Ronald James GAFFNEY

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GAFFNEY, Ronald James

Service Number: 3793157
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 9th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment (9RAR)
Born: Mudgee, New South Wales, 2 February 1947
Home Town: Mudgee, Mid-Western Regional, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: National Serviceman
Died: Accidental, South Vietnam, South Vietnam, Vietnam, 16 December 1968, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Mudgee General Cemetery
Roman Catholic - Grave 473, Mudgee General Cemetery, Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Grafton Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Kallangur Vietnam Veterans' Place, Mudgee District Fallen Soldiers Memorial
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Vietnam War Service

13 Nov 1968: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 3793157, 9th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment (9RAR)
13 Nov 1968: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 3793157

A Friend From Recruit Training

I did my recruit training with Ron, we were in the same hut.

On a rare weekend leave during that time Ron, went with Ross Burris to his home town of Mornington to spent the weekend away from the army camp. It was to far for him to travel home to Mudgee.

When I got to Vietnam I was stationed at 106 Field Workshop and Ross at 1st Armoured Regiment LAD, both not far from the 9 RAR Lines.

When I first got to Vietnam just before Christmas 1968 I hunted Ross out at the LAD and we decided to go down to the 9 RAR lines to visit Ron.

When we asked to see him we were told he had been killed. This shook both of us immensely and I always remember the dreadful time and my mate Ron.

Peter Lucas

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Biography

Ronald was serving with 9RAR at the time of his death. He had only been in country 34 days.