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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

location
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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Unit Color Patch - Afghanistan

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Small rectangular Unit Operation Color Patch, 205th Hero Corps Coalition Advisory Team, Afghanistan. Gold stich border around edges and within the color patch; three equal size rectangles within the patch: colors black, red, green; white insignia at centre of color patch.

Historical information

Donor was a member of 1RAR and presented the Patch to DViets on date as a connection of our Service in Vietnam and his Service in Afghanistan.

Significance

Significant to extent that the meaning behind the Color Patch and what it represents to modern members of 1RAR link those members to Vietnam veteran members also from 1RAR.

Inscriptions & Markings

In golds stitching: 205th Hero Corps; Coalition Advisory Team.

Jersey, Framed - Vet Ride, 2012

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Framed Vet Ride participant jersey; predominantly white, orange and black in colour; autographs of other riders are written on the jersey. The riders' team name is front and center on the garment "Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans" with Vietnam ribbon immediately below. Other sponsors' names are recorded around the garment.

Historical information

The rider's jersey was mounted and framed and then presented to Diamond Valley Sub Branch in recognition of its support to the inaugural VetRide.

Significance

Significant because this VetRide was the inaugural event with the Diamond Valley Sub Branch in significant support from the ground level.

Inscriptions & Markings

Top plate: TEAM xxxx, 2012. Bottom plate: VETRIDE 2012 - TOUR OF DUTY. The inaugural VetRide organised by VVAA Vic was held from 25 March to 28 March covering.....TBA

White Cross, Raffen

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

Francis Lindsay Raffen, Service No. 4186

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.

SLR Accessories

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Two pieces in total: 1 x SLR Separated Cartridge Extractor, 1 x SLR Coach Sight Adaptor

Historical information

Rifleman's tools for maintenance of SLR rifle.

Significance

Significant to infantry solder re recollection of rifle maintenance.

Model - M16 Replica Model

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Model M16, replica, on wooden stand with 1 straight magazine and 1 curved magazine including bayonet, polished mahogany coloured wood.

Historical information

A replica model of M16 automatic rifle as on issue in Vietnam: on wooden stand with 1 straight magazine and 1 curved magazine and including bayonet - depicting one of the most common weapons of the Australian soldier in Vietnam.

Significance

Lifelike model of a mainstay weapon of the Australian soldier in Vietnam.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the base: VIETNAM

Photo - DViets, NVVM, 2005

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Photo, Framed, wooden.

Historical information

2005 DViets visit to the older Vietnam Veterans Museum, Phillip Island and present the museum with a $1,200 donation.

Significance

Photo shows DViets members at the time plus exterior wall of the older national museum.

Inscriptions & Markings

DViets visit National Vietnam Museum Phillip Island, September 2005; During the visit the Sub Branch presented a donation cheque of $1,200 to the museum.

Hexamine Stove

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Metal hexamine stove for use in field, includes hexamine fuel.

Historical information

Hexamine stove used by Australian soldiers for cooking when in the field.

Significance

The stove is significant to veterans for recollections of use in field for creative cooking.

Photo - Soldier, unnamed

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

In portrait orientation; framed black and white photo of head and shoulders of soldier in uniform

Historical information

TBA

Significance

TBA

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

White Cross, Rands

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

John Milton Rands, Service No. 2787069.

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.

Photo - DViet Working Bee, Repatriation Hospital, 2003

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Photo, DViet Working Bee At Repatriation Hospital, Heidelberg 18th February 2003; picture taken at the Vietnam Memorial in the Remembrance Garden. Rectangular shape, wood frame.

Historical information

A photo of DViet Working Bee At Repatriation Hospital, Heidelberg 18th February 2003

Significance

Record of the long time and cooperative connection between the Repatriation and General Hospital, Heidelberg, and the Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans.

Inscriptions & Markings

Working Bee At "The Repat" 18th November 2003. Listed names of the participants.

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.

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

Equipment, Insect Repellant

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Small bottle of insect repellant, clothing: 3 fl. ozs; army green bottle.

Historical information

Soldiers required to take preventative measures to minimise contacting malaria and use of repellant onto clothing was critical.

Significance

Equipment such as this item can have great significance to some soldiers.

Inscriptions & Markings

Usage instructions. Dept of Defence symbal.

