Service Details
Name:
SMUTS
Given Name:
WILLEM STEPHANUS
Initials:
W S
Service No:
75477661BG
Rank:
Trooper
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Regiment:
South African Armoured Corps
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Unit:
1 Special Service Battalion
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Date of Death:
1978-08-23
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Age:
19
Cause of Death:
Killed in action, during the early hours of the morning when the bungalow in which they were sleeping at Katima Mulilo received a direct hit from a Soviet GRAD-P 122mm High Explosive Katyusha Rocket. SWAPO/PLAN insurgents operating from Zambia fired 20 x 122mm GRAD-P Katyusha Rockets into the town. 18 rockets exploded harmlessly in the veld, one struck a school in the Katima Mulilo Township and the other demolished the Bungalow in which the soldiers were sleeping
Additional
Information:
No additional information known at this time
Commemoration
Country:
South Africa
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Locality:
Gauteng
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Cemetery:
JOHANNESBURG (WEST PARK) CEMETERY
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Grave Reference:
Grave 560

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