2784753 Private (Pte) Denis Enright (left), 2784013 Pte Graham John Leggett (centre) and 43573 ...

Accession Number P10105.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Colour - Film original transparency (positive) 35mm
Maker King, Elvon
Place made Vietnam: Phuoc Tuy Province, Nui Dat
Date made 28 September 1967
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright

Description

2784753 Private (Pte) Denis Enright (left), 2784013 Pte Graham John Leggett (centre) and 43573 Pte Stanley Edwin (Stan) Radomi (right), 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR) observing a live-fire training exercise. A smoke marker can be seen in the background. The exercise was demonstrating Light Fire Team (LFT) support between D Company 2RAR and helicopters of the US Army 118th Assault Helicopter Company. The purpose of the exercise was to train the officers and NCOs of 2RAR in the control and direction of the LFT helicopters, marking targets and experiencing close rocket support. During the exercise one rocket veered to the left and struck a group of soldiers from 11 and 12 Platoons, 2RAR. Pte Radomi, 2782440 Lance Corporal McDuff and 4718427 Pte Dennis Edwin Nelson were killed. Privates Denis Enright, Graham Leggett, 2784695 Thomas William O'Brien, 2783075 Elvon Charles King, 3787926 Viktor Winkler, 2782896 Wallis John Musgrave, 1731908 Allan Edward Baunach, 55219 Daniel James Heald, 18367 William George Field and 54179 Corporal Robert Graham Scruth were injured, some severely.