Chapter 52: I lied to my mates!

I know you are going to find this hard to believe, but I lied to my mates.

I didn’t mean it, honest.  But the stress of war made me do it.  It wasn’t my fault.

You see a couple of my mates were writing to me every now and then and I was probably telling them how much of a hero I wuz.

But that wasn’t the lie I’m talking about.

This is the lie….

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Katie O'Pace McCauliff

 

 

I wrote and told my mates that I met this girl in Vung Tau and that she was a nurse.

And guess what?  They believed me!  What idiots!

Actually I was experimenting with my new Canon EXEE SLR camera.  I framed up to a picture in a magazine and I took the shot you see here.  It was on a slide and I may have got my mates to run a picture off it, I can’t recall.  But they thought she was great.  I did too – whoever she is.

The whole platoon knew about the joke and following a platoon reunion about 10 years ago we produced a book about our adventures in Vietnam.  The photo appears in the book, with the caption, “Caucasian dreams.  A picture Ian Cavanough took from a magazine early in the tour and sent it home to his mates telling them how he met this nurse in Vung Tau… the rest of the platoon had pictures of the real thing but told Ian they cut it out of a Pix Mag… and of course Ian believed them.”

Hmmm, I think they are having a go at me here.

This is the actual magazine…

 

The girl’s name is Katie O’Pace McCauliff – http://www.facebook.com/katie.mccauliff

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This story is now also available in ebook format. See here for details.

Reproduced with permission from FUN, FEAR, FRIVOLITY – A tale by an Aussie infantry soldier in the Vietnam War – which is now also available in ebook format. See here to order.

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ian_cavanoughHi guys. I am a good-looking, opinionated old fart who relishes a spirited debate on any topic regardless of how much I think I know about it.
Ian Cavanough,
Yeppoon, Queensland

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One thought on “Chapter 52: I lied to my mates!

  • 30/07/2018 at 2:29 pm
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    The nurses I served with weren’t THAT buxom, mate. Just saying.

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