5RAR 'water point' Binh Ba 1966
Water-point was set up by the Battalion's Assault Pioneers to pump
water from a well, purifying it in the process before emptying into
large rubber bladders. Early on the first tour, Task Force HQ
decided to station a rifle company from 5RAR in the village of Binh
Ba, north of the Task Force and clean drinking water was a must as
all sources of fresh water were considered contaminated. In this
photograph can be seen Assault Pioneer, Benny Goodman far right,
Tony Reddin second from right and Mick Vizzone far left.
This was taken during the 'Wet Season' where you were
constantly saturated in you own perspiration only to be exposed to
the late daily afternoon monsoonal downpour leaving you wet
throughout the night. The late afternoon monsoonal rains can be seen
developing in the top left of the photograph.
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