Biography

Birth date: 17 September 1920
Birth place: Adelaide, SA
Death date: 02 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 : Distinguished Service Order

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

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

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

Collection Items

Private Record

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...

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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.

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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