Gavin O’Brien served as a National Serviceman. He was a Medical Assistant, Royal Australian Army Medical Corps. The Corps has recently celebrated the century of its Formation on July 1st 1901.He was posted to 8th Field Ambulance, 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) at Nui Dat, Phouc Tuy, (South) Vietnam from November 11th 1970 to October 23rd 1971.He was with the last Australians to depart Nui Dat early in early October, 1971.
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As Australian troops pull out of their twenty year engagement in Afghanistan, I find myself reflecting on the similarities of the outcome of this conflict and the war that I served in- Vietnam, half a century ago…. Continue reading »