Other in­ter­na­tional conflicts

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - HOT PROPERTY -

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).

Photo cour­tesy of Bruce Craven

In the fir­ing line: Bruce Craven in ac­tion in Viet­nam

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