Roderick James SPRIGG


SPRIGG, Roderick James

Service Number: 5718122
Enlisted: 27 January 1971
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR)
Born: Merredin, Western Australia, 13 September 1950
Home Town: Merredin, Merredin, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farm hand
Died: Killed in Action, Nui Le, South Vietnam, 21 September 1971, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Western Australian Garden Of Remembrance (within Perth War Cemetery)
Wall 31 - Row I
Memorials: 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment - Holsworthy Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Grafton Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Kallangur Vietnam Veterans' Place, South Perth Wesley College Lynch Gate
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Vietnam War Service

27 Jan 1971: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 5718122
19 Aug 1971: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 5718122, 1st Australian Reinforcement Unit, Vietnam
10 Sep 1971: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 5718122, 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR), Operation Ivanhoe

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Served with 1st Australian Reinforcement Unit & 4th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment in South Vietnam. In country only 34 days. D Company 11 Platoon 6 Section 

"Private Roderick Sprigg, aged 21, from Merredin, Western Australia, was a farm hand prior to being called up for National Service on 27 January 1971. He joined 4RAR from 1 Australian Reinforcement Unit on 10 September 1971. During Operation IVANHOE in Phuoc Tuy Province, on 21 September 1971, D Company was assaulting a heavily defended enemy bunker system during the battle of Nui Le. 11 Platoon was moving forward in the assault with 6 Section on the left flank when the section was hit by heavy, sustained automatic fire from several mutually supporting bunkers. Rod and another 6 section soldier, Private Brian Beilken, were killed instantly." - SOURCE (