National Service Association meeting at Hervey Bay RSL - (L) Ray Eustace (Pres. Hervey Bay Services and Memorial Club), Alex Garlin (State Pres.), Ian Debert (Hervey Bay V/Pres) and Joy Hynes. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
National Service Association meeting at Hervey Bay RSL - (L) Ray Eustace (Pres. Hervey Bay Services and Memorial Club), Alex Garlin (State Pres.), Ian Debert (Hervey Bay V/Pres) and Joy Hynes. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

Youth invited to join 'The Nashos' on Fraser Coast

A SENSE of duty to serve his country was what strengthened Ian Debert's heart when conscripted to serve in the Vietnam War.

His fate had been sealed by the selection of a numbered marble which matched his birth date, picked from a barrel.

While at first he didn't want to go, Ian knew his young body was capable of fighting.

"I was young and fit and had passed all medicals," he said.

While he never made it to Vietnam following his two years of battalion training, the 70-year-old said his sense of duty had continued.

Ian has now helped set up the National Servicemen's Association in Hervey Bay.

The group is also known "The Nashos".

While the group had existed in Hervey Bay previously, it was disbanded about five years ago.

After Wednesday's meeting and morning tea at the Hervey Bay RSL, the Nashos is running once again.

"It's about comradeship as we've all been there and done that and all (the) Nashos are under the same umbrella," he said.

"Together we will march at ANZAC, Remembrance Day and the National Servicemen's Day commemorations."

About 30 people attended and Ian wants more, including "younger ones" to join.

The group meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at the Hervey Bay RSL.

The Nashos

The National Service operated between 1951 and 1972

Conflicts covered included the Korean and Vietnam Wars.



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