Ron Barassi, former AFL player, father was killed while serving in Tobruk video

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1 min 25 sec
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Department of Veterans' Affairs
AFL legend Ron Barassi talks about his father who enlisted in the Second World War


Well the thing that I remember the most is the news that my father had been killed. He was killed in Tobruk. Unfortunately, he was the first VFL footballer killed in the war.

My mother was crying, and I guess the fact that she was crying hurt me more than anything else. I think we should feel hurt, when to think people have been killed defending you, and that's what this war was about. War is a shocking, tearful, awful waste of people's efforts and lives. When they die, the shock comes to the mothers and fathers, and husbands and wives.

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