Born 1950. My father served as a platoon sergeant with 3 pl C Coy 23rd Bn in North Africa and Italy alongside Eric Batchelor. It was almost a given that I would serve in the military. Did national service 23rd intake at Burnham prior to embarking for Singapore. Our first platoon cmdr., John Winton was later killed with V5. Norm Fry replaced him in 1 pl for our tour with V6 Coy under Brian Monks with Fr John Carde as Padre; Norm was himself replaced during the tour by Mike Harris. As M79 number I carried an M16 - great debate about its relative effectiveness and a difficult decision - not regretted. I swapped my reserve over to Navy on discharge and spent 11 years with the NZ Fire Service. Recently attended Tribute 08 - huge emotional roller coaster ride and very beneficial. That was my first contact with the team since returning. I currently own a company specialising in hazardous substance management and am a director in a national company in the same field. The interest arose from Agent Orange and its subsequent onging debate leading to, for me post graduate qualifications in toxicology, emergency mgt of chemicals, fire engineering and environmental issues. Do I regret the Vietnam experience? - No, I am proud to have served. Would I do it again? - Yes. They are experiences that cannot be attained any other way and I value them. I value the stories and the camaraderie.