Today, 13 July, we salute and honor the following men who sacrificed their lives whilst standing in the defence of what they held dear at the time and against evil and tyranny. 

SOUTH AFRICAN BORDER WAR 

13 Jul 1966: 05576583PE Candidate Officer Christo Cornelius Johannes Joubert from Air Operations School Langebaanweg was killed when his AT-6 Harvard, Serial No. 7147 crashed near Velddrif during a routine training exercise. He was 19.

13 Jul 1982: 7939293BG Rifleman Jean Louis Moerdyk from SWA SPES (SWATF) was killed in a military vehicle accident at Bagani. He was 20.

13 Jul 1982: 81955346SWH Rifleman Karetu Muhenje from 102 Battalion SWATF was critically wounded on 12 July 1982 during a contact with PLAN insurgents in Northern Owamboland. While reloading an RPG-7 Rocket Launcher, he had cocked the trigger and placed the launcher on his leg while in the kneeling position and proceeded to insert the PG-7 Rocket Projectile into the tube. When he rammed it down, the trigger released and the charge ignited. His leg was blown off completely by the flames and blast from the rocket ignition and although he survived the actual incident, he succumbed to his injuries at 05h00 the following morning. He was 26.

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR 

13-Jul-77 Agr Dem Vengayi ADF Intaf DOAS

13-Jul-78 Grp Ldr Timothy "Tim" Peech PATU BSAP Mrd by terrorists, Op Hurricane. He was 31 years old. At the time, Tim was meeting with terrorists to encourage them to either surrender or "come on sides". He was abducted by this gang and murdered. .

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten † 

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  • July 13, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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