Shepparton residents paid their respects to soldiers who served in the Vietnam War at a service yesterday.By Alexandra Bolkas
A small crowd gathered at Shepparton’s cenotaph yesterday to lay wreaths and pay their respects on the 47th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan.
The Vietnam Veterans’ Day event was organised by Goulburn Valley Vietnam Veterans’ Association and Nurmurkah resident Peter Dealy OAM was the guest speaker.
Mr Dealy was just 20 when he served in the 12th field regiment based in Nui Dat and fought in the battle of Coral-Balmoral.
‘‘It’s important to remember the solders that died in Vietnam,’’ he said.
‘‘Over 500 Australian soldiers died and I think Long Tan (Day) is the remembrance of that.’’
Mr Dealy said his year-long deployment in Vietnam taught him a lot about himself.
‘‘You learn what you’re capable, of, what you can withstand, the way Australians help each other under pressure,’’ he said.
‘‘The fact that some silly bugger would crack a joke and no matter how high the tensions were you had to laugh.’’
Mr Dealy returned from Vietnam in 1969 in time for his 21st birthday and said he found it hard to talk about his experiences of a war that was becoming increasingly unpopular.
‘‘For me to even enter a conversation about Vietnam was hard, you’d hear words like murderers about our troops because of what they’d seen on TV,’’ he said.
But Mr Dealy said Australia had come a long way in recognising and respecting the service of Vietnam veterans.
He recently returned from Vietnam and said he found mutual respect and commonalities between the Australians and the Vietnamese.
‘‘I spoke to a North Vietnamese general, I sat down and had a yarn with him,’’ he said.
‘‘Their sense of humour is the same as ours; they’ve got that disrespect, but good disrespect.’’
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