Lance Corporal Robert Burns
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.
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