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A park where John Fraser (1945-1968) played as a child is dedicated to the former national serviceman and army officer.

John Fraser was called up for National Service on 29 September 1965 and was selected for officer training. In April 1966 he was commissioned second lieutenant in the Royal Australian Infantry Corps and posted to the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. Next year he successfully applied for an extension of his national service to enable him to be considered for a one-year deployment to the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam). In October 1967 he was transferred to the 3rd Battalion, R.A.R. As commander of 'C' Company's No.9 Platoon, he sailed with the battalion to Vung Tau in December.

On 24 March 1968, while No.9 platoon was engaged in clearing a safe lane along a gully towards a suspected tunnel entrance,  Fraser accidentally triggered a captured M16 anti-personnel mine which had been placed by the Viet Cong to protect the tunnel's mouth.  When he heard the mine arming, Fraser deliberately used his body in an effort to smother the effects of the blast and minimize injuries to those members of his platoon who were close by. The explosion fatally wounded him and seriously injured three of his men.


Address:16 Remembrance Drive, John Fraser Memorial Park, Surfers Paradise, 4217
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -28.008112
Long: 153.427433
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Park
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription


Second Lieut. John Fraser, Son Of A Surfers Paradise Pioneering Family, Was Killed In Action In South Vietnam On 24. 3. 68, Aged 23.

A National Serviceman, He Died A hero When After Activating A Jump-Up Mine, He Stood Firmly Upon The Device To Limit Its Destructive Force, Thus Saving The Lives Of Other Servicemen In The Platoon.

The Family Home Where John Fraser Grew Up Was Only 100 metres From This Park And As A Child He Loved To Fish And play here.

This Park Is Dedicated To The Memory Of Second Lieut. John Fraser And All The Australian Servicemen Who Paid The Supreme Sacrifice During The Vietnam Conflict

Inscription in Proximity
Source: MA, ADB
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