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Due to tactical circumstances, his troop got stuck in the mud of a shona near the Lomba River during a tank fight, and his Ratel 90 was destroyed at point blank by a T55 tank. We since me receiving medical treatment by the medics we inseparable until the day he died I was in the buffel with him Gnr. We as motars had a relatively easy going time when compared to our infantry brothers being base camp 81mm mortar home guards.2Lt Alves, his crew as well as 32 Bn members such as Capt Mac Mc Callum was killed instantly. In 1982 our 14 day pass came up and us mortars where sent in groups with the platoons heading state side buddies went along with one of the first groups and on his return came passed eco water tower where a group of 4 sai ,and myself where deployed, he was in good spirit having just arrived from the airport,having left eco tower the group buddies found himself with where routed to a potential contact site ,on arrival ,from what news came back via radio and the personal that where with buddies, contact was made with a group of swapo having a beer at a mud hut come beer hall ,having arrived at the scene in buffels the group gave chase on foot later returning to the vehicles buddies was apparently leaning over the side of the buffle (vehicle) he had being in on arrival,a member on the ground ,making his weapon safe let a round off ,this hit buddies ,choppers arrived to take buddies to ondungwa but it was already to late,he passed away later that night.They were sadly taken away whilst on static duty on Raglin Road in Grahamstown when their Buffel rolled and they were thrown out. Fighting soldiers from the sky Fearless men who jump and die Men who mean just what they say The brave men of the Maroon Beret Silver wings upon their chest These are men, South Africa's best One hundred men will test today But only three win the Maroon Beret Trained to live off nature's land Trained in combat, hand-to-hand Men who fight by night and day Courage peak from the Maroon Berets Silver wings upon their chest These are men, South Africa's best One hundred men will test today But only three win the Maroon Beret Back at home a young wife waits Her Maroon Beret has met his fate He has died for those oppressed Leaving her his last request Put silver wings on my son's chest Make him one of South Africa's best He'll be a man they'll test one day Have him win the Maroon Beret. Xg6By20I grew up in front of Russell, on Vaal Reefs Gold Mine, in the (then) Western Transvaal (now North West). My mom and Diane are still best friends and visit each other every year. Barrington was a rifleman from 6SAI, Foxtrot Company, Platoon 4 and was a pleasant well mannered and popular chap.May God let their souls rest in peace as they might have gone, but they are not forgotten. (Echo company '84 to '86, 6SAI)Operasie Kropduif (die aanval op Eheke) op 28 Oktober 1977, sou die donkerste dag in die geskiedenis van die Suid Afrikaanse Spesiale Magte se bestaan wees. As company signal officer I was in transit and detached to this platoon on that fateful rainy night.
I can recall when an enemy,terrorist,whatever he was called,was killed,they were picked up very quickly and removed.the tank round penetrated the Ratel through the side door, detonated in the main ammunition storage container and resulted in an explosion causing the vehicle to catch fire. Helde almal van hulle, maar medaljes word ongelukkig nie in getalle toegeken nie, al is die dapperes ook ? I never got to say goodbye that day to young so fucking wrong REST IN PEACE my old friend Stumbled onto this site by accident. We were the guys on foot chasing and when we got back the buffels arrived with some guys on board.Hi my name is Gavin Vorster and i was in 32 from 1987 to 1989 we were once soldiers and i salute all that was part of my unit and all those that sacrified their lives for a better world,for those that lost their lives i salute you, Proleo Procusi_ We were forged in war. I was put up there with the MAG to cover the area and some guy on the ground (from base camp, not a member of the group chasing), was given an instruction by some corporal (also from base camp) to make his rifle safe. I remember in 1980 we were ambushed and I was wounded.Platoon 4 comprised the youngest group of men who were exposed to the most amount of contacts during our 18 months on the border, as a result of this they were quick on the trigger.
This incident had a severe impact on morale not to mention the poor chap who pulled the trigger, he unfortunately had to accompany Barrington in a helicopter whilst travelling with Barrington alongside him. The name is Wayne Rees 79497012BT, was also in platoon 4 on the cutline when this sad event happened. We were all taking turns to stand guard (1 hour),in a large circle,sleeping 2 in a group.: Six members of 32 Battalion were Killed in Action in a single incident during Ops Modular in Southern Angola. n velletjie hang af en gooi dit in die Angolse stof. Hy gaan terug na sy gesneuwelde makkers en bring hulle een vir een terug. They were from SWA Genni and only had 2 week to go before returning to 911 to train the next intak I would also like to know who this Barnard is, was he the guy that did JL's with me in 1986 at Bossiesspruit near Kroonstad.