Video: Vietnam veteran recalls horrors of political war
VIETNAM veteran Trevor Davis becomes quite emotional when talking about his experiences during the Vietnam War.
Speaking after yesterday's Gladstone memorial service to remember the Battle of Long Tan, Mr Davis said the emotion never really goes away.
"I work at Toolooa State High School. The students decided they wanted to create a war memorial at the school and approached me about it. I found the tears welling up in my eyes. It was just too emotional," he said.
"You're never really prepared for war - the smells, the sight of broken bodies - now it's getting me upset again."
Mr Davis was married two weeks before he joined the army and two weeks before he was deployed to Vietnam his son was born - in August 47 years ago.
He said the veterans were treated abysmally when they returned from Vietnam.
"I still remember marching to the Sydney cenotaph with my medals on in 1969. I had things thrown at me and a woman screamed sreamed at me how I was a murderer.
"It hurt a lot but it reflected the way we were treated.
"It was probably because the war became so political - but the people shouldn't have taken it out on the soldiers.
"They were doing their duty."
He said it was only recently that the person who led the battle of Long Tan was recognised for his service.
"It's been interesting to see how many people from the war in Afghanistan have received Victoris Cross medals.
"In Vietnam as far as I'm aware there were only a couple for the whole of the war. I guess it's because it became so political."
A small gathering met at Anzac Park, where speeches were made by Gladstone RSL president Russell Tidd and Mayor Gail Sellers before wreathes were laid at the cenotaph.