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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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Honour Roll Record

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

TBA

Historical information

TBA

Significance

TBA

Inscriptions & Markings

TBA

White 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 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

Kenneth Frank Mathieson, Service No. 37175

Model

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Polished wooden model of common Vietnamese rickshaw.

Historical information

Model of common Vietnamese rickshaw; seems to have been faithfully made.

Significance

Many soldiers would have enjoyed the rides and races in the actual rickshaws from time to time.

Photo

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Photo, Framed, wooden.

Historical information

10 August 2001, DViets first Vietnam Veterans Day wreath, placed by Tony Welsh, 1APC Sqn-RAAC, Battle of Long Tan.

Significance

Record of DViets first Vietnam Veterans Day Wreath.

Inscriptions & Markings

DViets first Vietnam Veterans Day. Saturday 18 August 2001. Placed by Tony Welsh, 1 APC Sqn-RAAC, Battle of Long Tan.

Photo

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Photo, Framed, Outside Greensborough RSL, Vietnam Veterans Day, 2001

Historical information

Picture captured outside Greensborough RSL, 2001. shows some 2001 members.

Significance

Includes some of Sub Branch earliest members.

Inscriptions & Markings

Text in photo: Vietnam Veterans Day - 2001; listing of members

Photo

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

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

Robert Leo McNab, Service No. 39354

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

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"".

Model

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Model Cobra Helicopter, further info TBA

Historical information

A model of a helicopter that saw Service in Vietnam; the model appears to be a reasonably faithful representation of the actual helicopter.s

Significance

Significant in as much as it represents one of many aircraft that provided support and fire cover to the ground troops.

Inscriptions & Markings

AH640

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

Medallion

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

The medallion is minted from brass alloy and finished in highly frosted and polished silver, over-printed with a full colour image from the painting "Signals in Vietnam" by Ken McFadyen. The medallion is 50mm in diameter and 4.5mm in thickness. Number 119 of a guaranteed limited release of no more than 1,000 individual medallions.

Historical information

Certificate of Authenticity confirms that the item is no. 119 of no more than 1,000 issued.

Significance

A limited number of this item has been released.

Inscriptions & Markings

A description of the medallion including a Certificate of Authenticity.

Scarf

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Viet Cong (VC) scarf made of lightweight cotton with horizontal/vertical pattern of black, grey and white stripes with an occasional red stripe.

Inscriptions & Markings

None.

Plaque

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Plaque, wooden.

Historical information

Presented by DViets first Chaplain.

Significance

Record of the DViets first Chaplain.

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented by the first DViet Pardre Noel Boyce - 2002; Unit crest: Royal Army Chaplains' Department, Motto: Ïn This Sign Conquer".

Clothing

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Army books, black; make, size TBA.

Historical information

Black army boots similar to general issue in the Vietnam war.

Significance

Good footwear was critical within the general climate of Vietnam varying from very dry to very wet and considerable humidity.

Inscriptions & Markings

TBA

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.

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"

White 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 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

Medallions

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Trophy Shield

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Perpetual Trophy for Nashos vs Regs for an Annual Challenge; first awarded 2002. Normally lawn bowls but in 2003, it was ten pin bowling. Rectangular in shape; dark polished timber with centre piece surrounded by a border of mini plates for winner each year.

Historical information

Beginning in 2002 DViets conducted an annual lawn bowls 'çompetition' between National Servicemen and Regular soldiers; competition was lightly competitive and generally, the results were spread evenly between the two sides.

Significance

Historical record of a social activity for members with a friendly rivalry between "Regs' and Nashos'.

Inscriptions & Markings

Centre piece comprises a Heading of "Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Regs Vs Nashos Challenge Shield" and a large VVAA logo; mini-plates border this text with engraving of the winners each year thereon. A border of mini-plates surround the centre piece with the names of winners each year engraved thereon.

Photo

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.

White 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 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

DFennis Lindsay Brooks, Service No. 3787889

Award

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Famed Certificate, rectangular in shape in portrait profile, metal frame.

