Citation for
The First Battalion
The Royal Australian Regiment Group

By the direction of the Secretary of the Army, the Meritorious Unit Commendation is awarded to the 1st BATTALION, ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT GROUP for exceptionally meritorious achievement in the performance of outstanding service:

The 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, distinguished itself in the conduct of military operation in the Republic of Vietnam from 5 May 1965 to 16 May 1966 while attached to the 173rd Airborne Brigade (separate) of the United States Army. As the first ground combat unit in-country; the 173rd Airborne Brigade and its assigned and attached units conducted extensive combat maneuvers in the Bien Hoa area and in the Viet Cong strongholds of War Zone D and the Iron Triangle during the period 5 May 1965 to 4 May 1967. In every confrontation with the stubborn insurgents, the 173rd Airborne Brigade displayed marked aggressiveness which enabled them to neutralize enemy strongholds and capture thousands of logistical items. In addition to remarkable skill and tenacity in combat, the sky soldiers of the brigade carried on an extensive civic action program characterized by sincere compassion for the suppressed local populace. During each of the brigade’s combat operations, the sky soldiers immeasurably aided the allied counterinsurgency effort by winning the hearts and minds of the Vietnamese people. The remarkable proficiency and devotion to duty displayed by the members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect distinct credit upon themselves, the Armed Forces of the United States, and the Armed Forces of Australia and New Zealand.

The US Army Meritorious Unit Commendation confers that members of the awarded unit have the right to wear a scarlet ribbon 1-3/8 inches long and ½ inch wide in a gold coloured metal frame. For Australian units, this is subject to ratification by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth.

The commendation is awarded to a unit for the degree of achievement required which would warrant the award of the Legion of Merit to an individual.


High Range 2008

High Range 2008

COMD 3 Brigade BRIG S Smith, AM presenting trophy to Pte Bird

Chris Webb “A” Company


Training Hard

1 RAR Colours at the dedication of the 1 RAR memorial at Holsworthy 1985

WO1 “Macca” McKay, DSM, MM and Brigadier Lou Brumfield, CBE, DSO at the dedication of the 1 RAR memorial at Holsworthy 1985

Father Gerry Cudmore conducts the service

The long and short of the 50th Anniversary 1995

50th Birthday Parade 1995

50th Birthday Parade 1995