Date of publication: 2018-01-13 05:47
Viljoen se liggaam is later deur verkennings elemente in 'n "vlakgraf" weg van die kontak toneel gevind. Hy was definatief in die kontak gewond en is deur die terroriste weg gevoer.
I recovered his body and later passed it onto an infantary ratel 25 who had a body bag. The projectile hit his turret and then hit him full in the chest causing severe damage.
On May 18 1985, a South African Navy strike craft carrying the Recce team as well as a back-up team left Saldanha Bay and traveled to a spot 165 kms off the Angolan coast near its border with Zaire. The mission was to confirm the existence of ANC terrorist bases and SWAPO bases near Cabinda. Reports indicated this area as containing a major ANC training base from which insurgents returned to South Africa. The area contains oil storage installations run by the Angolans and Gulf Oil, and because of this, several large military bases are in the vecinity. Speculative reports had mentioned US Veterans and ex-SAS guarding the installations.
There is also a pic of him wearing his SADF stepouts I think, but I have yet to dig the book itself out. I got the teacher who had written it to post this to me for your ROH, you have her permission to use it, she is Dylan Weston in case you want to ascribe the words to her, she taught him in his last year or two at Sunward Park High School in Boksburg.
That civilian you are talking about was my father. He was a farmer, but he also worked with 61 Mech when there was swapo infiltrations?
At 1585 hours we arrived in Mapai (Rail) and asked directions the police station. This was a broken down 2 room building that could have passed for a toilet. Not an auspicious start! A policeman read our letter of introduction and said that we needed to see the local military or garrison Commandant. He then went off to find him but returned to say he was not there. We were then taken to the head of FRELIMO party for the area. Arlindo Penicela Baloi, who, although unable to speak English, was able to read our letter of introduction. Thank heavens for Bob's notes! He reiterated that we had to go back and get the Garrison Commandant's permission.
After much deliberation this was the first time that news was released to the press concerning our many men who had perished on the border.
A flight of four Mustangs, led by Lt Pretorius, conducted a rail interdiction mission in the YD area. After attacking their primary target successfully, they proceeded to a village north-east of Sibyon-ni, which they attacked with rockets. While pulling out of his dive, 2Lt . Pappas' aircraft was seen to explode in a silvery flash, although there was only light 25 mm flak in the vicinity. Further investigation revealed no sign of 2Lt Pappas or his aircraft. It was his first mission.
Gavin John Harvey was a drummer boy, a child of peace and born with the gift of incredible humour. He ignited laughter wherever he went. His impersonations were spot on, and always a twist to the story. He loved music. He lived for it. It was he who introduced me to Stevie Wonder, Frank Zappa, Chick Corea, The Brecker Bro's. we made a band in high school with Martin Yates, a talented boy of muso parents, who was Gavin's best friend. they indulged my love of ballads and strong melodies and lyrics. All Gavin really wanted to do was to be a muso. In another time and space, that's what he would've been. But The Call-Up hung over his head. First he'd work at the Std Bank for 6 months then join the July Call-up, to fill those inbetween days of waiting.
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