Ferris, Kelvin (Sergeant, b.1942)

Place Asia: Vietnam, Bien Hoa Province, Fire Support Base Coral
Accession Number AWM2018.657.1
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 1 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Digital file, Memoir
Maker Ferris, Kelvin
Place made Australia
Date made 2018
Access Open with exceptions
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition
Description

Collection relating to the Vietnam War service of 58692 Sergeant Kelvin G. Ferris, 102 Field Battery, Fire Support Base Coral, 1968.

Wallet 1 of 1 - Comprises a typed memoir, entitled '102 Field Battery RAA - Battle of Coral: Memories of a RAEME LAD SGT Gun Fitter', of Ferris' experiences during Operation Toan Thang I and at Fire Support Base Coral during the Battle of Coral-Balmoral as the sergeant of 102 Field Battery in May 1968. Ferris provides an overview of the strategic situation at the time of Coral-Balmoral before detailing his own reminiscence of the battle. He writes of the efforts to bolster the defences at Fire Support Base Coral, the efforts of 102 Field Battery to support the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, coming under close fire, sustaining shrapnel wounds, the significance of aerial support, the wounding of [53268 Staff Sergeant Rodney] 'Robbie' Robertson and, in the aftermath of the battle, meeting Prime Minister John Gorton during the latter's visit to Vietnam.