I endured my military service and received an honorable discharge.
This year marks half a century since I went to the war in South Vietnam as a conscript with the Australian Army. I was there from mid-1966 to mid-1967 and received an honorable discharge upon my return. For me normality had returned the moment I walked out the door. Sadly though, many Australians were killed or wounded in that war, and many more suffered psychologically, some through to the present. It was similar story for our American allies, except that the casualties were much higher. For both countries the wars didn't end with Vietnam, but thankfully conscription did. The current US president or POTUS Donald Trump is a year younger than me. I got to wondering what he did during the Vietnam war. Nothing to be proud of it seems, according to an in depth report by the New York Times at https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/02/us/p
Paul R. Weaver.
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