Ron joined the RAAF as an apprentice in 1955. He qualified and eventually served with the RAAF as a No 35 Squadron Caribou aircraft Loadmaster in the Vietnam War in 1965. He was chosen to be a member of the Australian Armed Forced Colour Party, which was sent to France in 1968 for the 50th Anniversary of the Signing of the Armistice at the end of WW1.
Ron has contributed to many lifetimes of achievements between his years in the service to present day. Some of these include;
- Played first grade rugby league in Sydney for Parramatta and Penrith
- Secretary of the Penrith Club in 1974
- Captained North Queensland Rugby League Club
- Become a Justice of the Peace in 1980
- Elected in 1982 as a Gold Coast City Councilor and served for three years
- Between 1986-1988 he served as a Legatee with Legacy caring for the needs of War Widows, Widows of Ex-Servicemen and their children
- From 1987-1990 he served as president of the then Gold Coast District Sub-Branch of the Vietnam Veterans’ Association of Australia
- He was appointed as the Administrator of the Gold Coast Rugby League Football, where he was responsible for promoting the game of football to the youth of the district
- Ron served as Senior Vice President for two years of the Vikings Surf Club. He also crewed in the surfboat that won the Australian Masters Title
- For the past 20 years Ron has been Chairman of the Board for Currumbin RSL Sub-Branch and President of the Memorial Club. He devotes much of his time to serving the Veteran and local Currumbin Community.
Humble by nature Ron is always willing and able to tackle and assist with anything Veteran and community related. From getting down at a grass roots level to offering his expertise to fight for causes that assist those without a voice at state and federal levels. Easy going, while being steadfast in his convictions, offering respect to all regardless of age, race or creed Ron encapsulates what a leader, a friend and an Australian should be. He is truly an extraordinary gentleman.
Ron has many stories about his time during service. Stories of survival, death, evil, heroism, injury, hope, friendship and courage. Having heard some of his stories has helped us to understand a little bit more about life during war. These are stories that will stay with us for a lifetime and has shed new light on how lucky we are to be Australian and to have heroes such as Mr. Workman and all our other current and ex-serving men and women.
Lest We Forget
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