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Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch

BACKGROUND
The Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans (DViets) is an affiliated sub branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (Vic) and was formed in 1999.

The sub branch operates from the Greensborough RSL as its host RSL, which is very supportive of the DViets by providing meeting facilities and an area for the sub branch to carry out its activities.

Members meet each Friday from 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm for an informal gathering to exchange news and views. Whilst we generally meet at Greensborough RSL, on the 3rd Friday each month we travel to Montmorency-Eltham RSL.
Partners are most welcome and encouraged to attend on the Fridays and, indeed, at any of our functions.

The sub branch has around 200+ financial members and partners; all the male members are ex-servicemen that served in Vietnam during the Vietnam conflict.

AIMS
The aims of the sub branch are identical to the aims of the VVAA i.e. the welfare of veterans and the families of veterans.

ACTIVITIES
The sub branch is very active in the ex-serviceman community and in the general community as a whole and is involved in:

• assisting in provision of welfare services for veterans,
• supporting and providing assistance to the Austin Repatriation Hospital,
• providing support for Vietnam Veterans Day appeal,
• organising and providing regular welfare activities for all members.

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Contact Information

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PO Box 542 Greensborough Victoria 3088
phone
+61 0432 631413

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A collection of memorabilia from the Vietnam conflict largely donated and/or lent by members of the sub branch; includes details of the sub branch assets; includes a picture gallery of members' functions. The collection dates from mid-1960's to current date and continuing. Items include army gear as used in Vietnam; pictures/newspaper cuttings; books; flag;, vehicle models; aircraft models; replica weapons; and other associated memorabilia. Collection includes pictures of Sub Branch activities since formation in 1999. Collection includes Sub Branch assets eg Honour Boards, flags.

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Honour Roll - Honour Roll, Vietnam

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Rectangular Honour Roll of the 521 Australian soldiers killed while In Service; picture embedded onto the Honour Roll of an assembly of soldiers at the Long Tan Cross, Vietnam.

Historical information

A listing by name of the 521 Australian Soldiers killed whist In Service; the recognition of those who paid the Supreme Sacrifice is the cornerstone of The Ode which is recited at all formal gathering of Vietnam Veterans.

Significance

A reverent recollection of those who paid the Supreme Sacrifice even if the individual has no personal knowledge of those who died.

Inscriptions & Markings

A brief description of the Battle of Long Tan is underneath the picture of the Long Tan Cross; names of all 521 Australian soldiers killed whilst In Service makes up the Honour Roll.

Back Pack and Webbing Kit

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Standard issue of infantry back pack and webbing kit for carrying of day-to-day needs whist on patrol or other duties. Contents included, but not limited to (and In no particular order): food, clothing, cooking utensils, water, spare ammunition, arms, maintenance tools, hutchie/mosquito net, personal items, machete,Two pieces in total.

Historical information

The back pack and webbing was the infantry soldiers 'house on feet'; whilst on patrol, he carried all that was required for days/weeks at a time with some re-supplies during the course of time sometimes; it was common practice to slide into the backpack whilst prone on the ground and then slowly turn and rise to standing as the most convenient of loading up.

Significance

Despite the effort required to patrol long distances with a heavy load, many soldiers had a close affinity with the backpack and webbing as it provided him with comefort and necessities during an Operation.

Inscriptions & Markings

Donors name "Langley"

Photo - DViets, Govenor, Kangaroo Ground, 2001

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Photo, framed, brown frame.

Historical information

Meeting of DViets and Governor at Kangaroo Ground; purpose unknown.

Significance

Photo illustrates that VVAA (Vic) sub branches enjoyed a close relationship with higher government bodies and other elements of government.

Inscriptions & Markings

Photo Heading: "DViets and the Governor, Kangaroo Ground, 2001"; names list of people in photo.

Bottle - Muscat, commemmorating DViets 5th Anniversary

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Bottle of Muscat commemorating Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch 5th Anniversary. Clay bottle; xx ml; xx colour with xx coloured top.

Historical information

Bottle of Muscat issued in 2004 to celebrate 5th Anniversary of the Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch.

Significance

Historical evidence of a portion of the journey of the Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch since inception in 1999.

Inscriptions & Markings

Large Vietnam Veterans Association logo fills the front of bottle; Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans and 5th Anniversary DViets Muscat 2004 fills rear of bottle. Markings on the base: Blackdog Creek, Chiltern Valley, Vic.

