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The Tunnel Rats who paid the supreme sacrifice in Vietnam are resting in peace in capital cities and remote towns across Australia - and in one case Malaysia, where our first KIA is buried in Terendak Cemetery.

All of us knew some of these men well. We trained with them, went on Operations with them, laughed and drank with them. And because we worked in two-man, five-man and ten-man teams, in many cases, we were with them when they died.

As we ourselves are getting on in age, we should make an effort to “go see our mates again”. Even if those buried closest to where you live are men you didn’t know personally, visit the grave to pay your respects. Let them know we are still very proud Sappers, and that we honour them regularly and thank them for their service and sacrifice.


Other Engineer Corp fatalities of the Vietnam era

Sergeant James MacDonald

Attached to AATTV gunshot wound 7th Feb 1966

Lance Corporal Reginald Maza

Small Ships died in Australia 12th February 1970

WO1 Donald Stahl

Attached to AATTV died in PNG 29th Oct 1968

Sergeant James Ruddy

55 Eng Workshops Heart Attack 30th May 1967

Sapper Ross Clarke

1 Fld Sqn Injured in Australia (Plant Op) died in RGH Heidelberg 25th January 1971.

Sergeant David Waldock

55 Eng Workshops Died in Aust 26th June 1970

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