Kevin Arthur (Dasher) WHEATLEY VC

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WHEATLEY, Kevin Arthur

Service Number: 29890
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Warrant Officer Class 2
Last Unit: Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV)
Born: Surry Hills, New South Wales, 13 March 1937
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Maroubra Junction Techical
Occupation: Machinist
Died: Killed in Action, Tra Bong valley, Quang Ngai, South Viet Nam, 13 November 1965, aged 28 years
Cemetery: New South Wales Garden Of Remembrance
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Keith Payne VC Memorial Park, North Bondi War Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk
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Vietnam War Service

16 Mar 1965: Involvement Australian Army, Warrant Officer Class 2, SN 29890, Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV)

Dasher Wheatley

Kevin Arthur Wheatley was born in Surry Hill,s Sydney NSW, on 13th March 1937. He married Edna Eileen Davis (she used her step father's name, Gimson on the marriage certificate), in Sydney on 20th July, 1954.

Kevin died at Tra Bong valley, Quang Ngai province, South Viet Nam, on 13th November, 1965, and was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. The VC now resides at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Kevin's older brother Raymond Leonard Wheatley was killed by a ricochetting bullet during a training exercise at Puckapunyal, on 31st July, 1952. "The Army authorities had been negligent in testing a firing range on which Private Raymond Leonard Wheatley was killed on July 31 this year. Mr. H. E. Whiteman, acting coroner found. Wheatley died from the effects of a bullet wound accidentally received during battle practice." (SMH 30/08/1952, page 4)

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"...Warrant Officer Class II, Kevin (Dasher) Arthur Wheatley VC, a member of the Australian Army Training Team, Vietnam, (AATTV) standing on the roadside near Saigon. WO2 Wheatley was awarded a Victoria Cross (VC) posthumously for action against the Viet Cong. He moved a wounded soldier, WO2 R. J. Swanton, from the open paddy fields into a wooded area and remained with him knowing the Viet Cong were moving in on their position." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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