Australian flag from Hill 323, Long Hai, bearing a nominal roll of members of C Company, 3RAR, who took part in Operation Pinnaroo
|Title||Australian flag from Hill 323, Long Hai, bearing a nominal roll of members of C Company, 3RAR, who took part in Operation Pinnaroo|
|Maker||Commonwealth Government Clothing Factory|
|Place made||Australia: Victoria, Melbourne|
|Physical description||Nylon; Plastic; Cotton; Hemp|
Australian blue ensign made from nylon worsted, with a white nylon cotton hoist reinforced with hemp rope for attachment to a flagpole. Hoist is stamped faintly in black 'C.G.C.F. 1966 NYLON WORSTED FLAGS MADE AUST'. Over this has been written in black ink 'C.COY.3 R.A.R. OPERATION.PINAROO. SOUTH.VIETNAM. 8 MARCH-13 APRIL 1968 RESULTS 9 VC KIA [killed in action] (BC) 7 PW.[prisoners of war] 1 VC WIA'.[wounded in action]
This flag was raised by signallers of Company Headquarters, 'C' Company, 3 RAR, on Hill 323 in the Long Hai Hills, Vietnam, during Operation Pinnaroo on 19 March, 1968. The company had been warned for a move up the hill by foot through suspected minefields to secure a landing zone for the insertion of 'A' Company. The flag was carried up the hill by the signallers and raised on top of a high rock at the top of Hill 323. A note of interest is that shortly after the raising the flag, battalion headquarters received a request for ground clearance from a US warship lying off shore to enable them to shoot at a 'VC flag which has just been raised'.