Biography

Birth date: 17 September 1920
Birth place: Australia: South Australia, Adelaide
Death date: 2 February 2003
Final rank: Major General
Service number: 72 - Korea, 1950-1953
DX852 - Second World War, 1939-1945
72 - Vietnam, 1962-1975
Units:
  • 2/3 Battalion
  • 1 Australian Task Force Vietnam
  • Darwin Mobile Force
  • 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
  • 1st Australian Task Force
  • 2/3rd Australian Infantry Battalion

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards : Commander of the Order of the British Empire

  • Unit: 1st Australian Task Force
  • Conflict: Vietnam, 1962-1975

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
  • Conflict: Korea, 1950-1953

Collection Items

Private Record (1)

Hughes, Ronald L (Major General, CBE DSO) PR88/086

Sound (2)

Brigadier Ronald Laurence Hughes DSO as Commander 1st Australian Task Force, South Vietnam 1967-1968 S03635

Major General Ronald Laurence Hughes CBE DSO (Rtd) as the brigadier Commander 1st Australian Task Fo S03139

Private Record

Hughes, Ronald L (Major General, CBE DSO)

SPEECH NOTES DELIVERED BY DONOR ON THE OCCASION OF THE BOOK LAUNCH OF LEX MCAULEY'S THE BATTLE OF CORAL. THE NOTES COMMENT ON, AND REFLECT, THE CHANGING ATTITUDE TO THE WAR IN VIETNAM AS PERCEIVED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PEOPLE OF AUSTRALIA

PR88/086

Sound

Brigadier Ronald Laurence Hughes DSO as Commander 1st Australian Task Force, South Vietnam 1967-1968, interviewed by Major Alan Hinds

Hughes speaks of his role in commanding 1st Australian Task Force operations, October 1967-October 1968, in South Vietnam; the enemy's tactics and weaponry; operations carried out in the northwest of Bien Hoa Province and the southeast of Binh Duong Province, April-June 1968; the morale of the...

S03635

Major General Ronald Laurence Hughes CBE DSO (Rtd) as the brigadier Commander 1st Australian Task Force (1 ATF), South Vietnam 1967-1968, interviewed by Lex McAulay

Hughes speaks of his role in the defence of Fire Support Base Coral, in the Bien Hoa Province of South Vietnam, during May 1968. A transcript of this recording may be available. For further information please contact the Sound section.

S03139

Timeline

Date of birth 1920-09-17
date of birth 1920-09-17
Other 1939 Graduated from the Royal Military College.
Other units 1939 - 1945 2/3rd Battalion.
Date of honour or award 1952 Companion of the Distinguished Service Order.
Other units 1952 - 1953 Commanding Officer 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, Korea.
Other 1964 - 1966 Services Attache Indonesia.
Other 1966 - 1967 Commander 6 Task Force.
Other units 1967 - 1968 Commander 1st Australian Task Force, South Vietnam.
Date of honour or award 1968 Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Other 1970 - 1974 Director Military Operations and Plans Army HQ.
Other units 1974 - 1976 Commander 1 Division.
Other 1976 - 1977 Chief of the Reserve, Army Headquarters.
Other 1977 Retired.
Date of death 2003-02-02