Susan Hughes with family

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Susan Hughes with family at Waiouru, 1966

Susan Hughes was seven years old when her father Terence deployed to Vietnam with 161 Battery, RNZA. A self-described "army brat", Susan lived on base at Waiouru with mum Mavis and younger brother Stephen (pictured) for the nine months Terence was on tour in 1966.

Listen to Susan talking about Vietnamese dolls becoming a prized possession amongst her friends, and writing to ask her dad to send one home.


Image courtesy Susan Hughes

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