Daughters join in Vietnam Veterans Day Hervey Bay service

A SOMBRE atmosphere fell over Hervey Bay's Freedom Park on Sunday as the daughters of two former soldiers addressed the crowd at the Vietnam Veterans Day memorial service.

Jodie Norris gave the first address, telling the crowd what it meant to her father, Clive Saunders, to join in the commemorations of the Vietnam War after many years when he was reluctant to be vocal about his service in Vietnam.

Jeanette Jordan, the daughter of Kevin Jordan, then recited a poem, The Final Inspection, to the crowd.

During the wreath laying ceremony, the sun proved too hot for one of the cadets forming the catafalque party.

He fainted and was taken into the shade while another cadet took up the post.

Veteran John Charlton was also at the ceremony.

He was wearing a collection of medals, including a medal of gallantry which he received from the South Vietnamese government after the Battle of Long Khanh on June 2, 1971.

Mr Charlton was a member of the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment.

The group attacked a heavily fortified community base in the province during Operation Overlord.

Mr Charlton was a forward scout during the battle, seeking out possible ambush sites and traps and providing early warning to the other soldiers.

Mr Charlton said he attended Vietnam Veterans Day every year.



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