11 April 1944 – 5 August 2022

CPL Kevin ‘John’ Smee died in hospital on Friday 5 August, he had been admitted to the hospital some time ago.

John enlisted in January 1963, he did his training at 1 RTB and then Infantry Centre before joining 1 RAR in August of that year. He was a founding member of 5 RAR when the Battalion served on both tours of South Vietnam. As a LCPL with CHQ of B Coy on the 1966-67 tour and a CPL with ADM Coy on the 1969-70 tour. John stayed with 5 RAR until it was linked with 7 RAR and then served 6 years with 5/7 RAR. He continued in the ADF, serving for 20 years and discharging in January 1983.

John’s Funeral Service will be held at the C.J. Finney Centre, 34 Nunamina Ave, Kingsmeadows at 12.30hrs on Monday 15 August.


Gary Townsend

5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

Vale 1410127 Irwin John Langridge – RAA

We have received advice of the death of WO2 I J (John) Langridge. John was in the RAA and served in Vietnam with AATTV from March 1965 until February 1966. His postings with AATTV included SFGA Team A-102, A Shau, Thua Thien and HQ AATTV Saigon.  John had been living overseas and his funeral service was held overseas. He was 83.

RIP Irwin John Langbridge

Peter Bruce, OAM

Obituary Resource Officer

Funeral Details Lesley Robert Herbert – RAA

Don Rae has advised that a funeral service for Les Herbert will be conducted at the Simplicity Funeral Chapel, 442 Scarborough Beach Road, Osborne Park (Perth WA) on Wednesday 17.08.2022 at 10.00AM. Contact Simplicity Funerals (08) 9443 1666 for live stream link.

Kind regards


Peter Bruce, OAM

Obituary Resource Officer


This needs some explanation!!

Men Are Just Happier People! What do you expect from such simple creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park.

Car Service people tell you the truth. The world is your own urinal. You never have to drive to another service station restroom because this one is just too smelly. You don’t have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress – $15,000.  Suit Hire – $100. People never stare at your chest when you’re talking to them.

New shoes don’t cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood all the time. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks and aircraft and ships and helicopters and football and golf and boxing. A five-day get away requires only one small sports bag and two changes of undies and couple of pairs of socks. You can open all your own jars and cans and stubbies.

You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend. Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack at Woolworths. Couple of pairs of shoes and some thongs are more than enough. You never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see any wrinkles in your clothes and food stains do not count.

Everything on your face stays its original colour. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades until you lose your hair and then who cares. You only have to shave your face and neck sometimes. You can play with little and big toys all your life. One wallet and one colour for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how hairy, white, and lumpy your legs look.

You can ‘do’ your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a moustache or a beard and do not use tweezers. You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes. Find a present and a card in 5 minutes.  No wonder men are happier!

NICKNAME If Laura, Kate, and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah. If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Mate, Fat Boy, Bubba, Wild man and Baldy.

EATING OUT When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though it’s only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually they want change, give it to the waiter. When the girls get their bill, out come the phone calculators.

MONEY A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs. A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn’t need but it’s on sale.

BATHROOMS A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel. The average number of items in the typical woman’s bathroom is 337. A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.

ARGUMENTS A woman has the last word in any argument.  Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a “new argument”.

FUTURE A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband. A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.

MARRIAGE A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn’t. A man marries a woman expecting that she won’t change, but she does.

DRESSING UP A woman will dress up to go shopping, garden, bring in the bins, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail. A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.

NATURAL Men wake up as ugly as they went to bed some Women somehow deteriorate during the night.

OFFSPRING Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favourite foods, secret fears, and hopes and dreams. A man is vaguely aware of some short of other people living in the house.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY. A married man should forget his mistakes. There’s no use in two people remembering the same thing!



From my inbox

All socialists – whether they’re the blue-haired gender queer climate activist at your local university campus or a ruthless dictator from Russia or China – share one thing in common. They all construct their own realities to benefit their political causes and the acquisition and maintenance of power.

The Chinese Embassy in Canberra has given us the latest and greatest example.

Last week, the US, Australia and Japan issued a joint statement condemning “China’s large-scale military exercises in the water of the Taiwan Strait” and firing of “ballistic missiles in Japan’s exclusive economic zones”… and the response from the Chinese was bizarre.

The Chinese Embassy said, “we are seriously concerned and strongly discontent”: 

“It is absolutely unacceptable for the finger-pointing on China’s justified actions to safeguard state sovereignty and territorial integrity. The US to be the biggest saboteur and destabilizer of peace in the Taiwan Strait and the biggest troublemaker to regional stability. China is the victim of political provocation from the US. 

