Frank Hickling Military Person

Lieutenant General Francis John "Frank" Hickling AO, CSC (13 October 1941 – ) was a senior officer in the Australian Army whose career culminated with his appointment as Chief of Army. His appointment ended in 2000, at which time he retired from the Australian Defence Force. Hickling graduated from the Officer Cadet School, Portsea. He undertook his Regimental postings with the Royal Australian Engineers and saw service in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971. He was appointed Commander, Northern Command and received the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) for service in that role in 1993. He went on to be General Officer Commanding Training Command and Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the Army and Australian Defence Force in the field of military training in 1996. In February 1998 he led a peace monitoring mission (Operation Bel Isi) to Bougainville following a break in the civil unrest that had existed in that country. He became Chief of the Army in 1998. As Chief of the Army he deployed Australian troops to East Timor.

Personal details

Date of birth
October 13th, 1941

Military service

Force Unit Rank From To
Australian Army

Military conflicts participated

Vietnam War


November 1st, 1955


April 30th, 1975

Wikipedia article

The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and also known in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a Cold War-era proxy war that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. This war followed the First Indochina War and was fought between North Vietnam—supported by the Soviet Union, China and other communist allies—and the government of South Vietnam—supported by the United States and other anti-communist allies. The Viet Cong, a South Vietnamese communist common front aided by the North, fought a guerrilla war against anti-communist forces in the region. The People's Army of Vietnam engaged in a more conventional war, at times committing large units to battle. As the war wore on, the part of the Viet Cong in the fighting decreased as the role of the NVA grew. U.S. and South Vietnamese forces relied on air superiority and overwhelming firepower to conduct search and destroy operations, involving ground forces, artillery, and airstrikes.


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