Tate to share his stories
AUSTRALIAN author Don Tate has led an interesting life – and today he will share some of his experiences with the Fraser Coast.
Mr Tate is holding free talks at Hervey Bay and Maryborough libraries, where he will speak about his book, The War Within, and his life. He will also screen footage of his time in the Vietnam War in 1968.
The former soldier served in the infantry in the Vietnam War from December 23, 1968, to July 19, 1969.
He served in the Australian Reinforcement Unit, the 4th RAR, the 2nd D and E Platoon and the 9th RAR.
Several years later, he learned that the 2nd D and E Platoon had been “edited out” of the histories of the war. His name was also missing from the records of the 9th Battalion.
In 2009 the 9th Battalion acknowledged its error and the platoon was formally acknowledged on May 29, 2008.
Mr Tate said The War Within was more than just a memoir.
“Sixty years of living allow me to take broad strokes to Australiana – from life in Ellen Grove, an impoverished suburb of Brisbane where outlaw behaviour was the norm, to child abuse within the state and private school systems, about being an infantryman in Vietnam – one of the most unpopular wars this nation ever fought – of blatant army incompetence and medal-grabbing by officers, and then, after being badly wounded, life as a disabled veteran,” he said.
Mr Tate will speak at Hervey Bay Library at 10.30am and at Maryborough Library at 2pm.
Bookings necessary; contact Hervey Bay Library on 4197 4249 or Maryborough on 4190 5788.