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3rd Battalion RAR Vietnam 1971
50th Anniversary Reunion

3 RAR Reunion COMMUNICATIONS NEWSLETTER
A downloadable 3 RAR reunion communications newsletter will be released at the end of March, April and May 2021 duplicating what appears on this site. Please download the latest communications newsletter and return at least monthly to be updated with the latest organisational copy.

Downloads
3rd Battalion RAR Reunion Communications Newsletter Dated: 7 May 2021
Battalion Dining Night Reunion Registration Form
Last Post Ceremonies Information Sheet (Reunion publication sheet)

"50 Years Anniversary of Operation Overlord"
including
The Battle of Long Khanh"

Canberra ACT
Friday 4th June to Wednesday 9th June 2021
(Site Updated: 22th March 2021)

Reunion Page Index
Introduction / Invitation
Corona Virus Pandemic

Reunion Groups and Commemoration Contact Representatives
Reunion Program
Commemoration In Memorial
Participating Units
Last Post Ceremonies
Grave Side Services
3rd Battalion RAR 50th Anniversary Reunion Dining Night
Commemorative Stamp
Commemorative Coin
3rd Battalion RAR Vietnam 1971 Wreath Commitment
Commemoration 50 Year Operation Overlord including The Battle of Long Khanh
Commemoration Transports
ABC Television Broadcast
Vietnam Requiem Music Event

Introduction / Invitation
The 4th to the 9th June 2021 (6 days) will be dedicate to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 3rd Battalion RAR Active Service in Vietnam in 1971.  In association with the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) and in discussions with the Australian War Memorial’s (AWM) timetable of proposed events appears below.

All former members of the 3rd Battalion RAR Vietnam 1971, their families, the NOK of those KIA, the relatives of members deceased since 1971, and friends

Covid-19 Pandemic

The Australian Covid situation is dynamic.  State and territory laws will apply in all situations.  The ACT Government use the Check-In App CBR to manage contact tracing at all facilities, businesses and events.  This app will be recalled on multiple occasions during your visit to Canberra.  Download the app to your smart mobile phone and register yourself before arriving in Canberra.  The distinctive QR code will appear at every venue you visit.  The Check-In App CBR app will be mandatory to attend the commemorative service on 7 June 2021.

Registering with the Check In CBR app will be required to attend all reunion events including the commemorative service on 7 June 2021.  Once checked in all attendees will be asked to be seated on arrival at the commemorative service, seating will be spaced to comply with social distancing rules.

Reunion Groups & Commemoration Unit
Contact Representatives

Please make contact with your group representatives, confirm your contact details for regular updates.
3rd Battalion RAR Vietnam 1971 www.3rar.com.au
  Battalion Coordinator/Organiser Tony Cox
  Battalion Commander 1971 Colonel Peter Scott
  Battalion 2nd Coordinator David Lean
  A Company representative Terry Beaumont
  A Company Accommodation Vibe Hotel
  B Company Representative Cliff Fletcher
  B Company Accommodation Eagle Hawk Caravan Park
  C Company Representative Tony Cox
  C Company David Lean
  C Company Accommodation Alivio Tourist Park
  D Company Representative John Herlihy
  D Company Accommodation (Refer John Herlihy)
  Support Group Ron (Curley) Tremble
  Signals Gary Andrew
  Signals Gus R. Moore
  Pioneer Platoon Charlie (Czeslaw) Fryce
  Battalion HQ Mortars Peter J Cain
  TFMA Bill Denny
     
9 Squadron RAAF Association  
  Association President Bob (Rags) Redman
     
C Sqn 1 Armoured Regt.  
  Representative Bruce Cameron
     
12th Field Regiment Artillery  
  Representative Bob McEvoy
     
1st Field Squadron RAE

www.1fieldsappeprs.org

     
HQ 1ATF President John Verhelst
     
  D & E Platoon Eddie Tricker
     
1st Armoured Field Squadron   John Tick
     
4 RAR   Noel Failey
     
1 FD SQN GP RAE Association. President George Hulse
     
Tunnel Rats   Jim Marett
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Reunion Weekend Program



