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Looking for Assistance
This is a long shot and I'm having trouble with my
steam-powered computer. Half the addresses above may be old so I need your
help in spreading the word.
I have been diagnosed with reasonably heavy asbestos
plaque on both lungs ( 8 years in steam boiler and engine rooms) which I'm
taking legal action against Comsec (Fed Gov. legal representatives) to recover
compensation for a lung capacity of some 70% for my age (73).
The case is being handled by Turner and Freeman in Perth
and I will be sitting in a room adjacent to my solicitor who will come back
and forth with questions and I guess offers from a phone/video conference held
with the defendants and her legal contact based in Sydney. This is planned for
I have been given a rough estimate (which I wont divulge
at this stage) but haven't a clue as to what Comsec are prepared to offer in
Do I take my solicitor's advice and go for a quick
settlement or fight on; for which I did to get TPI after 10 years of struggle.
Can anyone help as to what I might expect, or be entitled
to when compared to previous settlements.
Thanks in advance Brothers
Film Looking at Leeuwin
We have received advice from John Perryman who is a
historian with the Navy in Canberra
(John is also an ex JR) and he has located a film on life
at Leeuwin. This has been digitised and can be
accessed on the following link at the navy's web site. The film runs for about
10 minutes and is of very high
quality and gives a clear insight into Leeuwin at that time, you might even
recognise a few faces. I have
approached the reunion group with the view that the film be placed on the
reunion web site or at least provide
a link from there to the navy web site to access the film. I am sure you
will all appreciate John Perryman's efforts
in making this available.
I'd be grateful if you gave this message the widest distribution.
There is now a facility available which enables submissions to be made direct
to the Council at that site. If you are interested in matters affecting
the Defence community the site is quite informative. You can also talk
with me via this email medium if you wish (email@example.com
HMAS HOBART & UFO QUERY ......pdf
HEAVY OBJECT WEIGHTS
Huskisson RSL Sub Branch pension officers are trying to
compile a list of all heavy objects that sailors have lifted in the course of
their Naval Career.
We have some weights eg engineering tiffy's, some submarine gear but we would
like to compile a complete list. This includes all ships since about 1940
We would appreciate if you could forward this email out to all of your readers
If you are able to
assist with the following request
please contact Alex
Paton direct at E-mail Address:
The level of prostate cancer in ex-pussers is over the top, so get checked
out properly especially if you were on the Sydney or her escorts in 'Nam. Do
NOT rely on a PSA test, this is inconclusive, so don't end up in the same boat
as me. I was told I had an enlarged prostate with my PSA being ok, and after 8
months of agony, and 2 PSA tests showing nothing, I finally had a specialist
diagnosis and a biopsy, it was too late. Full blown terminal cancer. So for your
own good get checked out yearly! It might be a worry, seeing the doc put
the rubber glove on, but it is worth the hassle.
Pretty uncomfortable, but when you consider the alternative it's nothing.
It's great to find this site and seeing old oppos here, wish I hadn't
taken so long!
Irish is a ex-Greenie and is just 60yrs.
information or recollections of Harbour Patrol Craft activities in
at Vung Tau Harbour on 21 April and 30 April 1967.
During Service operations on Australian Warship (Carrier) HMAS SYDNEY
a small non-military craft (Sampan type?) was recalled as having exploded
after being on fire, also a small military type Patrol Craft (nationality
unknown) was recalled as being active in the same vicinity.
American military records of that time indicate no such type of incident with
any such Craft occurred as no information was recorded or considered important
enough to record during and around the time of Operation Market Time.
Declassified Intelligence from that date record “…heightened alerts
in place against Viet Cong underwater swimmers…some ships were content
to rely on local US Navy Boat Patrols for their defence…and use of Stun
comments or records of those times and events will help establish credibility of
recall and research for VIETNAM VETERAN.
Sampan Incident at firstname.lastname@example.org
True Blue Appeal
The Gallipoli Research Foundation’s True Blue
Appeal was officially launched in the Greenslopes Private Hospital Foyer with a
celebration of bush poets, and "billy tea, damper and cocky's joy (golden
syrup) on Friday 30 May. It was great fun and much appreciated by
patients, staff and visitors. The Foundation, established in 2005 as
a tribute to the veteran and war widow community, raises funds for medical
research carried out on the Hospital campus. For more information, please
go to www.gallipoliresearch.com.au.
The True Blue Appeal will run until Tuesday 30 September. The Foundation is very
keen to encourage community support for the appeal which is only in its third
Individuals or groups (clubs etc) are invited
to conduct a True Blue activity at a time and date that suits them between now
and 30th Sept.
