Man re­calls day brother left for war in­Viet­nam

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

RAY Baines (56) re­mem­bers the day as a young boy he said good­bye to his older brother and SAS Sergeant Ge­orge Baines (left) as he left for the Viet­nam War.

“He gave me a Su­per­man kite,” Mr Baines said.

Sgt Baines was killed in Viet­nam on Fe­bru­ary 13, 1968 and a park was named af­ter him as a me­mo­rial in SAS’ Seaward Vil­lage, along with those for fallen Viet­nam War SAS mem­bers 2ndLieu­tenant Brian Jones and Cor­po­ral Ron Har­ris.

Baines Park will be used, and Har­ris and Jones parks re­duced in size if the Fed­eral Govern­ment al­lows De­fence Hous­ing Aus­tralia to use half the 22ha vil­lage for 165 civil­ian blocks.

“Now, 48 years af­ter his death, the only legacy to hon­our his name, Baines Park, ap­pears to be sold off to rich prop­erty de­vel­op­ers,” Mr Baines said.

Af­ter com­mu­nity op­po­si­tion, re­tired Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Mark Evans was en­gaged by the Govern­ment to re­view DHA’s pro­posal.

Lt-Gen Evans said his con­cern was to en­sure de­fence fam­i­lies had the best and most sus­tain­able homes, but he would not com­ment on the treat­ment of vil­lage fam­i­lies dur­ing DHA’s plan­ning.

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