Other international conflicts
Wonga resident Bruce Craven was in Vietnam with 1 RAR second tour, 1968, at the Battle of Coral, May 1968, the largest ground action undertaken by Australian soldiers.
Just one soldier from Douglas district died in Vietnam (J Barrett).
For many of those who returned, the pain of an unwinnable, unpopular and unnerving war lingered on. Australian forces have sometimes assisted other nations maintain peace in different parts of the world.
Walter Gray, of Mossman, took part in peace keeping operations with the Sinai Detachment in 1983.
His role was helicopter maintenance.
Wally has been involved in the CMF and the RSL at Mossman.
We should not forget those who make sacrifices to prevent conflicts from reaching our shores. G Powell, P Tully, J Wilson and S Ziegler.
Three of these were in AAMWC (Australian Army Medical Womens Corps), including Sonya Ziegler (Edwards).
In the firing line: Bruce Craven in action in Vietnam