Australian Military Units
Major Ian Graham McNeill
Date of birth 1933-06-12 Melbourne, VIC. Other 1950 Entered the Royal Military College, Duntroon. Other 1954 McNeill graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon. Other 1955 Was posted as a rifle platoon commander to the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment then serving in Korea. Other 1957 Became a founding member of 1 Special Air Service Company as a platoon commander. Other 1961 Joined the headquarters of the Australian Army Force in Singapore. Other 1965 Joined the Australian Army Training Team, Vietnam, as a military advisor. Other 1971 Participated in the final anti-war Moratorium march. Other 1972 Joined the Military History Cell at Army Headquarters in Canberra. Other 1982 Resigned from the army with the rank of major. Date of discharge 1984 Joined the Australian War Memorial's Official History Unit. Other 1993
Published ‘To Long Tan’, the first official history volume on ground operations in Vietnam.
Other 1997 Awarded a Doctorate of Letters for 'The Team' and 'To Long Tan' from the University of New England. Date of death 1998-10-03 Died of a heart attack in Canberra, ACT. Other 2003 The successor volume to 'To Long Tan' was published as 'On the offensive'. McNeill was working on 'On the offensive' at the time of his death. Other 2012-04 The final volume ‘Fighting to the Finish', (completed by co-author Ashley Ekins), published and completing the nine-volume official history series.