Air Vice Marshall Ngyuen Cao Ky
Visits 5RAR 1967
Prime Minister Ky (Black
jump suit and peak cap) watching a mortar firing demonstration at
the 5RAR Mortar Firing Line. This occurred on the 12th January,
1967. The Air Vice Marshall's entourage, along with PR people from
Australia and the US can be seen at rear.
Lloyd 'Dusty' Miller, a member of Mortar Platoon, recalls that the
demonstration resulted in a "Cook Off', (misfire) which caused the
South Vietnamese officials to throw their bodies over the Prime
Minister to protect him from possible injury. Lloyd went on to say
that "it was a bit embarrassing but we were getting a few faulty
rounds at the time."
The soldier sighting the mortar is Private T. Christian and the
soldier standing left wearing bush hat is Private Abe Melki Standing
on Ky's left is Major I. R. 'Blue' Hodgekinson; because of his red
hair, was humorously known as the "Big Red One."
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