'Warming Up' 1st Tour
Lance Corporal Frank Baker and Pte.
Peter Fraser MM of the 5RAR band warming up their instruments at Nui
Dat prior to a band recital for the troops
During operations the band members were
allocated to the various rifle companies as stretcher bearers and
were at the 'sharp end' along with the riflemen of the battalion.
5RAR was the last Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment to take
their band on active service.
The CO, Lt Col John Warr had this to say about the band.
in Vietnam in 1966-67, Corporal
Peter Fraser was awarded the Military Medal (MM) and
Private Laurie Lewis was
'Mentioned in Dispatches' (MID), for bravery for treating casualties
under fire. There is no doubt that a number of members of 5RAR owe
their lives to the immediate aid given them, usually under difficult
circumstances, by members of the Band. The 5RAR Band demonstrated
clearly that in operations, the value of the band of an infantry
battalion, when used to its fullest potential, is out of all
proportion to its numbers'.
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