Michael James NOONAN

NOONAN, Michael James

Service Number: 2787793
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR)
Born: Gilgandra, New South Wales, 16 February 1947
Home Town: Gilgandra, Gilgandra, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Manager (Spare Parts)
Died: Killed in Action, Phuoc Tuy, South Vietnam, South Vietnam, Vietnam, 13 September 1968, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Gilgandra Cemetery
(DVA) Official Commemorations: Grave Location: CofE/Row V/Grave 23. Also his Official Memorial Plaque - Memorial Location: Wall 10/Panel D; AT the New South Wales Garden of Remembrance - Memorial Ave (within Rookwood Necropolis - Adjacent to Sydney War Cemetery) Rookwood, Auburn, NSW, Australia., Garden of Remembrance, Rookwood, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Gilgandra War Memorial, Grafton Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Holsworthy 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment - Holsworthy Memorial, Kallangur Vietnam Veterans' Place, Port Pirie Vietnam Veterans Honour Wall, Seymour Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk Roll of Honour
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Vietnam War Service

21 May 1968: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, 2787793, 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR), Operation Hawkesbury
21 May 1968: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, 2787793

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Michael was a National Serviceman serving with 4RAR. 

"Private Michael Noonan, aged 21, from Gilgandra NSW, was the manager of a spare parts outlet prior to being called up for National Service in 1967. He was posted to 4RAR and sailed with the Battalion to South Vietnam in May 1968.

During Operation HAWKESBURY 1 in Long Khan Province on 13 September 1968, 7 Platoon entered a large enemy bunker system which appeared to be unoccupied. As the lead section moved among the bunkers they came under heavy fire from a North Vietnamese Army unit and in the ensuing fire fight, Michael was shot and killed." - SOURCE (www.4rarassociationsaustralia.com)