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First Name: Patrick
Joined: May 31, 2008, 11:26 am
Last Active: June 4, 2008, 9:45 am
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What is it you want to know ? I was in the British Army in BAOR Germany .. came out to NZ having enlisted in the RNZAF. Professionally, I was grossly under-employed and spent as much time as possible playing, soccer, rugby, and cricket on Wednesdays (sports day) and Saturdays. Financially, I couldn't afford to pursue a social life with all that would involve .. boozing, smoking, and mutual back-slapping. Volunteered for Vietnam service because I was utterly bored with Service life within New Zealand. Went to VN with the first group of the NZ Services Medical Team (a mixture of Army, Navy, and Air Force personnel). My CO, a Navy man, farmed me out on attachment to a small American MACV team and I fitted in with them as a glove does a hand. The American CO, senior adviser to the South Vietnamese District Chief, was a wise man and had our respect. I eventually left the RNZAF and took on a responsible job at Christchurch Hospital and retired from that in December 1990. I was Welfare Officer for the ChCh RSA for 15 years from 1992 to 2007, and am currently well retired. I'll be 80 in October.

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