was the youngest battalion of The Royal Australian Regiment. LTCOL A.L.
(Alby) Morrison formed the battalion on 13th November 1967 at Woodside,
in South Australia and completed its raising and training in nine
months. The unit left Australia for service in Vietnam, fully trained
and operational, in November 1968.
Australia the battalion trained in Woodside, Cultana and the Flinders
Ranges in South Australia. Specialist platoons of the battalion trained
in New South Wales. All soldiers underwent the compulsory individual
training in Canungra and the battalion successfully completed its
testing exercise in Shoalwater Bay in Queensland.
addition, in order to meet deadlines for the time of departure for
Vietnam, the battalion found it necessary to complete, in unit lines,
the basic-to-corps training of 140 of its national servicemen. As a
result, these national servicemen were trained and allotted to companies
some seven weeks earlier than if they had followed the normal training
system. It was a very valuable saving of time.
its tour of duty in South Vietnam the battalion took part in twelve main
operations over four provinces. In broad terms these covered: -
involving the location and destruction of major enemy force groups
and their supply bases;
aimed at denying enemy Main Force elements access to large
installations in the Bien Hoa and Xuyen Moc areas;
tasks - in conjunction with local authorities and South Vietnamese
forces - to train local forces to protect the civilian population
and to isolate the enemy from the population.
continued on operations until it left South Vietnam on 28 November 1969.
It had many heavy contacts with the enemy during its tour of duty and
sadly, 35 of its members were killed and over 150 were wounded in
action. The battalions service in Vietnam resulted in the award of one
DSO, two MCís, seven MMís and eight MIDís to members of the
return to Australia in December 1969 the battalion reformed at Enoggera
under the command of LTCOL E.R. Phillip. 9RAR was the "next to
go" again when Australiaís commitment in South Vietnam finished.
battalion remained in Enoggera until it was linked with 8RAR to form
8/9RAR on 31 October 1973. Sadly, on Friday 13th June 1997, 8/9RAR was
disbanded. On Wednesday 17th June 1997 the former CO Albie Morrison, the
President of the 9RAR Association (NSW), a representative from the 9RAR
Association (QLD), several foundation members of 9RAR and many members
of 8RAR paid a final tribute to the Queens and Regimental Colours of
both battalions before they were laid up at Corps Museum at the Infantry Centre,