After Leeuwin, drafted to the Sydney for the
Vung Tau runs, as a lot of us were, then Albatross, Cerberus for the Cooks
course, back to Albatross, Melbourne, Albatross, Penguin for the Divers
Course, back to Albatross, drafted to the Perth, seconded to Kuttabul while
the ship was refitted, back to Vietnam on the Perth for her third
deployment, back to Albatross and then discharged.
Tried to join NSW Police
but the good ol’ Navy stuffed that up, changed to truck driving for a couple
of years, heard of a good job as a Gardener with a Govt Dept, went to TAFE
and did the Horticulturist Certificate, got a job as Head Gardener at Port
Kembla Hospital, was asked to apply for a position in the Personnel Dept,
got the job, back to TAFE for the Advanced Certificate in Personnel
Management, did that for 8 years, got sick of Health Funding blues, applied
and got a job with the C E S, (good career move that was, they closed it
down 4 years later). Went into the employment sector and have been there
Married in 1971, 2
beautiful girls, divorced in 1985. Remarried in 1989, a son and another
beautiful girl. Been married now for 15 great years.
To top it off, life is
great, having a great time, health good and I always say, “here for a good
time, not a long time” so get out and enjoy yourselves.