Maxwell Lachlan RHODES

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RHODES, Maxwell Lachlan

Service Number: 2796378
Enlisted: 27 January 1970, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR)
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 12 December 1948
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Metallurgist
Died: Accidentally Shot, South Vietnam, 19 September 1971, aged 22 years
Cemetery: New South Wales Garden Of Remembrance
Wall 9 - Panel J
Memorials: 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment - Holsworthy Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Grafton Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Kallangur Vietnam Veterans' Place
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Vietnam War Service

12 Aug 1917: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 2796378, 1st Australian Reinforcement Unit, Vietnam
27 Jan 1970: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), Sydney, New South Wales
12 Aug 1971: Involvement Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN 2796378
12 Aug 1971: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN 2796378
9 Sep 1971: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN 2796378
10 Sep 1971: Involvement Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN 2796378
10 Sep 1971: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN 2796378
10 Sep 1971: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 2796378, 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR), Operation Ivanhoe
19 Sep 1971: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN 2796378

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Biography

Served with 1st Australian Reinforcement Unit & 4th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment in South Vietnam. In country only 39 days.

"2796378 Private Maxwell Rhodes, aged 22, from Sydney, NSW was a qualified metallurgist with a Bachelor of Science degree prior to being called up for National Service on 27 January 1970. He was posted to 4RAR as a reinforcement from 1 Australian Reinforcement Unit on 10 September 1971. During Operation IVANHOE in Phuoc Tuy Province on 19 September 1971, in the prelude to the battle of Nui Le, D Company received intelligence which was interpreted as indicating that perhaps two battalions of North Vietnamese Army regulars were as close as 500 meters from the company. This was later to be proven to be correct. Tension amongst the company was high and unfortunately 11 Platoon and 10 Platoon operating on different axis of advance, engaged each other and Max, a 10 Platoon soldier, was accidently shot and killed. A misfortune such as this is bound to happen in war and although a tragic event, no blame was laid as an investigation concluded that the terrible event had been caused by a series of adverse circumstances coming together at this particular time and place." - SOURCE (www.findagrave.com)

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