James Canuto
Olkola, Kowanyama, Kunjen peoples

Retired Warrant Officer Class Two
Royal Australian Armoured Corps
Australian Army
Vietnam Veteran

Medals and Awards
Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 – Vietnam
Vietnam Medal
Long Service Medal 15 years with Clasp
Australian Defence Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Army Combat Badge
Returned from Active Service Badge

I enlisted in the Army on 24 September 1968 and served for 21 years in the Royal Australian Armoured Corps. During my career I completed two tours of Vietnam, from 27 August 1969 to 10 September 1970 and from 9 June 1971 to 9 March 1972. After Vietnam I had postings in Townsville, Puckapunyal, Canungra, Darwin and Sydney. I was discharged from the Army in 1989 with the rank of Warrant Officer Class Two. I am proud to be one of the founding members of Yarrabah RSL Club, the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander RSL Club.

Thank you to retired Warrant Officer Class 2 James Canuto for providing these photos of his service in the Australian Army including his tours of duty in Vietnam crewing M113A1 Armoured Personnel Carriers with 3rd Cavalry Regiment.