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L/Cpl Frank Baker and Pte Peter Fraser MM of the 5RAR band warming their instruments prior to a band recital '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.

'During service 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'.