Phillip Ness ("Doc" ) DOBSON MID

DOBSON, Phillip Ness

Service Number: 37822
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR)
Born: Carlton, Victoria, Australia, 17 May 1941
Home Town: Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Soldier
Died: Natural causes, Stroke, Ipswich, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 10 July 2016, aged 75 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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Vietnam War Service

4 Jun 1966: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Corporal, SN 37822, 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR)
4 Jun 1966: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Corporal, SN 37822
18 Aug 1966: Involvement SN 37822
18 Aug 1966: Honoured Mention in Dispatches, Long Tan, Philip "Doc" DOBSON was the D Company Medic at Long Tan

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Biography contributed by Graham Kevin Jackson

Phillip DOBSON was born in Carlton, Victoria, Australia, on the 17th May 1941 and attended School in Victoria.

Phillip enlisted into the Australian Army for service in Vietnam with the service number 37822 at the rank of Private.

Assigned to Australian Army Medical Corps, he became known very quickly as “Doc” DOBSON in his service with  the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment as apart of 1 Australian Task Force in 1966. 

“Doc's" commenced his service in Vietnam on the 4th June 1966, and 3 months later would be involved in Action at the Battle of Long Tan on the 18th August 1966 with the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, D Company. 

"Doc" Dobson won fame and the eternal gratitude of the comrades he attended,  for his role as Company Medic during the Battle of Long Tan, when he tended to rapidly mounting casualties among the men of D Company 6 RAR as the battle developed.  He did so in appalling conditions of rain and later darkness.  None of the men who made it to his care subsequently died - a remarkable achievment.  A modest unassuming man whose account of the battle as told in the documentary that is featured on the campaign page, is well worth watching.  He was awarded a Mention in Despatches for his work that day.

Doc completed his tour of duty on the 2nd April 1967 and returned to Australia.

Corporal “Doc” DOBSON passed away in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia on the 10 July 2016 at the age of 75.


Thanks to Graham Jackson for this extract.

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