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Great site.
My father Henry Miller(Harry)served 1 RAR Sig Pl HQ Korea & 2 RAR B Coy Malaya - Best mate Stanley Buttenshaw 1 RAR Infantry KIA.
" Never to be Forgotten "
"Duty First "
# 136 - Glenda Miller - 01/27/2012 - 21:46 - City: Sydney - State: NSW - Country: Australia

I am ex 8 RAR (Malaysia 68/69 & Vietnam 69/70) ARA,WO2 ARes & VP Beaumaris RSL. We are currently doing a display on Korea and I am trying to source an RAR Badge with the 'KING's Crown' to be authentic. If anybody can get their hands on one I would be eternally grateful.
Kind regards,
# 135 - Grant Coultman-Smith - 01/27/2012 - 10:46 - City: Beaumaris - State: Victoria - Country: Australia
Hello my Ausie friends. It has been a long time. I was at Baidoa with you guys! I was with around 8 other Americans with the Communication rigs and helped most of you guys make your calls home. I would love to hear from any of you guys. My e-mail is
# 134 - Gregory S. Hall - 01/16/2012 - 18:10 - City: Printer - State: Kentucky - Country: United States of America
Good to see so many old names still getting around, brings back a lot of good memories of my time in 1RAR., from1980 to 1986. Hope to read more comments, good health to all, cheers Mark
# 133 - Mark Fergus - 01/14/2012 - 16:03 - City: Rockhampton - State: Q L D - Country: Australia
Fmr member 11pl Doy Coy 1Bn
G'day old dog's and trusty sidekicks. Great to finally get some downtime to trawl thru innumerate threads on this site / related forums. Just a quick note to let everyone know still hounding and pounding streets of ole Sydney town - thoroughly enjoyed reunion in '08 looking fwd to next shin dig. always up for a laugh and a lark on Anzac Day and lament about days gone by - much the embellishment that goes with it. Finally, it would be remiss not to encourage everyone to toast our fallen, lost and broken mates where ever they now be - and moreover when they happen to enter the fore of minds. Til next we meet may the wind always be at your back and the road ahead rise up to meet you. Never truer words were ever uttered as much the dcoy motto "deeds not words" but sometimes it's good to say your piece. a little poignant but I reckon though we somalia vets are few that have supped from the same cup - be safe in the knowledge there are many that envy what we have seen and done. I for one am proud of the footprint left of our combined efforts re op solace / unisom I &II / restore hope and of the units and the wider defence networks achievements since. tough as old rusting roof nails is a label i am happy to bear any other tokenisms simply put the job got done right the first time (satisfaction enough by my standards) as it has and always does when the 'big blue one' is asked to enter the fray. Keep safe lads atleast til last drinks are called.. Is it wrong to still miss langs. Mad cow crowd wouldn't know the half of it - thank god walls don't speak is all I can say. Sincerely, Mags & family.
# 132 - C.B. McGARRITY (mags -456069) - 01/10/2012 - 00:11 - City: Sydney Region - State: NSW - Country: Australia
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all current and former members of The First Battalion, RAR, and their families and loved ones, a very safe and happy festive season. May 2012 bring much satisfaction to all our lives. Doogs.
# 131 - Ian McDougall - 12/21/2011 - 07:08 - City: Toowoomba - State: Qld - Country: Australia
Congratulations! Excellent site. I am the widow of Dave Haines 1RAR 59-66, Malaya, Vietnam, 9RAR 68-70 retired 1988.
I am also the secretary of 1RAR Assoc. Qld Branch and would like to invite past and present diggers to join and get acquainted with new and old friends.
# 130 - Beverley Haines - 12/10/2011 - 10:21 - City: Brisdbane - State: Queensland - Country: Australia
Gidday All,
I served in 9PL CCoy Jan 84 -Jan 86 , 7Pl CCoy Jan 86 - Dec 88
Thommo, its bloody sad Billy Prior passed away, was in 7Pl with him, top fella. Good to se a few old names in here, HAve some of the best times in my life in 1RAR
# 129 - Tony Ellem (Elbow) - 12/07/2011 - 21:45 - City: Brisbane - State: Qld - Country: Australia
Was in D coy 1989-1991, part of the winning DOG squad in 1990. Great to see photos of myself and my old mates. Great site, keep up the good work.
# 128 - Corey 'Ranks' Rankin - 12/05/2011 - 13:01 - City: Sydney - State: NSW - Country:
Saddened to read of the passing of Billy Prior. I served with him in Pioneers and was very much part of his wedding down in Ayr. Rest in peace brother. Thanks for the information Thommo.
# 127 - Ian McDougall - 11/28/2011 - 07:11 - City: Toowoomba - State: Qld - Country: Australia
Spent a year with the Herd in Okinawa at Camp Kue, then left with the Expeditionary Force on March 27, 1965, for Bien Hoa Got busted for being drunk & disporderly in Saigon in May, and was sent to A-Company, 1st Bat, 503d Inf. as a diciplinary action. This lead to me being attach3ed to a really gung-ho platoon of Sgt Akuna!!!
Thje n the war began.
Humped the D-Zone (Hill 65), Parot's Beak, Hobo Woods (spider holes & tunnels), Dak To (Hill 865 & 840), Dak Poko Valley, Ia Drang Valley (Hill 875, 880, 860), Barria (massive tunnels), Kontum (1st liberation from NVA ever, followed by rebuilding of both schools and hospital!), Pleiku 1&2 (massive NVA assault on hill-top LZ), and countless nameless villages throughout the South.
Made 6 in-country jumps... 2 with significant incoming from Charlie on the ground... (God bless em')

