ANZAC Day – Lest we Forget


Original Post: 25 April 2006

This is my ANZAC Day trib­ute post­ing. ANZAC Day means a great deal for me and my fam­ily. I sup­pose it is because we have a con­nec­tion to the orig­i­nal ANZACS in 1915 and Gal­lipoli and to a vet­eran of a war much fresher in our minds, Viet Nam.

Firstly I pay trib­ute to my Great Grand-father Harry Crozier. I never really knew him, he died many years ago. Harry served in the  Gal­lipoli cam­paign and thank­fully came home alive albeit with only one working leg. I know he spent con­sid­er­able time in Rotorua con­va­lesc­ing and learned to carve maori carv­ings as part of his reha­bil­i­ta­tion.

The sec­ond per­son I pay trib­ute to is a guy who truly epit­o­mises the ANZAC spirit. He is an Aussie, liv­ing in New Zealand who fought for New Zealand in Viet Nam. He is mar­ried to a Kiwi and has three Kiwi kids, and three Kiwi grand kids. He is also my Father-in-law.

41873 Gnr Atkins KG 161 Bty was in Viet Nam in 1966. Based in¬†Nui Dat¬†and one of the first to arrive and estab¬≠lish the Base and gun posi¬≠tions. ‚ÄúOz‚ÄĚ par¬≠tic¬≠i¬≠pated in the famous ¬†Bat¬≠tle of Long Tan¬†where the Kiwi guns were instru¬≠men¬≠tal in sav¬≠ing 3 pla¬≠toons of D Com¬≠pany of the ¬†6th¬†Bat¬≠tal¬≠ion, Royal Aus¬≠tralian Reg¬≠i¬≠ment(6RAR) and enabling the thrash¬≠ing of a Reg¬≠i¬≠ment of Viet Cong.

Each gun fired over 1200 rounds that day and night in sup¬≠port of the Aussies. The bat¬≠tle was fought in a rub¬≠ber tree plan¬≠ta¬≠tion near the vil¬≠lage of Long Tan, about 40¬†km north-east of Vung Tau, South Viet¬≠nam on August 18‚Äď19, 1966. The bat¬≠tle was fought all after¬≠noon and most of the night in pour¬≠ing mon¬≠soon rain. The guns ran so hot that wet blan¬≠kets were draped over them in an attempt to keep the bar¬≠rels cool.

Kevin tells many sto¬≠ries of his time in Viet Nam but they are not at all ‚Äúwarry‚ÄĚ to use his term. They speak a sim¬≠ple truth that war is tough and bru¬≠tal. He often says he hopes his chil¬≠dren never have to go to war and thank¬≠fully they prob¬≠a¬≠bly won‚Äôt have to.

It seems so long ago, yet for some only yes¬≠ter¬≠day. The Gov¬≠ern¬≠ment to this day still treats vet¬≠er¬≠ans with dis¬≠dain with their han¬≠dling, and obfus¬≠ca¬≠tion of the Agent Orange scan¬≠dal. I say a scan¬≠dal because that is what it is. You need only ask any vet¬≠eran about Agent Orange and they will tell you they weren‚Äôt just sprayed with they were doused in it, they drank water soaked with it and were often wet to their socks with Agent Orange.¬†Check out this photo of Nui Dat in 1966¬†. Every coun¬≠try in Viet Nam at the time has acknowl¬≠edged it hap¬≠pened and com¬≠pen¬≠sated their vet¬≠er¬≠ans and New Zealand con¬≠tin¬≠ues to deny it occurred and con¬≠tin¬≠ues to hold spu¬≠ri¬≠ous enquiries. [The Government has since said "Sorry", if it was at all possible to say sorry without actually saying the word, but for me it was too little, too late] ¬†¬† Read more »

ANZAC Day – Battle of Long Tan

My father in law, Skippy fought in the Battle of Long Tan.

This is the documentary made by Martin Walsh of that battle.

ANZAC Day memorial

I made this video in 2007 fro Skippy who fought in Vietnam with 161 Bty and fought in the Battle of Long Tan.

But do they have fricken laser beams

The Russians have nicked the Ukraine’s secret combat dolphins.

Foreign Policy reports:

The Ukrainian military is promising to one day reclaim its¬†former¬†bases in Crimea, but one unit has been lost forever: Ukraine’s combat dolphins, who are now swimming for Russia.

The dolphins, stationed in a Ukrainian navy oceanarium in Sevastopol, will now attack enemy scuba divers, attach buoys to sea-floor mines, and patrol open waters at the behest of Moscow,¬†according¬†to Russian news service RIA Novosti. The program had been set to shut down, but Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has apparently given Sevastopol’s combat dolphins another crack at navy life. “Our experts have developed new devices, which convert the detection of objects by the dolphins’ underwater sonar to a signal on an operator’s monitor,” an oceanarium employee told the news service in an overt attempt to curry favor with his new bosses. “But the Ukrainian navy lacked the funds for such know-how, and some projects had to be shuttered.”¬† Read more »

New evidence on perils of Agent Orange

Autumn leaves? More likely the product of a well-known defoliant. 161 Battery's tent lines among the trees. Photo courtesy Captain Mike Dakin

Autumn leaves? More likely the product of a well-known defoliant. 161 Battery’s tent lines among the trees.
Photo courtesy Captain Mike Dakin

For years the government denied our troops had been exposed to Agent Orange, despite an abundance of evidence.

