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5 RAR Association Inc.
P O Box 698, CARINGBAH, NSW, 1495
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Gary Townsend
Phone: 07 5594 4780
Mobile: 0412 767 975
Address:82 Lake Hills,
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Carrara, Qld, 4211,
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Phone: 07 5594 4780
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Carrara, Qld, 4211, Gary Townsend ID
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POSTED 15 JANUARY 2020
SGT MATTHEW LOCKE MG
12TH ANNUAL
MAGPIES VS THUNDER
CHARITY MATCH

My name is Debbie Locke, sister to Matthew. For the past 11 years we have held an annual event in
Bellingen, Matt's home town to celebrate his life and honour those serving past and present.

We have been extremely lucky to have so much support and continue to look ways to grow. Our intentions is Poster
to raise funds for some worthwhile causes. This year in 2020 that will be Soldier On, The Grub Club and the
local Tyringham Rural Fire Service. They were on the front line of recent fires at the beginning of
September. The event is held on the weekend starting Friday 6th March and runs through to Sunday 8th, with
the flagship event on Saturday 7th at Bellingen.

I am hoping you will consider spreading word of our event to all your members. hoping you would put it out
there in newsletters or your website and other social media outlets.

I have set myself the goal of raising $25,000 this year and to do so I have to build a little more. We have
a great event on Friday the 6th which is a 4 man Ambrose at Bellingen Golf Course with lots of prizes. $160
per team. I need 18 teams. Then on Saturday is the first round of the ADF Interservices at Bellingen
featuring all mens and womens ADF rugby league teams. The flagship event is Bellingen Magpies versus Army
Thunder.

Please, please consider helping me spread the word and build this weekend into the greatest ever. If you
require any further information please do not hesitate in contacing my on 0429977959.

PS. I notice you have a reunion on the Gold Coast from the 28th February to 2nd March. It would only be a
slight detour for some of your members, that are perhaps driving, to put in a team for the Friday's golf
match, and then of course stay for the Saturday Inter-services.

Kindest regards
Deb Locke

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5 JANUARY 2020

BUSHFIRE CRISES - DVA SUPPORT FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMLIES

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POSTED 31 DECEMBER 2019

5RAR REUNION 2020

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED


POSTED 15 DECEMBER 2019
MEMORIES ……AND COLLATERAL DAMAGE
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POSTED 19 0CTOBER 2019

Barry Thompson

BARRY THOMPSON'S MEMORIAL SERVICE
1ST FEBRUARY 2020

Further details »Here


POSTED 15 OCTOBER 2019

WARNING ORDER
REGIMENTAL BIRTHDAY FUNCTION
VICTORIA BARRACKS SYDNEY
SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2019

Members, family and friends of the Royal Australian Regiment, the RAR Association NSW and RAR Battalion Associations are advised that the 71st Birthday of the Regiment will be celebrated at Victoria Barracks Paddington on Saturday 23 November 2019. More»


POSTED 11 JUNE 2019

LAST POST CEREMONY FOR PTE. WAYNE TEELING AND CPL. JOHN KENNEDY

Photographs of the Last Post Ceremony for Private Teeling Here

Photographs of the Last Post Ceremony for Cpl. Kennedy Here


POSTED 11 JUNE 2019

5RAR PRESENTATION OF COLOURS PARADE

Video of the Colours Parade can be viewed Here


POSTED 3 JUNE 2019

Royal Australian Regiment Corporation's WINTER EDITION OF 'DUTY FIRST'

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Or you can view it online Here

POSTED 3 JUNE 2019

Robert S Kearney OAM South Australian Historian of the Year

The 5RAR Association Inc are pleased to be advised of Bob's award as 'Historian of the Year' by the History Council of South Australia.

Bob served in C Company and also with Reconnaissance Platoon during the Battalion's first tour in the Republic of South Vietnam. To read what the Virtual War Memorial Australia (VMWA) has to say of his award Click Here


POSTED 17 FEBRUARY 2019
PROPOSED 5RAR MEMORIAL PLAQUE FOR REGIMENTAL SQUARE SYDNEY

Origonally, The proposed plaque was to be dedicated on site with a low key activity on the Battalion's birthday
on the 1st March 2019.

