||16 years 5 months
||10th October 1966
||9th October 1986
||Leeuwin, Rushcutter, Anzac, Melbourne, Cerberus,
Waterhen, Advance, Yarra, Penguin, CDT2,
Parramatta, Curlew, Snipe, Penguin, CDT1, Melbourne, Stalwart
||To much to put down, I feel I had the best job going, a
majority of the time I was involved in operational duties which is what we
all joined up to do, spent time in New Guinea disposing of WWII ordinance,
training in EOD and Improvised explosive ordinance before the terrorists
thought of it, was posted to the SAS as part of the Navyís Counter
Terrorist effort, now that was interesting, ainít easy being green, I
actually paid off from there, forgotten by the real world.
||Currently I am a Financial Planner and have been since my
discharge, decided to do something completely different.
After Leeuwin I went to Ruchcutter to do my ORDCD course, was a
disaster, hard to say what happened but did not get a recommendation and
ended up going to Cerberus and doing a gunnery course, from there I ended
up on patrol boats in Darwin for a couple of years, went to some fantastic
remote places and got to see parts of the country that are still hard to
After that went back to the diving school and finally become a CD in
1971, got married in 1972 we had 4 kids, 3 boys and a girl, stayed married
for 26 years, if I had killed her I would have been out in 10.
Had various postings around the fleet and served in 3 diving teams, al
in all I feel my overall service experience was a very positive event and
would do it all over if given the chance. However, when I felt it was time
to get out I was never sorry for making that decision. I then fell into a
job with an Insurance company and soon realised that the financial
planning industry was the way of the future, did the courses and have been
doing that since 1988.
I now have a relationship with a great lady and pretty well do what I
like, who said that you have to be miserable, besides Malcolm Fraser? I
now enjoy my fishing, travel, camping, trekking and any other ing you can
Sorry I did not make it to the re-union but I was in New Zealand which
was fantastic, a great holiday, country is magnificent if only it wasnít
full of Kiwiís.
My contact details are available so any of you grubs that get lost and
end up in the sunny west give me a call and you can shout me a beer or
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