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usnatarchivesexhibits: The Common Struggle, undated Did you…

usnatarchivesexhibits:

The Common Struggle, undated

Did you know that in excess of 49,000 Australians served during the Vietnam War? Like the United States, Australia supported South Vietnam against the North, first with the aid of military advisers and later with ground troops. The poster above was part of a set entitled “The Common Struggle” which featured different nations united in aiding the South Vietnamese cause.

The Common Struggle: Australia Propaganda Poster

Learn more about “Remembering Vietnam.”

Australian Centurion tank, 1968

Australian Centurion tank, 1968

Australian soldier with ARVN soldiers, 1971.

Australian soldier with ARVN soldiers, 1971.

Australian Centurion tanks, photographed by an American, 1970.

Australian Centurion tanks, photographed by an American, 1970.

Australian soldier of 104 Signal Sq. doing paperwork, 1968.

Australian soldier of 104 Signal Sq. doing paperwork, 1968.

dale-art: Vietnam War Era Aussie Soldier Painted in…

dale-art:

Vietnam War Era Aussie Soldier

Painted in Photoshop

This sorta comes across as cheesecake, but whatever; I wanted this to be lighthearted and fun  ¯\_( :^P )_/¯

Some of the accessories on the rucksack are nods to two of my favorite bands from Australia: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and The Chats. Please check them out!  With the exception of the “Save of Sons” pin, the croc and the pin are huge anachronisms lol.

I’m always open for commissions, if anyone is interested! If so, please send me a message.

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Australian 104 Signal Squadron radio operator, 1968.

Australian 104 Signal Squadron radio operator, 1968.

“Libidinous GIs hardly had to leave the base for their adventures. The swimming pool at Tan Son Nhut,…”

“Libidinous GIs hardly had to leave the base for their adventures. The swimming pool at Tan Son Nhut, for example, had a reputation as one of the most active gay cruising areas that side of Fire Island. There were usually gay men available for dating among civilian personnel at the USO libraries. For gay soldiers, Sydney became a favorite R and R [rest and recuperation] site–with those cheerful guys who could not seem to get enough of American men. Singapore also featured a rousing gay scene, although this tended  to attract more gay Australian and New Zealand soldiers, who were in Vietnam as part of a multinational alliance. The in-country R and R center at Vung Tau was also known for wild gay partying. Discharges on the grounds of homosexuality still occurred in Vietnam, but there was growing tolerance of gay servicemen there, unmatched at stateside duty stations.”

Conduct Unbecoming: Gays & Lesbians in the U.S. Military by Randy Shilts, page 149-150.

See this quote for what life was like in rear areas of Vietnam.

From the source: “HMAS Stuart ‘F21′ did escort duties from…

From the source:
“HMAS Stuart ‘F21′ did escort duties from Singapore to  Vietnam for ‘The Vung Tau Ferry’.  Photo supplied by Keith Oliver [Jan 1968]”

See: HMAS Stuart (II), Royal Australian Navy

Australian soldiers of 7RAR at Nui Dat, 1967


Syd Cole


Roger Gidman


Nev Godfrey


Cpl Alex Woodhouse and Nev Godfrey


Greg Morris


Brian Richards


Cpl Alex Woodhouse

Australian soldiers of 7RAR at Nui Dat, 1967