STANCZYK, Henry John

Service Number: 44679
Enlisted: 1 March 1968
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 7th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR)
Born: Stade, Germany, 24 November 1948
Home Town: Royal Park, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Soldier
Died: Killed in Action, Phuoc Tuy, South Vietnam, 30 April 1970, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Derrick Gardens - Path 17 - Grave 922A
Memorials: Adelaide Pathway of Honour - 7th 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, Kallangur Vietnam Veterans' Place
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Vietnam War Service

1 Mar 1968: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 44679
16 Feb 1970: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 44679, 7th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR)
17 Feb 1970: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 44679, 7th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR)

Extract re Henry Stanczyk

'.......Stanczyk had latched onto me and Doug Peterson once we hit corps training. He was something of a loner—had some Polish blood, and a chip on his shoulder. Reckoned he’d only joined up to be a drummer in the army band, but they’d tricked him. He’d ended up in the infantry, and was dirty on the world because of it. He was a bit of a rooster though, and we let him tag along when we hit the streets of a night. He was good value in a blue, though he was more prone to getting us into them, than out of them…..' (from 'The War Within', Don Tate, Amazon Books)


The Death of Henry Stanczyk

Stanczyk was a mate of mine through recruit and Corps Training.
He joined 7 RAR and was killed in action in a rice padi.

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

"...44679 Private Henry John Stanczyk ...of the 7th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (7 RAR). Pte Stanczyk was deployed to Vietnam in 1970 with 7 RAR as part of the unit's second tour. (On the evening of) ...30 April, 1970 ...their platoon was setting up a night ambush position and came into contact with the Viet Cong. During the subsequent firefight, which took place in darkness and at close range, Pte Stanczyk was killed by an exploding grenade, which also wounded four others. He was 21 years old." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)


Four Australian soldiers have been killed in Vietnam, two during operations in Phuoc Tuy province and two in an accidental shooting incident during a sentry changeover at Nui Dat. Killed were: Private H. J. Stanczyk, a regular soldier, of Royal Park, South Australia; Private J. L. McQuat, a national serviceman, of Rocky Gully Western Australia; Private P. Earle, of Glenelg, South Australia; and Lance Corporal P. R. Goody, a national service man, of Monto, Queensland.

Army headquarters said yesterday that Private Stanczyk of the 7th Battalion was killed by Viet-cong rocket-propelled grenades during an incident involving the patrolling 7th Battalion and gunners of the 4th Field Regiment. Private McQuat was killed when the 8th Battalion came in contact with Vietcong. An investigation has begun into the shooting during an 8th Battalion sentry changeover at 2am yesterday about five miles north of Nui Dat. Private Earle died during the shooting and Lance Corporal Goody, who was wounded, died from wounds later at the First Australian Field Hospital at Vung Tau.

Four soldiers were also wounded in the enemy contacts in Phouc Tuy province. They are Private N. W. Cooper, of Wallsend, NSW (condition satisfactory), Private P. W. Lloyd, a national service man, of Kilsyth, Victoria (very satisfactory), Private M. D. Berry, a national serviceman of Ashburton, Victoria (satisfactory) of the 7th Battalion and Bombardier R. Hall, a regular soldier of Townsville, Queensland, a member of the 4th Field Regiment (very satisfactory). In the incident involving the 8th Battalion, Private B. A. Schaumann, a national serviceman, of Royal Park, South Australia was wounded. His condition is satisfactory." - from the Canberra Times 02 May 1970 (nla.gov.au)