Like most I
drafted to Sydney in 1967 for three trips. Posted from
Sydney to Harman with most of the communicators while we
waited for our right arm rate courses to start at
Some of us
had a quick posting to Penguin when we were made guinea
pigs for a typing course and when this was finished we
went to Cerberus.
there to Kuttabul for a little while and then back to
Sydney (with Steve Summers) for another six trips (2
years). Then, for some stupid reason, I was posted to
Platypus. I could never figure out why a bunting tosser
was posted to a sub base.
To cut a long
story short, when Mr Whitlam said I could put my notice
in, I did. Got out in December 1973 after serving 7
years and 35 days.
consulting engineering firm as a typist and lasted 6
years, went to OTC after that lasted 8 years. My last
job at Garden Island for ADI was for 14 years.
(from Vietnam) in 1996 and have a 7 year old son Robert
who will tower over me in about three years but I
wouldn't have it any other way.
unemployed due to a voluntary ("better to volunteer"
than the boss decide) redundancy and doing the dance of
1000 steps with DVA. Had a heart attack in 1992 which
killed 30% of the heart muscle and a couple of bouts
with the bottle.
Put a claim
in with DVA in 1992 and was accepted for alcohol
dependence but because I wasn't drinking at the time I
got no percentage. They knocked back PTSD but now I
have photos and a witness and my psych says with this
new claim I should get something. Recently received