We have received an email from our Association President with an update:

The executive members of our committee have now considered an alternative timing and believe it would be best to dedicate the plaque on 1 March 2020. This would occur during the remembrance ceremony as part of our 55th anniversary reunion at Twin Towns. This would provide a focal point for the ceremony in front of hundreds of our members rather than just a small group in Sydney next month. After the Twin Towns ceremony, the plaque would then be placed at Regimental Square.


POSTED 11 NOVEMBER 2018

RAR Corporation Funding Campaign to Support Legal Matters

At the RAR Associations National Council Meeting in Townsville in October it was determined to establish a fund to obtain legal positions and/or defend any legal matters which have the capacity to bring into disrepute the good standing of the RAR and its associations.

The national HQ of the RAR Association has now established a "crowd funding" mechanism whereby members and supporters of all associations can donate as they see fit to support any legal matters confronting the organisation. Further background to the purpose and need to establish this contingency fund is provided on this link. https://chuffed.org/project/protecting-the-rar# The link does not mention any specific cases but there is an ongoing legal matter that is of direct interest to 5RARA members as it involves one of our own.

Some of you would be aware that Michael von Berg MC, OAM is being sued for defamation by an ex 8RAR Sergeant cook, who on a nomination form for appointment as an RSL Director in SA, made some highly questionable claims of "being and acting Platoon Sergeant and Platoon Commander of 8 Platoon, C Company 8RAR on Operation Hamersley, Long Hai Mountains". He also claimed to have been "a Liaison Officer with the Americans at Long Dien". All claims are disputed by members of 8 Platoon and C Company 8RAR in general. Mick, in his capacity as Chairman of the RAR Corporation and President of RARA SA, wrote to the RSL to alert them to these facts and the former Sergeant cook on that basis has sued Mick for defamation. The legal costs in defending this action are already in excess of $60,000.

If you see fit to support this fund which has already received some considerable donations, you can do so on the link above.

POSTED 13 JUNE 2018

QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY HONOURS LIST
CONSPICUOUS SERVICE MEDAL
LTCOL. TRAVIS GORDON

LTCOL Gordon

The 5RAR Association is pleased to announce the awarding of the Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM) to LTCOL Gordon Travis, Commanding Officer 5RAR.

'For meritorious devotion to duty as the Commander of Joint Task Group 658 in support of the national elections
of Papua New Guinea during the conduct of Operation HANNAH.'

President COL Roger Wainwright, (retd) has offered his warmest personal congratulations and those of the 5RAR Association to LTCOL Gordon in recognition of his award.

Also,
MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE MILITARY DIVISION

Warrant Officer Class Two John William SMALLACOMBE,
NT
For meritorious performance of duty in promoting positive relationships between Indigenous communities and the Pilbara Regiment and rehabilitating wounded, injured and ill soldiers within the 5th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment.
Warrant Officer Smallacombe demonstrated selfless dedication to duty over two consecutive postings. He developed positive Army relationships with Indigenous communities, organisations and businesses within the East Pilbara Region as Training Warrant Officer.
Warrant Officer Smallacombe worked tirelessly to rehabilitate wounded, injured and ill soldiers significantly reducing the number of downgraded personnel as the Unit Welfare Officer in the 5th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment.


POSTED 27 MAY 2018

LAST POST CEREMONY

Alexander Remeljij
4719818 Private. Alexander Remeljej, 21

On 25 May, a Last Post Ceremony was held at the Australian War Memorial to remember PTE Alexander Remeljej who was killed in action on 11 April 1969. Alex was a member of B Company.

The ceremony was initiated by the Glenelg Surf Club in Adelaide where Alex was a was a keen surfer and dedicated member before he was called up for national service. The Club's annual trophy for its most valuable member is named in honour of his service to his country and to surfing. The Club has a display dedicated to Alex.