Here are some ideas…..
· Get a few
friends together for a True Blue Barbecue, morning/afternoon tea or lunch, and
make a small charge for catering, or
your club to make one of your regular meetings a True Blue event
2 Boil the billy, pass
around the damper and “cocky’s joy”
4 Or, simply
pass the hat and request a gold coin donation
5 Conduct a True Blue
Raffle to benefit the Gallipoli Research Foundation
7 Wear blue for
the day, or if you're brave, spray your hair with bright blue hairspray!
The Foundation can help with promotional materials
including posters and brochures, receipt books (if required), media releases
Please contact the Foundation on 3394 7284 if you
would like to be involved or if you require additional information. Even
if you think your event will be small (just a few friends), the Foundation would
love to hear from you. Every True Blue activity will make a difference and
you’ll be a part of that great Aussie tradition – helping your mates.
Greenslopes Private Hospital
GREENSLOPES Q 4120
Ph: 3394 6776 Fax:
3394 7767 Mob: 0408 692 412
knowledge to find tomorrow’s cures, treatments and preventions, while
delivering future hope for those with diseases that are currently incurable.
HMAS Sydney Information Needed
I am an Advocate representing
one of your Ex-Sailors.
Recently at a Veterans' Review Board hearing he was knocked back on a pension.
The basic details are that as a 17 year old en route to Vietnam in 1965 he was
locked in the meat freezer for around four hours whilst checking the temperature
gauge inside the freezer during the middle watch.
The Services Member of the Board stated that there was an electrical emergency
release button inside the freezer, even though it was a manual mechanical
release arm and he stated that he never saw it or even knew of it's existence.
What I would like to know is:
(a) Was there an electrical emergency release button inside the meat freezer on
board HMAS Sydney in 1965?
(b) If not, then was there ever an electrical emergency release button inside
the freezer and if so when was it installed?
(c) Was there ever an emergency alarm button inside the meat freezer in 1965?
As an ARMY Artificer I can't
imagine that a mechanical release arm was also an electrical release arm,
although I can imagine there may have been an emergency alarm button. As I am appealing
this matter to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal an early response can be
posted to this forum or email me at
and please put HMAS Sydney in the subject box or call on 02 6680 2299.
Thankyou in anticipation.
Advocate / Pensions Officer
RSL Brunswick Heads/Billinudgel
A Vietnam Veteran needs our help
This link is about an Aussie Vietnam Veteran called Bruce "Skip" Eklom,
he was badly injured whilst riding to The Wall in America to pay his respects to
fellow soldiers who died in Vietnam. Have a look at it, and then, if you know of
anyone who you think might want to read it, could you please forward the link
on, and ask them to do the same.
see if we can get this out to as many people as possible.
Thanks in advance for your time and trouble in doing this.
If you are able to assist
with the following please contact
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an author with a major Aust publishing company, presently writing a book about
Derek Ernest Percy, ex RAN who murdered a 12 year old girl at Warneet in 1969.
He was found unfit to plead and is in jail for life, grounds of insanity. I
urgently need to hear from anyone who served with Percy at Cerberus or elsewhere
in the 60s. He was at Cerberus in 1968 but I need further details: his job, what
he was like, any stories, etc. Percy is a suspect for Beaumont children, Adl,
1966, Alan Redston, Canberra, 3 year old Simon Brook, Sydney, Wanda Beach
murders, etc. Everywhere the boat went, and he was on it, kids were murdered.
Please - if anyone can help me - I would so appreciate. Info will be credited in
book with your name unless requested otherwise, but please, it needs to be
My email address is email@example.com
Many thanks, all
[see also Guest Book]
JR 24th Intake Reunion
Been looking around your site and would like to add a link to our group
please. We are trying to organise a 40th reunion next year
you are an Ex-MOBI or know an Ex-MOBI - vintage 1962 to 1982 - living in or
the Maitland area could you please contact Nic Tatarinoff at
Wanted - Looking For RAN Personnel Loaned to RMN
If you are able to help
with the enquiry below please contact either Ian Pfennigwerth or Marty Grogan
direct at the following email addresses:
Ian Pfennigwerth - firstname.lastname@example.org
Marty Grogan - email@example.com
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writing project is a history of the RAN in Malaya and
between 1948 and 1972. From 1958 onwards RAN personnel were posted on loan to
the RMN to fill a variety of billets to assist in the operation and development
of the new navy. I've have decided to interview a representative selection of
personnel from the RAN and RMN of that period to get their views on how the
whole operation went.
has proven possible to track down a number of the officers through the Naval
Officers Club (of which I am not a member), we are having some trouble
tracing the senior sailors.
suggested you as the person most likely to be able to help on this.
difficulty is that we do not even have a complete list of who they were.
