Peter Jarratt's story

Peter Charles Jarrett was born on 21 June 1936 in Berrigan, New South Wales. He was educated in Sydney and worked for 18 months after school before joining the Australian Army when he was almost 18.

After 6 months at Officer Cadet School in Portsea, Victoria. Peter joined the Royal Australian Armoured Corps as second lieutenant. Later he became tank troop leader at the 1st Armoured Regiment at Puckapunyal, was posted to the National Service Training Battalion at Holdsworthy, and did more tank work at Puckapunyal.

In 1963, Peter deployed to South Vietnam and served with the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV). Members of the AATV provided training and assistance to the South Vietnamese.

Peter remembered the close relationship with the United States (US) forces. His unit was given US kits and, when wounded, treated in US military hospitals. He recalled the vulnerability experienced in the field and the importance of sending advisors out in pairs so they could look out for each other.

Service in the Vietnam War was an important time in Peter's life, but he was glad to return home. He continued with his army career after the war, leaving the Army 1983 after 29 years of service.

Last updated: 25 November 2022

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DVA (Department of Veterans' Affairs) (2022), Peter Jarratt's story, DVA Anzac Portal, accessed 8 June 2023,
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