23 Aug RIP TIM FISCHER: VETERAN AND THE MAN IN THE BIG HAT
Most people only know Tim Fischer as a politician – but he was also a veteran that saw lots of action during his lifetime.
In 1966 he was conscripted into the Australian Army and commissioned at the Officer Training Unit, Scheyville.
Fischer served with the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment between July 1966 and March 1969 as a second lieutenant. With his battalion, he served in the Vietnam War.
Fischer was wounded in the Battle of Coral-Balmoral in May–June 1968.
On his return from Vietnam, Fischer took up farming at Boree Creek, in the Riverina, and became active in the Country Party, as the party was then called.
In October 2018, Fischer was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. Fischer himself attributed the illness to exposure to Agent Orange during his service in Vietnam.