DATE:

 

Commemoration Activities

Thursday 3rd June 0800

Release for Sale - 50 cent Commemorative Coin
“50th Anniversary of Operation Overlord Including the Battle of Long Khanh”

Friday 4th June

Hrs

Events Description

 

Flowers of War – Vietnam Requiem
Composers Talk – To Be Advised

Commences

1645

AWM Last Post Ceremony 2Lt David Paterson KIA 20th March 1971
3rd Battalion RAR (8 Pl C Company) Vietnam 1971
Refer:  http://www.3rar.com.au/patersondavid.html
3rd Battalion wreath layer with honour and respect: (Pte) Alan Gould WIA (8Pl C Coy)
3rd Battalion remembrance separately (without fanfare) for Pte R Salzmann 3RAR - 3rd Battalion wreath layer:  Tony Callus A Coy.

1800

3rd Battalion RAR Meet & Greet (Battalion Companies and Group venues)
A Coy – Vibe Hotel – 1 Rogan St, Canberra Airport
B Coy - Eagle Hawk Hotel – 1246 Federal Hwy, Sutton NSW
C Coy - Ainslie Football Club – 52 Wakefield Ave, Ainslie
D Coy – John Herlihy’s residence – Queanbeyan.
General – Mercure Hotel - Corner Ainslie and Limestone Av, Braddon ACT

Saturday
5th June

Hrs

 

Commences

0900

Grave Side Ceremony:  Lt John William Wheeler
3rd Battalion RAR Delta Company.  KIA  2nd March 1971
Refer:  http://www.3rar.com.au/wheeler.html
MC:  Robert Whelan
Location: Norward Park Crematorium. 65 Sandford Street, Mitchell ACT  2911. 
Ex Service Wall / Bottom Right Side / Row 3 / No2.  Located immediately right upon entering the cemetery gates.  Travel the roundabout and enter the car park near the gate.
3rd Battalion RAR wreath layer with honour and respect:  David Horner D Coy 3 RAR

 

1200

8 Platoon C Company 3 RAR Mobile 0412 377884
BBQ lunch residence Paul Green.

1st Session

1300
To
 1600

AWM Musical Event - Vietnam Requiem
Musical Director Chris Latham     On Sale Ticketk
Location:  Llewellyn Hall - ANU School of Music
100 William Herbert Place,
Canberra, ACT, 2601Australia (map)
Refer:  http://theflowersofwar.org/calendar/2021/6/6/vietnam-requiem

Commences

1645

AWM Last Post Ceremony Pilot Officer Ronald Betts 9 Sqn RAAF
KIA 20th March 1971  -  Referhttp://www.3rar.com.au/supportkia.html#rb 
3rd Battalion RAR - Wreath layer with honour and respect:  Tony Cox (8Pl C Coy 3 RAR)
9 Sqn RAAF – Wreath layer with honour and respect: Robert Redman (9 Sqn RAAF)
3rd Battalion RAR Wreaths separately (without fanfare) for LAC A C Bloxsom 9 Sqn RAAF. Wreath layer with honour and respect:  Russell Campbell (A Coy 3 RAR)
9 Sqn RAAF Wreaths separately (without fanfare) for LAC A C Bloxsom 9 Sqn RAAF wreath layer with honour and respect:  Peter Armstrong (9 Sqn RAAF)

Note
carefully
 the
arrival times in the communication sheet

 

1630
and
1800

3rd Battalion RAR Battalion Dining Night
Accompanying Groups: 9 Sqn RAAF, relatives and friends.
Location: Ainslie Football Club Function Room 1st Floor / 52 Wakefield Ave, Ainslie
Registration Is Mandatory:  Download: Registration Form or www.3rar.com.au/reunions
Contact:  tony.cox@3rar.com.au  Mb: 0412377884)
Dress:   Smart Casual.  Men to wear collar and enclosed shoes.  (No shorts)
Registration is Mandatory - Registrations Close 22nd May 2021

