Keith Ivan DEWAR

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DEWAR, Keith Ivan

Service Number: 5715633
Enlisted: 7 February 1968
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: HQ 1st Australian Task Force, Vietnam
Born: Collie, Western Australia, 14 October 1947
Home Town: Collie, Collie, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Killed in action, South Vietnam, 24 June 1969, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Collie General Cemetery, Western
Plot Lutheran A85
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Grafton Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Kallangur Vietnam Veterans' Place, Tongala Cavalry Memorial Vietnam 1965-1972
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Vietnam War Service

7 Feb 1968: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), Lance Corporal, SN 5715633
19 Dec 1968: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Lance Corporal, SN 5715633, HQ 1st Australian Task Force, Vietnam
19 Dec 1968: Involvement Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lance Corporal, SN 5715633
19 Dec 1968: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lance Corporal, SN 5715633
24 Jun 1969: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lance Corporal, SN 5715633

Keith Dewar

Date of Intake 0/2/1968, NS Training 2 RTB, Follow Up Training HQ1ATF Royal Australian Army Corps, Basic Training Puckapunyal

Keith, aged 21 yrs. was an administration officer with the Postmaster-General’s Department when called up in February 1968

L/Cpl Dewar had been attached to B Squadron 3 Cavalry Regiment from October 1968 to January 1969 and had stayed on with that unit without official orders. He was killed when an APC detonated a mine during a land clearing operation in Phuoc Tuy 24th June 1969.
Information from Find a Grave Memorial

In March 1966 it was decided that the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) would be assigned to Phuoc Tuy Province and be under the Operational Control of a US Army Corps Headquarters, i.e. II Field Force Vietnam (IIFFV) based at Bien Hoa. For a number of reasons, especially its isolation from the populated areas, the location of the forward operational base for 1ATF was selected at Nui Dat while the 1st Australian Logistics Support Group (1ALSG) was to be located at the port city of Vung Tau, some 25 Km to the south west.

On June 6 2019, Collie-Cardiff RSL unveiled its re-coated and finished M113A1 Armoured Personnel Carrier recently in memory of Collie Boy and Lance Corporal Keith Ivan Dewar, who died in battle after his APC hit a land mine in Phuoc Tuy Province in South Vietnam in 1969. A group of volunteers, alongside Collie-Cardiff RSL president Gary Benton and vice president Grahame Old, Keith's brother Ron Dewar, and sister in law Margaret Dewar all got together recently to reveal the shrine in front of the RSL's APC, which is similar to the one Keith was killed in at age 21.

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Date of Intake 0/2/1968
NS Training 2 RTB
Follow Up Training HQ1ATF Royal Australian Army Corps
Basic Training Puckapunyal
Next of Kin at time of Service Mr & Mrs Dewar
Operational Service Vietnam
Medals AASM 1945-1975 / Vietnam Campaign Medal / ADM / ANSM / South Vietnam Star

Information from Nashos Nominal Roll

5715633 Lance Corporal Keith Ivan Dewar,
Headquarters 1 Task Force Age 21
Royal Australian Armoured Corps (RAAC)
L/Cpl Dewar had been attached to B Squadron 3 Cavalry Regiment from October 1968 to January 1969 and had stayed on with that unit without official orders. He was killed when an APC detonated a mine during a land clearing operation in Phuoc Tuy 24th June 1969.

Information from Find a Grave Memorial

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