Alan Lindsay Morrison (Major General, b.1927 - d. 2008)

Accession Number PR04503
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 1 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Diary, Papers
Maker Morrison, Alan Lindsay "Alby"
Date made 1968-1969
Access Open
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition
Description

Collection relates to the Vietnam War service of Major General Alan Lindsay Morrison, Vietnam, 1968–69.

Wallet 1 of 1 - consists of one typed memoir compiled from letters written to his wife Margaret while he was stationed in Vietnam serving as a Lieutenant Colonel with 9RAR. He has divided his memoir into 14 parts of which five parts have been included in his donation.

Part one is titled ‘To South Vietnam’ and dated from 8 November to 6 December 1968. This covers his journey to Vietnam and settling into Nui Dat.
Part two is titled ‘Operation King Hit’ and dated from 8 to 25 December 1968. This covers the cordon and search operation around the village of An Nhut, Viet Cong deaths, 9RAR first casualty, and Lorrae Desmond’s concert.
Part three is titled ‘Operation Boundary Rider’ and is dated from 26 to 31 December 1968. The operation is described as a dull and unsuccessful operation.
Part four is titled ‘Operation Goodwood’ and is dated from 1 January to 16 February 1969. Relates to Fire Support Base (FSB) Diggers’ Rest, contact with the enemy, the death of Sergeant Jeffrey Max Duroux and Allan Walter Graham and his wife Raelene’s subsequent suicide, FSB Julia, leave at Peter Badcoe Club, visiting wounded soldiers, FSB Jenny, death of Malcolm Ross McConachy, and an ulcer on his eye.
Part five is titled ‘Operation Federal’ and is dated from 17 February to 1 April 1969. Relates to his recovery from the ulcer on the eye, joining his battalion at Long Binh and Bien Hoa, moving from FSB Kerry to FSB Maria, battalion needing rest, pacification conference with American soldiers, and FSB Jillian.