Alex's nephew, Mark Remeljej with his family and members of Glenelg Surf Club travelled to Canberra for the ceremony. 5 RAR was represented by our Patron Colin Khan, our President Roger Wainwright, Ralph Hindmarsh who was CSM B Company at the time of Alex's loss and other members of our association. Prior to the ceremony, Roger and Ralph escorted the group to the Vietnam exhibition and explained 5RAR's role in the Vietnam conflict.

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POSTED 7 AUGUST 2017

INFANTRYMAN

The Royal Australian Regiment Association South Australia (RAR Association SA) August edition of the excellent journal 'Infantryman' can be viewed via this link here: »Here


POSTED 13 FEBRUARY 2017

5RAR RECIPIENTS ON AUSTRALIA DAY'S HONOURS LIST

MAJ. Bryan Schafer OAM, Richard Biele OAM, and Brigadier Jake Ellwood DFC (awarded the Commendation for Distinguished Service). Details Here 

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A DUTY DONE

A summary of operations by the Royal Australian Regiment in the Vietnam War 1965-1975
 by Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Fred Fairhead

Published by the Royal Australian Regiment Association (SA) Inc
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2016 Price List for A Duty Done and Addendum

The Association will shortly publish a 30 page Addendum describing three operations by 1RAR in 1965 (Iron Triangle, New Life and Smash), two by 9RAR in 1969 (Matthew and Hat Dich), one by 5RAR in 1969 (Kings Cross) and the
one by 6RAR/NZ (ANZAC) Battalion on 17/18 August 1969 when the original Long Tan Cross was erected. It is necessary to have a copy of A Duty Done to read the Addendum. Costs for both are detailed below. If you would like to order a copy...  »more

POSTED 21 OCTOBER 2015

5RAR MEMORIAL WALL COMPLETED

The Memorial Wall has been completed with our secretary, Geoff Pearson in Darwin supervising the completion of the wall. To see the larger photograph click Here.

POSTED 22 SEPTEMBER 20155

CRITERIA FOR REPLACEMENT OF MEDALS

POSTED 16 SEPTEMBER 2015
AUSTRALIAN CUSTOM METAL WORK DESIGNS ICB BADGE

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Anyone can purchase these for serving or ex serving members of the Army that have been awarded the ICB.
To visit their website to view the video of the badge being manufactured and to order Click Here

POSTED 19 MAY 2015

AUSTRALIA'S VIETNAM WAR
Explore the Combat Actions of 1st Australian Task Force

A new interactive website created by the Defence Force Academy about the Vietnam war.
The 1st Australian Task Force (1 ATF) operated in Vietnam from March 1966 until November 1971. Some of its battles have become well-known to the public through film and literature. Many however, have not.

This website is the product of over twenty years of research. It provides unprecedented access to information on nearly all ground combat actions Australians fought in during the Vietnam War, numbering over 4,500. Through the use of modern Web technologies, veterans, researchers and the general public now have the power to understand the Vietnam War at a scale and depth not previously possible.

The Battle Map provides an ideal way to catalogue and share veterans’ stories, keeping them accessible to current and future generations. Our aim is to enable Vietnam veterans to record their stories, perspectives and images against contacts on the Battle Map. In doing so, we hope to develop the ‘ground truth’ picture of what happened at the tactical level, revealing the human dimension of the War. »MORE

POSTED 12 MARCH 2015

VIEW SPRAYING MISSIONS IN VIETNAM BY DATE AND LOCATION

Courtesy our mates from the 1st/83rd U.S. Artillery who were in support of us for a period:

"The map of areas where defoliants were sprayed. The map can be used to see defoliant spraying missions by U.S. and South Vietnamese forces over Vietnam, as well as Laos and Cambodia. The missions began in summer 1961 and ended more than a decade later, in spring 1971."
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5RAR ASSOCIATION MEMBER OFFER

From Robert Brett MC (Officer Commanding 2 Platoon A Company 2nd Tour).

"I own a tour company that specialises in Vietnam and Siberia. The Vietnam Tours cover leisure and golf but in the main are military focused. The company is HIGHFLYA TOURS and the web site www.highflya.com.au

I am prepared to offer any association member a 5% discount on any tour plus donate $100 to the Association for each person booked. For groups of over 20 I will provide a 10% discount and $120 donation per person."

