Photos Aussies and Kiwi's in Vietnam

26 August 1967. Members of 5 Platoon, B Company, 7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR), just north of the village of Lang Phuoc Hai, beside Route 44 leading to Dat Do. United States Army Iroquois helicopters are landing to take them back to Nui Dat after completion of Operation Ulmarra, the cordon-and-search by 7RAR of the coastal village of Lang Phuoc Hai. Operation Ulmarra was conducted by 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR) and 7RAR with support elements. Left to right: Private Peter Capp (kneeling); Pte Bob Fennell (leaning over, facing camera, with an ammunition belt for an M60 machine gun slung over his shoulder); Corporal Bob D'Arcy (partly obscured behind Fennell); Pte Neal Hasted (centre, front); Pte Ian Jury (partly obscured, centre, rear, holding rifle); Pte Colin Barnett (front, right, M60 ammunition belt on back, back of head to camera); Lance Corporal Stan Whitford (partly obscured behind Barnett); the helicopter marshal at right is Pte John Raymond Gould, 7RAR. The United States Army Iroquois UH-1D helicopters were operated by 2 Platoon, 162nd Assault Helicopter Company, 11th Combat Aviation Battalion. Photo by Sergeant Mike Coleridge. (Having achieved almost the status of an icon, this image was chosen for, and is etched on, the Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial on Anzac Parade, Canberra, ACT, dedicated in October 1992)

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54 years later and 6RAR Mortar platoon are once again slinging 81mm bombs out of those busted arse old carriers...
When I was on my Bushmaster course seven years ago one of the instructors from arty was telling me as a young dig years before they did a deep dive on their carriers maintenance history and found one was still going after taking a broadside hit from and RPG that was filled up with bog. Those fuckers could take some punishment.
 
Vung Tau Special Zone. July 1971. A 7.62mm M60 machine gun mounted on the side of a No. 9 Squadron RAAF UH-1 Iroquois. The helicopter has landed on the deck of the USS Brinkley Bass for a fire mission coordination meeting.

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**Some nifty field mods in there ;)**
 
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Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam. 18 February 1970. Section Commander, Corporal Joe Danyluk of Port Kembla, NSW, carrying a M79 calls a halt during a sweep through bombed out jungle after a battle in the Long Hai mountains during Operation Hamersley. His company, B Company of 8th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (8RAR), together with other units of the Battalion, supported by armour, fought an estimated company of hard-core Viet Cong (VC) for a number of days in the mountains. The area was pounded by air strikes including a raid by giant B52 bomber aircraft, naval bombardment from HMAS Vendetta and artillery fire.
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Reckon that last post would all be American.
 
Reckon that last post would all be American.
Yep. I had a "senior citizen" moment, as DW58 would say, and posted some stuff in the wrong threads.....can you move the posts to this thread?


Otherwise I will just edit it.
 
Marcian the black Labrador tracker dog looks very unhappy as his handler, 219905 Private David Robert Nelson, 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment - New Zealand (ANZAC) (4RAR), carries him across a fast flowing stream. Despite not liking water, Marcian was highly rated as a very fast dog, obedient and proficient at keeping a track scent. Marcian was retired from 4RAR in November 1971 and was adopted by the Consul General at the British Embassy in Saigon.
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Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam. 9 March 1970. A rifle was an extra burden for machine gunner Private (Pte) Paul McGrath of Orange, NSW, who was sharing the load of a soldier who had collapsed from the heat. Pte McGrath, a member of B Company, 7th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR), was taking part in the battalion's first operation only ten days after the battalion arrived on the troopship HMAS Sydney for its second tour of duty in the war zone. Codenamed Finschhafen, the operation took place east of the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) base at Nui Dat.

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Three of the aircrew of No 9 Squadron, RAAF, Iroquois helicopters who were taking part in Operation Hayman on an island just north of Vung Tau, which the enemy had been using as a supply link for their troops in Phuoc Tuy Province. The helicopters were operating out of a small landing pad code named 'Alvin' on the island. The No 9 Squadron helicopters were under the personal direction of 33113 Group Captain (Gp Capt) Peter Frank Raw, of Ipswich, Qld. Identified left to right: A18504 Leading Aircraftman (LAC) Brian Vincent Taylor, of Rockhampton, Qld, door gunner; O19652 Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) David Hammerton (Dave) Champion, of Canberra, ACT, pilot; A57288 LAC David Anthony (Dave) Darcey, of Perth, WA. Both LAC Taylor and LAC Darcey are carrying their M60 machine guns over their shoulders and have ammunition belts over their other shoulders. All crewmen are wearing flak vests.

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A long refreshing drink from a water bottle as Private (Pte) Paul Large, 12 Platoon, D Company, 6 RAR, of Coolah, NSW, pauses during digging in on Operation Enoggera, the first mission by the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR), against the Viet Cong. Pte Large was later killed in action on 18 August 1966 at Long Tan.

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Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam. July 1970. Armed with a US Rocket Launcher 66mm M72 Light Anti Tank Weapon (LAW) and an L1A1 self-loading rifle, Private Nicholas Andropof of Reservoir, Vic, patrols silently through a rubber plantation during a combined infantry-tank operation against Viet Cong bunker systems in Operation Petrie. He is a member of 8th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (8RAR).

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