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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
cheers
Elbow
# 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.
Thommo
# 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.

Thanks
Steve
# 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 seg96902@bigpond.net.au 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 weightmanandrew@yahoo.com.au .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:
served 1Rar 77-81 Bcoy then aslt pnrs looking for anyone in b coy at that time,when we did an exercise in New Zealand and due to a bad accident a soldier from 6RAR(PR) was killed when he was run over by a APC. Anyone who remembers this ,please can they contact me and i'll explain why i need some information.
# 116 - Kevin Egan(eags) - 10/18/2011 - 15:13 - City: brisbane - State: qld - Country: aust
first off I am not infantry I had a friend des penn with you in 65,and another friend jamie plowman in 68/69.I had RAEME friends with you at Coral. D Coy 6 RAR have been honoured with the Gallantry Medal I believe it is your turn,Coral was bigger, went longer, more troops involved, more enemy casualties. I am not sure of yours.The precedent has been set and your Unit deserves recognition as much as 6rar.thanks
# 115 - JACK R TATTIS - 10/16/2011 - 18:52 - City: logan city - State: qld - Country: australia
Served in B coy 1980-1983 with Mark Hill ,D.falkner,Billy.Garret,Ben.Mcenzie ect good times,re-joined 2006 at 44 did four years as a parachute rigger now a gunner with 16 alrgt
(16 air def rgt)-good site!!
# 114 - ANDREW WEIGHTMAN - 10/11/2011 - 20:06 - City: NAIRNE - State: S/A - Country: AUS
Hi ,
I was in the armed forces from 1963 to 1973.
Stationed at Moorebank, NSW a a parachute rigger.
Would like to contact Neville Dummett.
Nev, if you see this get in touch hey.
Regards
Rick Orlik
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# 113 - Rick Orlik - 10/08/2011 - 17:25 - City: Adelaide - State: SA - Country: Australia
Just went through Townsville brought back a lot of good times 1 RAR 79 to 85 had a couple of beers at the old haunts
# 112 - Denis Glacken - 10/02/2011 - 06:35 - City: Brisbane - State: Qld - Country:
A good interesting read and many memories returned. I first jopined 1 R A R in 1963 and then went to 4 RAR.; but I did return to B Company in 1967;after service with 4R.A R.Ihave MANY very fond memories of my service and the men who served along side me.I also have fond recall of Septimus, who we had to pass on our way back to our lines from theb boozer.
# 111 - Lex Eather - 09/01/2011 - 19:54 - City: Sydney - State: N.S.W. - Country: Australia