Geoffrey (Rick) O'SHEA

O'SHEA, Geoffrey

Service Number: 18490
Enlisted: 3 December 1963
Last Rank: Signaller
Last Unit: 1st Special Air Service Squadron
Born: Southport, Queensland, Australia, 18 November 1946
Home Town: Mullumbimby, Byron Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Soldier
Died: Died of Illness, South Vietnam, 1 October 1967, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Mullumbimby Cemetery, NSW
Area: ROMAN CATHOLIC Section: G Sub section: Sector: Plot: Row: Grave: 5
Memorials: "The Rock", SASR Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Grafton Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Kallangur Vietnam Veterans' Place, Port Pirie Vietnam Veterans Honour Wall, Seymour Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk Roll of Honour
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Non Warlike Service

3 Dec 1963: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, 18490

Vietnam War Service

2 Mar 1967: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Signaller, 18490, 1st Special Air Service Squadron
2 Mar 1967: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, 18490

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Biography contributed by Deane Pye

Geoffrey O'shea Geoff (Rick) O’Shea was born in Queensland on 11 November 1946. He enlisted in the Army on 3 December 1963 and was allocated to the Royal Australian Signals. He underwent SAS selection in 1966 and was posted to SASR on 28 April 1966. Rick came from 2nd Signals Regiment with the rank of Signaller but transferred to the Royal Australian Infantry after completing SAS selection. Rick died on 1 October 1967 from complications of encephalitis which he contracted while serving in South Vietnam. Rick’s next-of-kin at the time of his death was his father.