4718097 Lance Corporal Robert Burns C Company
Killed in Action; 13 September 1968
Lance Corporal Robert Burns, aged 22, originally from Stirling, Scotland, was a butcher prior to being called up for National Service in April 1966. He then signed on as a Regular soldier in August 1967 and was posted to 4RAR and sailed with the Battalion for South Vietnam in May 1968.
During Operation HAWKSBURY 1 in Long Khan Province on 13 September 1968, 7 Platoon entered a large enemy bunker system which appeared to be unoccupied. As the lead section, commanded by Robert, moved among the bunkers they came under heavy fire from a North Vietnamese Army unit and in the ensuing fire fight, Robert was shot and killed.
Roberts Burns's name is located at panel 5 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT.
Their Service . . . . Our Heritage We Will Remember Them
the motto of the Royal Australian Regiment
New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory . . . Northern Territory . . . Queensland . . . South Australia . . . Tasmania . . . Victoria . . . Western Australia 4 RARASSOCIATIONS OF AUSTRALIA THE FIGHTING FOURTH
MALAYSIA/BORNEO - SOUTH VIETNAM - EAST TIMOR/TIMOR LESTE - IRAQ - AFGHANISTAN