Take a look at early photos of the base at Nui Dat and then later photos…there is no living foliage. My Father in Law was drenched to his socks in the field with Agent Orange, they lived, slept, ate, drank and fought in the residue of this poison and still the government denied its existence.

New evidence suggests exposure is wider than previously thought.

A new study published in the journal Environmental Research reveals that Air Force reservists were exposed to higher levels of the toxic chemical than previously known (or admitted). Many of the same aircraft that dispersed Agent Orange during the war were later used as transport vehicles during (relative) peacetime, primarily between the years 1971 and 1982. And tests taken many years after those transports show the planes still contained dangerous levels of the chemical. Initial testing of the planes after the war and before peacetime service was nonexistent.

The US Air Force and Department of Veterans Affairs have previously denied benefits to those exposed to the chemical from these planes, claiming it wasn‚Äôt a harmful level of exposure. Researchers have now proven this to be false. The study used the US Army’s own algorithms and¬†samples taken from the aircraft to estimate how much the post-war level of exposure would have affected the body, with the results demonstrating that the levels in those aircraft were unacceptable under USAF and VA policies.

“These findings are important because they describe a previously unrecognized source of exposure to dioxin that has health significance to those who engaged in the transport work using these aircraft,” said lead investigator Peter A. Lurker. ‚ÄúOur models show that the level of exposure is likely to have exceeded several available exposure guidelines,‚ÄĚ Jeanne Stellman, an Agent Orange expert at Columbia University, added. Veterans are automatically eligible for health benefits and disability if they were exposed to dangerous amounts of Agent Orange under the¬†Agent Orange Act of 1991.¬† Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photographer Marc Riboud

Photographer Marc Riboud

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China amping pressure in South China Sea

China is continuing to flex its muscles in the South China Sea, a situation which could escalate if they carry on.

China imposes fishing curbs: New regulations imposed Jan. 1 limit all foreign vessels from fishing in a zone covering two-thirds of the South China Sea.

China imposes fishing curbs: New regulations imposed Jan. 1 limit all foreign vessels from fishing in a zone covering two-thirds of the South China Sea.

China has ordered foreign fishing vessels to obtain approval from regional authorities before fishing or surveying in two thirds of the South China Sea, setting up the potential for new confrontations between Beijing and its neighbors over maritime sovereignty claims to disputed islands.¬† Read more »

Australian union action during the Vietnam War…

A Vietnam veteran reader emails about the post on dodgy union ratbags and their wartime antics aiding and abetting the enemy.

Hi Cam,

Your article reviewing the book ‚ÄėAustralia‚Äôs Secret War‚Äô reminds me of the action of Australian unions during the Vietnam war; see the link for background:

I arrived in Nui Dat [W3 Coy] in November 1969 when the Australian postal unions were refusing to forward mail for the troops and beer and other festive items were being stopped on the wharves. ¬† Read more »


General Vo Nguyen Giap has died, aged 102

V√Ķ Nguy√™n Gi√°p (25 August 1911 - 4 October 2013)[

V√Ķ Nguy√™n Gi√°p (25 August 1911 – 4 October 2013)[

North Vietnam’s legendary General Vo Nguyen¬†Giap has died, aged 102.¬†We must honour soldiers, even if they are the enemy.

He was the mastermind behind the defeat of the French at Dien Bien Phu and he created the Ho Chi Minh trail.

Vo Nguyen Giap, the brilliant and ruthless self-taught general who drove the French out of Vietnam to free it from colonial rule and later forced the Americans to abandon their grueling effort to save the country from communism, has died. At age 102, he was the last of Vietnam’s old-guard revolutionaries.

Giap died Friday evening in a military hospital in the capital of Hanoi where he had spent close to four years growing weaker and suffering from long illnesses, a government official and a person close to Giap said. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because his death had not been formally announced.

The was no word of the death in state-controlled media late Friday, but the news had spread widely in Facebook and other social media. ¬† Read more »

US soldier returns arm to Vietnamese soldier fifty years after he took it as a souvenir

It’s just one of these stories you can’t pass up

An American army doctor who served in the Vietnam War has returned an arm he amputated to its owner, a Vietnamese soldier, 47 years after taking it.

Dr Sam Axelrad, who flew to Vietnam to meet the amputee, took the arm bones home to Houston from Vietnam in 1966 after his colleagues boiled the flesh and reconstructed the bones to give him as a souvenir.

The owner of the arm, Mr Hung, 73, said American troops shot him in the arm in October 1966 during an ambush near An Khe, the town where he now lives.

via The Telegraph

via The Telegraph

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