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4 Platoon B Coy 5RAR Reunion

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March 07, 2018

Members of 4 Platoon 5RAR (L to R) Anton Nieuwenhout OAM, Gerry Bruin, John Nyhuis, Neville Bryant and Bill Edwards at the RSL Memorial Wall.

Anton Nieuwenhout OAM, Mrs Jenine Richards (Daughter of Lieutenant John Caruthers KIA South Vietnam 24 Feb 1967) and Mrs Dale Dwyer (Widow of Pte Mick Dwyer, 4 platoon medic who passed away 2 years ago.) laying he wreath.

During the week commencing February 25, 2018, members of 4 Platoon B Coy 5RAR South Vietnam 1966/67 held their Reunion in Yarrawonga, almost 52 years after being deployed to a war zone in South East Asia.

Many of these men were the First National Conscripts as well as some regular soldiers who were sent to South Vietnam.
A small number of members and family attended the reunion with local identity and Platoon machine gunner Tony Nieuwenhout OAM hosting the reunion in his home town of Yarrawonga.
Many of the members of 4 Platoon were unable to attend due to health reasons.
The reunion culminated with a service at the RSL Memorial Wall in front of ClubMulwala at 11 am on Wednesday, February 21, remembering all those who served together during that period.
The short but moving service was conducted by Tony Nieuwenhout OAM with a welcome by Yarrawonga-Mulwala RSL Sub-Branch President Ian Summers.  
A feature of the service was the acknowledgement of those members who had given the supreme sacrifice along with those who had died since returning home.  
The wreath was laid by Mrs Dale Dwyer whose husband served as the platoon’s medic, and Janine Richards whose father was the Platoon Commander and was killed when a APC run over a mine, killing and wounding many others of the platoon and the company.
To complete the reunion, a dinner was held at ClubMulwala later that evening which brought to a close a very successful reunion of mates who served together in a South Vietnam 52 years ago.
The members would like to thank the management and staff of ClubMulwala and the Yarrawonga/ Mulwala Sub Branch for the way they looked after the group.

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