Sunday
6th June

Hrs

 

 

0900

9 Sqn RAAF - KIA  7th June 1971
http://www.3rar.com.au/supportkia.html#eml
MC:  Robert Whelan assisted by B Coy and 9 Sqn RAAF.
Location: Woden Cemetery, Canberra ACT: RSL Section, grave 338X
Bio: Husband of Margaret; father of Murray, Graham and Meredath Lance
3rd Battalion RAR & 9 Sqn RAAF in place of wreaths:  Personal tributes/wreath at LPC.
Afterwards:  9 Sqn RAAF Additional:  Respects for Trevor Hamill located nearby.

2nd Practise Session 1030 Commemoration Rehearsal – Official Participants Only -VFNM Anzac Parade

2nd Session

1300
To
 1600

AWM Musical Event - Vietnam Requiem
Musical Director Chris Latham On
Sale Ticketek 22nd Feb 2021
Location:  Llewellyn Hall - ANU School of Music
100 William Herbert Place,
Canberra, ACT, 2601Australia (map)
Refer:  http://theflowersofwar.org/calendar/2021/6/6/vietnam-requiem

Commences

1645

AWM Last Post Ceremony Cpl David John Dubber MID
9 Sqn RAAF  KIA 7th June 1971
Refer:  http://www.3rar.com.au/supportkia.html#djd
3rd Battalion RAR Wreath layer with honour and respect:  Pte George Anderson(5 Pl B Company 3 RAR)
9 Sqn RAAF – Wreath layer with honour and respect:  Gerry Mapstone. (9 Sqn RAAF)
C Sqn 1Armoured laying wreaths separately (without fanfare) for:

  • Corporal Andy Anderson C Sqn 1 Armd Regt; DOW sustained on 25 June 1971:
  • Trooper Phil Barwick, C Sqn 1 Armd Regt; DOW sustained on 25 June 1971; and
  • Private Ken Harding, C Coy 4RAR/NZ; DOW sustained on 24 June 1971.

During Operation Hermit Park (June 1971).

Wreath Layers:  Ash Hind/Stan Hanuszewicz; Paul Giles / Baden Jeffery; Mike Williams / Norm Fry.

Monday
7th June

Hrs

 

Release Date 0900

Release for sale-Commemorative Stamp
The Australia Post commemorative envelope available by mail order.
https://auspost.com.au/shop/collectables/postal-stationery &
https://auspost.com.au/shop/collectables/postal-numismatic-covers

B Coy Only 0845

DVA Sponsored Commemoration Bus Pickup Point Departure
Eaglehawk Caravan Park.  1246 Federal Highway, NSW/ACT

Be On Time 0900

DVA Sponsored Commemoration Bus Pickup Point Departure

  • Alivio Tourist Park, 20 Kunzea St, O’Connor ACT 2602
  • Mercure Hotel. Cnr Ainslie/Limestone Ave, Braddon ACT 2612
  • Riverside Caravan Park - Morisset St, Queanbeyan. NSW
    Vibe Hotel -1 Rogan St, Canberra ACT 2609

Program Times

10:30
to 1200

Commemoration Event:
“50th Anniversary of Operation Overlord Including the Battle of Long Khanh”
Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial    Anzac Parade, Canberra. ACT
1000 hrs – Ceremony Administration and seating.
1008 hrs – Pre-Service presentation (15 Mins) Video and Musical.
1025 hrs – Governor General Arrival & pre-service pause to commencement.
1030 hrs – Service commences.
1130 hrs – Service completion
1200 hrs – Busses depart Anzac Parade for original pick-up points.

   

DVA Sponsored Commemoration Bus Return to Pick Up Points

  • Alivio Tourist Park, 20 Kunzea St, O’Connor ACT 2602
  • Eaglehawk Caravan Park.  1246 Federal Highway, NSW/ACT
  • Mercure Hotel. Cnr Ainslie/Limestone Ave, Braddon ACT 2612
  • Riverside Caravan Park - Morisset St, Queanbeyan. NSW
    Vibe Hotel - 1 Rogan St, Canberra ACT 2609

 

PM
To be advised.

