Robert BURNS

BURNS, Robert

Service Number: 4718097
Enlisted: 1 August 1967
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR)
Born: Stirling, Scotland, 25 September 1945
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Butcher
Died: Killed in Action, Phuoc Tuy, South Vietnam, South Vietnam, Vietnam, 13 September 1968, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
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Memorials: Adelaide Post Second World War Memorial, Adelaide Vietnam War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Grafton Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Hilton Australia's National Servicemen Memorial, Holsworthy 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment - Holsworthy Memorial, Kallangur Vietnam Veterans' Place, Pooraka War Memorial, Port Pirie Vietnam Veterans Honour Wall, Seymour Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk Roll of Honour
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Vietnam War Service

1 Aug 1967: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, 4718097
21 May 1968: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Lance Corporal, 4718097, 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR), Operation Hawkesbury
21 May 1968: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Lance Corporal, 4718097

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KIA serving with 4RAR. Roberts Burns was a National Serviceman. 

"Lance Corporal Robert Burns, aged 22, originally from Stirling, Scotland, was a butcher prior to being called up for National Service in April 1966. He then signed on as a Regular soldier in August 1967 and was posted to 4RAR and sailed with the Battalion for South Vietnam in May 1968.

During Operation HAWKSBURY 1 in Long Khan Province on 13 September 1968, 7 Platoon entered a large enemy bunker system which appeared to be unoccupied. As the lead section, commanded by Robert, moved among the bunkers they came under heavy fire from a North Vietnamese Army unit and in the ensuing fire fight, Robert was shot and killed." - SOURCE (