Photo - Vietnam Veteran, Geoff Maple, 1971

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Photo, Framed, wooden.

Historical information

Photo - "The Vietnam Veteran - Buggered but Never Beaten"- Geoff Maple, 4RAR, 1971

Significance

Depiction of the infantry soldiers struggle in Vietnam.

Inscriptions & Markings

"The Vietnam Veteran - Buggered but Never Beaten"- Geoff Maple, 4RAR, 1971

Book, Hardcover - Remembering Our Fallen Heroes

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Hardcover book

Historical information

Comprehensive book about Australia's participation in the Vietnam war from the (then) South Vietnamese perspective. Also pays homage to the 521 Australian Soldiers killed in Vietnam during the war.

Significance

A significant and comprehensive description of gratitude from the (South) Vietnamese community in Victoria, Australia; detailing the 521 Australians killed whilst in Vietnam and the special place these soldiers hold in the hearts and minds of the local Vietnamese community.

White Cross, Fitzpatrick

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

White cross with name and service number printed; red poppy attached.

Historical information

One of 521 crosses placed in lawns of The Shrine, Melbourne, on 18th August 2016 as part of Victoria's 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan - each cross carries the name of an Australian soldier killed in the Vietnam war and a red poppy made by the wife of a Vietnam veteran.

Significance

A poignant reflection of a life lost whilst in Service in Vietnam.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bryan Francis Fitzpatrick, Service No. A34167

Pin Collection

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

The 20mm lapel pins feature scenes people and technology from the Vietnam War. The lapel pins have been created by master engravers. Included is a full colour printed insert depicting the ribbons of the Australian Active Service Medal 45-75 the Vietnam Medal the Australian Defence Medal and the Vietnamese Campaign Medal. The lapels are housed in an acrylic display case. The display case is 82mm wide x 165mm high.

Historical information

The presentation case was produced as a Welfare Fundraising item and could be displayed on shelf or the like; the pins are a very simple depiction of the Australian Armed Services in the Vietnam war.

Significance

A small but relevant reminder of the range of Australian Armed Services in Vietnam during period 1962 - 1972.

Inscriptions & Markings

Vietnam 1962 - 1972.

Red Wine - Commemorating VVAA, 2015

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Commemorative Bottle of Red Wine issued at VVAA National Congress, Seymour, May 2015.

Historical information

Commemorative Bottle of Red Wine issued at VVAA National Congress, Seymour, May 2015.

Significance

Significant as a memory of the State Conference in May 2015.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label measures xxmm x xxmm and comprises: Background of blue sky and gum tree. Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia logo is front and top of label; text beneath the logo is in upper case: "Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia National Congress, May 2015, Seymour, Vic". Below that text are two pictures of the Vietnam Wall in Seymour - the Honour Roll with an Australian Flag overlay and, the Long Tan Cross. At the bottom of the label is text: Hosted by the VVAA Victorian Branch and Mitchell Sub-Branch.

Shield - Trophy Whistlestop

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Trophy shield of mahogany polished wood for the Breaking of the Seal award at the members' annual day out. Brass plates on the shield record the winners from inception in 2005 to retirement in 2014

Historical information

The Sub Branch male members began an annual day out in 2005 whereby they took travel by train to and from Gisbourne to enjoy each others company over a lunch and an ale and to while away the time. In a lighthearted spirit, the Break The Seal competition was began to honour that member who held off the longest before succumbing to the 'call of nature'.

Significance

Significant is respect to being a lighthearted evidence of the comradeship and supportiveness of Vietnam veterans.

Inscriptions & Markings

Shield heading on a gold plate at the top of the shield records: D Viets Whistlestop Tour, Gisbourne. "Break"-The-Seal "Perpetual Trophy. Individual brass plates record the winners since inception in 2005 until the Trophy was retired in 2014. Central in the body of the trophy is a circular disc imprinted with By Presidential Decree with sketches therein: possum on the left, a beer glass in the middle and a koala on the right with a jagged lightening like slash diagonally through the middle of the circle.

Photos - On Patrol

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Six photos of 'On Patrol': comprising two x infantry, 1969-1970; 1 x tank; two x enemy Vietnamese (cache and bunker); 1 x Vietnamese ARVN soldier).

Historical information

Typical depictions of "On Patrol" for Australian soldiers and what they might encounter.

