|This page comes from Rusty Morley, our brother
Tracker from Down Under. Rusty served with the 8th RAR (Royal Army Regiment)
in Vietnam. Thank you Rusty for sharing these photos.
That's Rusty on the right with the snake.
Rusty says: "The dog I trained in the photo was Cicero but he was taken off me 2 weeks before I left for Vietnam because the Army decided that we could take over Tracker Dogs already there. I was to take over Julian."
The photo above
shows Bill Hoban's Platoon Anti Tank and
Combat Trackers a week prior to embarkment to Vietnam.
One missing is Bill
- not sure why he wasn't there that day at Enoggera . " Rusty's poem: "
.Rusty says: "Bill Hoban's was my Platoon Sgt in Vietnam, I can see him now yelling in our first firefight, he pulled me back when we hit a bunker system and lost our first rifleman. What a nice bloke, I wrote a poem when he left us. He come to me on the 29 Nov 69 and said, 'Its your birthday - your 21, so take the day off.' He was in so many wars.
" Rusty's poem: "Thinking back at this point of time - Eight Diggers died by booby-trap and mine - Twenty eighth of February taken away - Remembered by Trackers to this very day - Sergeant Hoban the Trackers remember - Arrived in Vietnam the month November - Such a fine man we all had ever seen - Straight and calm tall and lean - A soldiers life and a job well done - At Christmas his Diggers received coffee and rum - Remembered by family and of his men - Our Sergeant a hero Bill Hoban awarded the B.E.M"
List of the members of the 8th Battalion killed in Malaysia 1967/69 and Vietnam 1969/70. Shown at Regimental Square, Sydney. Included is "15400 SGT W.J. Hoban BEM 28 February 1970" Lest We Forget...
|The card above recognizes the service of the Trackers. Thanks again to Rusty for sharing these images|
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