Moon; Mines.

Discussion in 'Other Conflicts' started by Cobber, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. Cobber

    Cobber New Member

    Most Australians know the words,
    "Frankie kicked a mine the day mankind kicked the moon."
    Yet what do we actually know of this?
    The day man stepped on the moon 3Ptn A Coy 6 Btn RAR were on their second 12 month tour of Viet Nam in approx three and a half years

    They were patrolling approx 2Km east of Hoi My, Frankie actually did not trip a mine, though he did i believe loose a leg, the Ptn Lieutenant and a Corpral tripped one M16 mine each. Both these men KIA also wounding 23 with 12 Returned To Australia (RTA) for advanced treatment.
    The M16 mines were taken by Communist Vietnamese from what was quaintly called "The Great Barrier Minefield" a long minefield placed by the Aussie Combat Engineers in the earliest days of Task force ops (1966). This mine field was used as a armoury by the Communist troops. And the mines from and in this mine field most likely killed and wounded many more Aussies than Vietnamese. Later tours found that many maps did not have it marked and as the years went by less and less new of it's existence.

    So on the day man kind walked on the moon people all over the world were fighting for their lives and even their very existence.

  2. Antipodean Andy

    Antipodean Andy New Member

  3. spidge

    spidge Active Member

  4. Cobber

    Cobber New Member

    Thanks for posting the links to the song "I was only Nineteen", originally sung by the band Red Gum.

    A haunting song for anyone, Probably even for the Regulars with multiple tours.

    I wonder how many conflicts were raging "The Day, Man Kind Kicked the Moon",
    This is not really the right site for such a discussion.

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