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Accidental woundings in Vietnam



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ARMY PRESS RELEASE

Directorate of Public Relations, Army Headquarters, CANBERRA. A.C.T.

No. 6231

ACCIDENTAL WOUNDINGS IN VIETNAM

Three soldiers from 8th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, '

were wounded when they were fired on by Australian armoured personnel carriers

during a contact with Vietcong in Fhuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam yesterday

(July 2).

They were evacuated by helicopter to the 1st Australian Field Hospital,

Vung Tau. ■

One is in. a very serious condition but his next of kin requested his

name be withheld until other close relatives have been informed. .

Corporal B.K. Coe, of Penrith, NSW, received gun shot wounds and is .

in a serious condition,.while the name of the third soldiers, who is in

a satisfactory condition,is being held until next of kin has been advised.

Troops of 8 RAR with tanks and armoured carriers were converging .......

on three large enemy bunker systems in the north west of Phuoc Tuy at the time and Lflre "

until lees* yesterday were searching the complex.

The systems, one of which .is extensive, were sighted from the air by

an Army pilot. . ,

Australian and United States artillery bombarded the bunkers yesterday

pouring in more than 2000 rounds.

The artillery fire together with an air strike, stripped .away jungle

cover from around the systems and is believed to have exploded some mines

and booby traps. . · .

The operation, known as Cting Chung,. is continuing.

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Further information:

CANBERRA: Major E.; Ross Smith Y (65-4059) (86-1138)

STATES: ADPR AT COMMAND HEADQUARTERS 3 July 1970