AWM Annex Treloar
Australian War Memorial Storage Facility, Callan Street, Mitchell, ACT - Severe Covid-19 attendance restriction apply.  (Attendance requests will be lottery driven.)

 

1655

AWM Last Post Ceremony Flt Lt Everitt Murray (Lofty) Lance
9 Sqn RAAF - KIA 7th June 1971
Refer:  http://www.3rar.com.au/supportkia.html#rb
3rd Battalion RAR Wreath layer with honour and respect: Graham Kells (5Pl B Company 3 RAR)
3rd Battalion laying wreath separately at the AWM (without fanfare) for 2Lt Ian Mathers KIA.  12th Field regiment (RAA).  3rd Battalion RAR Wreath layer with honour and respect: Peter Maher & Gus Kelly (A Battery attached B Coy 3 RAR)
9 Sqn RAAF – Wreath layer with honour and respect:  Graham Dutton (9 Sqn RAAF)

  1800

A Company Farewell Dinner 1800hrs
Kingston Hotel   72 Canberra Ave, Canberra ACT

  1800

B Company Farewell Dinner - Ibis Styles Eaglehawk Resort 1800hrs
Location:  1222 Federal Highway Service Road, Sutton, NSW 2620
Nil Registration – pay as you go.

  1800

Charlie Company Post Reunion Gathering – Alivio Tourist Park
Location:  The VERANDAH
Alivio
Tourist Park.  20 Kunzea St, O’Connor ACT 2602
Refer:  https://aliviogroup.com.au/theverandah/

  1800

D Company Farewell Dinner
Refer to John Herlihy’s residence – Queanbeyan   Mb: 0423 626 140

Tuesday
8th June

Hrs

 

 

AM
To be advised

AWM Annex Treloar
Australian War Memorial Storage Facility, Callan Street, Mitchell, ACT
Severe Covid-19 attendance restriction apply.  (Attendance requests will be lottery driven.)

  1000

Commemorative 50 Cent Coin Media Launch
Location:  Australian Mint   Denison Street, Deakin ACT 2600
Official “50th Anniversary of Operation Overlord Including the Battle of Long Khanh” commemorative coin media launch by the Australian mint.

Wednesday
9th June

Hrs

 

 

 

Free all Day

Commences

1645

AWM Last Post Ceremony Pte Paul Manning
3rd Battalion RAR (Delta Company) Vietnam 1971 - KIA 2nd March 1971
Referhttp://www.3rar.com.au/manningpaul.html
3rd Battalion RAR Wreath layer with honour and respect: Lindsay Johnson (D Coy 3 RAR)
D & E Platoon 1ATF laying wreath separately without fanfare at the AWM for their fallen.  D&E Platoon Wreath layer: (to be announced)

 

 

Farewell Dining
Ainslie Football Club Dining Hall
(To be announced)


In Memorial Commemoration 50 Years
Operation Overlord
Including the Battle of Long Khanh

Battle of Long Khanh & Overlord

 

3rd Battalion RAR & Supports

A Field Battery

2Lt Ian George Mathers
7 June 1971

 

3rd Battalion RAR

Lt John William Wheeler
2 March 1971

RAAF 9 Squadron

Flt Lt Everett Murray Lance
7 June 1971

 

 

Cpl Paul Manning
2 March 1971

 

Cpl David John Dubber MID
7 June 1971

 

 

2Lt David Paterson
20 March 1971

3 Cav Regiment

L/Cpl John Noel McCarthy
12 June 1971

 

 

L/Cpl Ron Salzman
14 April 1971

 

Cpl Kenneth James "Kenny" Boardman
12 June 1971

 

RAAF 9 Squadron

P/O Ronald William Betts
20 March 1971

1 ATF D&E Pl.

Pte Trevor James "Atty." Attwood
12 June 1971

 

 

LAC Alan Clarence Bloxsom
31 March 1971

 

Pte Roger William. Driscoll
12 June 1971

 

