This memoir/autobiography celebrates 50 years of Junior Recruit service to our Navy. Established in 1960 and decommissioned in 1984 the story follows the life of a 15-year-old inducted into the service for twelve years in 1968 and sent to Vietnam on the Vung Tau Ferry (H.M.A.S. Sydney) the following year.
The commemorative year of 2010 recognised the contributions made by young teens, many still children, to their country.
My story is partly dedicated to those who did not survive physically and/or mentally serving at a time when bullying and bastardising was the model in the defence forces, along with an element of stoic indifference on behalf of the young recruits’ custodians, although not always.
Included, at the beginning of my story, I have a ‘Dedication’ and a separate ‘Prologue’ regarding the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce (D.A.R.T.) inquiry, of which I was a contributor, after submitting two lengthy essays. Also included in this book are selections from the 380-page Government report allotted to me in 2014.
Furthermore, let me remind you that the world was on a road to perdition at this critical time in our history. Therefore I consider this book not only an Autobiography but also a story of our history 60 plus years ago.
We Were All At Sea