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.
Chaplain Ray Stachurski Administering the Last Rites to Private (Pte) Robert Buchan
Chaplain Ray Stachurski, the New Zealand Army Roman Catholic padre, administering the last rites to Private (Pte) Robert Buchan, D Company 6RAR in a clearing near the Company Headquarters. Pte Buchan was killed in action in the north-east corner of Phuoc Tuy Province during Operation Marsden and his body was brought in on a stretcher from the contact area. 11 December 1969.
1970 Christmas Prayer by Chaplain (COL) Leonard F. Stegman. Photo by Jay Kline, a Cobra pilot a Scout Door Gunner & Crew Chief.with the Scout Platoon, D Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. 1969-1970. Courtesy of Mike Gustin.