Ronald Arthur (Harry) HARRIS


HARRIS, Ronald Arthur

Service Number: 5410968
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd Special Air Service Squadron
Born: Mullewa, Western Australia, Australia, 14 April 1942
Home Town: Balga, Stirling, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Soldier
Died: Accidental, South Vietnam, 17 January 1969, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery & Crematorium
Memorials: "The Rock", SASR Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Grafton Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Kallangur Vietnam Veterans' Place
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Vietnam War Service

18 Jun 1968: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Corporal, SN 5410968, 2nd Special Air Service Squadron
18 Jun 1968: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Corporal, SN 5410968

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Biography contributed by Deane Pye

Ronald (Harry) Harris was born in Western Australia on 14 April 1942. He enlisted in the Army on 5 September 1960 and was allocated to the Royal Australian Artillery. He underwent SAS selection in 1966 and was posted to SASR on 21 October 1966. Harry transferred to the Royal Australian Infantry on posting to SASR. Harry came from 131 Divisional Locating Battery with the rank of Lance Bombardier and retained his stripe on posting to SASR. Harry died on 17 January 1969 when he was accidentally shot during a six-man reconnaissance patrol in South Vietnam. Harry, an indigenous Australian, was mistaken for a Viet Cong when returning from an observation post to the Patrol lying up point. Harry’s next-of-kin at the time of his death was his wife. He was the father of a daughter.