Vietnam Veterans' Day
Our President Dr John Carroll was invited to speak at this
year's Vietnam Veterans' Day Dawn Service at Boronia RSL.
Vietnam Campaign Medal
WIN TV news story.....
A Short Report - from our New President, Dr John
Carroll, on his recent trip to Hobart to present honorary
membership to Stan Davis and
to visit the family of our recently departed member Bill Eggins.
Secretary's report - August 2014
Book launch of "The Search for HMAS Sydney - An Australian Story
Vietnam Campaign Medal
Vietnamese Naval Association of Victoria support awarding the
to HMAS Sydney III personnel.
President's 2014 Report
VALE - ex-WOMTP3* Bill Eggins
We regret to inform members of the passing of member Bill Eggins on 26
July 2014. The committee on behalf of members extend their sincere
condolences to his family.
A plaque has been placed on the Chapel wall.
21st of May 1940 to 26th of July 2014.
I am writing to family, friends and anyone who happened to cross paths
with Bill Eggins to inform you all of my Dad’s passing. Many of his
family & friends were able to visit on his final days, we left about 5pm
wishing him the best but the lovely nurses from the Whittle Ward called
at 8pm to say he was slipping away but he had quietly passed by the time
He left us after a short but ferocious battle with Mesothelioma
(Asbestosis) and in his own words “for those who have never been
checked, bloody well get it done now”
I know many of you have already been informed however Bills presence was
felt far and wide. He leaves behind too many family and friends to
mention. A funeral will be held on Thursday the 31st of July at 3.30pm
at Graham Family Funerals New Town, Tasmania.
Any thoughts or well wishes you would like to pass along can be emailed
to me and I will leave his Facebook page open for a while. Also any old
photos you may have would be appreciated so you can share with all those
who knew Bill.
His Wife of 47 years Diane can be contacted in due course on 03 6248
6244. We are not asking for any flowers but any donations you wish to
make could be supplied to Hobart Legacy, Cystic Fibrosis Tasmania &
we’re currently investigating a Royal Australian Navy Asbestosis support
Dad’s passed on & won’t have to 'blow soot' any more. Fair winds &
gentle seas, we know you have gone to a better place because you have
already done your watch in hell.
Apologies for not hiding everyone's email details, but if there’s anyone
I missed please pass this message along.
Grant Eggins (son)
Sydney - Emden Cpmmemoration
Our Association Secretary David Dwyer has been invited to
attend the Service to Commemorate the Battle of Cocos (Keeling) Island
between HMAS Sydney and SMS Emden on 9 November 2014, Cocos Keeling
Vietnam Veterans Day Commemoration Service
to be conducted at the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance on Monday 18th
All Vietnam Veterans, family and friends are most welcome to attend the
day and we would be delighted to see your Association Banner parading up
the Shrine forecourt. We also have the Royal Australian Navy Band
Melbourne supporting us this year and CAPT Stephen Bowater OAM RAN will
be representing the Navy on the day. There is also a Gunfire Breakfast
which provides an excellent opportunity for mingling with mates (new or
old) before march step off.
Full details in
the attached flyer.....
If you know the creator of the Crest, please contact:
FROM THE SECRETARY`S DESK 21.5.14
I would like to bring to your attention the change of date for the AGM
being held at the Naval Memorial Club, 36 Barretts Rd, Langwarrin Sth,
come in off Robinsons Rd.
Leeuwin boys reunite to lead Anzac Day march
infantry conscripts were often only 19, as Redgum's song reminds us. But
a group of boys who enlisted in the navy around the same time were even
younger - some aged just 15 years and 9 months when they signed up,
voluntarily, to be sent to HMAS Leeuwin in Fremantle for training. That
was 50 years ago, and the survivors of the 8th Intake at Leeuwin will
have the honour of leading this year's Anzac Day march through the
streets of Wollongong.
Email from Frank Benney
Just thought that we would
let you know that Laura has been keeping HMAS Sydney 11 and the
associations name alive in Ballarat.
Laura was asked to do a talk on
the 15th of this month at the RSL Ladies Auxiliary annual dinner which
of course she did on Thomas Carey and HMAS Sydney 11. It was very
well received and she wore her honorary membership badge with pride.
