History of the Rangers: 15 Soldiers of 7th Rangers ambushed and killed by the Enemy
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The Courageous
Who Have Looked At
Death In The Eye
No Atheists
In A Foxhole
“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

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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15 Soldiers of 7th Rangers ambushed and killed by the Enemy
Monday, June 25, 2007
Security Forces early this .............

One of the survivors of this ambush sells fish at the market where the UTC is located, in Ipoh. You can identify him, as he is the one with a missing finger. His name is Zainuddin, I dare not approach him as I can do nothing for him. Mindef conveniently forgets its wounded Veterans. Unlike pretenders who are given credit!
This is one of the greatest losses experienced by the unit. It was one sorry episode. An adminstrative move early in the morning, turning into a bloodbath. It comprised of 1X Landrover, 1 X 3 tonner of engineers who were attached to 7th Rangers. The Engineers had completed some construction work at Camp Biawak. They had to return to Kuching. There were another two trucks of 7th Rangers. Most of the 7th Rangers personnel comprised of administrative soldiers. 

The order of movement was the Engineer's Landrover leading, the second being their truck, the third and fourth vehicle being the Ranger's trucks. The Enemy did not open fire on the lighter armed Engineers, they waited for the Ranger trucks to get into the killing area, once the trucks were inside the killing area the Enemy opened up with everything they had from prepared positions, the Rangers ( 20 soldiers) did not have a chance, those not killed outright were wounded, some badly. The Enemy force was 30-40 strong.

The Engineers who were less than a section strong (less than 10 men), made a wise decision by speeding off to a place called Titi Akar, where there was a troop of 1st Reconnaissance Regiment soldiers, to seek help. One very brave individual, who was a Lance Corporal from that troop along with his driver dashed off at first, on his own in his Ferret scout car. Soon to be followed by the rest of the troop. When the Enemy saw the approaching scout car speeding toward them with it's sole gun blazing, made a hasty withdrawal. He single handedly was responsible for saving the wounded who had put up a futile resistance, on the verge of being slaughtered. The enemy's priority at that time was to gather equipment and weapons. They took away almost all the weapons. With the arrival of that brave individual and his driver from the 1st Recce Regiment, the Enemy did not have the opportunity to finish/kill off the rest of the wounded soldiers.

The news reached Battalion Headquarters, announcements were made throughout bars, theatres and the town to regroup the rest of 7th Rangers. Massive follow up operations were conducted, to track down the enmy. In the ensuing engagements with the Enemy, many of the Enemy were killed and also captured and the weapons recovered.This was aided by other friendly forces (Other units). It took a very long time to hunt and kill the enemy. The last of the weapons recovered was in 1986, almost 14 years !

See the names of the fallen, the Enemy and the ambush position....

This ambush happened on the 26th March 1972 along the Biawak / Lundu road. The cutting on the right shows the follow up operation conducted after the ambush. The enemy fired from prepared locations.

* Note. I would appreciate it greatly if someone would help me correctly identify the Lance Corporal and his driver from the Recce Regt, the Troop and Squadron. If there are any inaccuracies please contact me. The above incident was related to me by Lt Col Zulakpli Abdul Rahman, who was then a subaltern in 7th Rangers.
posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 7:32 PM  
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  • At 7:44 PM, Blogger Mej (B) Nor Ibrahim Bin Sulaiman said…

    Dear Swani,

    Request your permission to use the photo of the CTs posing with the weapons taken from those killed during the ambush on 26/3/72 for my 2nd book. Thank you.

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  • At 9:25 AM, Blogger Henry Ict said…

    My Late father Renjer 925353 Ongging Ini was one of them. When the tragedy happened, My mother was pregnant of me , 3 month. -ict.henry@gmail.com

  • At 5:12 PM, Blogger Henry Ict said…

    How can I get find the other 14 families of the 7 RENJER that involved in the 26/3/1972 BIAWAK-LUNDU Tragedy. If anyone got info about them please email me @ renjer925353@gmail.com

  • At 5:13 PM, Blogger Henry Ict said…

    Tomorrow 26 March 2013 is the 41 years anniversary of the LUNDU TRAGEDY. Condolence to all the families

  • At 3:27 PM, Blogger Unknown said…

    My father capt (b) Md Saat Bin Muda also include to the tragedy.. my father save from the aimbush.. can contact my number for more information tq. 0173133407

  • At 8:31 PM, Blogger D.Swami Gwekanandam said…

    My heart felt condolences tho you.


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