2nd Battalion RAR /NZ

Pte Lex William Hickson Adams 31 March 1971

 

Pte Donald Cameron "Donny" Hill
12 June 1971

 

C Squadron 1 Armd Regt

Tpr. P G Barwick DOW (Received on 25 June 1971 )

 

Pte Peter "To Be" Tebb
12 June 1971

 

4RAR/1RNZIR

Pte Kenneth Horomia Harding (1RNZIR)
24th June 1971

 

Pte Michael "Mick or Tommy" Towler
12 June 1971

 

 

 

Commemoration 50th Anniversary Operation Overlord
Units Participating

3rd Battalion RAR

9 Sqn RAAF

12th Field Regiment Arty

C Sqn 1Armoured

A Sqn 3rd Cavalry Regiment

2/4 RAR

1 Field Sqn RAE

1st Armoured Field Sqn

1 Field Sqn GP RAE

Tunnel Rats

A Sqn 3rd Cavalry Regiment

161 Reconnaissance Flight

HQ 1 ATF

RA Sigs (Vict)

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Commemoration Event Transport
The DVA will provide bus transport for groups of veterans and wives wishing to attend the Commemoration on the 7th June 2021.  Parking will be limited at the Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial.  Group representatives will consider numbers and nominate pickup points.  DVA Transport will deliver to the memorial and return to the pickup point immediately following the commemoration.  No deviations.  (Group reps notify Tony Cox of numbers for each pick up point and/or if additional runs required.)

Currently bus pickup points are (March 21):
Vibe Hotel – 1 Rogan St, Canberra Airport
Mercure Canberra – Corner Ainslie and limestone Av
Eaglehawk Park – 1246 Federal Hwy, Sutton NSW
Alivio Tourist Park – 20 Kunzea St, O’Connor

Reunion Last Post Ceremonies
AWM last post ceremonies commence at 4.45pm AEST.  Currently, attendance is subject to a capacity of 100 persons all registered prior to the event.  Hopefully, much of this will change for the better between now and June 2021.  (Reference: https://www.awm.gov.au/visit )

Last Post Ceremonies: (Note that Pte Paul Manning is on Wednesday 9th June 2021
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4th June 2021 Friday  2Lt David Paterson 3RAR
http://www.3rar.com.au/patersondavid.html 
4th June 2021 Friday The 3rd Battalion be laying wreaths separately at the AWM (without fanfare) for Pte R Salzmann 3RAR and LAC A C Bloxsom 9 Sqn RAAF
5th June 2021   Saturday Pilot Officer Ronald Betts                  9Sqn RAAF
http://www.3rar.com.au/supportkia.html#rb
6th June 2021 Sunday Cpl David Dubber MID                      9Sqn RAAF
http://www.3rar.com.au/supportkia.html#djd
6th June 2021 Sunday

6th June 2021 Wreaths be laid separately at the AWM (without fanfare) for C Squadron, 1st Armoured Regiment Cpl Andy Anderson; Trooper Phil Barwick and Pte Ken Harding (NZ)

7th June 2021   Monday Flt Lt Everitt Murray Lance               9Sqn RAAF
http://www.3rar.com.au/supportkia.html#eml
8th June 2021  Tuesday   Nil Today - DESIGNATED WW11 Bomber Command.
9th June 2021   Wednesday Pte Paul Manning                               3 RAR
http://www.3rar.com.au/manningpaul.html

Grave Side Services
One individual prominent to the Battle of Long Khanh and one from the 3rd Battalion RAR Vietnam 1971 are interned in Canberra cemeteries.  Both will have short grave-side services for all family and veterans who wish to attend.  Individuals who served with these fallen have indicated their desire to see where they are buried and pay their respects on this occasion.  Attendance at grave-side services is voluntary.

The 3rd Battalion will manage the service for Lt J Wheeler and combine a joint service with 9 Sqn RAAF personnel for Flt Off Everitt Lance.  Bob Whelan (Past President 3 RAR Assoc South Australia) has kindly accepted the challenge of overseeing and/or conducting the service for Lt Wheeler and will assist 9 Sqn RAAF with their service.

