commanding 161 Ind Rec Flt, Major Phil Calvert of Wacol, Qld.

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Dong Tam, South Vietnam. November 1971. Warrant Officer Class 1 Ned Larsson of Canberra, ACT, leads some of his students through the wire perimeter from Dong Tam, one of two centres in the Mekong Delta, where Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) members are training Popular Force soldiers in night operation techniques. The soldiers spend two weeks under instruction from the six man team at the centre before returning to their own province to pass on what they have learnt.

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Gunner Ernie Widders of Armidale, NSW, an indigenous soldier, takes time out during a break in operations in Phuoc Tuy Province, to write a letter. Gunner Widders, who was a shearer before being called up for National Service, is a member of C Company, 2RAR /NZ (ANZAC) (The ANZAC Battalion comprising 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment and a component from the 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment). The battalion has just completed its final operation in the war zone and will return to Australia later this month.

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Bein Hoa, Vietnam. c.1968-01. A soldier and four members of No. 1 Squadron, Special Air Service (1SAS), preparing for patrol out of the Battalion Headquarters of 7th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR), during Operation Coburg. They are dressed in tiger stripe pattern camouflage uniforms and carry M16 and SLR rifles. Note the 30 round magazine and the disruptive tape on the foregrip of the SLR rifle. (www.awm.gov.au/collection/C283747)

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An unknown member of the Special Air Services (SAS) in full kit ready to go out on patrol from Fire Support Base (FSB) Kiama). The soldier is wearing jungle camouflage, floppy bush hat and facial camouflage cream. A grenade is attached to the front of each of his shoulder straps (www.awm.gov.au/collection/C270559)

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Bien Hoa, South Vietnam. 1968-02. Patrol sergeant Laurie Frazer of No. 1 Squadron, Special Air Service (1 SAS) on patrol out of the battalion headquarters of 7th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (7 RAR) during Operation Coburg. He is dressed in a tiger stripe pattern camouflage uniform and carries a standard M16 rifle and a bergan rucksack. (AWM)

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South Vietnam. Battle of Kham Duc. Quang Tin Province. May 1968. Soldiers of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) with US Army Special Forces in the command bunker at the old French fort at Ngok Tavak. Identified, left to right: Sergeant First Class (SFC) Harold H. Swicegood; Captain John White AATTV; Sergeant (Sgt E-5) Kenneth J Benway, medic, 11th Company Da Nang Mike Force; Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) Frank Lucas AATTV; Sgt David A. Blomgren; Sgt Miller and WO2 Donald George (Don) Cameron AATTV. Capt White joined the AATTV in February 1968. He was soon commanding a 120-strong company of Americans, Chinese mercenaries, and Montagnards near the Laotian border. On 10 May White's company was attacked by a large North Vietnamese force at Ngok Tavak. Hand-to-hand combat took place and two Australian warrant officers, Don Cameron and Frank Lucas, led a counter-attack that prevented the fort from being overrun. WO2 Cameron was commander of one of three platoons which came under heavy attack between 8 to 10 May 1968 from Viet Cong (VC) near Ngok Tavak. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) on 1 January 1970 for his actions in Vietnam whilst serving as a WO Class 1 with the AATTV. WO2 Cameron served in Vietnam from 20 October 1965 to 19 October 1966 and also completed a second tour from 18 February 1968 to 20 November 1968. Cameron originally enlisted in WWII as a Private on 19 December 1944 and was discharged in 1947. He next served as a Lance Corporal with 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR) in Korea where he was awarded the Military Medal (MM) on 1 January 1952. He was awarded a second MM on 6 March 1969 in Vietnam with the AATTV.

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New Zealand soldiers pose for a photograph on top of a sandbagged bunker at the National Training Centre at Chi Lang, 1970. Left to right: Unknown, LCpl B.J. Hunt, Pte David Lush, Pte N.A. Lucas. The men were part of a team of New Zealand soldiers sent to Chi Lang to help an engineer detachment build accommodation facilities and defences at the camp prior to the arrival of 1NZATTV.