Officers are listed in the records and in the Navy List, but sailors were often
just referred to by their rank and category. I guess this is because most of the
correspondence on the files came from DNOP and not from DSP. I have a few names,
must have been many others, of both Supply and Engineering categories. Are you
able to circulate through your grapevine the news that I am eager to
interview a selection of the survivors to put their information in my book?
If you can help with this request please
contact John Raspe direct at email address:
I just need to ask you if you know anyone that may have
photos like I have attached of the United States and South Vietnam Navy Swift
boats, Patrol boats and or Coast Guard boats that came past or came alongside
the Vendetta during our tour of duty in any of the coastal areas of Vietnam. I
need copy's of their photo's if the owner will supply them (will pay for the
copy's if posted to my home address) because the one's that did come alongside
the Vendetta with prisoners etc is part vital to my DVA claim believe it or not.
Regards to all
PS It is not necessary that the photo's of VC prisoner
were taken from the Vendetta
I am helping one of your
Mates with his DVA claim. Aged 19, he injured himself at sea on a Destroyer and
presented at the Sickbay for treatment. He was written up on a Sickbay chit and
told to wait. Along came his Leading hand and ordered him back to his part of
ship. When he went to leave the "SBA tiffy" said to him, ' if you
leave without treatment, I'll tear up your Sickbay chit ' - which is what
happened! Obviously there is no record of him attending for this injury.
How you can help.
I need some statements from
independent persons to say that this sort of thing happened in the early sixties
in the RAN. I do not require full details as I don't want to cause grief to
anyone. If it happened to you or you know it happened to someone you know,
please Email or write to me giving as much detail as you want to. I would
particularly like to hear from any "SBA Tiffies" out there who are
willing to state that they were instructed to tear up AM209z forms if patients
Such statements will help
to achieve a just and proper outcome for one of your old shipmates in need of a
These days we should all
help each other - tomorrow it might be you who needs help.
. Nth Fremantle. WA 6159
contact with any gunnery types on Duchess
on her trip escorting Sydney to Vietnam
1971 re dva claim, or any crew who
remembers a star shell shoot that went
wrong just off Vung Tau.
"Jamie" Jimmieson ABQMG. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I thought this may help someone so I am
posting the link. Very cheap computers available only to people who carry
a health, aged pension or disability pension card. They are based in
Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane but will deliver Australia wide except for
larger items i.e. monitors.
Please share with your mates who don't yet
have a computer, but would like one.
website for ex-Greenies
To all the ex-Greenies out there in
cyberspace there is a new website that has been created just for us. You can
find it at:
(This link is now on our Links page)
Drop in say g'day.
Association is calling for HELP !!!!
We need a person (man, woman or beast) to
work in our Association's Office for 2 days
(1000 to 1400) on the week leading to our
General Meetings (GM), GMs are not less than
2 months apart - the next GM is 21st October
The job is to input data of all our
operations accounts of "INGOING &
OUTGOING" and set up the files.
This will cut down out cost for our annual
auditing and at the last GM meeting it was
passed to have this done.
So, if you can help or know some one who
can, please help us.
Please pass this request to as many people
as you can.
Anyone who remembers
Frank Simmonds chippy on H.M.A.S. Melbourne
1963-1964 and is willing to help in case
against Commonwealth please contact me.
Phone 92039399 or email Frank at email@example.com
Thank you to the
advocates who helped me with my claim. The
professionalism and confidence in the outcome,
which was right, most definately assisted in
an early settlement.Thanks again and hope for
the same results should they be required in
SERVICE AND EX/SERVICE VETERANS.
Volunteers and Health Educators - a Recipe for
Health and Well - Being.
are at the forefront of a program which is
aiming to raise awareness of men’s health
issues by encouraging Veterans in the
community to share the responsibility for
managing their health and well being.
committee members from the (Men’s Health
Peer Education Program), sponsored by the
Federal Government through the Department of
Veterans Affairs, Volunteer Facilitators now working to introduce their mates to the
benefits of adopting a healthier lifestyle, if
you are interested in coming to a meeting or
talking with someone, its a chance to help
yourself or your mates.
when we were in the Armed Forces, we stayed
healthy because our lives depended on it. That
hasn’t changed and staying healthy is
probably more important now that we are all
that little bit older, your wealthy if your
and Ex/Service Veterans and their Families can
find out more from Men’s Health Peer
Education website at www,dva gov.au/health/menshealth
by contacting Facilitators
Quartermaine on (08)94545065
Maher Men’s Health Educator Program
DEPARTMENT of VETERANS AFFAIRS Phone 133254
Promoting Healthy Lifestyle For Veterans.
