Dennis Edwin NELSON

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NELSON, Dennis Edwin

Service Number: 4718427
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2 RAR)
Born: Millicent, South Australia, 24 November 1945
Home Town: Millicent, Wattle Range, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Soldier
Died: Accidental , South Vietnam, 28 September 1967, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Memorials: Adelaide Pathway of Honour - 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment , Adelaide South East Asian Conflicts Memorial, Adelaide Vietnam War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Grafton Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Millicent War Memorial
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Vietnam War Service

23 Mar 1967: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 4718427, 1st Australian Reinforcement Unit, Vietnam
28 Apr 1967: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 4718427, 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR)
29 May 1967: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 4718427, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2 RAR)
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography

Dennis served with 1st Australian Reinforcement Unit, 6th Battalion The Royal Regiment and 2th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment in South Vietnam. He had been in country 190 days at the time of his death. 

"...(During an) exercise demonstrating Light Fire Team (LFT) support between D Company 2RAR and helicopters of the US Army 118th Assault Helicopter Company... to train the officers and NCOs of 2RAR in the control and direction of the LFT helicopters, marking targets and experiencing close rocket support... one rocket veered to the left and struck a group of soldiers from 11 and 12 Platoons, 2RAR. Pte Radomi, 2782440 Lance Corporal McDuff and 4718427 Pte Dennis Edwin Nelson were killed..."SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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