Vietnam vets invited
Of the 4000 Vietnam veterans who served in the South-east country, up to 40 per cent of the soldiers died before they were 50.
Of the remaining soldiers in the Manawatu¯ , a call is going out to invite them to meet the New Zealand exVietnam Services Association president Andy Peters who will be in Palmerston North on November 24.
Harry Komene, section commander of Whiskey company served in Vietnam in 1967-68. He is on the veterans’ welfare committee with Albie Armstrong.
“We don’t know where a lot of the vets are because they don’t have email or mobile phones. We hope they will read the paper,” says Harry.
Albie was a radio operator with Vector company 1 in Vietnam.
Both men are Nga¯ puhi but settled in Palmerston North on return from their tour of duty.
■ Vietnam Veterans — meet the new president, 2pm, November 24, RSA, Linton St Bowling Club. For more information, Harry Komene 027 7689088.
Ex-Vietnam Veterans Albie Armstrong and Harry Komene are inviting veterans to meet new ex-Vietnam Services Association president Andy Peters.