Today, 22 December, we salute and honour the following men & woman 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

22 Dec 1977: 75519041BG Rifleman David Herculaas Wilters from 4 SAI Died of Wounds in Northern Owamboland. Stationed at Ombalantu, he was part of a Section of ten men on a standard ten day patrol in the Yati Strip and was responsible for operating the 60mm Mortar together with Rifleman Kevin Adank on this particular patrol. The patrol set up a TB in a shona for the night that offered perfect protection as well as the circular shape allowing the men to spread out around the circumference. At first light on the morning of 22 December 1977, the section leader had woken up and gone to relieve himself approximately 50m away from the TB. As he returned to his sleeping bag position, SWAPO/PLAN insurgents launched a full scale attack on the TB position using RPG-7 Rocket Launchers, machine-guns and AK-47 automatic rifles. The mortar position received a direct hit from a Soviet RPG-7 Anti-Tank Rocket leaving David Wilters critically wounded in the chest while Rifleman Kevin Adank was wounded in the left shoulder and arm by rocket shrapnel. The Ops Medic could do little for David so he read to him from an English Bible until David succumbed to his wounds 5 minutes later. He was 18.

22 Dec 1977: 72481989PE Lieutenant Kurt Gagiano from 101 Battalion SWATF was Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents near the Cut-Line. He was 21.

22 Dec 1982: 68517044BT Private Pieter Johannes Jordaan from 92 Ammunition Depot was killed in a private motorcycle accident near Witbank while off duty. He was serving a compulsory 30-day camp at the time of his death. He was 30.

22 Dec 1989: 85457695BG Private Johannes Bornman from the North West Command Workshops, Technical Service Corps, died in 1 Military Hospital after suffering a brain aneurysm. He was 20.

22 Dec 1990: 90069287CK Rifleman Michael Charles Muller from the South African Cape Corps died at Umgababa from a gunshot wound, accidentally self-inflicted. He was 19.

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

1976 – L/Cpl Gert Johannes "Boet" NEL (24) and Tpr Stephen Derek "Steve" SEYMOUR (24), both of C Sqn, SAS, were killed in a contact in the Bangala TTL, Victoria district. In a High Density operation with elements of 6RR, three sticks were flown in by helicopter, and in an ensuing contact, Boet and Steve were shot and killed. Cpl King sustained wounds from an RPD.

1976 – Cpl Peter SHERENI, A Coy, 2nd Bn, RAR, died from shrapnel wounds received in a mortar attack, Matibi TTL, Chiredzi district, Op Repulse.

1978 – Rfn Duncan George J.C. DEWER, 4th Bn, RR, was killed in an ambush.

1978 – Pte Samuel KHOLA, D Coy, 4th Bn, RR, was killed in a contact.

1979 – Pte Peter CHIONESO, 2nd Bn, RAR, died of gunshot wounds received in a CT action.

1979 – Pte Felix GOKO and L/Cpl Canaan MOYO, both of 2nd Bn, RAR, died of shrapnel wounds received in a CT action.

1979 Pte John KULALA, 4th Bn, RR, died in a vehicle ambush.

1979 – Pte John TIMOTHY, 1st Bn, RR, died in a vehicle accident. 

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

 

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  • December 22, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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