Robert (Bob) Stanley Buick as a Sergeant D Coy 6 RAR interviewed by Greg Swanborough for 'The sharp end'

Place Asia: Vietnam, Phuoc Tuy Province, Long Tan
Accession Number F10632
Collection type Film
Measurement 14 min 32 sec
Object type To be confirmed
Physical description 16mm/colour (Eastman)/sound
Maker Petersen, Joel
Buick, Robert Stanley
Swanborough, Greg
The Notion Picture Company Pty Limited
Gentle, Victor
Place made Australia: Queensland, Brisbane
Date made 1 June 1992
Access Open
Conflict Period 1990-1999
Vietnam, 1962-1975

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright

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Sergeant D Coy, 6RAR 2 June 1966 to 14 June 1967. Scene 19 Take 1: Describes how he came to be in charge of 11 Platoon at Long Tan and death of Gordon Sharp, National Service Officer, ex TV cameraman. Made a break towards dark, in pouring rain with low visibility – loss of men. No real sense of ‘being done for’. Talks about 11 Platoon being highly trained under Harry Smith and Jack Kirby, CSM. Describes emotions as professional soldier and aftermath of battlefield. Used audio tape recordings to send messages home. Take 2: Describes intense fire of the battle and casualties, including bullet holes in clothes without sustaining actual injuries. Take 3: Shock and aftermath of battle – two to three days to retrieve all bodies. Take 4, roll 40: Recovery of 11 Platoon survivor, Jimmy Richmond. Little immediate medical attention until medics arrived. Talks about comrades in service – ‘mateship’ and bonding, especially in D Company. Describes condition and retrieval of dead.