Colin George (Sketchy) MOYLE

MOYLE, Colin George

Service Numbers: 62009, 62099
Enlisted: 3 September 1969
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: HQ 1st Australian Task Force, Vietnam
Born: Zeehan, Tasmania, Australia, 1 October 1949
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Soldier
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Vietnam War Service

3 Sep 1969: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 62099, 1st Australian Reinforcement Unit, Vietnam
3 Sep 1969: Involvement Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Corporal, SN 62009
3 Sep 1969: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Corporal, SN 62009
16 Sep 1969: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Corporal, SN 62009
17 Sep 1969: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, 9th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment (9RAR)
17 Sep 1969: Involvement Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Corporal, SN 62009
17 Sep 1969: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Corporal, SN 62009
19 Sep 1969: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Corporal, HQ 1st Australian Task Force, Vietnam
18 Nov 1969: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Corporal, SN 62009
19 Nov 1969: Involvement Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Corporal, SN 62009
19 Nov 1969: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Corporal, SN 62009
3 Sep 1970: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Corporal, SN 62009
1 Oct 1970: Involvement Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Corporal, SN 62009
1 Oct 1970: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Corporal, SN 62009
25 Mar 1971: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Corporal, SN 62009

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Col Moyle spent most of his working life as a soldier. He joined the regular Australian Army in 1969. After a short training period, he was sent to Vietnam as a reinforcement and was on operational service for eighteen months from 1969-1971 as a basic infantry rifleman. The Vietnam War (1955-1975) was fought between North Vietnam, supported by China and other communist allies, and South Vietnam, supported by the United States and other anti-communist countries. Australia’s involvement was from 1962-72.

After returning from Vietnam, Colin attended the Special Air Service (SAS) selection course, which he passed. The Australian SAS was formed initially as a company in 1957, and later increased to a regiment in 1964. This unit was modelled on the successful British WWII unit whose motto is ‘Who Dares Wins’. As well as drawing upon the philosophy of the British SAS, the Australian SAS drew upon the experiences of our special forces in WWII. These included the Service Reconnaissance Department, Independent companies, Coastwatchers, and the M and Z Special Units. More importantly, the ethos of the Australian SAS was to select soldiers that exuded the best of Australian character and culture. That is, resilience, mental and physical toughness, mateship, improvisation, a can-do attitude, accept a no nonsense approach to superiors, and a sense of humour, to name a few.

 

Following his two tours of duty in South Vietnam Colin served the remainder of his career with Special Air Service Regiment and retired from the Army as a Warrant Officer Class 1

During the Great WAR 1914-1919 Colins grandfather James Bruce McCulloch was the recipeint of the MM and two bars

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COLIN'S POSTINGS AND COURSES:

  • Recruit Training Battalion Kapooka New South Wales, Australia 
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