BANFIELD, David John

Service Number: 6709107
Enlisted: 1 May 1968, Puckapunyal, Victoria
Last Rank: Not yet discovered
Last Unit: 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR)
Born: Ulverstone, Tasmania, 25 December 1947
Home Town: Ulverstone, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Killed in action, South Vietnam, 21 August 1969, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Carr Villa Memorial Park, Tasmania
Monumental D6 No 138
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall
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Vietnam War Service

1 May 1968: Enlisted Puckapunyal, Victoria
3 Feb 1969: Involvement Australian Army, SN 6709107, 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR)

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6709107 Private David John Banfield was a farmer near the northern city of Devonport before being drafted in May, 1968.
On the 21st August 1969, during 'Operation Camden', his platoon and one other, were in contact with a heavily defended bunker system. As both platoons assaulted the position they came under heavy machine gun and RPG and 61mm mortar fire, forcing a withdrawal. At this time an mortar round exploded close by killing Pte Banfield and wounding his Platoon Sergeant Garth Wheat. The contact continued for some time with the majority of soldiers in both platoons being wounded.