ANZAC Appeal 2016

The 2016 ANZAC Appeal badges honour seven outstanding men who served Australia gallantly: WWII fighter pilot WOFF Len Water, Sir Rodin Cutler VC, Ordinary Seaman Teddy Sheean, Sergeant Andrew Russell, Sergeant Brett Wood MG DSM, Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG and Corporal Mathew Hopkins.

We Will Remember Them. Lest We Forget

Warrant Officer Leonard Victor Waters was born at Euraba Mission between Boomi and Garrah in NSW. He left school when he was 13 and worked as a shearer until August 1942 when he joined the RAAF and trained as a mechanic. The following year he graduated to become Australia's first and only Aboriginal fighter pilot during WWII. He was posted to No.78 Squadron and allocated a Kittyhawk aircraft named "Black Magic". Len flew 95 operational sorties against the Japanese from Noemfoor, Moratai and Tarakan.
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Sir Roden Cutler received the Victoria Cross for his actions in the Merdjayoun-Damour area of Syria, and having had his leg amputated, was medically discharged in 1942. He later become the NSW State Secretary of the RSL, embarked on a distinguished diplomatic career and was a long-serving Governor of NSW.
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Edward "Teddy" Sheean was an ordinary seaman on HMAS Armidale, which, in December 1942, was hit by two aircraft-launched torpedoes and began to sink fast. Although wounded, Sheean strapped himself to his Oerlikon gun and engaged the attacking aircraft. He shot down two planes, and crewmates told of seeing tracer rising from beneath the surface as Sheean was dragged under the water, firing until the end. He was 18.
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Sergeant Andrew Russell enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1986 and then the Regular Army on 31 January 1989 when we was allocated to the Royal Australian Engineers. He underwent SAS selection in 1991 and was posted to SASR. Sgt Russell died on 16 February 2002 when the vehicle in which he as a passenger detonated a suspected mine in Afghanistan.
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Sergeant Brett Wood was serving with the Special Operations Task Group in Afghanistan when he was killed in action as a result of the explosion of an IED on 23 May 2011. Thirty-two year old Sergeant Wood was from the Sydney based 2nd Commando Regiment.
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CPL Cameron Stewart Baird VC MG – On 22 June 2013, a Commando Platoon of the Special Operations Task Group conducted an assault into Uruzgan province. After insertion, CPL Baird’s team was engaged from several enemy positions.  Corporal Baird quickly seized the initiative, leading his team to neutralise the positions and enabling the assault to continue.  An adjacent Special Operations Task Group team came under heavy fire, resulting in its commander being seriously wounded - CPL Baird led his team to provide support.  On three separate occasions CPL Baird and his team charged the enemy-held building within the compound with CPL Baird drawing enemy fire away from his team.  On the third attempt the enemy was neutralised and the advantage was regained, but CPL Baird was killed in the effort.
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CPL Mathew Hopkins known as ‘Hoppy’ to his mates, was born in Christchurch, New Zealand and arrived in Australia with his family in 1988.  He was posted to the 5/7th Battalion, the Royal Australia Regiment 10 September 2005, where he fulfilled a number of junior soldier roles and qualified as a M113 Crewman Driver.  He was promoted to Corporal just before his 21st birthday in August 2008.  CPL Hopkins was serving with the Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force in Afghanistan when he was killed while conducting a patrol near Kakarak when his team were engaged by a group of about 20 Taliban on 16 March 2009. 
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The ANZAC Appeal offer us the opportunity to remember with pride those who have served and who are no longer with us. Featuring ADF members on the donation cards provides us with an opportunity to shine the light on that member and their service to our great country.

To purchase an ANZAC Appeal badge, visit poppyshop.org.au

COMMEMORATIVE RIBBONS

You can show your support to those who have served, past and present, by purchasing a virtual badge online like the ones shown below. Share it amongst your friends and family and on social media, and encourage others to show their support.

Go to anzacappeal.org.au to personalise a commemorative ribbon today.