Help required .... 3/8/03
VRB coming up soon. URGENTLY need to
make contact with RAN sailors who served with
me on the Jeparit between 10 March, 1967 and 4
June, 1967. Any help you could give with
this would be greatly appreciated. Email
and phone number 0413 654300
FORCES REUNION WEBSITE .... 5/11/02
The Armed Forces Reunion Website: http://www.ComradesandColleagues.com
has been running for over 6 months now, reuniting
thousands of current and
ex-service personnel and raising over £400.00 for
armed forces charities. It
is free to register and find out if any of your old
friends have already registered, so please just take
a minute to have a look at the site which is run by
ex Navy Fleet Air Arm tech', Mike Hosking. There are
no adverts, gimmicks or rip-offs on board, just a
quality armed forces reunion site serving New
Zealand, Australia and Great Britain.
(The above website address
is also in our LINKS PAGE)Top
MORTALITY STUDY .... 31/10/02
At the 3rd Vietnam Veterans Mortality Study
Consultative Forum on the 8th Oct. 2002, ESO's were
requested to canvas their organisations for NAVAL
personnel that may have served in Vietnamese waters
on the following ships:
1 Adams class
guided missile destroyers (DDG's)
2 Daring class
3 River class
4 32 small
Of particular interest would be COOKs, MEDICS and
ENGINEERS (particularly those who maintained water
distillation machinery). These personnel may be
asked to form a FOCUS
GROUP. Ideally from the
Canberra area. Focus Groups would most likely
be held in November.
Anyone who feels they meet the requirements and wish
to assist the investigation should contact:
Dr. Eileen Wilson
Research Study Section
Telephone: 02 6269 1110
HMAS LEEUWIN 14th Intake
Association .... 14/10/02
I would like to get in contact with
any one from the 14th Intake (January 1966 to December
1966) who is not receiving our Newsletter.
We have been able to get in contact with 140 of the
186 and unfortunately we have lost 13 others over the
If you are one of those that is adrift please contact
Terry Greaves, email firstname.lastname@example.org
and I will send you a copy of our latest newsletter
and get you up to scratch with what the Association
has been doing and what we have planned for the coming
WANTED .... 14/8/02
in urgent need of any of the following items for some of our
members. If you can help in any way please ring Paddy Peard to
arrange collection of your donation.
Items required are:-
(1) Kitchen table and chairs
(2) Dining table and chairs
(3) Washing machine (in working order)
(4) Video recorder/player
(5) Colour TV suitable to connect to video
Paddy on 08 9448 6441 or 0417187335. Thank you all for any
REQUIRED .... 9/8/02
Bence, VLSVA Dioxins Co-ordinator, has been studying
for some years the effects of dioxins on navy personnel who
served in Vietnam. She is interested in contacting the
sixteen veterans' who served on HMA Ships in Vietnam who
have children with spina bifida or cleft palate.
If you can be of any assistance to Yvonne, please contact
her direct at the following E-mail address:
cross motor neurone cells and cause many disorders"
ON THE 8-9 OF MAY 2002 I WAS BEFORE THE AAT RE MY
CLAIM TO HAVE MY PTSD ACCEPTED.. AFTER MORE THAN 3 YEARS OF SEEING
DOCTORS AND PHYCOS MY CLAIM WAS REJECTED EVEN THOUGH I AM
DIAGNOSED AS HAVING PTSD.. THE AAT WAS SATISFIED WITH TWO OF MY
CLAIMS,,HOWEVER EVEN THOUGH THE BOARD WAS SATISFIED THAT THESE TWO
CLAIMS MET THE SOP AS A SEVERE STRESSOR THEY WENT ON TO THE
BUSINESS OF EXPERIENCING A SEVERE STRESSOR THEY SAY
THAT AT THE TIME IN THE TRIBUNALS OPINION AT BEST I WAS
SADDENED OR PERHAPS HORRIFIED AT A LATER DATE..AND I DO NOT FIT
THE TEMPLATE OF THE DEFINITION OF "EXPERIENCING A SEVERE
I CANNOT UNDERSTAND HOW THE AAT CAN SAY WHAT MY FEELINGS WERE AT
THE TIME OR AT A LATER DATE,,THEY ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO DO SO.
THE DECISION IS POSTED ON THE AAT WEBSITE IF ANYONE WISHES TO READ
IT...THE MIND BOGGLES.
IF ANYONE HAS ANY THOUGHTS ON THIS PLEASE EMAIL ME, I WOULD LIKE
TO HEAR FROM YOU.
