Those We Left Behind


We of the Ninth in sixty-eight
Embarking then for Vietnam;
We lined the deck, we had such fun.
You waved, we waved, it shone, the Sun;
Such pretty girls and you were one.
Yet no one gave a thought – or two,
What might our leaving do to you.


By Michael Shave


FILE PHOTO: Australian troops bound for Vietnam line the flight deck of HMAS Sydney – the Vung Tau Ferry – on departure from Garden Island, Sydney. (5RAR 10 March 1970)






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