Ralph honours his friend and hero
BRAUNSTONE resident and retired Sergeant Major of the Australian Army, Ralph Hindmarsh read about his friend and former Roy Mundine in his battalion's internal newsletter Tiger Tales and thought Roy's appointment as the inaugural Indigenous Elder of the Australian Army was newsworthy given his strong links to the Clarence.
Ralph holds the deepest respect for his friend and fellow Vietnam Veteran who possess "an exemplary service record."
"He is thought of with the very highest of esteem with our battalion (5th of the Royal Australian Regiment). He's a real gentleman and well and truly respected."
Ralph said Roy was one of those men who was always immaculately dressed and was an inspiration to not only the Aboriginal community but also young army officers.
"He is certainly proud of his race and very proud to be in the army."
Ralph said Roy was also a real character.
"Whenever I see him he always says at the top of his lungs 'Gudday 'Rowdy' how the bloody hell are you?' We've kept in touch over the years and he calls me out of the blue. Sometimes two or three times and nothing for a while. I can imagine he's only going to get busier now."
Ralph said he was hoping to invite Roy up for a Vietnam Vets Day at some stage by he might need to take a number.
"He's pretty popular fellow. He's just returned from Turkey after being invited to attend the Lone Pine commemorations over there.
"It would be good to get him back to Clarence some day. Of all the people I've served with he's up there on a pedestal along with the best." - Lesley Apps