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“When you're left wounded on

Afganistan's plains and

the women come out to cut up what remains,

Just roll to your rifle

and blow out your brains,

And go to your God like a soldier”

“We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.”

“It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.”

“Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.

“The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace,

for he must suffer and be the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

“May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't .”
“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.

“Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.

“Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man."
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived.

The Soldier stood and faced God


Which must always come to pass

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He hoped his shoes were shining

Just as bright as his brass

"Step forward you Soldier,

How shall I deal with you?


Have you always turned the other cheek?


To My Church have you been true?"


"No, Lord, I guess I ain't


Because those of us who carry guns


Can't always be a saint."

I've had to work on Sundays

And at times my talk was tough,

And sometimes I've been violent,

Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny

That wasn't mine to keep.

Though I worked a lot of overtime

When the bills got just too steep,

The Soldier squared his shoulders and said

And I never passed a cry for help

Though at times I shook with fear,

And sometimes, God forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around


Except to calm their fears.


If you've a place for me here,


Lord, It needn't be so grand,


I never expected or had too much,


But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was silence all around the throne

Where the saints had often trod

As the Soldier waited quietly,

For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you Soldier,

You've borne your burden well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

You've done your time in Hell."

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History of 7th Battalion Royal Rangers (Mech)
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
First Batch Of 14 Condors
Left to right : Major Stephen Mundaw, Major Onn Wahab, Major Jalul Mahali, RSM Bong Fan Chang, Major Abdul Razak Che Awang, Lt Col Zulkapli Abdul Rahman, Lt Ooi, Lt Zahar, RQMS Naza, Sgt Jack Minan and Major Zulkifli

Background to the formation of the unit.
1. 7th Battalion Ranger Regiment was formed on the 10th of May 1970 at Camp Quetta 11, Kluang, Johore. The battalion shifted to a new camp at Camp Batu Tiga, Kluang Johore, with a allocation of 202 new recruits who were designated to form two compnies. The recruits were from the Recruit Training Centre, Port Dickson. In addition to that one company each was taken from 8th Royal Malay, 2 Rangers, 3 Rangers and 4 Rangers, this was to enable 7 Rangers to be functional. The soldiers from the 8th battalion Royal Malay regiment were given an option to be absorbed into the Ranger Corps or return to their original unit. However a large group chose to remain with 7 Rangers. The first Commanding Officer tasked to carry out this challenging task was Lieutenant Colonel Osman bin Mohd Zain. In early January 1991, 7th Rangers was designated and reorganized to become a Mechanized Infantry Battalion. The officer tasked to do this was Lt Col Zulkapli bin Abdul Rahman who happened to be the twelfth CO of the Battalion.

In September 1993 the battalion became fully operational. It culminated with the Battalion being deployed on the 1st Dec 1994 to Somalia for duties under the United Nations. The Battalion took up duties under
Chapter 7 of the UN Charter.


2. Date of Formation: 10th May 1970

3. Place : Camp Quetta, Kluang, Johore

4. Authorization for formation of a Mechanized Infantry Battalion : KP/TD/P&P/4409-FED/(M)?3000/3/95-01 Dec 94.

Names of Commanding Officers, Field Officers and Regimenatl Sergeant Major since the formation of the Battalion.

Commanding Officers.

