Sir! No Sir! (2005)

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Watched this today, and was intrigued at the debunking of the myth of abuse of returning soldiers - both in America and in Australia. I didn't go, my number never came up in the lottery in 1965, but then I intended to refuse anyway, and accept imprisonment if it had to be so.
In Australia Vietnam service was never accorded any kind of respect or honour however, but the reported spitting and cries of baby killer were probably generated by the propaganda machine.
Of course my resolve to refuse service was never tested as it happened.
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As it happens, this year marks 50 years since Australia withdrew from Vietnam, Nui Dat (dirt hill) having been their main base from 1966 on.
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