Suoi Chau Pha in the news

For nearly 50 years, a black and white photograph from the battle of Suoi Chau Pha, where six Australians were killed and 14 wounded (from 7RAR),  gave meaning to Williams’ life. To his family and fellow air force mates, he was the man holding the plasma bottle keeping an injured digger alive. Then, two years ago, his place in history was taken away.

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It seems DVA photoshopped out the cigarette in the hand of the guy on the left, named him as someone else and also photoshopped out the bullet holes in the chopper.  Can’t have ciggies and bullet holes in a PC war, can we?

 

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There now, much more civilized!

Members might like to leave a comment on the matter. Can anyone identify the digger on the stretcher?  I know he’s not visible but someone may remember the situation.

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D445 Meet 7 RAR

An extract from “The Viet Cong D445 Battalion: Their Story” by Ernie Chamberlain, 2011

 The whole battalion were in the middle of an open area when suddenly a ring of fire burst forth followed by a salvo of explosions.  An Australian ambush had fired claymores and this was followed by a thick hail of gunfire. All of the vanguard 2nd Company Headquarters and two thirds of the leading formation of the battalion were hit by the mines.  19 were killed on the spot and 22 were seriously wounded (at that time, the personnel strength of a company was only about 20 riflemen)

From our founding, the battalion had never suffered such large casualties as that in such a short time. Those who survived still recall the Ca Thi clearing with grief and pain and our never-before suffered heavy casualties – brought about by a perfunctory attitude, subjective thinking and underestimating the enemy.

It wouldn’t be the first time someone underestimated 7RAR

 

The book is available to read online here

 

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