Historical information

A record of gratitude for the Sub Branch's assistance to Vietnam veterans after the disastrous bushfires in 2009.

Significance

Significant to have visible some simple evidence that the Vietnam veteran Sub Branches look after their own if they are experiencing difficulties,

Inscriptions & Markings

"Awarded by the Victorian Branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia to the Diamond Valley Sub Branch in recognition of your support of the Victorian Vietnam Veteran Community Through your Contribution to the 2009 Victorian Bushfire Appeal". Signed by the State President, Bob Elworthy, 18 December 2009. With the organisation's motto at the foot of the Certificate: "HONOUR THE DEAD BUT FIGHT LIKE HELL FOR THE LIVING"

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.

Documents

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Two Information Manuals: (1) Yellow in colour - A Vehicles Operators Guide For Driving In Vietnam; (2) Light Green in colour - Vietnam December 1963 General Information Brochure, Headquarters Support Activity, Saigon, issued by MAAG Vietnam and U.S. Navy Headquarters Support Activity, Saigon.

Historical information

Army Paper 8/10/92,Booklet of Australian Policy, Vehicle Operators Guide for Driving in Vietnam, Pocket book Info for National Servicemen, Card nine rules for Australian forces serving in Vietnam, Card PW Instructions, Student Handout for Jungle Training in Vietnam.

Photo

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

Print

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Rectangular print 'Dustoff' in a wooden frame; this is an iconic picture out of the Vietnam war

Historical information

Picture depicts a frequent activity of infantry in Vietnam - either waiting for pickup by Huey helicopters or having a drop off by the helicopters; in this case it is a pickup ('dustoff') of xxx section, yyy platoon, mmm Company.

Significance

Especially for infantry, the picture captures the moment of accepting a dustoff at the end of, or during, an operation.

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to: The Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch on Friday 27th October 2006. By: David Streatfeild No. 9 Squadron (Royal Australian Airforce); Vietnam 1969 1970 and 1971. Centrally below the picture and columned vertically: Dustoff (CASEVAC Vietnam), by Brian Wood; Royal Australian Air Force insignia; Rising Sun insignia with scroll: The Australian Army. Signatures by: The Hon. Graham Edwards, Member of Parliament; The Hon. Tim Fischer, Member of Parliament; W.B. "Digger" Jam,es AC, MBE, MC, Major General (ret'd); Keith Payne VC, Warrant Officer Class 2 (ret'd); Brian Wood 4 RAR 70/71

Photo

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.

Commemorative Port

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Bottle of port; Pfeiffers brand, 500 ml; 2016 VVAA (Vic) label commemorates 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan

Historical information

The port was one of many initiatives by the Victorian Branch of Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia to commemorate the Battle of Long Tan.

Significance

Significant to the extent that it is a reminder that 2016 was a significant commemoration of a major battle in Vietnam - the Battle of Long Tan.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label headed Victorian Branch Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia; then 50th Anniversary logo finishing with "Commemorative Port". Fine print on label satisfies regulatory labeling requirements.

Medallion

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

Set of six medallions with a picture of each of six elements of Australian Armed Forces in Vietnam and commemorating 50 years since the Vietnam War: Navy, Air Force, Armour, Artillery, Infantry, Signals. Medallions are in a presentation case with inside cover a depiction of various Australian Services and a 'shield' with motto Courage.Service.Mateship with a "50 Vietnam" over a similarity of the the Rising Sun design and with a print of ribbons 1962 and 1972. Below all of that are the Vietnam Service Colours.

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 simple but meaningful depiction of the Australian Armed Services in the Vietnam war.

Significance

A simple but meaningful presentation of six elements of Australian Armed Forces during the Vietnam War.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside presentation case: a depiction of various Australian Services and a 'shield' with motto Courage.Service.Mateship with a "50 Vietnam" over a similarity of the the Rising Sun design and with a print of ribbons 1962 and 1972. Below all of that are the Vietnam Service Colours.