Stone, Gary John (Lieutenant Colonel)

Accession Number PR91/050
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 4 cm; Wallet/s: 2
Object type Diary, Letter, Document
Maker Stone, Gary John
Place made Iran, Iraq
Date made 1989-1990
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM371 90/0727
Conflict Period 1990-1999
Period 1980-1989
United Nations Iran-Iraq Military Observer Group (UNIIMOG) 1988 - 1991
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the United Nations Iran-Iraq Military Observer Group (UNIIMOG) service of Lieutenant Colonel Gary John Stone, Tehran, 1989-1990.

The collection consists of two wallets, which contain copies of a diary, letters, and an end of tour report compiled by Stone during his period as commander of the third contingent of Australian peacekeepers deployed with the UNIIMOG from 1989 to 1990. He describes patrolling the boarder and cease fire violations, makes recommendations for future operations, and writes of his faith in God.

Wallet 1 of 2 - Consists of copies of a diary, newspaper articles, and an end of tour report relating to Stone's service with UNIIMOG. The diary covers the period 11 October 1989 to 13 April 1990. Stone writes of his journey to Iran via Singapore and Dubai, his faith in God, training, patrols and operations along the border, playing tennis, his movements and perceptions of people and places, cease fire violations, refugees, of observing Christmas and New Years in Tehran, of how much he misses his wife and family, and of his preparations to return to Australia. The collection of newspaper clippings concern Stone's command of the Australian contingent in UNIIMOG and of the situation along the Iran-Iraq border. The end of tour report, written by Stone, details the operations and activities of the 15 officers from the Australian contingent to UNIIMOG, including details on operational support, personnel matters, performance, and recommendations for future operations.

Wallet 2 of 2 - Consists of copies of 24 letters Stone sent to his family during his deployment, copies of seven handwritten "newsletters" written by Stone and other officers and circulated to the Australian contingent in UNIIMOG, and a copy of signatures and notes of well wishes to Stone at the end of his tour. To his family, Stone writes of his arrival in Iran, impressions of Tehran, his duties, patrols and operations, describes the frontline and security situation, discusses the Iran Iraq War and the devastation in Khorramshahr, his periods of leave in Isfahan, Shiraz and near the Caspian Sea, his faith, Christmas mass, how much he loves and misses his family, and of his longing to return home. The "newsletters" include notes on operations and movements, humorous anecdotes, recent events, and notices.