Bill Black - Going back

Running time
1 min 6 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


Being a music junkie, I bought a load of stuff at the American PX which was up the top of the airstrip at Nui Dat. And I had that much of it, I thought I'm going to have to come home on the five days to start shipping some of this home. Probably most interesting out of that, that I've said to Karen over the years is that I came home and Tullamarine wasn't operating when I went but we'd landed in Tullamarine.

They met me, the family and now my present wife. And I spent the five days, went back got on the plane, flew back up to Nui Dat and back out into the jungle, and I've said to Karen over the years, "You'd wonder why I went back," and she said, "But that was normal to you, back here wasn't." And that makes sense… I got the bit of gear, I knew I had a load to bring home on the initial trip. Yeah, I didn't hesitate, so probably it was, as much as I hate to admit it, it probably was normal.

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