Roman Catholic Chaplain With 1RAR, Gives Communion
Captain Gerry Cudmore, a Roman Catholic Chaplain with 1RAR, gives communion to Australian gunners and American troops, Bien Hoa, 1965. Fifty-five chaplains served with the Australian Army in Vietnam between 1965 and 1972. They accompanied men on operations, ministered to them in the field and often carried their ecclesiastical tools in a pack that hung around their neck. One chaplain remembers: Mass celebrated on the ground, on an ammo box, in D Company Mess at the Horshoe, on a table in a deserted VC hospital camp, at dawn on a deserted beach…Michael O’Brien, Conscripts and Regulars with the Seventh Battalion in Vietnam.