Robert Bruce MILLIGAN

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MILLIGAN, Robert Bruce

Service Number: 29635
Enlisted: 2 August 1956
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR)
Born: Taree, New South Wales, Australia , 16 July 1936
Home Town: Petersham, Marrickville, New South Wales
Schooling: Taree High School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Army Officer
Died: Killed In Action, South Vietnam, South Vietnam, Vietnam, 14 February 1967, aged 30 years
Cemetery: Macquarie Park Cemetery & Crematorium
General Lawn - Row 17 - Grave 54, Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium, Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Grafton Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Kallangur Vietnam Veterans' Place, Officer Cadet School Portsea Memorial, Taree Honour Rolls
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Non Warlike Service

2 Aug 1956: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2)

Vietnam War Service

22 Apr 1966: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Captain, SN 29635, 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR)
22 Apr 1966: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Captain, SN 29635, 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR)
22 Apr 1966: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Captain, SN 29635

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Dux of his class at Officer Cadet School Portsea

Served with Pacific Islands Regiment, (PIR) Papua New Guinea as a Lieutenant.

Captain Bob Milligan was 2IC C Company 5RAR when killed in a mine incident at  Xa An Nhut village Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam.

On 13 February 1967, during operation Operation Beaumaris,C Company together with B Company deployed to a jungle area south of An Nhut as a ruse to indicate that operations were to be conducted in the nearby Long Hai Hills.  During the night of 13/14 February the two companies quietly moved into cordon positions on the south and western side of An Nhut village.  At about 9.00 AM, the officer commanding C Company, Major Don Bourne held an orders group to coordinate activities for the search of the village. When the group dispersed, a mine was detonated which killed Major Bourne, the company 2IC Captain Bob Milligan and the artillery forward observer ,New Zealand Officer Captain Peter Williams.

Peter was a member of 161 Battery, Royal New Zealand Artillery and joined C Company at very short notice as the artillery forward observer.  The usual forward observer had suffered an injury and could not participate in the operation.

 Five other members of C Company were wounded-in-action.  

 There is a small memorial to Bob at the Taree High School New South Wales as well as at the Taree War Memorial

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