Bob O'Neill b.1936
Excerpt from Story BoardI flew to the isolated outpost of Xuyen Moc. Colonel Warr said it was important to find out if they were friendly people and needed support. The place was immaculate; the leader of the town was clearly a person of some capacity. He was Captain Duc – he had been isolated out there for a couple of years. We made our visits more frequent, supplied them, and pretty soon we were able to open up this road and make it a free passage for the local people to get to market. The standard of living at Xuyen Moc went up, and that produced a kind of rallying effect for us and the district chief. He gave me this lovely baton, hand-carved out of black ebony, with a tiger’s head on top. The 5th Battalion, RAR, has been known since its infancy as the Tiger Battalion. This has been on my bookshelf as a cherished souvenir ever since.
Service No. 335113