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Vietnam Private Montey Paul, moves cautiously down a jungle stream.
Vietnam War 1962-1972

While the images from the Vietnam War were the lead story in the dinner-time news, the troops in Vietnam were finding other things harder to stomach. Like the lack of support from home, at a time when they were only doing their duty, in a country with an unbearable climate, against soldiers who were proving impossible to detect, let alone neutralise. Our six feature stories include a chilling recording of an Australian helicopter under fire while attempting to pick up injured.


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MEDICAL EVACUATION

During the Vietnam War wounded were generally speedily evacuated by helicopter. If war movies are to be believed, scarcely has a soldier been hit before a medical evacuation helicopter appeared over the horizon. But sometimes the reality was quite different. This recording shows how difficult medical evacuation could be Read more on MEDICAL EVACUATION
 

A WAR CORRESPONDENT IN INDO-CHINA

I was fortunate that I'd had more than 16 years experience as a journalist in Australia, Britain and Papua New Guinea before becoming an ABC News correspondent in south east Asia in December 1967. I was also fortunate in having had quite a bit of military experience as a school cadet, a National Serviceman, as an NCO in the Papua New Guinea Volunteer Rifles, and as a Reserve officer at PNG Command Headquarters. Many of my fellow correspondents, including a few Australians, were far less experienced in journalism - and some had no military training whatsoever. Read more on A WAR CORRESPONDENT IN INDO-CHINA
 

A LETTER OF WARNING FROM VIETNAM

This is to inform you that as of . 196 , a certain mudhound water-soaked and slightly crazy individual known as .. is leaving our little City of securely nestled among the jungles and rice paddies, located in the Southern part of a semi-tropic country in the Far East known as The Republic of Vietnam. Read more on A LETTER OF WARNING FROM VIETNAM
 

LIVING THROUGH THE TET OFFENSIVE

Brian Mayfield was Orderly Room Sergeant and Secretary to the COMRAAFV at RAAF Headquarters in Saigon throughout 1968. His tour of duty included the Tet and May offensives. Read more on LIVING THROUGH THE TET OFFENSIVE
 

THE 106 FIELD WORKSHOP IN VIETNAM

Units of the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME) have served Australia well in many conflicts and Vietnam was no exception. Read more on THE 106 FIELD WORKSHOP IN VIETNAM
 

THE TRAVELLER

Now when a man his life begins
His dreams of all the wondrous things
Of travel to the faraway
And ways and means to get more pay
Read more on THE TRAVELLER
 

RESCUE FILGHT BRINGS VIETNAMESE ORPHANS OUT OF SAIGON

The withdrawal of forces from Vietnam was drawing to a conclusion in April 1975 when the Australian Government made a decision to evacuate some war orphans from the vicinity of Saigon before they could fall into the path of the advancing North Vietnamese troops. Read more on RESCUE FILGHT BRINGS VIETNAMESE ORPHANS OUT OF SAIGON
 

REGULAR SOLDIERS WERE BACKBONE OF UNITS IN VIETNAM

Graham Sherrington was not your typical regular soldier. He had had more than his share of run ins with the Army authorities but there was more to it than that. Read more on REGULAR SOLDIERS WERE BACKBONE OF UNITS IN VIETNAM
 

AUSTRALIAN THE VICTIM OF "FRIENDLY FIRE"

When Private Guy Watkins was wounded in Vietnam, the local paper in Tasmania reported he had been shot by a Viet Cong. But in a letter to his father written some days after the incident, it turns out Guy Watkins was hit by "friendly fire". Read more on AUSTRALIAN THE VICTIM OF
 

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