RANHFV Reunion 2017


This is our first post out to provide you with a few basic details about our 50th reunion.

The event, at this stage, will be over Sunday 15th, Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th October 2017. The 15th and 16th October are the two dates that the first contingent left Australia for Vietnam.

Our plan for the reunion is in broad brush strokes and is:

  • Sunday 15th: A service at HMAS Albatross followed by a BBQ lunch and catch up at the Museum with guided tours of HMAS Albatross. We will get together Sunday for a meal and refreshments.
  • Monday 16th: Dedication of a memorial marking 50 years since the First Contingent left Australia for Vietnam. 723 will do a fly over during the dedication. Lunch at the Museum. COMFAA will host a cocktail party followed by a Buffet meal. RAN Guard and Band will Beat the Retreat.
  • Tuesday 17th: Parade with Guard and Band at Bomaderry , march down the street to the memorial in Walsh Park (??). Review by the Governor General. 723 fly over. Afternoon free. Get together that night for a club meal.
  • Wednesday 18th: Trip to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) if there is sufficient interest.

Please remember that this is a very early plan and the fine details are yet to come. To assist us in the planning we have attached the following:

Expression of Interest. Please fill in the electronic form at the foot of this page 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.


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 the GG to present it 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