Dal Edward ABBOTT

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ABBOTT, Dal Edward

Service Number: 2786017
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR)
Born: Ashfield, New South Wales, 23 September 1946
Home Town: Ashfield, Ashfield, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Killed In Action, South Vietnam, 30 May 1968, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Terendak Military Cemetery, Malacca
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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Vietnam War Service

30 May 1968: Involvement Australian Army, Private, SN 2786017, 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR)

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Biography

2782017 Private Dal Edward Abbott
Killed in Action Fire Support Base Coral/Balmoral
30th May 1968 Age 21.

Medals AASM 45-75 / Vietnam Medal / ADM /ANSM / Vietnamese Campaign Medal

At around 8am on 30th May '68, 7 Platoon and 8 Platoon were approaching a well dug in enemy (NVA) bunker system in very thick secondary jungle when all hell broke loose with both Platoons pinned down by withering machine gun and RPG rocket fire. Dal Abbott was the Gun No2 in 3 Section 7 Platoon and it was his job to provide protection to the Gunner, to feed new belt ammo into the MG and assist with any stoppages The machine gunner, Pte Bob McLean, had a stoppage soon after commencing to fire a second ammo belt Bob was having trouble clearing the stoppage when Dal tried to help but when Dal raised his head to fix the problem he received several rounds to the head and was killed instantly alongside Bob.
"The enemy had the advantage and were moving to encircle C Coy. Meanwhile the remainder of C Coy was trying to extricate the two lead Platoons under fire. The timely arrival of some welcome Tanks from the FSB Coral eventually turned the battle around and Dal's body was able to be recovered.

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