VALE - JOHN NEAL BROWN
regret to inform members of the passing of life member John Neal Brown
(Brownie) (HMAS Sydney II Veteran),
of Redcliffs Vic, passed away on the 21st of Feb 2014. The committee on
behalf of members extend their sincere condolences to Brownies family.
A plaque has been placed on the Chapel wall.
2014 RAN Cooks Reunion
The RAN Cooks reunion was recently held in Melbourne.
here for Speed Dwyer's report.
Click here for the tell-tale photos.
Seymour Military Heritage Weekend
The 2014 Seymour Military Heritage weekend is ready to go off
with a bang on Saturday 3 May and Sunday 4 May. The stories of military
life will come to life in a thrilling live event at the Australian Light
Horse Park in Seymour. For full details go to
GALLIPOLI ANZAC DAY 2015 BALLOT COMPLETE
The outcome of the Anzac Day Dawn Service ballot for Gallipoli
in 2015 will be known from today, the Minister Assisting the Prime
Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson,
GRANTS PROMOTE INDEPENDENCE AND QUALITY OF LIFE FOR VETERANS
Bowling green upgrades, kitchen refurbishments and bus trips to
reduce social isolation are some of the projects to receive $974,255 in
funding as part of the Veteran and Community Grants program, Minister
for Veterans’ Affairs Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson announced
Details for Anzac Day ceremonies are now on the website.
Elliott - In Between Laughter
Col Elliott has become one of Australia's favourite
Most know him from his many albums, television appearances, live work
and DVD’s... However, there is a whole lot more to this man, who's own
life story will surprise and delight!.
From a ten quid Pommie, to a life in poor working-class Melbourne...
In the stables at 14, to the Navy at 16, and sent to Vietnam at 17...
old enough to serve, yet too young to vote or drink. He writes a graphic
account of Gunline operations in North Vietnam. Still a kid, surrounded
by danger, and under fire. .
Life before show business, was as a Navy Sonar Operator and eventual
He spent his 18th birthday in Vietnam, as part of the rescue team, when
the USS Forestal lost 134 brave souls.
At 19, he was part of the rescue team that operated when the ‘Melbourne’
cut the ‘U.S.S. Frank. E. Evans’ in half ... 74 men died that morning.
Col’s early life is related with much humour and honesty.
And throughout the book, you continue to follow his journey, as he and a
rag tag bunch of unlikely heroes travel to exotic and often dangerous
ports, as a rough and ready band of wandering minstrels.
Through all of this, humour plays an integral part... This is a story of
survival and as a reader, Col gives you an insight into his battles with
depression, alcoholism and at just 37, a major heart attack. He regroups
and emerges unbeaten.
It tells of his rise through the tough ranks of Aussie comedy...
Many long and wonderful years of marriage, three daughters, several
grandchildren and growing.
This is an Australian story that covers all bases. Belly laughs, Aussie
humour, adversity, pathos, mate-ship, action and adventure. Col
Elliott's story will surprise many... An enthralling read.
For details on purchasing the book, go to
New pension rate effective from 20th March
White Cards and SRCA Clients
Sadly it seems that many of the people eligible for their new card have
not kept their contact details with DVA up-to-date... therefore, many of
these cards were returned to sender.
DVA have tried a few other methods to find the clients but there are
many yet to be located.
Pass this on and make sure your mates have updated their details with
DVA recently... the sad thing is many of them probably don't even know
they had one coming.
The best way to update your details with DVA easily, is to do it through
your MyAccount login or of course call them up on 1800 555 254.
Submariners 100 Year
Anniversary patch & sticker
Full details in the Clothing Store
100 YEAR SUBMARINE SERVICE, I SERVED
ANNIVERSARY PATCHES & STICKERS:
If you know any veterans who are not receiving a Gold or White
card or who are doing it really tough financially, please refer them to
Low Income Health Care Card website. Eligibility is spelled out in
the website. The important feature of the LIHC Card is possible
NEXT STEPS FOR GALLIPOLI 2015 BALLOT
42,582 applications were received from Australians planning to attend
the Dawn Service at Gallipoli in 2015, marking 100 years since the
landing of Australian and New Zealand troops during the First World War.
The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC,
Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, said the government’s contracted
ticket provider would now begin the process of confirming applications.
