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TURN YOUR TAX
INTO A POSITIVE
Army November 26, 2009
By Sgt Andrew Hetherington
ON DUTY in a war zone, Special
Forces soldier LCpl M had every
chance of coming across wrecked
houses, charred cars and dead bodies.
It was the last thing he expected his
family in Victoria might experience.
But while he was at work protect-
ing Afghans from destructive forces, the
Black Saturday bushfires destroyed his
house and everything he owned.
After finding out most of his family
was safe, he had to wait for news that
one of his two brothers – both of whom
had lost their homes – was alive.
Thanks to the generosity of his friends,
colleagues and even strangers, is he get-
ting his life back on track. The slow proc-
ess of rebuilding has begun and he can’t
deploy with the mates who have rallied to
help him until it is complete.
It was hard for him to see the ruins
of the house he spent 14 months build-
ing. “ I built it after I returned from East
Timor,” he said. “ I looked at the house
and thought, ‘Geez, all that work I put
into it and now it’s all gone.’ ”
Not much was salvageable. Only a
“few blobs of gold from my partner’s
rings” could be sifted out of the remains.
Memories of his family’s and commu-
nity’s ordeals will be the lasting legacy.
His partner had been trapped overnight
at a friend’s place, not knowing if her son,
who was visiting a friend, was OK. As she
drove back to find the wreckage of their
house the next day, she passed burnt-out
cars containing dead people.
“When you go away to war you
expect that sort of thing,” LCpl M said.
“ But for the local people, like the fire-
fighters, it was in their own backyard. For
a lot of them, they were their friends.”
By Tpr Michael Franchi
THE enlistment of 8/9RAR’s newest
recruit was endorsed with a resounding
“baa” when the RSM administered the
oath on parade on November 4.
Pte John Macarthur VI, known as Stan
the Ram, is the latest mascot to continue a
tradition started by the original 9 Bn.
CO 8/9RAR Lt-Col Simon Stuart said
Stan was an important symbol for the bat-
talion. “ He represents a physical link to
the past for us, in particular to 9 Bn, who
served with distinction in Vietnam.
“One of my predecessors, Lt-Col Eric
Phillip, decided the battalion needed a mas-
cot and he gave some pretty clear guide-
lines as to what it should be,” he said.
“The animal had to be either an
Australian native or have had a significant
contribution to Australia’s prosperity, so
they decided a merino ram was the way
to go. One of the soldiers was related
to the family who donated the first ram,
which was a direct descendant of the first
merino sheep brought to Australia in the
Peter Hacker, of Roselea Merino Stud,
donated the ram. Mr Hacker is a member
of the Queensland Merino Stud Sheep
Breeders Association, which has donated
the past four mascots to the battalion.
“I think [Stan] shows good strength,
fearlessness and courage to be part of the
Army,” he said.
Lt-Col Stuart said Stan had fitted in
well and, like all soldiers, he was young
with a good deal of character and spirit.
“He will do his physical training along
with the rest of us each day ... and he’ll
accompany the battalion wherever it goes,
supporting events and parades,” he said.
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full
Fine ovine line: Pte John “Stan the Ram” Macarthur VI and
8/9RAR handler Pte John McGrath.
Photo by Tpr Michael Franchi
He is grateful for the help he has
received from his mates and the ADF.
Before he returned to Australia, his
colleagues in Afghanistan had already
rallied behind him. “ They passed the
hat around and said, ‘We thought we’d
give it to you now because we were wor-
ried you wouldn’t take it if we left it too
long,’ ” he said.
They had collected “a couple of grand
in US dollars” and more was to come.
“When I got to Kandahar, the HQ had
done the same thing and in total they had
all raised $7000 for me.”
With this assistance, he and his fam-
ily were able to buy the necessities. Help
came from other sources too.
“As we had lost everything, people
were offering fridges and other house-
hold goods,” he said. “ Most of the things
we have in the rented house we are in
now were donated by those people.”
He said the support had been
“unr eal”. “I thank everyone, from the
blokes in the Commando Association,
the CO to ACM Angus Houston, who I
ran into during a function.”
Lost: The ruins of LCpl M’s home.
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