LANCELIN WA. 6044
EX 6RAR TRANSPORT BHQ.
LEEUWIN LADS REUNION .......3/6/02
Calling on 39th Stevo and Ramsey Division
Junior Recruits (April 1972) Attempting to organize a
Half a dozen of us found so far.. Please get in touch if you are one
of us.. Or know the whereabouts of any of the lads..
Eamonn 'Goz' Gosney email@example.com
Message for ex Vendetta crew...... 17/4/02
Hello, just making an enquiry regarding anyone who was on the
My Name is Robert McAlister and my reg number is R62585 .
Could they contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Message for Warren Jones (formerly of Tuart
Warren, please contact China Hammal at Leeuwin office on
93112719. If any member knows the where abouts of Warren could they pass
the message or let China know.
Message from Neil McLean....3/4/02
Road Runner's wanted? All those brave sailors whom entered into the
other world of Moran Division on 28th November 1964 contact John Glass,
e-mail toyman3L@bigpond.com John
is attempting to locate all the Road Runners and Admin Staff with the
possibility of a reunion.
Request from Phil Heeb....19/3/02
I am looking for any engineering personnel who served on HMAS KUTTABUL at
F M P . CPOMTP JOHN DOOLEY was the regulating CPO at the time, this was
Please ring Phli Heeb on 02-98334695. This is to help with a D.V.A. case.
THE VUNG TAU FERRY”
and Escort Ships
(VIETNAM 1965 – 1972)
Rodney Nott & Noel Payne
The third edition of this book, which contains a nominal list of all those
who served in the “Vung Tau Ferry” and her Escort Ships, has been expanded
to include the names of the Ship’s Army Staff, the crews of Jeparit and
Boonaroo and the RAN Band who toured Vietnam. It also records the composition
and dates of each Transport Task Force Group to Vietnam. Personal accounts from
sailors and soldiers who sailed in the ships at the time are also included. A
number of archival documents are reproduced, providing evidence of the threat
and dangers the ships and their crews were exposed to whilst in Vietnam waters
and the struggle to have that operational service recognised. The book includes
for than 50 photographs, charts and maps with most being published for the first
The book, published only in a Hard Cover high quality edition, is available
for $33.00 including PPH. To order your copy please complete the mailing slip
below and return with your payment to:
N & M Payne
PO Box 131,
Nerang, Qld, 4211
Please mail...............copies of “The Vung Tau Ferry & Escort Ships”
@ $33.00 = $............
(Please make cheque or money order payable to N & M Payne)
Subject: CPOMTP3* Laurie Horby
Laurie passed away in April last year and we are assisting his widow in
pension matters. He was also a JR but a few intakes after us.( Possibly Jan
1965) He served in HMAS Brisbane during a Vietnam deployment in 1969, having
previously served in Anzac and subsequently Sydney. Whilst a good mate of mine
from the eighties on I have little knowledge of his service and mates prior to
then, I served in frigates and he on the big
We are in desperate need of contact with mates of his, immediately prior to,
during or after this Brisbane deployment which will assist in his widows pension
Laurie Horby served on BRISBANE as a stoker throughout the first trip to Vietnam
If you knew Laurie, please contact
Tony (Pop) Pearson at email@example.com
Thanking you in anticipation of your assistance,
Name: Neil McLean
City: Wallaroo SA
How many of you receive a benefit from the DFRB or ComSuper? Are you aware
that a Senate Inquiry was completed in April 2001 in relation to (in the
main) benefits being indexed to wages growth and not the Consumer Price
Index as it is at present. Amongst other things the final report of the
committee was that benefits be indexed to wages growth and despite the
recommendation not one polly will commit to supporting the senate report, in
fact in the marginal seats they have failed to respond to the SCOA'S
(Superannuated Commonwealth Officers Association) requests for info. SCOA
have also been working with the various Defence Assn's in an attempt to
improve our lot. If you want your superannuation to support you into the
future, I suggest you quickly contact your local member. More info at http://www.scoa.asn.au/index.htm
and check out Whats New, SUPER TIME
I seek information from anyone who served in DUCHESS during her deployment,
in Borneo, during the Indonesian Confrontation.
I am assisting Brian Egan with his claim which is now due to come
before the AAT. Brian
needs supporting letters from those who served in the ship at that time
Brian needs supporting information on incidents
that occurred and the general conditions experienced while living on board
the ship at that time.
I ask if you could please circulate this as widely
as you can.
The mental strain Brian is going through is not good.
I have seen this during my visits to see him.
The added strain of going through the VRB and the impending AAT
hearing are adding to his anxiety.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Welfare Officer VLSVA QLD