I am a daughter of a Vietnam Veteran (and a niece too). My father and uncle were sent to Vietnam in 1965 (161 Bty). My dad served in Vietnam for 14 months. After the war my dad suffered many symptoms including migraines and thin skin on his lower legs (thought to be from wading through contaminated waterways). He also suffered from depression, PTSD and mood swings. He died July 17 1985 in a tractor accident, leaving me aged 6 and my brothers aged 3 and 15 months. My mum was a widow at 26 years of age. I have always been interested in my dads experiences in Vietnam but I never got the chance to talk to him about it. I always treasured his tangible memories of the war - slides, souvenirs, and thousands of amazing, sometimes tragic photographs. A house fire (arson) in 2004 took those things away from me and my family and we were left with nothing but a few photos which miraculously survived. I am so proud of my dads history and the sacrifices he and his comrades made.
This year I have started extramural study (Bachelor of Defence Studies). I am hoping this will enhance and extend my knowledge and interest in military history.
I am the New Zealand moderator/administrator of an international group called DOVV (Daughters of Vietnam Veterans). Any enquiries regarding this group can be emailed to [email protected]