Significance

Soldiers "On Patrol"

White Cross, McCarthy

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

White cross with name and service number with a red poppy attached.

Historical information

One of 521 crosses placed in lawns of The Shrine, Melbourne, on 18th August 2016 as part of Victoria's 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan - each cross carries the name of an Australian soldier killed in the Vietnam war and a red poppy made by the wife of a Vietnam veteran.

Significance

A poignant reflection of a life lost whilst in Service in Vietnam.

Inscriptions & Markings

John Noel McCarthy, Service No. 3112702

Cutlery, In Base

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Era of usage is undetermined. Cutlery set, for use in base, comprising knife, fork and spoon, made of metal. Given the different markings on the pieces and the different aging colours, it is likely that this is not a set but notwithstanding that appearance, they still represent the standard issue of cutlery to the Armed Forces for use 'ín base'.

Historical information

The pieces represent the type of cutlery utensils issued to Defence Forces over a wide range of conflicts.

Significance

Significant in respect to being an example of the types of equipment etc that was used during many conflicts including (likely) the Vietnam War.

Inscriptions & Markings

Both the fork and spoon have Rising Sun imprinted onto the handles; plus the fork has two half moon swirls at the end of the handles. The knife has a twin line border on the handle.

Photo - 1ATF, Nui Dat, South Vietnam

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Photo, Framed, wooden; arial photo of 1 Australian Task Force Area (1ATF), Nui Dat, Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam. Circa 1966

Historical information

Very early photo, framed, 1 Australian Task Force Area, Nui Dat, Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam. Circa 1966

Significance

Photo of earliest days of 1ATF.

Inscriptions & Markings

1ATF, Nui Dat, Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam.

Weapon - M16 Rifle

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

M16 automatic rifle; made of metal, plastic.

Historical information

A faithful depiction of an M16 automatic rifle that gradually partnered the SLR rifle as the typical weapons for riflemen and other soldiers.

Significance

The model represents the M16 automatic rifle that, with the SLR rifle, became the 'best friend' to many infantry soldiers and other elements of Australian Armed Forces in Vietnam.

Inscriptions & Markings

TBA

Book - The Vietnam War Experiance

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Hardback book in box; Authors: Gerry and Janet Souter

White Cross, Gillson

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

White cross with name and service number printed; red poppy attached.

Historical information

One of 521 crosses placed in lawns of The Shrine, Melbourne, on 18th August 2016 as part of Victoria's 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan - each cross carries the name of an Australian soldier killed in the Vietnam war and a red poppy made by the wife of a Vietnam veteran..

Significance

A poignant reflection of a life lost whilst in Service in Vietnam.

Inscriptions & Markings

Peter Raymond Gillson, Service No. 37857

White Cross, Wallis

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

White Cross with name and service number printed; red poppy attached.

Historical information

One of 521 crosses placed in lawns of The Shrine, Melbourne, on 18th August 2016 as part of Victoria's 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan - each cross carries the name of an Australian soldier killed in the Vietnam war and a red poppy made by the wife of a Vietnam Veteran.

Significance

A poignant reflection of a life lost whilst in Service in Vietnam.

Inscriptions & Markings

David Anthony B Wallis, Service No. 3794885

Equipment, Trip Wire

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Dept of Defence issued equipment: trip wire for a wide range of usages including preventative, precautionary measures against enemy.

Historical information

TBA

Significance

TBA

Inscriptions & Markings

Instruction label.

Photo - 1APC Memorial, Repatriation Hospital

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Photo: of the Memorial for the 1APC Sqn Vietnam 1966-1967, Long Tan. Memorial consist of a stone oblisk with a metal plaque attached which includes a depiction of an APC vehicle. Positioned on top of memorial stone are vehicle spares for maintenance.

Historical information

The memorial honours APC crews and vehicles for service rendered but in particular the 1APC Sqn, Vietnam 1966-1967, Long Tan.

Significance

A record of the place in the Vietnam War held by APC crews and vehicles and the support so provided to infantry and other soldiers.

Inscriptions & Markings

"1st Armoured Personnel Carrier Squadron. 1 A.P.C. Sqn, Vietnam. Vietnam 1966-1967 Long Tan". Nicknames "The Aspros" and "The Bex Boys". Text inside the frame of the vehicle is "For Those Who Returned and To Remember The Fallen". Unveiled 16th August 02.

