Beryl Gant - son killed in Vietnam War

Running time
1 min 15 sec
Date made
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Australia

Beryl Gant's son, Kenny, was one of the first National Servicemen to be called to fight in the Vietnam War. Beryl remembers the moments her worst fear came true.

Transcript

LIZ HAYES: I'm Liz Hayes. For International Women's Day 2019, we recognise the role of women in wartime. Women like Beryl Gant. Whose son Kenny was one of the first National Servicemen called up to fight in the Vietnam War. In August 1966, her worst fears were realised. Kenny had been killed in the Battle of Long Tan.

BERYL GANT: I just happened to be sitting near this window, and I saw this army car coming down the road. And I knew as soon as I walked through the hallway and seen the army man there and the padre, I knew, you know, straight away what had happened. I couldn't believe it though. It's very hard to believe. They didn't tell me much at all, they just said he'd been killed and that it was instant. That he didn't suffer. I couldn't believe it myself, although I broke down and that, you know I, because I often think of him. I can't get him out of my mind. I thank God now that he's resting in peace.

LIZ HAYES: Women in Wartime – recognising their role and their sacrifices during war and peacekeeping efforts.

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