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Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam. August 1971. Diggers on patrol in the jungle of Phuoc Tuy Province have to contend with all types of terrain. Here, Private (Pte) Bob Wilkie of Kyabram, Vic, moves along a track surrounded by shoulder high grass and banana trees. Pte Wilkie is a member of the 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR), which was on patrolling and ambush operations in the far north-west of the Province.

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A sharp eye is needed when moving through jungle such as this in South Vietnam. Sitting astride an Armoured Recovery Vehicle (ARV), his M60 machine gun close by, is Private (Pte) Frank Jelen of Fairfield, NSW, a member of the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR). The ARV is followed by a Centurion tank. Australian soldiers of 3RAR and 4RAR combined with C Squadron, 1st Armoured Regiment, in Operation Overlord on the border of Phuoc Tuy and Long Khanh Provinces, to the north of the 1st Australian Task Force Base (1ATF) at Nui Dat. Identified atop the Centurion tank are 37691 WO2 Russell Hocking, 3RAR, to the left of the gunner, and 519516 Pte Ian M. Tibbits, 3RAR, to the right. Also believed to be atop the tank are Pte David Pye and Pte David Read.

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hoalwater Bay, Qld. September 1969. Gunner Ken Howard, 18, of Albury, NSW, has assumed an important role with D Company, 8th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (8RAR). Currently on exercise with 8RAR in Queensland's rugged Shoalwater Bay training area, Gunner Howard moves with the Company at all times as the Forward Observer for his own unit, 102 Field Battery, Royal Australian Artillery (RAA). He observes and reports any instances where his own unit could lend support to the infantrymen. 8RAR is exercising in the area near Rockhampton in preparation for its first tour of South Vietnam, due to begin before the end of the year.

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Australian and Vietnamese forces combine in Operation Phoi Hop (Co-operation) in Phuoc Tuy Province, as members of A Company, 7th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR), join local Popular Forces to sweep through jungle in search of Viet Cong bunkers. Seated on an armoured personnel carrier (APC) of A Squadron, 3 Cavalry Regiment, are Corporal Merv Ellis (wearing a beret) of Newcastle, NSW, and behind him (wearing a bush hat) is Warrant Officer Graham Millington of Puckapunyal, Vic, a training team soldier with the Popular Forces.

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Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam. May 1971. A section of soldiers from C Company, 2RAR /NZ (ANZAC) (The ANZAC Battalion comprising 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment and a component from the 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment) taking part in the battalion's final operation in Vietnam before returning to Australia later in the month. Carrying the section's M60 machine gun is Private (Pte) Ray Beattie (left) of St Kilda, Vic. Other members of the section are spread out to his left. The soldier closest to Pte Beattie is carrying a 7.62 mm Self Loading Rifle (SLR) and also a belt of ammunition for the M60 machine gun.

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Nui Dat, South Vietnam. August 1971. The 100th birthday of the Australian Regular Army and its oldest unit, A Field Battery, was celebrated at Nui Dat, headquarters of the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF), with the firing of a ten gun salute. Seen firing one of the rounds, left to right: Lance Bombardier Mike Richards of Newcastle, NSW; Bombardier Paul Walsh of Vincent, Qld; Lieutenant Dick Jackson of Berowra, NSW, gun position officer of A Field Battery of Newcastle, NSW; and Bombardier Greg Wager of Mildura, Vic. At far right, waiting for his turn to fire the next round is Battery Sergeant Major Warrant Officer Class 2 Arthur Bretherton of Townsville, Qld. Qld.

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Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam. August 1971. Private (Pte) Chris Hogarth of South Morang, Vic, talks with his headquarters (using a field radio) during a break in patrolling by the 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR). Pte Hogarth was working with a platoon ambushing suspected Viet Cong supply routes in an area in the north-west of Phuoc Tuy Province.

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