On the 8th May 1969 at 10.15am, the main body of V4 landed at Vung Tau,
South Vietnam and began a Tour of Duty of exactly 365 days of Active Service.
Coincidently on the same day the 6th Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR)
departed Australia on the HMAS Sydney bound for Vietnam.
After clearing the RNZAF C130 Hercules, we were welcomed by the band of 4 RAR
and then the Coy had their first ‘taste’ of being in a war zone as they loaded their weapons
with magazines and machinegun belts of live ammunition that were left by Victor 3.
V3 stood to one side waiting for us to clear the Herc.
They would then depart on their “Freedom Bird” to Singapore.
V4 main body then moved by truck convoy to our base for the next year,
Nui Dat, in the Phuoc Tuy province of South Vietnam.
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