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Informal group portrait of four members of 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR) ...
Informal group portrait of four members of 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR) holding a framed pin up girl portrait. Identified left to right is 2781465 2nd Lieutenant Gordon Cameron Sharp; 311509 Captain Harold Iain Mclean-Williams; 6776 Major Harold Arthur Smith SG MC; and 43433 2nd Leiutenant Geoffrey Martin Kendall MG. 20 year old television cameraman Gordon Cameron Sharp was called up as part of the first national service ballot in March 1965. He underwent officer training at Scheyville and was posted to Vietnam with the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR) in June 1966. On 18 August 1966, 2781465 2nd Lieutenant Sharp was in command of 11 Platoon, D Company when they encountered a large enemy force in the Long Tan rubber plantation. Sharp's platoon was pinned down by the intense fire and suffered several casualties. Despite this, he continued to direct his men and call for artillery support. Visibility was hampered by the monsoonal rain and when he raised himself from the ground to better observe his position and direct gunfire, he was shot and killed. Gordon Sharp was the only Australian officer killed in the battle. His body was returned to Tamworth for burial.