Photo - VVAA (Vic) Sub Branches, The Shrine, 2006

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Framed photo of VVAA (Vic) Sub Branches assembled at The Shrine, Melbourne, on 18th August 2006 at the commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.

Historical information

Framed photo of VVAA (Vic) Sub Branches assembly at The Shrine, Melbourne, in August 2006 at the 40th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.

Significance

Historical record of some of the Vietnam Veteran Sub Branches in Victoria as at August 2006.

Inscriptions & Markings

Vietnam Veterans Day - 18th August 2006. 40th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.

Ammunition

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Machine Gun Rounds: 1 x 50 cal; 2 x 22 mm

Cigarette Lighter

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Silver lighter with engravings: angel on front and text on back: Silver metal, rectangular shape; flip top.

Historical information

Common cigarette lighter amongst Australian Servicemen; facilitated calming within stressful situations ie smoking eased stress and fatigue.

Significance

This lighter will have memories of great significance and feeling with soldiers who had used it after very stressful situations - it would have served to facilitate relief and calmness when most needed including some giving emotional escape from immediate circumstances..

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: Engraving of classic woman with bird in hand. Rear: Engraved text: Ba Ria Nui Dat 67-68; Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for I am the evilest son of a bitch in the valley"".

Photo - Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Repatriation Hospital, 2000

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Photo, Framed, wooden. Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Remembrance Garden, Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre, 17 August 2000.

Historical information

Photo, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Remembrance Garden, Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre, 17 August 2000.

Significance

Record of earlist links between Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre and the Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans.

Inscriptions & Markings

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Remembrance Garden, Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre. Unveiled and dedicated in 1999. Photographed at Vietnam Veterans Day Service on 17 August 2000. Presented to Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans by Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre 10 November 2000.

Model - Gavel and Plate

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Model in polished wood of a Gavel and Plate.

Historical information

Donated to Sub Branch to provide historical and formal elements to Meetings.

Significance

It is significant to members in as much as it provides a standard of protocol, authority and respect to formal meetings eg the Annual General Meeting.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plate has inscription plate "To The DViets From Mackay Vietnam vets."; gavel has on the side a badge of the Rising Sun and on the top face an insignia of TBA; the hande of the gavel has a decorative snake entwined thereon.

Photo - DViets, ARTC, Kapooka, 2002

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Photo, Framed, wood, brown; DViets at ARTC, Kapooka, 2002

Historical information

Dviets visiting Army Recruit Training Centre (ARTC) Kapooka, 2002

Significance

Records some DViet members 2002.

Inscriptions & Markings

DViets "Back To Basics; Kapooka ARTC, November 2002.

Equipment, Torch

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Army issue torch; drab green in colour but with two yellow bands around the stem.

Historical information

Dept of Defence issued equipment: torch.

Significance

A significant memory for soldiers who had used this equipment.

Inscriptions & Markings

TBA

Certificate - DViets Certificate, Outstanding Service, 2000

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Metal Framed Certificate: Outstanding Service Award to DViets 2006 by VVAA (Vic); rectangular in shape with gold coloured aluminum frame.

Historical information

A certificate presented by Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (Vic) to the Diamond Valley Sub Branch recognising its outstanding service to veterans since 2000.

Significance

A record of recognition by the State Branch of a Sub Branch's service to the veteran community.

Inscriptions & Markings

Award, Presented to DViets by Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (Vic) acknowledging its Outstanding Service to the veteran community since 2000.

Pith Helmut - Pith Helmet, North Vietnamese

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Pith Helmut as issued to Army of North Vietnam soldiers, olive in colour with a North Vietnam star central to the front.

Historical information

Helmet is an examples of equipment (clothing) issued to the soldiers of North Vietnam. It is unknown how it came into the hands of the lender.

Significance

Significant in respect that the soldiers of North Vietnam were a respected foe and these items represent a tangible reminder of the enemy faced.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Book - Vietnam War, 50th Commemoration, USA. A Time To Honour

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Hard Back copy of book issued at USA 50th Anniversary Commemorations, Hawaii, 2017

Historical information

Book with DVD � A Time To Honour - is souvenir book issued at USA 50th Anniversary Commemorations, Hawaii June 2017

Significance

A detailed commentary of the Vietnam War, albeit, from the American angle.

Inscriptions & Markings

Title: Vietnam War, 50th Commemorations. A Time To Honour. Stories of Service, Duty and Sacrifice.