An Nhut, Vietnam. One of the casualties of a mine explosion being evacuated to Vung Tau by a 9 ...

Units
Place Asia: Vietnam, Vung Tau Special Zone, Vung Tau
Accession Number COL/67/0140/VN
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film original negative 35mm safety base
Maker Coleridge, Michael
Place made Vietnam: Phuoc Tuy Province
Date made 14 February 1967
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

An Nhut, Vietnam. One of the casualties of a mine explosion being evacuated to Vung Tau by a 9 Squadron Iroquois UH-1B helicopter (A2-1019). Between 13-14 February 1967 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR) were conducting a cordon-and-search (Operation Beaumaris) of An Nhut, a small village between Long Dien and Dat Do, when a mine detonated at C Company's headquarters during a briefing of C Company officers and senior non-commissioned officers. Five of the group were wounded and three officers were killed; Major Donald Bourne, the Company Commander, Captain (Capt) Robert Milligan, second in command and the New Zealand artillery forward observer, Capt Peter Williams of 161 Field Battery. The explosion was thought to have been caused by an unrecorded ARVN booby trap left behind when old barbed wire barriers were removed from around the village. Identified from left to right: 212969 Sergeant Ralph Hindmarsh, 8 Pl, C Coy, 5RAR; 47046 Lieutenant George Roger Wainwright, Officer Commanding 8 Pl, C Coy, 5RAR; unidentified (on stretcher); unidentified; unidentified; unidentified RAAF crewman; Captain Anthony (Tony) White, Regimental Medical Officer, 5RAR.