Commander's Diaries

 

C Squadron

11 February 1968 - 10 February 1969 

1 January 1969

SHQ, 1 and 3 Troop remained at FSB Julia, 2 and 4 Troops remained at Nui Dat.

 

2 January 1969

3 Troop moved to FSB Barbara for base protection and reaction for 2 Airborne Brigade (ARVN). 1 Troop D Coy 1 RAR conducted an RIF about FSB Chestnut and 4 Troop with A Company 1 RAR, reacted along Route 2 following a report of 100 VC moving from west to east from Route 15, returning to Nui Dat without contact.

 

3 January 1969

3 Troop returned from FSB Barbara and completed escort tasks to FSB Diggers Rest.

 

4 January 1969

1 Troop returned to FSB Julia and 3 Troop moved again to FSB Barbara.

 

5 January 1969

1 Troop with 1 ATF D&E Platoon carried out RIF operations north of AO Kilcoy. A total of 15 recently occupied structures and bunkers were destroyed.

 

6 January 1969

3 Troop returned to FSB Julia and 1 Troop continued RIF Operations

 

7 January 1969

1 Troop continued RIF operations and 3 Troop was ‘op con’ to B Coy 9 RAR in AO Wondai.

 

8 January 1969

3 Troop in support of B Coy, moved into a  freshly evacuated camp where an ammunition cache was uncovered.

 

9 January 1969

1 Troop escorted C Battery 2/35 Artillery(US) to and from FSB Barbara.

 

10 January 1969

1 Troop conducted RIF south of FSB Julia and returned there. At 2015hrs,3 Troop with B Coy 9 RAR fired at movement with no results

 

11 January 1969

1 Troop supported Psy Ops activity along Route 15

 

12 January 1969

1 Troop moved to ‘op con’ B Coy 9 RAR, 3 Troop returned to Nui Dat and 4 Troop moved to FSB Julia.

 

13 January 1969

4 Troop conducted road clearing operation to and from FSB Barbara.

 

14 January 1969

4 Troop with A Sqn 3 Cav(-) conducted RIF ops in AO Sherman. At 1310hrs fire received from an unknown number of enemy. A sweep was made with no results. At 1815hrs callsign 34B detonated a mine with no injuries to the crew.but a suspension station was damaged 4 troop and 1 Troop(-) A Sqn 3 Cav remained in the contact area for the night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 January 1969

4 Troop returned to FSB Julia.

 

16 January 1969

4 Troop ’op con’ to C Coy 1 RAR for the day only.

 

17 January 1969

4 Troop with D&E Platoon carried out RIF south of FSB Julia

 

18 January 1969

4 Troop replaced 1 Troop with 9 RAR.

 

19 January 1969

4 Troop remained ‘op con’ to 9RAR. 1 Troop remained at FSB Julia.

 

20 January 1969

2 Troop moved to ‘op con’ 1 RAR.

 

21 January 1969

At 0825hrs at YS265180,32B detonated a mine without suffering any casualties or damage. B Sqn advance party  arrives

 

22 January 1969

1 Troop moved ‘op con’ 1 RAR for RIF in AO Knightsbridge, then returned to FSB Julia.

 

24 January 1969

1 Troop moved ‘op con’ 1RAR for RIF in AO Shermans Saddle. 2 Troop engaged int targets in the Nui Thi Vais, resulting in one structure and three bunkers being destroyed.

 

25 January 1969

2 Troop relieved 4 Troop under ‘op con’ 9 RAR who returned to FSB Julia.

 

26 January 1969

1 Troop returned to FSB Julia. At 1408hrs YS 265780,31A detonated a mine resulting in no crew injuries ,but a suspension station was damaged.

 

27 January 1969

4 Troop supported the deployment of 4RAR into AO Riverdale.

 

28-29 January 1969

1 Troop remained at FSB Julia.

 

30 January 1969

2 Troop returned to Nui Dat.

 

31 January 1969

4 Troop returned to Nui Dat and Major Smith, OC B Sqn, assumed control of forward SHQ elements, 1 Troop and 3 Troop which moved to FSB Julia.

 

1 February 1969

1 Troop remained in support of 4 RAR / NZ

 

2 February 1969

1 Troop discovered a mine laid in previously made tracks

 

3 February 1969

SHQ and 3 Troop remained at FSB Julia. 1 Troop remained in support of W Coy 4 RAR/ NZ providing mobile reaction to that company, 2 and 4 Troops remained at 1 ATF base as Task Force Ready Reaction.

 

4 February 1969

SHQ returned to FSB Julia, 3 Troop moved to FSB   Barbara.

 

5 February 1969

1 Troop carried out RIF in the north of AO Kilcoy, 3 Troop moved to FSB Barbara to assist in night defence.

 

6 February 1969

1 Troop remained in support of 4 RAR / NZ. 3 Troop carried out RIF with 1 Troop A Sqn 3 Cav and elements of D & E Platoon.

 

7 February 1969

1 Troop remained in support of 4 RAR / NZ, 3 Troop helped conduct route clearing and escort tasks from FSB Dyke to FSB Janice.

 

8 February 1969

3 Troop relieved 1 troop in support of 4 RAR / NZ after supporting a road move from FSB Kathleen to FSB Elizabeth. 1 Troop remained at FSB Dyke until abandonment and the move to FSB Julia.

 

9 February 1969

1 Troop operated in support of 4 RAR / NZ and returned to FSB Julia, 3 Troop moved to support 9 RAR.

 

10 February 1969

3 Troop continued to support 9 RAR operations in AO Wondai.