When we came back from Vietnam nobody wanted to know us.
We had been spat at by the likes of Clark and Goff; certain RSA's made it very clear we weren't welcome; you said you had served and the response was 'Baby Killer'.
Some just couldn't handle that and I know of one case where a soldier I was privileged to command went and lived under a bridge just out of Darfield for six months as his way of getting away from it all.
And now 40 years on from the end of that war all kinds of persons come out of the woodwork claiming that they served. A common theme with these 'wannabees' is that their 'service' was with the SAS and all records have been destroyed because of the nature of that service. These clowns steal the honour of those who went and did their duty. Just as sad are those who embellish their genuine service with tales of action seen that put Audie Murphy to shame.
There is a website dedicated to unmasking these make believe ANZACs. If you want a bit of a laugh or cry have a look at some of these clowns.
See here the story of 'Archbishop' Peter McInness; self appointed Primate of a schematic branch of the Anglican Church and make believe Naval Chaplain who conducts weddings of self appointed Admirals complete with 'purchased' knighthoods.
And here for New Zealand Mayoral Candidate in Saturdays election. Six years after his initial exposure here he is again offering himself as Mayor of the Far North District Council.
And real stitch up here 'Sir' Brian Dudley. A genuine Kiwi veteran who gets himself appointed as patron of an ESO (Ex-Serviceman's Organisation) on the basis of a shonky knighthood.
And finally here a 'sailor' who was booted out of the RNZN and who stole the identy of his uncle to wear his and many other medals none of which he was entitled to.
All sad and pathetic people and feeding on the honour of others.
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