Private James Duff
Killed in Action; 21 September 1971
Private James Duff, aged 22, from Tallangatta, Victoria but originally from Scotland, worked on a dairy farm and later at a sawmill prior to being called up for National Service in July 1970. He was posted to 4RAR and sailed with the Battalion to South Vietnam in May 1971.
Jimmy was a cheerful happy-go-lucky soldier who made friends easily in 12 Platoon.
During Operation IVANHOE in Phuoc Tuy Province on 21 September 1971, just prior to the battle of Nui Le eventuating, Jimmy Duff was part of a reconnaissance group led by the platoon commander looking for an ideal place to form a quick all-round defensive position. After moving no more than twenty metres, the group came under heavy fire from an enemy bunker system and so withdrew back to the platoon and went to ground. At that precise moment an enemy RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade) round exploded in a tree above Jim, killing him instantly. More RPG rounds wounded the platoon commander and seven others.
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