Gladstone Vietnam veterans Russell Tidd and Trevor Davis.
Gladstone Vietnam veterans Russell Tidd and Trevor Davis. Andrew Backhouse

Brave Vietnam soldiers commemorated today

COMMEMORATING one of Australia's greatest military victories and its brave soldiers is what Vietnam Veterans Day today is all about.

Gladstone resident Trevor Davis was in Vietnam in 1968-69 as a national servicemen and served in the Headquarters Battery 12th Field Regiment Royal Australian Artillery.

He spent about eight months in Vietnam as a gunner and was involved in a few skirmishes.

Mr Davis said Monday's commemoration was about remembering mates and the good and bad times.

"You live with the war for the rest of your life," Mr Davis said.

Mr Davis said the day also commemorated the Battle of Long Tan, which was one of the bloodiest and most famous battles that Australians were involved in.

"It was 106 Australians against at least 2500 Vietnamese and we came out of it in front. I thank the Lord I wasn't there," he said.

Russell Tidd said today's Vietnam Veterans Day would feature a 10:30am march and a casual parade at Anzac Park.

"Federal, state and local politicians will join school children in laying wreaths for what will be a general commemoration," he said.

"After that we'll head down to the drop-in centre across from the yacht club hand have a few snacks."

Mr Tidd said Australia's soldiers in Vietnam were young, adventurous and often did more than they needed to do.

The Gladstone RSL president served in the Royal Australian Air Force in an operational support unit in Vietnam.



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