F/LT

Lance

Everitt M.

40

7-Jun-71

RAAF 9 Squadron

Canberra Cemetery.  ACT.

Lt

Wheeler

John W.

22

2-Mar-71

3 RAR

Norwood Park Crematorium.  ACT.


Refer to the Reunion program for details.
3rd Battalion RAR 50th Anniversary Reunion Dining Night

The 3rd Battalion Dining Night will occur on Saturday the 5th June 2021.  Venue will be the Ainslie Football Club, 52 Wakefield Ave, Ainslie ACT 2602.  The event will commence at the completion of the AWM last post ceremony allowing for travel.  3 Course menu selection will be $52 per person.  A voluntary $5 wreath contribution can be made upon registration for you to personally participate in the Battalion wreaths.

Attendance at the Battalion dining in night will be by prior registration only. All attendees will register.  There will be NO registration possible on the Saturday night because of the need to confirm numbers, arrange catering, satisfy the covid requirements and the time limitation. All former members of the 3rd Battalion RAR 1971, their families, the NOK of those KIA, the relatives of members deceased since 1971 and all other friends or associates are invited to attend. The registration process will commence on the 30th March.  Seating will be planned by grouping as much as possible.

The 3rd Battalion RAR will be accompanied at the dining in night by the 9th Sqn RAAF.  All relatives and friends for those KIA in 1971 are invited to attend this function.

Dining in night will be by registration only.
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Commemorative Stamp
The Australia Post commemorative envelope and PPE will be available by mail order when they are released on 7 June.
They will be in limited supply.
https://auspost.com.au/shop/collectables/postal-stationery
https://auspost.com.au/shop/collectables/postal-numismatic-covers
Following these links will take you away from www.3rar.com.au site

Commemorative Coin
Commemorative Battle of Long Khanh 50 coin (Uncirculated) minted by the Australian Mint. Canberra. ACT

Available:  3rd June 2021
Mint eShop:  New products:  https://eshop.ramint.gov.au/newproducts
Royal Australian Mint

3rd Battalion RAR Vietnam 1971 Wreath Commitment

  • Last Post Ceremonies: (Note that Pte Paul Manning is on Wednesday 9th June 2021.)
    4th June 2021   Friday              2Lt David Paterson
    http://www.3rar.com.au/patersondavid.html 
    3rd Battalion RAR Wreath layer:  Alan Gould.
    4th June 2021   Friday 3rd Battalion laying wreaths separately at the AWM (without fanfare) for Pte R Salzmann 3RAR
                3rd Battalion RAR Wreath layer: to be announced
    5th June 2021   Saturday          Pilot Officer Ronald Betts                  9 Sqn RAAF
                http://www.3rar.com.au/supportkia.html#rb 
                3rd Battalion RAR Wreath layer:  to be announced
    5th June 2021 Saturday 3rd Battalion laying wreath separately at the AWM (without fanfare)
     for LAC A C Bloxsom 9 Sqn RAAF
    3rd Battalion RAR Wreath layer: (A Company) to  be announced.
    6th June 2021   Sunday            Cpl David Dubber MID                      9 Sqn RAAF
                http://www.3rar.com.au/supportkia.html#djd
    3rd Battalion RAR Wreath layer:  (B Company) to be announced.
    6th June 2021 Wreaths be laid separately at the AWM (without fanfare) for C Squadron,
    1st Armoured Regiment Bom Cpl Andy Anderson; Trooper Phil Barwick and Pte Ken Harding (NZ)
    7th June 2021   Monday           Flt Lt Everitt Murray Lance               9 Sqn RAAF
                http://www.3rar.com.au/supportkia.html#eml          
    3rd Battalion RAR Wreath layer:  (B Company) to be announced
    8th June 2021  Tuesday           (WW11 Bomber Command)
                Nil today
    9th June 2021   Wednesday     Pte Paul Manning                               3 RAR
                http://www.3rar.com.au/manningpaul.html
    3rd Battalion RAR Wreath layer:  (D Company) to be announced
    9th June 2021 Wednesday D & E Platoon laying wreath separately at the AWM.
                 (without fanfare) their fallen.
    D&E Platoon Wreath layer: (to be announced)

    All members attending the 3rd Battalion RAR Vietnam 1971 50th Anniversary reunion will have the opportunity to contribute to the cost of the wreaths when registering for the Battalion dinner.