Few realize that the Herd was the very first to Recon the Central Highlands, and the infamous Ia Drang Valley.

As miserable as we all thought it was at the time... the bush is the only place where many of us ever really felt important, and most of all... needed.

America will never be the same... a place where heroism has been surplanted with greed... and brotherhood no longer exists.

Sgt. Willy Slee
# 126 - Willy Slee - 11/28/2011 - 00:24 - City: st. petersburg - State: florida - Country: usa
Hi All
Great site
Served 1RAR 81-92 95-2000
For those who new Billy Prior
7 Pl C Coy and Pnrs sadly passed away.
# 125 - Pita Thompson - 11/26/2011 - 09:33 - City: Townsville - State: Qld - Country:
I served in C Coy 7pl 1RAR from Apr 71 to Jun 72 as a National servicemen.
I was the Machine gunner in the Section.
I enjoyed my time in the Ballalion
I re-enlisted in Jan 73 into Ordnance and ended up doing 20ys 6 mths.
All up I did 22yrs service

Whilst I was in Townsville in 80 to 83 I visit my old battalion a few times and it brought back good memories.

# 124 - Steven (Steve) Cruden - 11/23/2011 - 12:22 - City: Leda - State: West Aust - Country: Australian
Been a few years since I last called in to say "hello". Time to catch up with what is going on
# 123 - Cyril "Doc" Rice - 11/16/2011 - 10:46 - City: Gympie - State: Qld - Country: Australia
i am looking for details of the army service record for a school friend of mine named bevan turner originally from kyogle nsw
# 122 - John & Gay McDougall - 11/15/2011 - 16:07 - City: Aspley - State: Queensland - Country: Australia
Hi There, great site!
I am looking for information on my wifes great grandfather, John Greenshields. I know he was part of 2/1 battalion and was discharged in October 1945 and I was wondering if I could get any information of his service history.

Thanks a lot
Dave Palmer
# 121 - David Palmer - 11/12/2011 - 00:18 - City: Perth - State: WA - Country: Australia
To Andrew Weightman I sent you an e-mail and i don't know if you have received it as yet, or you can e-mail me on from Kevin Egan(EAGS)regarding the info i need. Thanks Mate. Also anyone know a bloke Nairn Bristow-Smith
# 120 - Kevin Egan(eags) - 10/26/2011 - 09:47 - City: brisbane - State: qld - Country: Australia
G'day all, I served in 9Platoon Chuckles from 75 -77. Love the mighty 1RAR.
# 119 - John Abbott - 10/22/2011 - 17:57 - City: Aspley - State: Qld - Country: Australia
Eag,s,if you p.m me at .Ican give you Bill Garretts(lizard)contact det,s he was probably there.
# 118 - weighty - 10/21/2011 - 20:26 - City: NAIRNE - State: S/A - Country: AUS
Good to see some ld names on the book Thorpy, basher , dougal and probably others Ive forgotten good times
# 117 - Denis Glacken - 10/20/2011 - 18:41 - City: Brisbane - State: Qld - Country: