Served 2 years.
Sergeant, specialising in ammunition.
Medals and citations: Two service medals.
Primary job: Ammunition.
“I think you face what's in front of you, and you get on with life. My experience taught us some lessons really early on that have certainly stayed with me; but it doesn’t define me.
- Conscripted to the National Service in 1966.
- Joined the Ordnance Corps and specialized in ammunition - promoted to Corporal, came home, promoted to Sergeant and then was discharged.
- Vietnam was his very first trip overseas; there were 15 in his group who flew to the Philippines first, then got in a craft similar to a Hercules, from there landed in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).
What was the best and worst 'military' food you were served, and why? Worst was the powdered egg. The ration packs weren't all that fresh.
The only thing decent, and I remember them to this day, were little tins of omelets. Yes. Quite nice. The fruit was pretty good too.
What effect did your military experience have on your life? Probably bigger than I thought, granted I was 19 when I deployed - my attitude to life, but I didn’t pick up on it initially, it was the people around me, when I was home, that noticed a change in me.
Best advice received during service? You get told to do something, you do it, quickly. Just get on with it.