Australian Veteran stories of Vietnam

Andrew McLellan, 16th August 2017
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Two short features portraying the experiences of Australian Veterans in Vietnam distribute via the Community Radio Network in August 2017.

Produced by Triple H 100.1FM's Neil Ashworth, over his decade in community radio Neil has frequently come into contact with “the deeply moving and powerful experiences most of our servicemen have been through”. 

Despite having always been a pacifist having marched against the Vietnam War in the 60s and 70s, he feels he's not "immune to respecting and admiring these people" whose stories are illustrated with moving interview, song and sound for the air.
Kick The Moon (11'27)

Episode 1

Reunites veterans David Sturmer and Peter Bradford, 40 years on from the aftermath of a mine explosion in Vietnam on the day of the moon landing. 

This is the story immortalised in Redgum’s song “I was only 19”.

Binh Ba: Bad Moon (11'36)

Episode 2

Hornsby RSL Sub-Branch President Terry James (pictured, above and left), chronicles his experience at the 3-day Battle of Binh Ba. 

“The day after my 22nd birthday, I thought that it would be my last birthday, so it’s very significant in my life,” Mr James said.

“Being interviewed by Neil, and others, always brings back some certain memories, some which are distasteful, others which are fond, so it does strike at the heart strings and it makes me feel very happy that I’ve been in the Australian Defence Force and served my country in times of trouble.”

Produced with financial support from the Community Broadcasting Foundation and training from the Community Media Training Organisation.

Photos by Michael Bianchino.

For CRN subscribers:

  • Distributed 16 August 2017 and captured to DDN stations ordering Extras 1
  • Alternative download options available
  • For downloads and more information contact CRN staff on 02 9310 2999 or email crn@cbaa.org.au

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