Ronald Dean HOOD

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HOOD, Ronald Dean

Service Number: 4410911
Enlisted: 25 May 1965
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st Australian Reinforcement Unit, Vietnam
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 24 June 1942
Home Town: Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln, South Australia
Schooling: Mt Cooper School and Urrbrae Agricultural College, South Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, South Vietnam, 16 June 1966, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Centennial Park - South Australian Garden of Remembrance
Memorials: Adelaide South East Asian Conflicts Memorial, Adelaide Vietnam War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Hilton Australia's National Servicemen Memorial, Port Lincoln & District Korea & Vietnam Honour Roll
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Vietnam War Service

25 May 1965: Enlisted Australian Army, Private
13 Jun 1966: Involvement Australian Army, Private, SN 4410911, 1st Australian Reinforcement Unit, Vietnam
16 Jun 1966: Involvement Australian Army, Private, SN 4410911, 1st Australian Reinforcement Unit, Vietnam
Date unknown: Involvement

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Ronald Dean Hood was born on June 24, 1942 at Mile End to Marjorie and Leslie ‘Les’ Hood. His siblings were Murray, Meryl and Raelene. He attended Mt Cooper School and Urrbrae Agricultural College before returning to work on the farm shared by his uncles, Charles and Renfrey Hood. He was always busy, either working on the farm or performing odd jobs such as collecting firewood, milking the cow and working with the animals around the house.

Like many young men of that time, Ronald was very athletic, playing football for Pt Kenny and cricket for Colley. He was also known to be an excellent rifle shooter, being Colley Rifle Club’s (of which he was secretary of) best junior shooter. After competing in State rifle shooting competitions in Adelaide, Ronald won the Queen’s badge for the C-Grade section in 1962. With these skills, it was Ronald’s duty to clear the house of any reptiles that slithered inside; this brought peace to the women of the house who otherwise scrambled onto tables and chairs in search of safety. Ronald was often called out to neighbouring farms to perform this task, giving him a chance to practise his rifle shooting.

Ronald enlisted with the Regular Army on the 25th of May 1965, in concern of the Vietnam War coming to close to home and he wanted to do his part. After completing a signallers course, Ronald volunteered to go over to Vietnam; he was posted to the 1st Australian Reinforcement Unit.

On 16 June, 1966, Ronald Hood was killed in action in a rubber plantation at Phuoc Tuy Province after just 4 days in Vietnam; just a few days before his 24th birthday. When it was discovered he was the sixth Australian to die in Vietnam, a newspaper article was written in the Canberra Times on his death. Ronald is buried in the RSL section of the Happy Valley Cemetery in Port Lincoln. - Author Montana Foster

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