Australian flag from Hill 323, Long Hai, bearing a nominal roll of members of C Company, 3RAR, who took part in Operation Pinnaroo

Place Asia: Vietnam, Phuoc Tuy Province, Long Hai Hills
Accession Number RELAWM40126
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Flag
Physical description Cotton, Hemp, Nylon, Plastic
Maker Commonwealth Government Clothing Factory
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1966
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

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.PINNAROO. 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]
The white and red sections of the Union flag in the upper left canton bear the names, in black ink capital letters, of the members of C Company who took part in the Operation Pinnaroo. Those killed in action, wounded in action, or died of wounds are indicated as KIA, WIA or DOW. The names on the flag are as follows: Company Headquarters - Major Hands, Captain Stewart, Warrant Officer 2 Lapthorne, Sergeant Murphy, Corporal Chalk, Lance Corporals Snow, Ashworth, Heyward and Halliday, Privates Hill, Boxer, Janssen, Gledhill, Clarke, Scott and Wells; Engineers - Corporal McGregor, Sappers Walker, Pohlner, Paine (WIA), Speads (WIA), Coombs (KIA) and Tobin (KIA); 7 Platoon - 2 Lieutenant Applebee (WIA), Sergeant McPhail, Corporals Ryan, Fox (WIA) and Thompson, Lance Corporals Pitts, Mudge, Lowery, Little and Breadmore, Privates Hall, Stott, Huggins, Coles (KIA), Richardson (WIA), Clarke (WIA), Carrol (WIA), Williams, Pointon, Bessen, McArthur, Lewis, Harding, Pertini and Manning; 8 Platoon - 2 Lieutenant Anderson, Sergeant Webber, Corporals Walker and Hodgson, Lance Corporals Dorian, Jones, Payne and Rosenthal, Privates Thomson, Williams, Millman, Bagnell, Browne, Butler, Gall, Hallett, Lonergin, Lucas, Mugridge, McMahon, Orriss, Richardson, Stephens, and Shotter; 9 Platoon - 2 Lieutenant Fraser (DOW), Sergeant Ewell, Corporals Johnson, Mason and French, Lance Corporals Thomas (WIA) and McGowan, Privates Willemin, Fox, McCann, Olek, Ash, Cartledge, Drake, Drury, Grzegozewshi (Ski), Kuret, Millard, Wear, Wilson, Nicholson, Stanton, Pollard and Storer (WIA).

History / Summary

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'.