Coming home after 42 Years

Extract from an email this morning

"You will hear of the return to Australia from Vietnam of the remains of Lance Corporal Parker and Private Gillson next week by RAAF aircraft and their being reuniting with their families in Darwin. Their remains will be received at Richmond RAAF Base on 6 June at an Official Ceremony attended by Minister Billson and with a Guard from their Battalion.

You will also know that the locating of the bodies of these men, as well as still ongoing research to find other Australian MIA in Vietnam, has been the result of the remarkable dedication, effort and perseverance to the task by a Lieutenant Colonel (OPSEC), a platoon commander in 1RAR's first tour and later a Company Commander and Operations Officer in the Battalion. He has had little assistance from government until now.

LCPL Parker is to be buried in Woden in ACT on 12 June; PTE Gillson in Melbourne on 15 June.

Royal Australian Regiment Association has been asked to assist in providing funds for a small wake at each funeral, to be attended by family and old Battalion mates. Government is unable to fund such expenditure. He sees an amount of $1500 for each occasion being appropriate.

I support his request and believe that we as the wider Regimental family, can demonstrate our support, sympathy and goodwill in this small but symbolic way as our two soldiers are returned to their own families at last.
May they Rest In Peace - and on the 12th and the 15th I raise a toast to 2 brave Diggers who came home a little late!

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