"These photo’s were taken during
my trip back in 2008.
New Zealand Television wanted to
interview me and they wanted to do it in Vietnam so they paid for the
trip. The documentary was about the New Zealand involvement in the war
and it screened on New Zealand National TV in June of 2008.
The concrete block was the
survey marker for 161 Battery Centre, The hole in the ground was ‘Kiwi
exchange’ – our unit telephone exchange. Interesting to note is that I
helped dig it in 1966 and it is now the only surviving construction in
the 161 Battery lines at Nui Dat.
The road in the photo is
actually the road that was between 161 Battery and 1/83rd. It ran
through the centre of the Artillery part of the Task Force area.
The photo with the water in it
is what the battery gun line looked like in 2008. A lot of excavation by
the Vietnamese has turned it into a crater full of water.
The first one is of me being
interviewed on the 161 Battery lines for the documentary.