Lachlan Shire National Servicemen 60th Anniversary

Lachlan Shire National Servicemen will join in Australia-wide celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of National Service in coming months.
A total of 287,000 young Australian men were called up for service in the Navy, Army and Air Force between 1951 and 1972.
Of them, 212 died on active service in Borneo and Vietnam.
The Nashos, meeting at Condoblin on May 15, discussed the celebrations on the Shire, State and national level.
They also considered other major issues including the proposed national Five Year Plan to ensure the continuation of the National Servicemen’s Association of Australia; the future of the Heritage Precinct commemorating National Service at the former Ingleburn Army Camp near Sydney; recruiting for the Australian Cadet Force and the importance of the Reserves to Australia’s defence effort.
The first National Serviceman marched into camp on 29 June 1951 and the last completed his obligation in the Army on 14 February 1974.
Lachlan Shire Nashos will join in special parades and services marking the 60th anniversary. These include a national reunion at Townsville in north Queensland and a service at the National Service Memorial which was unveiled by the Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC, at the Australian War Memorial on 8 September last year.
The Five Year Plan aims at recruiting 1960s National Servicemen to join the NSAA.  Of the 65,000 young men called up in the 1960s, just over 15,000 served in Borneo and Vietnam.
The remainder served in support units in Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Australia but received no recognition such as veterans’ pensions, medals or home loans.
They have been termed the Lost Legion because until recently they have tended not to join in any ex-service organisations.
The recruiting campaign aims to encourage them to take over from the 1950s National Servicemen who have directed the Association since its foundation in 1987.
The Lachlan Shire National Servicemen have also expressed concern at proposed sell-offs of land around the former Ingleburn Army camp which houses the National Service museum containing photos, relics and memorabilia from the National Service era.
The NSAA helps maintain the Museum and Precinct but it is becoming an increasing financial burden and the Association is discussing ways to ensure that the Museum continues.
The strain on Australia’s Reserve Forces and the difficulties in recruiting Reservists and Cadets was another area of concern at the Condobolin meeting.

Reunion after 65 years

Ron L’Estrange and Geoff Leyson.

Reliving old war memories, Ron L’Estrange of Condobolin and Geoff Leyson of Sydney, two old Commandos caught up after more than 65 years.
They were both members of C Troop 2/7th Commando Unit during WW2 in New Guinea. As Commandos they lived in the bush amongst the Japanese, where they spied and set deadly ambushes. They did this by going out in small groups of three to six men called patrols. A fighting patrol went out specifically to ambush and engage the enemy whilst a normal patrol was sent to garner information. It was all done on foot through rugged terrain and  in jungle conditions enduring constant hardships and sickness.
Geoff brought along a map of the extensive areas that they had operated in and it brought back many memories of past battles as they studied it together.
Geoff and his wife June then joined Ron and the L’Estrange family for a very enjoyable lunch at the home of Marcelle and Peter May.

Remembrance Day 11.11.10

Thousands across the nation will pause tomorrow on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to demonstrate their gratitude to the more than 102,000 Australians who have lost their lives in wars, conflicts and peace operations over the past 100 years.
This sacred tradition started in 1919 and is also a time to acknowledge those who continue to live with the physical and mental scars of their service, consider the families of those lost, and the contribution of those who continue to serve Australia today.
This year Remembrance Day will mark the 60th anniversary of the commencement of the Korean War where more than 17,000 Australian servicemen and women served.
Take a moment tomorrow 11 November at 11am to pause for one minute and ensure that the service and sacrifice of our men and women in the armed services will be remembered.
Lest we forget.

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