Together with two other RNZN Ensigns, I was sent on an USN Junior Officer Exchange in 1971.
During Viet Nam service there were rare occasions when Riflemen were allowed back into the Australian Task Force Base at Nui Dat. Rare because we were dreadfully smelly creatures – ask any Helicopter Pilot. It wasn't for tactical reasons that the UH1D was flown with its doors opened.
On 18 August 1966, D Company of 6RAR set out on a sweep through an area from which VC forces had bombarded the 1ATF base at Nui Dat two days before.