Person Number
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Surname
Alves   1
Initals
J.R.
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Date
Date of Birth
1967-08-31
Corps
Year
1987 171
Place
Lomba River, Angola
Full Names
Jose Raymond
Military Number
83502815BG
Death Age
20 20
Cause
KIA 
Detail
Ratel hit by enemy fire 
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Grave
 
Rank
2Lt  (327)

Unit

32 (Buffalo) Battalion
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Dedication by 32 Battalion anti-tank sqd 1987
on 2001-05-30 14:00:14

you will always be fondly remembered from our days at 2ssb and in angolo from your friends from 32 battalion anti tank sqd 1987

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Dedication by S.GORTON
on 2004-03-18 21:01:22

i always think of you ,and the rest of the cape town guys at school of armour 1986, we had good but hard times looking back. RIP

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Dedication by Dean Vd Merwe
on 2007-02-22 11:35:46

Lots of time has passed , but not forgotten

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Story by
on 2002-08-14 21:49:14

2Lt Alves was a troop commander in the Anti - tank sqn of 32 Bn commanded by then Maj Hannes Northmann. Due to tactical circumstances, his troop got stuck in the mud of a shona near the Lomba River during a tank fight, and his Ratel 90 was destroyed at point blank by a T55 tank. 2Lt Alves, his crew as well as 32 Bn members such as Capt Mac McCallum was killed instantly. the tank round penetrated the Ratel through the side door, detonated in the main ammunition storage container and resulted in an explosion causing the vehicle to catch fire.

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Story by
on 2003-03-17 01:52:56

These were brave men that died for there country however what was it for? I am 36 years old and was there in 1987 and to this day I do not know why, God bless you men of honour Carlos Rosa

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Story by Gavin Vorster
on 2008-11-09 16:56:48

Hi my name is Gavin Vorster and i was in 32 from 1987 to 1989 we were once soldiers and i salute all that was part of my unit and all those that sacrified their lives for a better world,for those that lost their lives i salute you, Proleo Procusi_ We were forged in war. For my Friend fuchi,man you were tough,hope god the old man is looking after you up there.

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Story by s. taylor
on 2008-12-02 22:29:38

even though the rattles and mrl's served 4 months in angola as part of 32 in ops modula we hardly mentioned. we trained and lived 32 but the fallen where never put on record, just a piss up at buffalo. we know what u did.

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Story by P.PRATT
on 2009-04-24 12:18:31

S.TAYLOR IT IS P.PRATT WHERE ARE YOU?

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Story by joe
on 2010-12-28 21:32:49

people are soldiers. we will live an depart with honour

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Story by joe
on 2010-12-28 21:44:47

people are soldiers. we will live an depart with honour

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Story by Peter
on 2011-01-11 13:10:26

On 13 September 1987, during Operation Modular in southern Angola, a 32 Battalion anti-tank Ratel commanded by 2Lt J.R. Alves was engaged in combat with FAPLA T-55 tanks, and became bogged down in a muddy shona. Before the men could extricate themselves, their Ratel was hit and destroyed by a T-55 tank, killing all the crew and men aboard the Ratel, including 2Lt Alves and Capt A.D. McCallum, the commanding officer of Foxtrot Company.       

Information extracted from 32 Battalion: The Inside Story of South Africa's Elite Fighting Unit, by Piet Nortje.

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Story by Graham Du Toit
on 2014-09-15 01:59:08

13 Sep 1987: Six members of 32 Battalion were Killed in Action in a single incident during Ops Modular in Southern Angola.

A 32 Battalion Anti-Tank Ratel 90, Callsign 13, Commanded by 2/Lieutenant Jose Raymond Alves became bogged down in a muddy shona while engaging FAPLA manned Soviet T-55 tanks. Before the men could extricate themselves, their Ratel 90 was hit and destroyed at point blank by a Soviet T-55 tank shell. The tank round penetrated the Ratel through the side door and detonated inside the main ammunition storage container. This resulted in an explosion within the Ratel causing the vehicle to catch fire. The Ratel crew and passengers were all killed instantly in the explosion. The burnt out Ratel was later destroyed by SADF Engineers to prevent its capture. Captain Alfred Desmond McCallum was the Commanding Officer of Foxtrot Company.

Those Killed in Action were:

  • 74316175PK Captain Alfred Desmond McCallum. He was 28
  • 83502815BG 2/Lieutenant Jose Raymond Alves. He was 20.
  • 83302422BG Lance Corporal Matthys Michael De Klerk. He was 20.
  • 832441178BG Trooper Marthinus Johannes Kuyler. He was 20.
  • 81533671SP Lance Corporal Joao Rodrigues Mananza. He was 33.
  • 76928621SP Lance Corporal Waite Tchipango. He was 31

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