February 22, 2024

Marvin (Mick) W. Ayres

ayres plaque

Biography of Marvin (Mick) W. Ayres

Mick Ayres was born in Sydney, NSW, Australia, on the 28th October 1944

His service in Vietnam included:-
1 Australian Reinforcement Unit, from the 10th March 1967 to the 26th April 1967
6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, from the 27 April 1967 to the 29th May 1967
7th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, from the 30th May 1967 to the 5th February 1968
… the fatal action in Vietnam …
Gunner Mike Williams described the contact in which Mick Ares was killed in Bien Hoa Province:

“We moved into the bunkers where we were all pinned down by heavy fire to our front. There was one main bunker with what sounded like the equivalent of a fifty cal firing at us but above our heads. The trees were falling on us as  the heavy machine gun fire was having the same effect as a chain saw on the trees. We were lower than the bunker and the NVA could not depress the gun low enough to cause us casualties, other than Mick Ayres, who was a good fifty metres behind where we were pinned down when he was hit by a stray round in his chest.”

There was a particularly ugly aftermath to Private Ayres’ death. In a vicious gesture, anti–Vietnam war protesters phoned his parents and said, ‘He got what he deserved’. His parents have this despicable act imprinted on their memory to this day.

His grave is within the Rookwood Military Cemetery, NSW and is located in Lawn EE – Grave 576 B

ayres cemetery

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