15 November 2018 10:00am - 15 November 2018 12:30 PM
The Australian Army's involvement in the Vietnam War began in May 1962. In 1964, faced with a shortage of regular troops, the government introduced selective conscription. If selected, men were required to serve in the army for 24 months of continuous service and included an obligation to serve overseas. All 20-year-old males in Australia were required to register for National Service, with 804,000 registering and 63,735 men getting called up. The average age of soldiers in Vietnam was 20 years old.
Please join us as Albany-born Raymund Shanhun talks about the day he received notification that he had been selected for National Service and the effect that this had on him then and for the rest of his life.
This event is part of the Albany Public Library's Senior's Week program.