Man recalls day brother left for war inVietnam
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.