National Liberation Front (Viet Cong) flag : 8 Platoon, C Company, 5 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment

Place Asia: Vietnam, North Vietnam
Accession Number REL27023
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Flag
Physical description Cotton
Location Main Bld: Vietnam Gallery: Ramp: Task Force Base & Logistic Support
Maker Unknown
Place made Vietnam
Date made c 1966
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

Autographed National Liberation Front (Viet Cong) flag. The flag comprises a horizontal section of red and blue fabric sewn together and a yellow five pointed star sewn in the centre. Written in pen on the star is 'CAPTURED BY 8PL C COY 27 DEC 66', and the signatures of the following servicemen: 47046 Lieutenant George Roger Wainwright; 212969 Sergeant Ralph 'Rowdy' Hindmarsh; 3787070 Private Alan Richard Schultz; 3787182 Private David William Sharp; 213872 Corporal; Stanley Russell 'Russ' Quinn; 18170 Lance Corporal Thomas John Davern; 1411153 Private Lionel Allen Holden; 5713802 Private John Raymond Checkley; 1200362 Private Richard James 'Dick' Criss; 3411685 Private Frank Williams; 2782681 Private Brian Allan 'Snow' Wylie; 2782107 Private Robert Clarence Farrell; 19973 Corporal Robert James 'Doc' Urquhart; 3786720 Lance Corporal David Alexander Bryan; 3787022 Private Sydney Laurence 'Sid' Shore; 38080 Private George Graham Ball; 38198 Private Terence John 'Terry' Harris; 2781314 Private William Roy 'Bill' Cavanagh; 3786894 Private Robin James Lestrange; 2783635 Private Noel William Fox; 37171 Corporal Holger 'Curly' Koblitz; 2781590 Lance Corporal Murray John Claydon; 4717737 Private Hendrick 'Hank' Maalste; 2782141 Private Barry John Ledger; 2782097 Private David John 'JD' Allen; 3787200 Private Robert Colin Wright; 3787001 Private Darryl John McCombe and 2781461 Private John Hayden Searle. Written on the hoist is 'LT G R WAINWRIGHT'.

History / Summary

This flag was captured on 27 December 1966 by members of 8 Platoon, C Company, 5 Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment. During the Christmas and New Year truce period the Australian Task Force continued to conduct security patrols outside the Nui Dat base area. 8 Platoon, commanded by Lieutenant Roger Wainwright, was conducting one of these patrols along the base of the Nui Dinh hills when they encountered a small Viet Cong bunker complex which had been recently vacated. In searching the position the platoon collected this flag and a number of Viet Cong doctrine and training pamphlets. On return to Nui Dat participating members of 8 Platoon signed the flag as a memento of their service in Vietnam.