Private Joseph Steven Ramsay
Killed in Action; 31 January 1969
Private Joseph Ramsey, aged 22, originally from Catrine, Scotland, was a carpenter prior to being called up for National Service on 17 April 1967. He sailed with the Battalion for South Vietnam in May 1968.
Joe was the machine gunner in 1 Section, 10 Platoon and earned himself a reputation for not wasting ammunition when on 21 July 1968 he and his Number Two, Private Sammy Graham, allowed two VC to get within ten metres of his barrel before opening fire. The ammunition belt twisted and Joe was only able to fire one round before the gun jammed but the single bullet resulted in two enemy dead and the capture of two enemy weapons.
During Operation GOODWOOD in Bien Hoa Province on 31 January 1969, 10 Platoon contacted an enemy force in a bunker system and during the firefight Joe was killed along with his 1 Section forward scout, Sammy Graham (who had previously been Joe's Number Two on the machine gun), and three others were wounded.
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