Commemorative cross

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 VVAA (Vic)'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 wife of Vietnam veteran.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

John William Kirby, Service No. 27758

Photo - Padre Noel Boyce, Bob Elworthy, 2002

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Photo, Framed, wooden: Padre Noel Boyce with Bob Elworthy, 2002

Historical information

Photo of Padre Noel Boyce with Bob Elworthy, 2002

Significance

Photo of early DViet padre.

Inscriptions & Markings

DViet Padre Noel Boyce, 2002.

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.

White Cross, Brooks

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

Dennis Lindsay Brooks, Service No. 3787889

Model - M60 Machine Gun

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Wooden and plastic(???) model M60 machine gun on tripod.

Historical information

A faithful model of an M60 machine gun, the prime heavy shooter of infantry sections.

Significance

A faithful depiction of that weapon which was often crucial to survival in Contact circumstances.

Inscriptions & Markings

Unknown

Black Beret - RAEME Corp Beret

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Corps Beret with Corps Insignia for Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME); black in colour.

Historical information

This beret is symbolic to the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and is held in the highest regard by serving and ex-members of that corp.

Significance

Like all uniforms specific to different corps within the army, the beret holds particular interest and reverence to ex-members of Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Inscriptions & Markings

Insignia: Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME)>

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.

Photo - Pipers Lament, Long Tan Cross

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Photo of Pipers Lament at Long Tan Cross, Vietnam, respecting the soldiers who died in Battle of Long Tan, 1966; includes short text describing Battle of Long Tan. Rectangular shape, dark brown wood frame.

Historical information

A commemoration ceremony at the Long Tan Cross, Vietnam with Australian soldiers reflecting on the battle and the cost therein; supported by two pipers. Includes the Heading for the text: The Pipers Lament to the dead of Long Tan by 6RAR/NZ Battalion. Photograph AWM Bel 69/556VN.

Significance

Solemn record of the Long Tan Cross as it was positioned in Vietnam at the site of the Long Tan Battle - the Cross was relocated to the Australian War Memorial in 2018.

Inscriptions & Markings

Text describing in brief the background of the Battle of Long Tan.

Certificate - DViets From VVAA (Vic)

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

In portrait orientation, in a metal frame, a Certificate presented to Diamond Valley Sub Branch by National Vietnam Veterans Museum.

Historical information

The Certificate attests to the Diamond Valley SB being a friend of the museum and providing support over an ongoing period of time.

Significance

Significant in the history of the Diamond Valley SB as being a willing and cooperative supporter of the National Vietnam Veterans Museum.

Inscriptions & Markings

On Certificate: The Committee and members of the National Vietnam Veterans Museum sincerely thank Diamond Valley VVAA Sub Branch for their ongoing support. Signed off by John Methven OAM President and Joanne Parker Secretary. Above the text is a picture of the museum.

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

Port

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Clay bottle of port; bottle cream in colour with black seal. Bottle has two pictures around the side: black sketch of Vietnam Memorial at Australian War Memorial, Canberra; colour iconic picture of diggers awaiting dustoff.

Historical information

The bottle of port is one of many memorabilia items from the era.

Significance

Like all of the Vietnam War memorabilia, this bottle of port is a reminder of the Vietnam War and of the Veterans Service 'in country'.

Inscriptions & Markings

Above the sketch of Vietnam Memorial is text: "Vietnam Memorial', below the sketch is "For all those who served, suffered and died 1962 - 1973"; a map of Vietnam sits between the Vietnam Memorial and the dustoff picture.

Plaque - Plaque, 8RAR

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Plaque, wooden.

Historical information

8RAR plaque presented by 8RAR members..

Significance

Evidence of 8RAR members in the Sub Branch; text engraved by hand.

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to the DViets by its 8RAR members.

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.

Commemorative Plaque - To All Who Served

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Rectangular shape, polished wood; gold lettering text, shield for each of three arms of the Defence Force that served in Vietnam: Army, Navy and TBA. Long Tan cross placed centrally on the plaque.

Historical information

Commemorative Plaque � 50th Anniversary, Long Tan battle; wooden. Presented by Bill Hey on behalf of Mackay Vietnam Veterans 2016

Inscriptions & Markings

Vietnam. To All Those Who Served and To Those Who Did Not Return. Lest We Forget.