Alan Clarence (Rocky) BLOXSOM

BLOXSOM, Alan Clarence

Service Number: A111550
Enlisted: 8 June 1964
Last Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Last Unit: No. 9 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Rockhampton, Queensland, 31 July 1942
Home Town: Maryborough, Fraser Coast, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Killed in Action (GSW), Vietnam, 31 March 1971, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Rockhampton Crematorium, Qld
Wall 6 Row 7 Niche 2,
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Cawarral Cockscomb Veterans Memorial, Grafton Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Kallangur Vietnam Veterans' Place, Port Pirie Vietnam Veterans Honour Wall, Seymour Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk Roll of Honour
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Vietnam War Service

8 Jun 1964: Enlisted A111550
28 Sep 1966: Involvement Leading Aircraftman, A111550, No. 9 Squadron (RAAF)
28 Sep 1966: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, A111550
24 Nov 1970: Involvement Leading Aircraftman, No. 9 Squadron (RAAF)
24 Nov 1970: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, A111550

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A111550 Leading Aircraftsman Alan Clarence Bloxsom - 9 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force - Killed in Action from ground fire North of Nui Dat during a Dust-off - 31st March 1971 Age 29

"A111550 Leading Aircraftman (LAC) Alan Clarence Bloxsom, of Maryborough, Qld, the No 9 Squadron, RAAF, Iroquois helicopter crewman who fought a gun duel with Viet Cong (VC) guerrillas during a daring jungle rescue of Australian soldiers in Phuoc Tuy Province on 18 January 1967, is pictured behind his M60 machine gun, sitting in the helicopter on the landing strip at Vung Tau. During an operation in dense jungle country an Australian soldier was wounded, and the patrol called for helicopter support to evacuate him. LAC Bloxsom was the port door gunner, the helicopter was flown by O312600 Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) Kevin John Sharpley, of Sunbury, Vic, and the starboard gunner was A39888 Corporal (Cpl) Victor Edward (Vic) Williams, of East Brighton, Vic. LAC Bloxsom engaged the attacking guerrillas with his M60 machine gun and in the action killed two of the enemy. None of the Australians were wounded in the action. LAC Bloxsom was later killed in action on 31 March 1971, when the helicopter in which he was the door gunner was tricked into an ambush. LAC Bloxsom was fatally wounded and the helicopter was badly damaged by enemy fire." - SOURCE (