The Association wishes to advise its members of the passing of our greatly admired and respected patron, Major General (Ret) C.M.I. ‘Sandy’ Pearson AO, DSO, OBE, MC.
Many of you will know that Sandy Pearson commanded 1 Australian Task Force, Vietnam in 1969. Other distinguished military appointments for Sandy included:
- World War II 1942-1945
- Singapore 1966-1968
- Commander 1ATF 1969-1969
- Commandant RMC Duntroon 1970-1973, and
- Chief of Personnel Australian Army 1973-1975
Born in Kurri Kurri NSW 0n 24th August 1918, Cedric Maudsley Ingram (CMI) Pearson was educated at Newington College, Sydney (1932-1936), and then went on to graduate from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1940. As well as his military contributions, Sandy also served on a number of charitable committees including the NSW Homeless Children’s committee from 1981 until 1990.
Most recently, despite the death of his wife Marg 2 weeks before, Sandy insisted on attending our last Memorial Day in Springwood as our patron. Such dedication to the association will be long remembered by us, and is a signature of the quality of this great man and his affinity with our association. He will be sadly missed by all of those who not only served with him, but also had the privilege of meeting with and sharing contact with him.
On behalf of the Blue Mountains Vietnam Veterans and Associated Forces organisation, our sincere condolences and expressions of support go to all of his family and close friends.