A couple of weeks before the TET Offensive, whilst Whiskey Company was on the Horseshoe, a mixed
Section patrol of 9 were sent down to the Long Green to ambush a track which had shown signs of
This patrol consisted of Bill Broughton, Brownie Hamon, Wayne Chester and Sel Fraider on M60
machine guns, Mike Beasley and myself acting as Sel’s no 2. Mani Mokomoko was placed at the rear
of the ambush site to protect our “bug out” route. I am unable to recall who the other two members of
the ambush party were. My apologies Guys !
With 4 groups of 2, we set up claymores at both ends of the ambush site and settled in to wait. After
only an hour or so laying in ambush, I heard a swishing sound coming down the track towards Sel’s
and my position. We were laying down behind an anthill and were only about 2 metres from the track.
I watched and counted 35 VC move into the ambush area as they were silhouetted from our laying
position. I tapped Sel on the shoulder and he set off the claymores which were all connected to a
cigarette tin which had a battery inside. Almost immediately, the claymores from the other end of the
ambush went off.As soon as the claymores went off and Sell began firing his M60. I was trying to hook
up further belts, but Sel kept firing bursts and I had trouble linking up the belts. Sel swore at me and
stopped firing long enough for me to get the additional belts hooked up. The firing from us went on for
some time, and as the radio operator called in illumination flares which burst above us, everything
seemed to move. Towards the end of the ambush, I am sure that we were firing at shadows. Once the
flares ceased, Billy Bro called me out to accompany him on a sweep by torchlight. Quite honestly,
I pissed my pants at that time, but moved out with him to do the sweep. We found numerous packs
containing Chicom grenades, other ammunition and clothing, but no bodies, although we only swept
our immediate front of the kill zone. I believe that we obtained enough grenades that night for them to
be diffused and everyone in W Company received one as a souvenir at the end of our tour. When we
had completed the search, we moved back to Mani’s position and returned to our Platoon harbor area.
There must have been a lot of blood in the kill zone we searched because when I awoke the next
morning, I had a fair number of patches of blood on my greens.
When I moved to Queensland in 1990, I met a guy named Peter Gurney who was in B Company 2RAR.
When we got chatting, he made a comment that he was dirty on W Company, because they had found
22 bodies in a mass grave about 3 or 4 days after our contact and had to dig them up and take photos
for the Intelligence Unit.
This was a night which I will never forget, however I must add that, for some strange reason, I never felt
any fear or discomfort in any of our further contacts during our Tour of Duty. I am sure that Wayne
Chester would be able to confirm this contact and maybe add to it from his experience from the other
end of the ambush.
Regards to all my Whiskey Company Brothers WAYNE LINDSAY
MY FIRST CONTACT