Can Do Easy
by ex-CPOCD Tony Ey
This story is based on numerous real life experiences of the
Royal Australian Navy's Clearance Diving Team 3 (RANCDT3), which served
in South Vietnam from 1967 to 1971. It is the author's intention to
provide a quite accurate insight into what it was like to be a serving
Australian Navy 'Clearance Diver' in South Vietnam during the late ‘60s
and early ‘70s. Their professionalism, their at times unconventional
behavior, their ever present sense of humour and most importantly, their
willingness, bordering on obsession, to confront life-threatening danger
head on, were all fundamental ingredients of what made these men stand
out from the crowd. For full details go to the
Malevolent Environment Now a Factor for PTSD Compensation Claims
There they are, infantry patrolling round the Long Hi mountains or out
from Tarin Kowt. They know there have been plenty of mine incidents
there. In fact they have a splinter team of engineers with them trawling
for mines or maybe there’s someone out front prodding with his bayonet
to clear a path.
And what about the sailor. It’s the Gulf War and the enemy threatens his
ship with Exocet missiles and chemical agents. He fears being trapped
below the waterline.
Mystery of the Unknown Sailor of HMAS Sydney
It is a mystery that has taken decades to unfold. And the final chapters
are agonisingly close to being told. Scientists just need one more piece
of the jigsaw in the quest to identify the remains of their mystery man.
They need a descendant of the sailor whose body was retrieved from
waters off Christmas Island, three months after HMAS Sydney was sunk by
the German raider HSK Kormoran in November 1941.
Read the full article.....
If you can help identify the sailor, contact:
South Vietnam Campaign Medal
The following is a transcript of the testimonies of John Carroll and
Fred McLeod-Dryden, of the Inquiry into the eligibility for awarding of
the South Vietnam Campaign Medal. This Inquiry was held at the Mercure
Hotel, Treasury Gardens, Melbourne on Friday 6th September, 2013.
RAAF CEREMONIAL CREST and the AUSTRALIAN ARMY RISING SUN,
now available - see clothing store
The link below will take you to the Emden website for the full story.
It has been translated from German
Iron Cross At Royal Australian Navy
To a certain unique event took place on 6 October 2013 in Sydney
Harbour: As part of the 100-year celebration of the Australian Navy
handed the inspector of the German Navy, Vice Admiral Axel Schimpf, the
Iron Cross, the "Emden" to his Australian counterpart, Vice Admiral Ray
Read the full story.....
Government Gazette - Notices of Investigation
a. exposure to ionising radiation; &
b. benzene exposure,
as factors in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
exposure to ionising radiation as a factor in Alzheimer-type dementia
New item - Woolly Pully added in the Clothing Store
Government Gazette - Notices of Investigation
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Alcohol Dependence & Alcohol Abuse
Drug Dependence & Drug Abuse
Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk in Seymour
- well worth a visit
Click here to view
Commemorative Plaque for Ronald MacDonald 1918 – 1942
(Article is translated from German)
The German Naval Association and the Embassy of the Commonwealth of
Australia were invited on Friday, April 19, 2013, for the commemoration
of the plaque of Ronald Allan Heffernan MacDonald, representative of the
members of the Australian Navy, in the historic Hall of the Marine
Memorial in Laboe in the county Schleswig-Holstein.
Under A Rising Sun
A poem, Under A Rising Sun, written by one of our members,
Laura Benney, aged 13, was read by me at the Anzac Day service at the
Seaford RSL in 2013. Laura's great great grandfather, paid the ultimate
sacrifice when he was killed on the Western Front in 1916. It is in
tribute to him that she penned these words.
Click here or
the image to view the video.
here to read the poem.....
Sons of ANZAC’s Vietnam Memorial Tour
In 2015 it will be the centennial of the landing at Anzac Cove and
coincidentally a significant anniversary for Vietnam Veterans, being 50
years since the deployment of our first battle group. That deployment
went on to last 10 years.
Statement of Principles concerning MYELOMA No. 69 of
2012 for the purposes of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 and
Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004.
You and Your Prostate
has been produced by the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA)
to assist members of the veteran community to gain a better
understanding of the complex issues and management options relating to
Completion of Review into the
Statements of Principles Nos. 28 and 29 of 2005
In Respect of Malignant Neoplasm of the Prostate.
Ships Eligibility for War Service