Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

War, Brotherhood and Unmarked Graves

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

War, Brotherhood and Unmarked Graves

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TOM DAUNT

Reporter

tom.daunt@gympietimes.com.au

THE sandy beret of Australia's Special Air Service Regiment is the unmistakable material symbol of our elite fighting force.

It is rare to see them, and the soldiers who are qualified to wear them in public.

The work of the SAS is often shrouded in secrecy.

So too was the life and death of former regiment member and Gympie man Norman McCullough, whose head stone was unveiled in a special service at Gympie Cemetery on Saturday.

Corporal McCullough served in Malaya, Thailand and Vietnam before being discharged from the Special Air Service squadron in 1976.

He died in Western Australia in 1983 and his ashes were brought to Gympie and interred with his mother, Ada Meiers, in an unmarked grave.

Zoltan Simon, who served with Cpl McCullough in the SAS, was among those who attended the graveside service.

"I actually remember on one contact drill, dropping a 40mm high explosive shell a little bit close (to Norm). …

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