Hu­mour, hon­our, in­tegrity and courage made him a real life hero

Townsville Bulletin - - Our Defenders -

BRAVE: Vic as a young sol­dier

DUTY FIRST: Vic at the 60th RAR an­niver­sary. He re­tired from the Army in Oc­to­ber 1975 af­ter 33 years and two months

The battle raged all night with 1 Pla­toon A Com­pany be­ing over­run by Chinese troops.

T h e p l a t o o n c o m m a n d e r Fred­die Gard­ner be­lieved that his pla­toon had been wiped out but at day­light Sergeant Ma­jor Ge­orge Har­ris gath­ered two sec­tions of men from the com­pany and at­tacked in to the 1PL pla­toon area and found Mr Sven­son still in con­trol with his force re­duced from 26 men to 13.

Dur­ing the night Mr Sven­son had thrown an in­cred­i­ble 52 hand grenades.

Years later at a re­union when acting Bat­tal­ion Com­man­der Benny O’Dowd was asked why he didn’t dec­o­rate Mr Sven­son and Sgt Har­ris, he said they were pro­fes­sional sol­diers do­ing what they were paid to do and didn’t ex­pect dec­o­ra­tions.

Fol­low­ing Kapy­ong in June, Mr Sven­son was pro­moted Com­pany Sergeant-Ma­jor and re­mained in this po­si­tion un­til the com­ple­tion of the battle of Op­er­a­tion Com­mando in Oc­to­ber 1951.

Af­ter his ser­vice in Korea, he was back in Aus­tralia teach­ing re­cruits at var­i­ous bat­tal­ion ar­eas.

From 1952 to 1954 he was posted to Pa­pua New Guinea and next ma­jor post­ing was Sin­ga­pore/ Malaya from 1960 to 1962. It was dur­ing this post­ing as part of the 1960 New Year’s Hon­ours Li s t t hat he was awarded an MBE at a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion.

In 1963 Mr Sven­son went to Ca­nun­gra to teach the first train­ing team to be sent to Viet­nam.

He was pro­moted to Reg­i­men­tal Sergeant-Ma­jor of 31st Bat­tal­ion Kennedy Reg­i­ment in Townsville in 1963.

In 1967 he re­turned to Pa­pua New Guinea and re­mained there on and off un­til 1972 when he was pro­moted to Cap­tain and Quar­ter Mas­ter of 1RAR.

In Oc­to­ber 1975 he was dis­charged at his own re­quest af­ter ded­i­cat­ing an in­cred­i­ble 33 years and two months of his life to the de­fence of our nation.

Mr Sven­son also lead a ful­fill­ing life out­side the de­fence force.

In 1951 af­ter re­turn­ing from Korea he met his lovely wife Betty on a blind date and when she put her hand un­der the ta­ble and squeezed his leg, he in­stantly knew she was the one.

They mar­ried af­ter a whirl- wind six week courts 1953 they started th with son Greg who fol­lowed by Narelle, Ca­role.

He was a ded­ica fa­ther to Trent, Tam Chris, Tim, Verus Tiana.

Mr Sven­son had a sp with all his grandc clud­ing Ben who h n e e d s a n d d e l i g g r a ndad’ s wicked hu­mour.

He was also a tower for the fam­ily when n beloved wife but bot passed away.

Mr Sven­son will bered for not only h in battle, but his t abil­ity to love and cation to friends an

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