Extract from an interview with Paul Diamond, 27 August 2007

Reproduced with permission of Trevor Doel

Down the back end of the compound was something that my warrant officer and I started up, and that was the Kiwi Club.

And what was that?

My warrant officer and I acquired from all sorts of different sources refrigerators, air conditioners, plonk, and everything else, even got dartboards shipped up courtesy of Dominion Breweries from New Zealand. They outfitted proper dartboards, cabinet surrounds, everything else. And we had the Kiwi Club.

And how did that operate?

When we knocked off work, straight down into the fridge that'd been well stocked up. Oh, the Americans round the area loved it, the Aussies were always coming in for a coldy. It was within the compound.

So everyone in the compound could go there?

Yeah. Plus there was also an outfit, we called them the Hush Puppy Boys, it was the 82nd military police group CID. And they were based in Cho Long, which is right down town.

Reference: 

Vietnam War Oral History Project, Manatu Taonga Ministry for Culture & Heritage

How to cite this page: 'The Kiwi Club - Trevor Doel', URL: http://www.vietnamwar.govt.nz/audio/kiwi-club-interview-with-trevor-doel, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 10-Sep-2013