POSTED 21 DECEMBER 2014

THE RSL VIRTUAL WAR MEMORIAL

The RSL Virtual War Memorial is to be the definitive resource and repository for anyone wanting to research, study or contribute to the commemoration of  South Australia's and the Northern Territory's socio-military history, from the Boer War to the present day. 

The RSL Virtual War Memorial has four key foundation principles:

Education - local context for school students studying under the National Curriculum

Commemoration - give greater depth of meaning to our memorial infrastructure.

Community Engagement - crowd sourcing of community family and personal information, and
        
Accessibility – connect 24/7 anywhere with internet access via mobile devices.

For more about the RSL Virtual War Memorial »Click Here

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From a RSLVWM Moderator:

Dear all,
We have now been granted access to the above nominal rolls so everything should be in place by Christmas, in the meantime you can help by logging in to look at or interact with the site.
   As you know those men and women who during their service were KIA, DOW, etc have, as they should, their names carved in stone. Lest we Forget
   This site provides all of us with a unique opportunity not only to put a face to their names and forever remember them but it also allows us to remember the service and sacrifice of all who died later.
You can open any name (including your own) herein so please take the opportunity and do so in order to leave an enduring legacy by ensuring our descendants will have a good start point at which to find what you and yours did during your service overseas.
   Currently there are only a hand full of moderators so please help by adding your service details, a photo (preferably in uniform) and a story if you wish.
   For examples please place a name in the search box provided; If you do log in, your email address and whatever password you make up is secure.

Please forward this to your mates

Volunteers of the RSL Virtual War Memorial

Telephone: 8100 7300

Email: virtual.memorial@rslsa.org.au

Website: http://www.rslvirtualwarmemorial.org.au

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Royal Australian Regiment Corporation
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From the RARC: DVA's Remedial Exercise program for Gold and White Card holders and veterans over 70.
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point POSTED 27 APRIL 2014

LIGHT HORSE REGIMENTAL JEWELLERY PTY. LTD

RAR Ring in Pilba Gold and Silver

  My name is David (Blue) Coleman Ex A & B Squadron 3rd Cavalry Regt. Whilst in B Squadron I worked a lot with 5 Battalion and went through the battle of Bin Ba with you on the 5th & 6th of June, 1969.
 As a hobby I produced Regimental rings as presentations for some of our younger soldiers returning from Afghanistan to our Regiment in Townsville. An Ex Iraq veteran from 5/7 battalion has asked me to produce a ring for him which I have completed out of Pilbra Gold and Silver from Broken Hill and cast in Sydney - 100% Australian made. More ...

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NAMES WANTED

Photograph of the original soldiers of A Company 5RAR early 1965

Photograph of the original A Company 5RAR on the grass verge at Holsworthy in March 1965. A Company had been re-formed from the old E Company 1RAR. The larger image can be viewed Here:

If you recognise anyone please email me

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BATTLE WING INGLEBURN 1965

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We are endeavouring to put names to the many faces in the above photograph. How many served with 5RAR? To see a larger image »Here

 
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C COMPANY MEMBERS 1ST TOUR

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Roger Wainwright and Gary Townsend are trying to put 'names to faces' on a photograph of C Company that was taken at Nui Dat in February 1967. At this point we believe that we have named 35 out of the 94 in the line up and it would be great to get as many as we can. If any one feels that they can help, or thinks they would like to, please contact Gary and if needed, a photo and list of names will be emailed to them. We know that our memories are not as good as they were but even if we get a contribution of only one new name from each member it is possible that we could succeed and preserve some history of C Company 1966-67

E-mail Gary at: Gary Towmsend ID

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GARY TOWNSEND ASKS

I am trying to compile a DVD of photos and film of 7 Platoon 1st tour and am looking for any items from members of 7 Platoon with names if possible. I am happy to convert slides to JPG's and all items will be returned to the members in the same condition as received but with a CD of computer images included. Also any one who contributes and any members or families of deceased members will receive the DVD, if they would like a copy, when it is completed. This will not be a commercial project, just something that I would like to do after all these years.
 

Email Gary at: Gary Townsend ID

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