Private. Robert J.
Whyalla, South Australia.
Pte. Lubcke was a
member of D Company, when a VC sniper shot
the rifleman 23 kilometres north of Vung
Tau, Phuoc Tuy Province. He died of his
wounds on July 2 1966, on his 23rd birthday.
Corporal Marinko Tomas, 21
Nannup, Western Australia.
just outside Nannup WA, when he was
called up on June 30, 1965. He died from
shrapnel wounds fired by friendly
artillery fire on July 8, 1966 in Phuoc
Private. Leslie J. Pettit, 21
six months service with the Citizens
Military Forces, Les Pettit volunteered
for national service and joined 5RAR as
a rifleman. Known as "Wombat" to his
mates, he was distinguished as a soldier
who would never give up or surrender to
overwhelming odds. Although not a big
man he was happy to carry and use the
section M60 machine gun, a heavy task
usually reserved for bigger men. His
comrades-in-arms were proud to have
served with this courageous soldier who
died in action from a mine explosion on
July 4, 1969 in Phuoc Tuy Province.
Lance Corporal. Paul L. Smith,
small, slightly-built man, Lance
Corporal Paul Smith hailed from
Mackay in Queensland and was
aged only nineteen when he died
for his country During Operation
Esso on 4th July 1969 whilst on
a land clearing and night ambush
patrol. Nine Australians were
killed and 58 wounded in the
same operation. Paul was
initially wounded by an enemy
mine explosion and despite his
grievous injuries he continued
to assist in the evacuation of
his wounded comrades. Then he
was mortally wounded by a second
enemy mine explosion. He was
evacuated but died in the US
24th Evacuation Hospital.
Paul was a true gentleman, a man
of courage and is remembered as
having the genuine ANZAC spirit.
Private. Hans L. Muller, 21
Passau, West Germany.
Private Hans Muller was wounded
by an enemy mine explosion on
July 4 1969, near the Long Hai
Hills of Phuoc Tuy Province and
died of his wounds in 1st
Australian Field Hospital, Vung
Tau, the following afternoon.
Nine Australians were killed and
58 wounded in the same
One of his comrades remembers
Hans in the following way: a
small, extremely tough man of
German origin, Hans was
grievously wounded in action but
despite his mortal wounds he did
wasn't in his nature.
Private. James C.
Private Jim McMillan
joined C Company 5RAR as
a National Serviceman
severe losses to 7
Platoon in early July
1969. At 1615 hours on
31 July during Operation
Camden in the Hat Dich
Secret Zone, C Company
fought against an enemy
force of at least
system camouflaged in
the thick jungle.
Despite very aggressive
offensive action taken
by 7 Platoon, the
firepower from accurate
RPGs, machine guns and
AK47s forced 7 Platoon
to withdraw. Jim died
bravely engaging the
enemy in this close
quarter battle. An
member of his platoon
and company he will
always be remembered for
his raw courage and
loyalty to his fellow