Ron was born on 16 November 1941. Just prior to his 21st birthday he joined the CMF and was posted to 13 Field Regiment LAD (presumably in South Australia). Eighteen months later Ron enlisted in the Australian Regular Army and after the normal stint at 1 RTB he was posted to 1 Medium Workshop (1963/64).
Ron was posted to 1st Armoured Regiment LAD in December 1964 and remained until July 1970 when he was posted to 102 Field Workshop in South Vietnam. During his time in the Regiment Ron was an active member of the LAD Aussie rules team.
On 1st May 1971 Ssgt Coxon marched into 106 Field Workshops (still in SVN) but this does not appear in the official records until August 1971. Ron returned to Australia on 19 August 1971 and was posted to Central Command Workshops in Adelaide. Just under 12 months later he was posted to Adelaide Workshop Company where he remained for around four (4) years until he elected discharge in April 1977.
After discharge Ron was very active in the Vietnam Veterans’ Association including President of the South Australian Branch, followed by National President until 2013. In 2014, whilst living in Huonville Tasmania, Ron was State Secretary of the Tasmanian VVAA as well as serving as a Pensions Advocate. Ron attended a function of the 106 Field Workshops Association in Hobart in 2014.
Ron passed away after a short illness.
May he rest in the greenfields beyond.
(Thanks to Milton Pearson for background information on Ron’s life)