Little Patti - entertainer | Vietnam War

Running time
1 min 30 sec
Date made
Place made
Australia

Little Patti, went to Vietnam in 1966 as an entertainer. During one of her performances the Battle of Long Tan started to rage, but it wasn't until the next day that the extent of the battle hit home.

Transcript

LIZ HAYES: I'm Liz Hayes. For International Women's Day 2019, we recognise the role of women in wartime. Women like, Little Patti, went to Vietnam in 1966 to perform for the Australian troops serving in the war. While on stage with Patti and Col Joye, the Battle of Long Tan started to rage just a few kilometers away. But it wasn't until the next day that the extent of the battle really hit home.

LITTLE PATTY: Col and I were asked to visit some injured people in the evac hospital in Vung Tau, and of course they were our fellas. And that was really creepy, because we were now looking at faces of young fellas who were, you know, shrapnel-wounded. Very badly wounded. Who only 24 hours before we'd been giving concerts to and they were as happy as Larry. So, I think that was probably the only time I nearly broke down. and you must understand, everyone looked like my brother to me. They were just a bit older than me. So it was hard to always be brave.

We visited a real lot of hospitals and wards in the time that we were there, but that particular day was a very moving one for both of us.

LIZ HAYES: This International Women's Day we pay homage to our women in wartime and recognise their role during war and peacekeeping efforts.

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