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Lest We Forget

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We won’t forget. I have to go now, but I’ll try and post up some stories about Canadian survivors of the Great War.

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Originally posted by ARCEL

yeah, let's not forget


damn, we shouldnt forget, whatever are we not forgetiNG???

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for some reason this Rememberance (Vetran's?) Day is making me

think of FightClub. I know I'm not supposed to talk about FightClub,

but the speach about us being 'children without a great war' and such.

I cant help but think how different our world and our lives would be

if we had a cause to fight against. Not some bullshit drama in the middle-

east but a real war against Tyrants like Hitler. There would be none of

this '30 year old living in Mom's basement ranting on the internet about

how modern movies suck' bullshit. There would be no 'Queer eye for the

straight guy' and no 'Jenny Jones' either. We as north americans have

become bloated spinless consumers with no real concept of 'earning'

your freedoms. I cant say I'd enlist tomorrow if war broke out, but if

I was in my granfathers shoes back then, you bet I'd be down.


oh.. here it is...


"Our generation has had no Great Depression, no Great War.

Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives." - Tyler

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'DASHER' WHEATLEY was born at Sydney on 13 March 1937. Educated at Maroubra Junction technical school, Sydney, he worked as a brick burner and machine operator prior to enlisting in the regular army in June 1956. He was posted to the 4th Battalion in September and then to the 3rd Battalion in March the following year; his first operational duty was with the 3rd Battalion in Malaya in 1957-59. In August 1959 he joined the 2nd Battalion and in June 1961 transferred to the 1st Battalion. He joined the Training Team on 16 March 1965 as a temporary Warrant Officer; he had been appointed Lance Corporal on 19 January 1959, promoted to Corporal on 2 February 1959 and to Sergeant 1 January 1964.


Arriving in Vietnam in early 1965 he spent six months with a Vietnamese battalion in Quang Tri province prior to being posted to Tra Bong with five other Australian Warrant Officers in October 1965 to relieve the previous group of advisers. From the Special Forces outpost deep in the enemy dominated Tra Bong valley, in Quang Ngai province, the AATTV and American advisers conducted 'search and destroy' operations. The advisers, housed in an isolated area to which access was gained by Caribou aircraft operating from a small nearby strip, were attached to a Civil Irregular Defence Group (CIDG) of Vietnamese and Montagnard soldiers.


Daily patrols were conducted from the base to a design which gradually moved the probes further outwards. It was on one of these patrols, on 13 November 1965, that Wheatley performed the actions for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross. The company patrol had split into three platoon groups and Wheatley and Warrant Officer 2 R.J. Swanton were with the right-hand group. At about 1.40pm (1340hrs) Wheatley reported contact with Viet Cong soldiers and soon after he requested assistance. Captain Fazekas, who was with the centre platoon, organized about fifteen irregulars and fought towards the scene of the action. He received another message from Wheatley to say that Swanton had been hit in the chest. Wheatley requested an air strike and an aircraft for casualty evacuation.


About this time the right platoon began to scatter and although the CIDG medical assistant told Wheatley that Swanton was dying, Wheatley refused to abandon him. He discarded his radio and half dragged, half carried Swanton, under heavy enemy small arms fire, out of the open rice paddies into a wooded area 200 metres away. A CIDG member, Private Dinh Do, who was assisting Wheatley, urged him to leave Swanton. Wheatley refused,and was seen to pull the pins from two grenades. Holding a grenade in each hand, he calmly awaited the encircling Viet Cong.



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