James (Jimmy) DUFF

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DUFF, James

Service Number: 3799449
Enlisted: 13 May 1971
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR)
Born: Perth, Scotland, 21 March 1950
Home Town: Tallangatta, Towong, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Dairy farm/Saw mill employee
Died: Killed in Action, South Vietnam, 21 September 1971, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Mitta Mitta Cemetery, Victoria, Australia
Plot Presbyterian Grave 392
Memorials: 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment - Holsworthy Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Grafton Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Kallangur Vietnam Veterans' Place, Tallangatta RSL War Memorial
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Vietnam War Service

13 May 1971: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 3799449, 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR)
13 May 1971: Involvement Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN 3799449
13 May 1971: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN 3799449
18 Sep 1971: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, Operation Ivanhoe
21 Sep 1971: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN 3799449

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Biography

Private James Duff, aged 22, from Tallangatta, Victoria, but originally from Scotland, worked on a dairy farm and later at a saw mill prior to being called up for National Service in July 1970. He was posted to 4RAR and sailed with the Battalion to South Vietnam in May 1971.

Jimmy was a cheerful happy-go-lucky soldier who made friends easily in 12 Platoon.

During Operation IVANHOE in Phuoc Tuy Province on 21 September 1971, just prior to the battle of Nui Le eventuating, Jimmy Duff was part of a reconnaissance group led by the platoon commander looking for an ideal place to form a quick all round defensive position. After moving no more than twenty metres, the group came under heavy fire from an enemy bunker system and so withdrew back to the platoon and went to ground. At that precise moment an enemy RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade)round exploded in a tree above Jim, killing him instantly. More RPG rounds wounded the platoon commander and seven others.

Information from 4 RAR Association

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