Ronald Francis CONNORS


CONNORS, Ronald Francis

Service Number: 218554
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR)
Born: Middlesex, England, 18 September 1943
Home Town: Kalgoorlie, Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Soldier
Died: Died of wounds, South Vietnam, 25 October 1969, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Rookwood Cemetery & Crematorium
Plot CofE Row 15 Grave 3610
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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Vietnam War Service

18 Feb 1969: Involvement Australian Army, Private, SN 218554, 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR)

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Private. Ronald F. Connors, 26, of Middlesex, England.

In August 1969, during Operation Camden, C Company 5RAR was tasked to protect a United States (US) land clearing team (LCT) in the Hat Dich Secret Zone of Phuoc Tuy Province, a long-time enemy jungle haven and stronghold. C Company was based in the Night Defensive Position (NDP) of the LCT and patrolled out from it by both day and night. As the US LCT had a field kitchen in the fortified NDP, a C Company cook (Pte Ron Connors) was brought in to provide catering support to the C Company personnel located with the US LCT. 

When relieved of this protection task by another rifle company, C Company continued with Reconnaissance in Force (RIF) operations to locate and destroy enemy main force units in the Area of Operations (AO Mindy). Pte Ron Connors volunteered to go with one of the rifle sections who were short of men. 

Later, on 28 August 1969, during a fierce contact with the enemy in a well-defended bunker system, Pte Ron Connors was severely wounded by enemy fire. He was evacuated to the U.S. 3rd Field Hospital in Saigon but he died of his wounds there on 25 October 1969. 

Ronald Francis Connors is buried in Rookwood Cemetery, NSW.

Information from 5th Battalion RAR website