The good and bad of VietnamWar
WITH THIS RING: Ngoc Bui and David Roach were married by Pastor Paul Dare in Bicentennial Park, Mundubbera. David, a Vietnam veteran chose to be married near this pine tree grown from a seedling brought back from Lone Pine, Gallipoli. deeper into the jungle or would want to get into a better position to see the landscape,” he said.
“I didn’t really see much point myself but it gave me a job to wind up all the communications cables and then run them all out again to the command post.”
Born in Longreach in 1948, David says he was a typical country kid who never had a care in the world.
In 1969 David left town and headed to Melbourne to do his National Service.
“The guys who were training us were officers who had been into battle in Vietnam and they were some of the most serious people I had ever met,” he said.
“I have never been scared of anything in my life and coming from the bush I had to put on a bit of front.
“In Canungra we had to go on guard duty the same as we would in the jungles of Vietnam and the time came for me to stand on the line.
“No-one told me about the bandicoots that run about the place at night, but I tell you everyone knew about them when one of the little buggers jumped me.
“I let out a yell that would have woken up the dead.”
Since the war, David has returned several times to Vietnam and looked for an orphanage that the solders used to supply with food and toys for the kids.
“I found myself returning to a place that I always felt comfortable in,” he said.
“I found myself in love with a woman who came to Mundubbera and married me.”
David had one other tale to tell about his service during the war and it involved an American service club that was off limits to all Australians.
“A couple of mates and I wanted to go to the Yankee club for a night out so we got dressed up in our civilian clothes and off we went.
“Went right up to the door and with fake American accents we got in and went straight up to the bar and got stuck into a few drinks.
“Well the band stopped playing and they disappeared out the back so my mates and I went up to the band stand and started playing,” David said.
“The song, ‘We are a Pack of Bastards’ gave us away and we were removed by the MPs.”