Veteran author: Don Tate with his book ‘The War Within’.
Veteran author: Don Tate with his book ‘The War Within’. John Gass

Reunion of Vietnam vets

FOURTH Battalion Vietnam War veterans were honoured this week at Twin Towns Services Club.

More than 300 veterans marched from the top of Boundary Street into Chris Cunningham Park to commemorate the battalion's 47 years.

Twin Towns RSL president and battalion member Joe Russell said the club was honoured to hold the reunion.

“This is the first time it's been held at Twin Towns,” Mr Russell said.

“We've had Delta Company and Bravo Company functions before but never the whole battalion.”

An official dinner at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre has been planned for Friday night.

Don Tate travelled from Wollongong to attend the reunion despite being unable to march due to a war injury.

“A machine gun bullet shattered my hip. I spent two-and-a-half years in hospital.”

Mr Tate was the only person from his battalion to take a colour video camera into the jungle during the Vietnam War.

The film has been valued at $100,000 by the War Memorial in Canberra.

“I am just an ordinary infantry private, but I can assure you I'm the most interesting of them all,” he said.

Mr Tate is the author of The War Within.

He said the book's revelations had forced the government to amend the history of the Australian involvement in the Vietnam War.



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