Bryan Nicholls. Vietnam Veteran.
You can watch part one of The Memory Atlas Interview with Bryan here.
You can watch part two of The Memory Atlas interview with Bryan here
Born in Melbourne in July 1940 and entered the Army Apprentices School in January 1956 for a nine year engagement.
After graduation from the Army Apprentices School in December 1958 I was posted to the Corps of Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers as a vehicle mechanic.
I served in several units in Victoria and I re-engaged for another three years army service at the end of 1964.
In October 1965 I was posted as a sergeant vehicle mechanic to the RAEME detachment Australian Logistic Support Company in Bien Hoa South Vietnam.
(Bien Hoa location)
(Bien Hoa Google Earth)
This unit, along with all other Australian ground forces, was integrated with the US Army 173rd Airborne Brigade.
In May 1966 I was posted to 101 Field Workshops RAEME in Vung Tau and then later sent to be the RAEME sergeant in charge of the 1st Armoured Personnel Carrier Squadron Light Aid Detachment (LAD) at Nui Dat.
(Vung Tau location)
(Vung Tau Google Earth)
(Nui Dat location)
(Nui Dat Google Earth)
The LAD was responsible for all first line repairs to the fleet of carriers and weapons equipment.
I returned from Vietnam in October 1966 after 12 months service in country.
I was discharged as a warrant officer class two in January 1968.
Army Apprentices School in Balcombe Victoria (near Mount Martha) in 1956.
In Vietnam in September 1966 whilst on operations with 1st APC Squadron
At my parents house on the day I returned from Vietnam in October 1966
At the Sebastopol RSL President making an Anzac Day address at a school in Sebastopol Victoria
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