The 3rd Battalion RAR Vietnam 1971 will lay 9 reunion wreath..  Members of the 3rd Battalion Vietnam 1971 and other attendees at all remembrances gatherings will have the opportunity to lay tributes at every event.  Poppies will be available at services as a tribute for that purpose. Individuals who purchase personal wreaths will be accommodated. Members who wish to arrange their own personal wreaths could consider purchasing from Blooming Mad Flowers or Embassy Florist.

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Commemoration 50th Anniversary of Operation Overlord including The Battle of Long Khanh

Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial
Anzac Parade, Canberra ACT
Commencing 10:30 am 7th June 2021

Every person attending the Commemoration event will be required to register their attendance by ACT law.  Members who have loaded the mobile phone Check In CBR app may scan the Commemoration QR code either on way to the event, or at the event. All members must register attendance at the event prior to start.

Other members not familiar with smart phone technology will register separately possibly on an attendance sheet.

The QR code and attendance sheets will be available providing an efficient arrival process at the commemoration location.  (As per DVA approval)

Operation Overlord Remembrances


Battle of Long Khanh

12 Field Regiment

2Lt Ian George Mathers  22 years  7 June 1971

RAAF 9 Squadron

Flt Lt Everett Murray Lance  43 years  7 June 1971

Cpl David John Dubber MID 28 years  7 June 1971

APC Contact 12th June Operation Overlord

A Sqn 3 Cav Regiment RAAC

L/Cpl John Noel McCarthy  26 years  12 June 1971

Cpl Kenneth James "Kenny" Boardman  22 years  12 June 1971

1 ATF D&E Platoon

Pte Trevor James "Atty" Attwood  23 years  12 June 1971

Pte Roger William. Driscoll  22 years  12 June 1971

Pte Donald Cameron "Donny" Hill  22 years  12 June 1971

Pte Peter "Too Be" Tebb  20 years  12 June 1971

Pte Michael "Mick or Tommy" Towler  22 years  12 June 1971

Commemoration Participants:

  • Colonel Peter Scott DSO (Retd), will deliver the Call to Remembrance
  • Mr Eddie Tricker (D&E Platoon Rep) will deliver the Ode
  • Mr Robert Prideaux will deliver the reading – this will be focussed on the helicopter crash and the recovery of the crew, a very powerful reflection.
  • The Commemorative Address will be delivered by a senior Government official (Name will be confirmed).
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ABC Television
The commemoration service will be televised live by the ABC from 1030 hours onwards for at least one hour using both ABC Channels. Vision of the service will be posted to utube for perpetuity.
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Vietnam Requiem Musical Event


Vietnam Requiem - Flowers of War

2 Shows.  The AWM has altered the planned start time for the Vietnam Requiem to 1300 hours on the 5th and the 6th June 2021.  The Musical Director Chris Latham is incredibly focussed on this event and will give his all-in honour of Vietnam Veterans who served in that campaign.  The Vietnam War was a long war involving many events that I suspect Chris Latham is trying to include in this musical requiem.  Tickets will be available in early 2021 and the event is open to the general public.  (as per the site).  Note – the Vietnam Requiem will be performed on both Saturday and Sunday, the 5th and 6th June.

Book with Ticketekhttps://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=VIETNAM21&eg=PRESALE&ep=FLOWER
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Tony Cox
Organiser / Coordinator
3rd Battalion RAR Vietnam 1971 50th Anniversary Reunion
Friday 4th June to Wednesday 9th June 2021
Canberra ACT
Email: Tony Cox Mb: 0412 377 884
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