THE VIETNAM VETERANS MUSEUM
This photo appeared in a local Broadmeadows newspaper
WHEN I WENT TO THE MUSEUM WITH MICHAEL THOMPSON TO PICK UP THE TOW ROPE WE HAD A LOOK AT THE NEW MUSEUM AND THE COBRA GUNSHIP THEY HAD JUST ACQUIRED
SOME PHOTOS WE TOOK THAT DAY
We were given access to the new museum, but had no one to pass on any info on the Cobra so my description is all guess work
Lots of mean looking armament hanging onto it though.
We had a free run of the place---she was BIG
A shot from the upper floor
I would think these were rocket launchers
Another angle on the Armament pods
A rather nasty looking cannon
I have no idea what this is
This appears to be the gunners compartment
From memory its completely separated from the pilots area opposite?
Looking into the rear of the pilots compartment
CENTURIONS OF THE DUTCH ARMOURED CORPS
These photos were sent to me by Dirk Goudberg
Dirk served in the Dutch Army as an Armoured Officer
Dirk on a trial crossing on a pontoon bridge across the Rhine
The markings on the tank are--T4 = The 4th Tank Battalion -- 4th Squadron.
3-13 = 3rd Platoon Tank No. 13
Squadron On Parade--The Commissioning Ceremony for new officers.
The barracks shown belong to The Red Hussars (Of Prince Alexander)
The whole Squadron filing past the above ceremony--Note the dust deflectors on the front guards
Centurions on parade at the Main Entrance
This old poster was sent to me by Matt McMahon---it is now preserved for history
The Centurion-MBT's of the Australian War Memorial
There are two Centurions in the care of the War Memorial, 169108 and 169110.
Both these tanks have great Historical Value and both served in Vietnam with distinction
They were both displayed outside the War Memorial building for many years and 169110 also was placed inside on display for a period of time. They were later both moved to a storage shed.
These Centurion MBT, that played such a large part of the Vietnam War, are no longer displayed
They could Hold Ground outside if there is a shortage of space inside.
169108 Being moved to storage
In the storage shed
Note the IR light in its carry cage also the .30 cal flex mount laying on the guard
169110 being moved from the War Memorial to a storage shed
169110 in the storage shed
A great pity these two historical centurions are locked away from public view
hopefully one will be displayed next year.
What a couple of weeks, the Auction at the Melbourne Tank Museum, A trip to Tongala, and a drive in 169040
Its taken a few months to get it all together, but this Sunday the drive was on. We had made the arrangements at the Tank Auction two weeks before and I was a bit worried as the weather started to deteriorate towards the end of the week. Saturday night it pelted down all night and was steady rain all morning. From about 7 am on I was switching from Phone to Dialup, expecting a call to cancel. But at move out time of 11 am nothing had been heard so off I went with one of my grandchildren, Jamie.. There was a break in the sky behind us but it still rained right up to about a mile from the tank. The break in the sky followed us all the way. We arrived with the rain stopped, wet and muddy, but the sky was clearing. It stayed that way till we drove out the gate on the way home. Some one up there likes Tankies I feel!
My Grandson Jamie, who came along for a ride.
Having a look over 169040
Time to load up a bit of fuel
Watching the liquid gold empty into the internal tank
Stu ready to have a drive
A neutral turn to line her up
Stu is away the ground was quite cut up - wet and boggy
One bank was not firing all that well and power was badly down, making it hard to achieve more than second gear,
in fact, first was also use quite a bit
She was blowing a bit of smoke--hopefully a plug change and a magneto check will help a lot
Stu just finishes a circuit.
Stu served as a Grunt but when he managed to climb into an APC he was sold
Looking at the photo you can see that look
Hell I made the wrong choice I should have gone to Armour
This is a common mistake made by many service men, my mate John Clifford is a prime example---he went into the Navy, poor bastard.
1st Armoured Regiment B Sqn 1969 -- Tour---Vietnam 2006
Photos courtesy of Bob Ferrari
War Museum --Hanoi
War Museum --Hanoi
Medical Cave, Cat Ba Island
Karaoke "We gotta get out of this place"
King Bob and the boys, Hue
Women vets (VC) Mekong Delta
Ken Wilson (ex B Sqn) surprised us by turning up in Vung Tau
Bob Ferrari Anzac Day with ex VC (Battalion Commander D445 1969 is on right
Binh Ba Monument on site of old school
Binh Ba Plaque (They, The "glorious martyrs", only record 53 KIA's)
War Memorial where Duc Thahn used to be
THE GUYS HAVE BEEN LOCATED
A few pages ago I mentioned the very kind act of a Vietnam Vet to my Grandson Tom when he presented him with a black wooden model M60 at the 2006 Anzac Day March in Melbourne
As I said at the time we were a bit stunned and I never obtained the guys names. I put the call out over the Website to see if I could find the guys.
Well tonight I received an email passing on a phone number and name. I then contacted Ken Earney, from Wheelers Hill in Melbourne, the guy that presented Tom with the M60, and was able to pass on the thanks of both myself and Tom. When the display case is made I will forward a photo to Ken.