Noel ("Mad Dog") SMITH OAM

Badge Number: SA22465, Sub Branch: Hilton, Keswick & Richmond
SA22465

SMITH, Noel

Service Number: 39120
Enlisted: 2 October 1956, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Warrant Officer Class 1
Last Unit: Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV)
Born: Burnie, Tasmania, 25 June 1935
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Collingwood Technical School
Occupation: Soldier
Died: Stroke, Adelaide, South Australia, 6 January 2015, aged 79 years
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Derrick Gardens
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Peacetime

2 Oct 1956: Enlisted Australian Army, Melbourne, Victoria

Malayan Emergency Service

18 Sep 1957: Involvement Australian Army, Lance Corporal, SN 39120, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR)

Malaysia / Indonesia Confrontation Service

18 Sep 1965: Involvement Australian Army, Sergeant, SN 39120, 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR)

Vietnam War Service

22 Oct 1970: Involvement Australian Army, Warrant Officer Class 2, SN 39120, Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV)
24 Jun 1990: Discharged Australian Army, Warrant Officer Class 1

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Biography

Noel Smith served over 33 years in the Australian Regular Army and 7 years school cadets and CMF. A summary of his service is included in the photograph section.

He served three active service tours - Malaya, Malaysia/Borneo and South Vietnam. Noel served as a WO2 with the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam in South Vietnam from 22 Oct 1970 to Feb 71 with 4/54 ARVN Regt, Phu Loc, Thua Thien then Mar –Apr 71 with MAT 23,Quang Ngai, Jun71 TOC, 2nd ARVN Division, Quang Ngai and then Jul - Oct 71 , NOTT2, Phu Cat, Binh Dinh Province. RTA 21 Oct 71.

In addition to awards and citations for service with AATTV, Noel was also awarded the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Bronze Star). He retired as a Warrant Officer Class One having held numerous Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) appointments and unit formation and Command level.  He was perhaps most well known as RSM of the 3rd Battalion the Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR) at Woodside SA, from 1978-79.  His last unit was HQ 4th Military District at his retirement on 24/6/1990.

He served as a Sheriff's Officer with the SA Courts Administration Authority from 1990 - 2000.

Noel was a prominent figure within the AATTV Association, the Royal Australian Regiment Association SA and the ANZAC Day Committee SA. He was appointed Honourary Regimental Sergeant Major of the RARASA. The award of the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) was announced, shortly after his death, in the 2015 Australia Day Honours.

 

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