CARTOON OF C COY'S BAYONET CHARGE
© 2012 Gary Townsend
On 4 May 1966 the majority of C Company's members arrived in South Vietnam on-board the HMAS Sydney, it had been a voyage of training with a bit of time to ourselves. The Company was loaded into a landing craft and ferried to shore, as we approached the beach we heard an order that has lived with us since that day, "FIX BAYONETS!". CSM WO2 Ross Wormald issued the order under instruction from the OC of C Coy, MAJ Noel Granter.
Had Vung Tau been over-run by the Viet Cong?
Should we put a round up the spout?
Then again, did we even have a round to put up the spout?
Q-SGT Bob Trenear heard the order with dismay and stated, "Fix bayonets, bloody hell I packed mine in the bottom of my pack!"
We couldn't believe it, we were landing in a secured military area. The Yanks that were working on the beach thought it was a great joke, with comments such as; "Put those pig-stickers away before you hurt yourselves".
The story made it back to Australia and my mother sent me a cartoon about the incident, from one of the newspapers. Unfortunately the newspaper clipping did not last long in the Vietnamese climate and I have been looking to see if I could find a copy of this cartoon ever since. Russell Briggs also had a cutting sent to him with the same result and we have both done quite a bit of research trying to find the cartoon again.
If anyone has a copy of this cartoon, which is a part of our history, I would greatly appreciate getting an image it.
We still have not found the original cartoon, but Tom Davern's mate Richard Martin has created the one below for 'The Mushroom Club'. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Richard and also to award him an Honorary Membership of 'The Mushroom Club'.
Until now C Company has not had a Company Motto, in remembering this incident I believe that we should now adopt as the Official C Company Motto, "FIX BAYONETS".