1. Lt Col Osman b. Mohd Zain 10th May 1970 - 26th March 1971

2. Lt Col Hussein b. Mohd Ali Piah 27th March 1971- 07th Jan 1973

3. Lt Col Mokhtar b. Ismail 09th May 1973 - 03 Sep 1973

4. Lt Col Low Lye Fook 04th Sep 1973 - 16th April 1975

5. Lt Col C.A. Loone 17th April 1975 - 18th May 1977 (Passed away on the 30th May 2006)

6. Lt Col Maurice Lam Shye Choon PGB 19th May 1977 - 15 Sep 1979

7. Lt Col Lokman Hashim @ Luqman Hashim 16th Sep 1979 - 24 Dec 1981

8. Lt Col Mohd Amin b. Mohd Salleh 25th Dec 1080 - 31st Dec 1981

9. Lt Col G.E. @Syamsul Johar 01 Jan 1982 - 18th Aug 1984

10. Lt Col Syed Mohamad b. Syed Alwi Shahab 19th Ogos 1984 - 30th April 1987

11. Lt Col Harbajan Singh al Jagat Singh 01st May 1987 - 31st Dec 1990

12. Lt Col Zulkapli b. Abd Rahman 01 Jan 1991 - 31st March 1993

13. Lt Col Muhd Mukhtar b. Ibrahim 01 April 1993 - 31 Jan 1995

14. Lt Col Abang Hamdan b. Abang Hadari 01 Feb 1995 - 28th Feb 1996

15. Lt Col Khairul Baharin b. Hj Jamaluddin 01 MARCH 1996 - 31ST dEC 1997

16. Lt Col Mahyuddin b. Hj Abd Razak 01 Jan - 1998 - 1999

17. Lt Col Ezam b. Wan Chik

18. Lt Col Dzulkafli b. Hj Mustaffa

Field Officers 7 Rangers

1. Major Soman al Selvarajah (200574)

2. Major Harban Singh al Achar Singh(200929)

3. Major Mohd Razaki bin Darus (410037) - 1997

4. Major Shafie bin Ismail (60494)

5. Major Saad bin Mohd(60586)

6. Major Chua Eng Lye(370472)

7. Major Mohd Ayub bin Sidek(411572)

8. Major Salleh bin Awang(410113)

9. Major Kamal bin Hashim (3000012)

10. Major Salleh bin Anuar (410902)

11. Major Bakhtiar bin Abd Hamid (410982)

12. Major Sabri bin Bakar (411572)

13. Major Jain ak Sumor (370719)

14. Major Wong Heng Ging ( 370927)

15. Major Don Too Heng Onn (200880)

16. Major Mohd Ali bin Mohd Ibrahim (410529)

17. Major Mohd Fauzi bin Mansor (411554)

18. Major Mohd Fauzi bin Md Nooh (411413)

19. Major Mohd Yusuf bin Ibrahim Sahib @ Yusuf Sahibjahn (411017)

20. Major Mohd Noor bin Othman (3000419)

21. Major Bakthiar bin Mustafah (411304) - 1989-1991

22. Major Jalul Mahali bin Alias (411400)- 1990-1993

23. Major Khairul Baharin bin Jamaluddin (410770)- 1991-1992

24. Major Christopher Joseph (370943) -1991-1994

25. Major Zulkifli bin Abd Wahab(411451) - 1991-1993

26. Major Abd Rahman Teoh bin abdullah (3000753)- 1992-1993

27. Major Abdul Razak bin Che Awang (3000040)- 1992-1994

28. Major Hairuddin bin Basirun (411523)- 1993-1995

29. Major Salim bin Konek (3001549) - 1993-1993

30. Major Stephen ak Mundaw (3000594) - 1994-1995

31. Major Abang Hamdan bin Abang Hadari(411350)- 1994-1995

32. Major Nazrul Edgar bin abdullah (3001854) - 1994-1995

33. Major Juan Chow Huat@ Mohd Johan bin Abdullah (3001471) - 1994-1995

36. Major Mahyuddin bin Abdul Razak (411748) - 1995-1996

34. Major Abdul Rashid bin Ahmad (3002148) 1995-1996

35. Major D.Swami Gwekanandam al David (3002553) - 1994-1998

36. Major Ivan Synn Leng (3002649) 1996- 1997

37. Major Md Din bin Abu (3001642) - 1995-1999

38. Major Chan Weng Poh (3003921) -1997

39. Major Abd Ghaffar bin Ishak (3003524) - 1997

40. Major Subramaniam al Thambirajah (3001992) -1998

41. Major Muhammad Sultan bin Ismail - 1980-1985




Regimental Sergeant Majors

1. WO1 Empaty -1970- 1971

2. WO1 Zainal Abidin - 1971- 1972

3. WO1 Kamsari - 1972-1976

4. WO1 Piau a/k Ingut - 1976-1980

5. WO1 Zahari - 1980-1981

6. WO1 Charles Woodan Jarang - 1981-1984

7. WO1 Sidu - 1984-1987

8. 901001 WO1 Upun ak Beti - 1987-1988

9. 20581 WO1 Khamid bin Hassan - 1988-1989

10.930051 WO1 Ibrahim bin Ismail - 1989-1991

11. 931711 WO1 Bong Fan Chang - 1991-1993

12. 31658 WO1 Ghazali bin Mat Ros - 1993-1995

13. 1024309 WO1 Jimmy ak Aweng - 1995-1997

14. 1049329 WO1 Daud bin Shamsudin 1997

contd.......
posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 2:01 AM  
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