Today, 28 February, 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

28 Feb 1977: 70484753BT Private Craig Murray Irvine from 32 Field Workshop Squadron was killed in a military vehicle accident on the Bagani-Rundu Road. He was 22.

28 Feb 1979: 73348583BG Sergeant Bernhard Fritz Wilhelm Kirchner from 41 Battalion was Killed in Action during a Contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents. He was 21. 

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

28 Feb 1968: 2Lt Charl Viljoen (20) of 2 Commando, 1RLI, drowned in the Zambezi River, near Kanyemba, Sipolilo. Col Sgt Wally Ferreira tried to rescue him, but was unsuccessful; actions which earned him the President's Commendation for Bravery.

28 Feb 1970: Cst Gowere (28) of the BSAP, died in a vehicle accident on the Redcliff/Que Que road.

28 Feb 1975: Eng Mech Gordon Kerr (21) of the RhAF, died in a vehicle accident on the Salisbury/Ft Victoria road.

28 Feb 1976: Tpr Kenneth Tachi (21) of the Selous Scouts, was killed in a shooting incident at the Selous Scouts Camp, Bindura.

28 Feb 1978: Cst Khopiso Magaya (22) of the BSAP, was killed in action. He was stationed at Sauerstown at the time.

28 Feb 1978: Smn G. Mlanzi (22)of 3 Signal Squadron, RhSigs, was killed on active service

28 February 1979: Cst Happy Mudhombozi (25) of Hotel Troop, Support Unit, BSAP, was killed in action

28 Feb 1979: Pte Munikwi Mukandatsama and Pte Chibomba Runodada, both of C Company, 2RAR, died from gunshot wounds in a contact in Ndanga TTL, Zaka, Op Repulse

28 Feb 1979: Sec Ldr James Murphy (35) of the Police Reserve, BSAP, was killed in action in the Op Grapple area

28 Feb 1979: DSA Kudzayi Nyabotso of Intaf, died on active service

28 Feb 1979: Gd Lavert Samson of Guard Force, was killed in action

28 Feb 1979: L/Cpl Bethrod Zhonga of 1RR, was murdered by terrorists

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

 

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  • February 28, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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