RANHFV Reunion 2017


Here is the latest update to the proposed reunion program (as of 22 August 2017)

Sunday 15 October.

  • 10 am Church Service. I will need names of all people attending so security can be arranged to allow you on base.
  • 11:30 am the Post Master will be at the Museum with our special 135th envelopes for sale and he will also have stamp available so we can have a day of issue keepsake.
  • Noon. A BBQ at the museum catered for by the RAN, refreshments will be at your costs.
  • 6 pm (approx) will be our self catered meal at the Bomaderry Bowling Club.

Monday 16 October.

  • 10 am at the Museum for the unveiling of our plaque by the Chief of the Navy. On completion we will adjourn into the Museum (I’m not taking any chance with the weather as I’m a sook) to continue with the service.
  • Noon. A BBQ lunch
  • 1 pm. Start of a bus tour around Albatross and also the start of a seminar on the HFV in Vietnam in the Museum. This seminar will record for history our experience on the HFV and I recommend that you attend.
  • 6 pm. Ceremonial Sunset and our official dinner provided by the RAN in our honour. Because of the numbers, cost and size of venue it must be limited to the Veterans (which includes widows, etc) and their partner. Sorry no guests. Veteran is a wide term so if you have any doubts about whether you “qualify” please contact me and I try to sort it out.

Tuesday 17 October.

  • 10 am fall in outside the Bomaderry RSL and march down hill to Walsh Park for a service. On completion adjourn to the Bomaderry RSL for refreshments and a bite to eat.
  • 6 pm meet up at the Shoalhaven Ex Serviceman’s Club for our farewell dinner. The restaurant closes at 9 pm but we can go downstairs to the bar area to keep the conversation going.

Wednesday 18 October.

  • 9 am leave Nowra for Albion Park and have morning tea at HARS followed by a tour of the old aircraft, etc. We can have a sausage sizzle lunch on completion of the tour.
  • 6 pm meet at the Sportman’s Club at Worrigee for those of us still left in town for a very informal meal and/or drinks.

Please remember that the above continues to evolve and there may be further changes.

Expression of Interest. If you have not already registered for this event and would like to do so, please fill out the form below and click on ‘Submit’.  This will go to Mac. 

Accommodation List: List of some of the accommodation in Nowra can be found in the sidebar to the right. The US personnel attending will be billeted by local families.

Missing: This is a list of HFV members who have vanished and we’ve been unable to locate. If you know anything about them please pass on the reunion information to them and let Mac know. It is important that everybody is informed about our reunion.

Raymond Basil Hawkins (2)
Raymond Harold Homer (1)
Raymond Marshall Jones (1)
John Gibb Lambert (2)
Peter Robert Malcolm (4)
Francis John Mills (3)
James Henry Montgomery (3)
Garrie David Morris (3)
Willem Wessell Oppenhuis (1)
Graham Victor Terrell (3)
David Nelson Varley (1)

Life After Vietnam: We would also like to compile a book on what you did after you returned from Vietnam until present. The completed book will be given to all who attend and copies will also be kept as a part of our history by the Museum and the Sea Power Centre. So if you could put together a brief outline (half a page maximum) of your post Vietnam life and send it onto Mac by email here. This also includes US Army, 9 Sqn and 2 RAR personnel.

VCG Application: Approval has been given for various Australian units to apply for the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Unit Citation. You can apply for it on line or by post. The link is here.  If you would like it to be presented to you please tick the box on the EOI form below.

Please tell and/or forward onto your mates about this info package just in case we have the incorrect contact details, etc just to make sure everybody knows about it.  The link for this page is https://www.faaaa.asn.au/ranhfv-reunion-2017/

Mac is the point of contact and his details are: John Macartney, 14 Joel Drive, Old Bar, NSW 2430. Home: (02) 6557 4165, Mobile: 0427 787 296. Email: jrmaca@bigpond.com


Nowra Accommodation

At the moment the intention is for all personnel coming from the States to be billeted in private homes in Nowra.

For the remainder I’ve been to Nowra and visited the various motels that looked OK and the list is below. I have not made any group booking, instead I have left it to you to book your own.  In no particular order:

Parkhaven Motor Lodge, Cnr Kinghorne & Douglas Streets, Nowra, Phone (02)4421 6444, Fax (02) 4421 5384, Web www.parkhavenmotorlodge.com.au Email phml@shoalhaven.net.au Hosts: Teneal & Greg

Shoalhaven Sports Motel, 131 Greenwell Point Road, Nowra, Phone (02) 4422 4522, Fax (02) 4422 4688, Web www.springsresorts.com.au Email shoalhaven@springsresorts.com.au

Nowra Motor Inn, 202 Kinghorne Street, Nowra, Phone (02) 4421 0555, Fax (02) 4423 1506, Web www.nowramotorinn.com.au Email E.stay@nowramotorinn.com.au Hosts Danny & Kerrie. Danny told me that it is best to ring them and they will look at giving us a discount. Very helpful people.

Quest Nowra, 130 Kinghorne Street, Nowra, Phone (02) 4421 9300, Fax (02) 4421 9399, Web www.questnowra.com.au Email questnowra@questapartments.com.au Hosts Alex and Kay-Lea. A fairly new establishment. The only one in Nowra that offered to show me around and Alex is rightly proud of the Quest.

George Bass Motor Inn, 65 Bridge Road Nowra, Phone (02) 4421 6388, Fax (02) 4423 1909, Email info@georgebass.com.au Web www.georgebass.com.au

Pleasant Way Motel, 9 Pleasant Way, Nowra, Phone (02) 4421 55 44, Free Call 1 800 355 182Email stay@pleasantway.com.au Web www.pleasantway.com.au

Finally, Jack McCaffrie from the Naval Studies Group of the Australian Centre for Armed Conflict and Society has arranged for a seminar to be conducted during the reunion, on the Tuesday afternoon after the March at Bomaderry.  Its outline is below:


1300 – 1305                         Introduction and welcome                              Peter Jones

1305 – 1315                         Keynote address                                 

1315 – 1335                         Preparing to Deploy                         

1335 – 1355                         Flying with the US Army                 

1355 – 1415                         Flying with the RAAF                       

1415 – 1430                         Q and A

1430 – 1450                         Afternoon tea

1450 – 1510                         Leading the Push                                               

1510 – 1530                         HFV – a US Army view                     

1530 – 1550                         Keeping them Airborne                    

1550 – 1605                         Q and A

1605 – 1625                         The families back home                   

1625 – 1645                         The legacy – adjusting to peace     

1645 – 1715                         Q and A (Open forum)

1715                                       Seminar ends 

This will be an opportunity for all of us to make a contribution which will be recorded in history of what we did in Vietnam. So please have a think about giving it a go and send Mac your name and what you would like to talk about. 


To assist us in our planning we would appreciate you filling out the form below. This does not commit you to the Reunion at this stage, but it does help us with planning. 

EOI for RANHFV Reunion 2017