AUSTRALIAN ACTIVE SERVICE MEDAL 1945-75, 2 CLASPS MALAYSIA, VIETNAM ‘42983 D.A. NICHOLSON’, GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL 1962-2007, CLASP BORNEO ‘42983 D.A.NICHOLSON’, VIETNAM MEDAL 1964-73 ‘42983 D.A. NICHOLSON’; AUSTRALIAN SERVICE MEDAL 1945-1975, CLASP PNG ‘42983 D.A. NICHOLSON’, NATIONAL MEDAL ‘42983 D.A. NICHOLSON’ naming; 1st and 4th pantograph engraved, 2nd and 3rd Impressed, 5th engraved.
Dennis Alexander Nicholson was born on 30 January 1943 in Adelaide, South Australia; As a Signalman in the Royal Australian Corps of Signals, he served in Vietnam with 547 Signal Troop between 23 January -11 March 1968; medically evacuated to Australia 12 March 1968 (exact reason unknown). His prior or any post Vietnam service is not researched.
The troop’s primary role was to locate and monitor enemy radio signals in order to identify their strength, location, capability and future intentions. To achieve this the troop was in direct contact with the enemy forces from the first day that they arrived in Vietnam to the day before all Australian forces departed that country. Throughout their deployment to Vietnam, the troop was credited with providing early warning of imminent large scale enemy action against Australian, US and Thai forces, and were directly credited with saving hundreds of lives. Due to the extreme secrecy surrounding the troop’s operations their presence in Vietnam continued to be a closely guarded secret. Even today the troop does not appear on many maps drawn up by the Australian Task Force or on a model at the Australian War Memorial showing the locations of all Australian units at Nui Dat.
547 Signal Troop was under operational control of the United States Army Security Agency’s 509th Radio Research Group and was assigned to the 303rd Radio Research Battalion. The troop’s deployment to Vietnam included responsibility for direct support to the Australian Task Force and American units operating under the US II Field Force Vietnam command.
From in 2018, it was announced that members of the troop (including Nicholson) are also entitled to Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.
"Mr Chester encouraged Veterans and family members of deceased veterans of 547 Signal Troop to apply through the Directorate of Honours The extraordinary courage and bravery of this troop is now being formally acknowledged and I hope family members of the deceased come forward to receive this well-deserved recognition."
To be eligible for the citation insignia members must have served in Vietnam under the command of MACV and posted to 547 Signal Troop during the eligible dates, 13 June 1966 to 23 December 1971.
Condition, generally NEF. Sold with a USB loaded with unit history of 547 Signal Troop (691 pages). Dennis Nicholson is mentioned a number of times.