L CPL CARLOS ALBERTO CORREIA PINTO RIBEIRO
L Cpl Carlos Alberto Correia Pinto Ribeiro (little Robbie) joined the SADF in 1975. He was a member of 1 Reconnaissance Commando.
Little Robbie, as he is fondly remembered by his colleagues, went missing believed killed during a contact between Luenge and Coutada du Mucusso about a week before S Sgts Roxo and Soeiro were killed, much further south along the Okavango river. He was driving a Unimog loaded with a ton or more of explosives when he ran into an ambush while the company he served in was on its way back to Buffalo. He was probably hit by a RPG 7 which meant that the whole truck exploded and his remains could not be recovered. It was because of that incident that Col Breytenbach sent Ribeiro senior home to visit his mother after the second ambush in which Daniel Roxo et al were killed and which led to Robbie Ribeiro also getting killed in that nasty overtaking incident on the Golden highway.
At the time Carlos Alberto went missing in action he was seconded to B Group in Rundu (32 Bn).
What a tragic time for the Ribeiro family, loosing the two brothers in a week. Little Robbie was single.
Before joining the SADF, L Cpl Ribeiro was a Paratrooper with the Portuguese Defense Force.
L Cpl Carlos Alberto Correia Pinto Ribeiro's name should appear on the ROLL OF HONOUR of the Special Forces and 32 Battalion.
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN,
AND IN THE MORNING,
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.
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Published: 2 October 2006.