1969, Undetermined, Poster, chart, other edition: United States Military Payment Certificate 1 dollar note: Private R J Barry, 6 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment [electronic resource].

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Published
  • 1969-1970.
Language
  • Undetermined

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Title
  • United States Military Payment Certificate 1 dollar note: Private R J Barry, 6 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment.
Other Creators
  • United States Government (Creator)
Published
  • 1969-1970.
Medium
  • [electronic resource]
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Summary
  • Issued by the US Government for use by military and civilian employees in US facilities in Vietnam between 1968 and 1969. This note was collected by 2788438 Private Richard Joseph Barry. Barry was born on 16 March 1947 in Sydney, NSW and was called up for National Service on 13 September 1967. He was appointed to 6 RAR's Anti-Tank Platoon, Support Company and trained as a visual tracker rifleman. However as the Viet Cong did not have tanks it was decided that the unit would adopt their secondary role as Combat Trackers using dogs. The three dogs the platoon used in Vietnam were: Marcus, Milo and Trajan. 6 RAR embarked aboard HMAS Sydney for Vietnam on 8 May 1969; part of 6 RAR's second tour of duty. On 19 May, the unit arrived at Nui Dat and was renamed 6 RAR/​NZ (ANZAC) Battalion to reflect the inclusion of two Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment rifle companies, two sections of mortars and two assault pioneer sections. The unit's Anti-Tank Platoon was placed under the command of D Company and worked within the Company mainly as a fourth rifle platoon. Barry's first operation was Operation Laverack, which commenced on 30 May 1969. It was a reconnaissance in force in the area to the north of Nui Dat and astride Provincial Route 2. It was designed to deny the Viet Cong the free use of the major communications routes between the west of Phuoc Tuy Province and the staging and base areas to the north east. For the first two weeks in June all 6 RAR/​NZ companies carried out continuous ambushing in their Areas of Operation. As of 16 June Barry's platoon had one contact with one Viet Cong killed but no casualties in the platoon. On 22 June the platoon moved further north from their original patrol and joined up with V Company (a New Zealand Unit) just north of the North Vietnamese refugee village of Xa Binh Gia. Their main jobs were patrolling, searching enemy villages, ambushing and following up enemy trenches with the dogs. On 30 June they were extracted by air and returne.
  • Sydney via Saigon on 3 September arriving in Australia on the morning on 4 September. Barry was formally discharged on 3 October 1969 having completed the prescribed period of two years continuous full-time service in the Regular Army Supplement.
Notes
  • United States.
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Language
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Standard Number
  • RELC02787.001
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