The Body of Private Michael (Mick) Alwyn Bourke, 1 RAR, is Farewelled at a Ceremony at Tan Son Nhut Airbase
The body of Private Michael (Mick) Alwyn Bourke, 1 RAR, is farewelled at a ceremony at Tan Son Nhut airbase before being flown back to Australia. Just weeks after arriving in Vietnam, 1RAR suffered its first casualties when Private William Carroll’s grenade pin caught and released as he leaped off a truck after the battalion’s first operation. The subsequent explosion killed Carroll, Privates Mick Bourke and Arie Van Valen, and an American, Private First Class D. Pierson. A further ten soldiers were wounded, including two Americans. 26 June, 1965.
Seaman R J (Ray) Butterworth, RAN (Royal Australian Navy)
Ordinary Seaman R J (Ray) Butterworth, RAN (Royal Australian Navy) , was killed by the US attack on the HMAS (Her Majesty's Australian ship) Hobart. Photo by Peter Manoel. 1. http://www.gunplot.net/main/content/hmas-hobart-attacked-vietnam-1968; 2. http://www.navy.gov.au/hmas-hobart-ii