“Japan is the only country that launched a military attack on the Australian mainland, in which nearly 50,000 Australian soldiers and civilians were killed, wounded or captured and a large number of Australian soldiers were brutally abused and massacred by the Japanese army, left with misery and trauma. With this in mind, the Australian side should have expressed empathy, thus fully understand and support China’s reasonable and legitimate actions to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“The one-China principle is a solemn commitment by successive Australian governments. It should be strictly abided by and fully honoured. It should not be misinterpreted or compromised in practice. We also hope that the Australian side could treat the Taiwan question with caution, does not follow certain countries’ strategy of containing China with Taiwan, and does not create new troubles and disturbances in China-Australia relations.”

What a joke.

First of all, the United States is NOT the “biggest saboteur and destabiliser of peace in the Taiwan Strait”. China is! It was the Chinese who destroyed coral reefs to build military bases in the South China Sea. It is the Chinese who are firing missiles into Japanese waters. It’s the Chinese who wet their beds any time anyone questions their actions in one of the most important naval passages on Earth.

Secondly, China is NOT “the victim of political provocation from the United States”. Although we understand the Chinese Communist Party’s national psyche has a deeply embedded victim complex that says China has ALWAYS been the victim since the British first brought Opium during the Qing dynasty, it’s just not the case anymore.

China has had MORE than a fair go over the last three decades. China has been allowed to STEAL western intellectual property. China has been allowed to DISPLACE critical western industries such as steelmaking, manufacturing and the production of high-tech goods. China has been allowed to expand into Tibet, Xinjiang and the South China Sea. And China has been allowed to criticise, condemn and disparage Western leaders for speaking on behalf of their own people.

Thirdly, do NOT try the “divide and conquer” tactics, China. As typical communists, we know it’s one of your go to strategies, but it won’t work with us. Japan is our ally. Yes, Japan did attack Australia, but we now share a vision to ensure the Asia-Pacific doesn’t become the backyard of a bully-boy tinpot Communist regime that relies on our ores and agricultural products to ensure their people don’t freeze and starve to death in the winter.

China needs to back off, they’re not the victim, and we will not let this regime control the Asia-Pacific and our future.




VALE: 1733761 Neville Denis LEHFELDT, 6 RAR A COY MAY – JUL 1969

We received the following from Barry Francis:   Sadly, I need to advise of the passing of Neville Lehfeldt. Nev was a section commander with 2 Platoon A Coy on the second tour before being wounded and returned home. He passed away last night in a nursing home in Brisbane from COVID complications to his severe Dementia.

His funeral will be held at St Anthony’s Catholic Church Bracken Ridge on Monday, August 22nd, at 11.45am. RIP Nev.

Please join us in offering our deepest sympathy to those who will mourn the passing of a loved one.  Another 6 RAR family member, taken too soon.


Allan Whelan, Secretary

Vale 1733611 RICHARD JOHN IRONS – 6RAR 10Pl D Coy Feb 1968 to Sept 1969

It is my sad duty to advise Richard Irons aged 75, passed away Wednesday 10th August in the Mater Private Hospital, Rockhampton with family by his side. He had dealt with Cancer without fuss & a positive outlook since diagnosed last year. Wife Heather (Ex Nurse) & family have been a tower of strength for Richard during this time.

Richard (Dick) joined 6 RAR in February 1968, being one of over 90, of the 10th Intake National Service contingent, in the build-up for the Battalions 2nd tour of Vietnam.

Rod Chandler (MM) was 10 Pl Commander for most of Richard’s Townsville training & Vietnam service said, Dick showed leadership qualities early & eventually became 2IC in the Gun Group overseas. He was always a team player, well respected & loved & played an important part in 10 Pl.
His loyalty to all the Team was paramount to Dicks Character.  RIP DICK

Condolences cards etc can be forwarded to the immediate family: Wife Heather, Children: – Michael, Ruth, David & John at, Heather IRONS & Family, 377 Limestone Creek Road, Yeppoon Q 4703.

Richards Funeral will be held at 10am, Friday19 August 2022, at the Capricorn Coast Uniting Church, 17 Lorikeet Avenue, Yeppoon Q 4703, followed by a Cemetery Burial at Yeppoon.   Umbrellas or hats are recommended.

Heather & the Family wish to invite all to the Yeppoon Bowls Club after the Burial

Please join with us in offering our deepest sympathy to those who will mourn the passing of a loved one.  Another 6 RAR family member, taken too soon.


Allan Whelan, Secretary