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Major Ian 'Hoss' Hosie AM
Major Ian 'Hoss' Hosie

Ian ("Hoss") Hosie graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, as a Lieutenant in December 1967. He was allocated to the Royal Australian Infantry and posted to 5RAR in 1968 to join in the Battalion's year of training in preparation for active service in South Vietnam. He was the platoon commander of the Anti-Tank/Tracker Platoon in Support Company during 1968 at Holsworthy, and for the first half of the Battalion's tour of duty of Vietnam in 1969. Then, after the crippling casualties to C and D Companies from landmines in Dat Do and in the Long Hai Hills, Ian took over command of one of the three decimated platoons, 7 Platoon, C Company.

Hoss was a popular officer and highly respected by the men of his platoons. He was an intelligent and enthusiastic leader, whilst remaining the likeable larrikin. As a young officer he showed skill, aggression and courage of the highest order in many battles with the enemy. He was wounded in action in February 1970 during the final operation.

As a professional soldier he considered he was just doing what he was trained for and performing his duty. Only a small quota of officers and soldiers were recognised with special awards for distinguished, courageous and meritorious service in combat. Ian was not one of that select group but would have been part of those next in line for such recognition. His constant courage and coolness under fire reflected considerable credit upon himself and his Battalion.

Following active service, Hoss had a number of commands, instructional and staff postings, reaching the rank of Major before retiring. During that time he was awarded the AM (Member of the Order of Australia, Military Division) for his outstanding service whilst posted to 2nd Training Group, Ingleburn.

 Ian died on 3rd April, 1997.

Ian is survived by his loving wife Pauline, and children John and Samantha.


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