Photos Aussies and Kiwi's in Vietnam

L-R Dave Ellis, Digger Downs, Keith Oliver at Nui Dat (1968)
(Photo supplied by Gordon Taylor)

Group of 104 Sig Sqn Radio Operators at the Nui Dat prior to RTA
L-R Dave Ellis, Gordon Taylor, Glen Sweet, Keith Oliver, Tab Hunter and Richard Christiansen
(Photo supplied by Gordon Taylor)

Last look at Nui Dat before returning to Australia
L-R Richard Christiansen, Robert Lyons (110 Sig Sqn), Keith Oliver,
David Tiernan and Unknown (Jan 1969)
(Photo supplied by Gordon Taylor)

131 Div Loc Bty - Jimmy Menz, Terry Bruce, Peter Furhmann at Nui Dat 1968.. Photo courtesy P Furhmann.

Sorting thousands of Christmas cards and parcels at the Australian Forces Post Office (AFPO) at Nui Dat are [L-R] Private Peter Braiotta of NSW, Private John Gaudion and Corporal Robert Merrilees of Victoria, November 1970. [AWM FAI/70/0828/VN] In 1967 and 1968, a series of strikes by the Amalgamated Postal Workers’ Union of Australia (APWU) interrupted the regular free mail service which operated between Australia and Vietnam. The troops were incensed and retaliated with the production of a ‘Punch a Postie on RTA’ (return to Australia) leaflet which in turn raised the ire of the postal workers.

Lowering the Australian flag for the last time at Nui Dat, South Vietnam. It is 7 November 1971 and NZ Regimental Policeman Private Tai Whatu, and Australian Regimental Policeman, Private John Skennar lower the Australian, 4RAR and RNZIR flags for the last time.

After long periods in the jungle on operations, life in the lines was relaxing for infantrymen. Each unit had a barber, sometimes trained, 'sometimes a volunteer with a good eye and a steady hand.' Here two 6 RAR soldiers settle down for a haircut at Nui Dat, 1966. [Image courtesy of Peter Fischer]

Operation Enoggera: 6RAR with cavalry support during the operation that began on 21 June 1966. The company signaller is in the right foreground. [Image courtesy of Peter Fischer] Operation Enoggera, the destruction of the village of Long Phuoc, was conducted by the new Australian Task Force between 21 June and 5 July 1966, soon after their arrival in Nui Dat. Troops and Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) from 6 RAR, supported by helicopters from 9 Squadron RAAF, conducted sweeps of the village, about 2000 metres south-west of the Task Force Base. They cleared the area of Viet Cong and confiscated caches of supplies and equipment. These were carried out of the area by the 9 Squadron helicopters flying resupply missions to the troops on the ground. Long Phuoc’s inhabitants had been removed from their homes, solid dwellings reflecting the district’s prosperity, in April 1966 two months before Enoggera. They were resettled in nearby Hoa Long, but Long Phuoc continued to be used by the Viet Cong and their sympathisers as a base from which to fire on Australian positions. After Enoggera only Long Phuoc’s temples and churches remained intact

Nui Dat, Vietnam. 1967-06. Getting the feel of an American lightweight M16 Armalite rifle at the Australian Task Force Base during a visit to Vietnam is the Provost Marshal, the top military policeman of the Australian Army, Lieutenant Colonel Seaton of Canberra, ACT (centre). With Lieutenant Colonel Seaton is the senior MP at Task Force, more commonly known as the Sheriff of Nui Dat, Sergeant Ron Sutton of Prospect, SA (left), and Corporal Roy Burdett of Clandone, SA.

Nui Dat, Vietnam. 1967-06. On a visit to Vietnam, Provost Marshal Lieutenant Colonel Edward Seaton of Canberra, ACT (right), checking the merits of the lightweight American M16 Armalite rifle which is used by Military Police (MPs) in the war zone. With him is Major Ken Petersen, Deputy Assistant Provost Marshal based at Vung Tau. The sheriff sign belongs to Sergeant Ron Sutton of Prospect, SA, who is the senior MP at Nui Dat and is widely known as the Sheriff of Nui Dat.

Nui Dat, Vietnam. 1967-06. Arriving at Luscombe Airfield is the Provost Marshal, the top Military Policeman in the Australian Army, Lieutenant Colonel Edward Seaton of Canberra, ACT. He is here on the first leg of a fact finding mission of areas in South-East Asia. Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, Australian Task Force, 2nd Lieutenant Mike Travers of Kingswood, SA (left), as he officially greets Lieutenant Colonel Seaton.

Gunners from 101 Field Battery conducting a fire mission in support of Australian troops on an operation in Phuc Tuy Province firing north west over the Nui Dat (SAS Hill) feature. This 105mm L5 pack howitzer is the battery's B gun and the acting gun Sergeant was Bombardier Peter Prewett, who was later promoted to Sergeant and transferred to 103 Field Battery. Years afterwards he was appointed as the Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) of the Army. This gun pit at the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) base at Nui Dat was originally built by 105 Battery but was re-constructed by Bombardier Prewett and his hard working gun detachment. Left to right: 2781894 Gunner (Gnr) Allan Ross Coggan, a National Serviceman from Cootamundra, NSW; Possibly 2782511 Gnr Arthur Lorance (Chuck) Heals, a regular soldier from Winton Qld; 3787694 Gnr Barry Bruce Gross, a National Serviceman from Wycheproof, Vic and 3787807 Gnr Harry Edward Hughes, a National Serviceman from Geelong, Vic.

Members of 101 Field Battery, Royal Australian Artillery, operating "D" Delta 105 mm L5 Pack Howitzer at Nui Dat, 1966. The four shirtless gunners are firing from a weapon pit surrounded by corrugated iron and reinforced with sandbags. Identified are: 1731284 Gunner (Gnr) Barry Faulkner; 215074 Bombardier (Bdr) Trevor Madeley, operating the gun's breech after firing; 4410891 Gunner (Gnr) David Vonbertough, carrying a ranging disc to determine the charge and range to be used in fire support; and 13538 Sergeant (Sgt) Allan Grice. The numbers and arrows marked on the corrugated wall are direction finders in milliradians.

1966. Members of 101 Field Battery, Royal Australian Artillery, providing artillery fire support at Nui Dat with "E" Echo 105 mm L5 Pack Howitzer. Identified are: at left 1731329 Gunner (Gnr) Donald McLeod; and, at right, 4311699 Gnr Arnaldo Pante.


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