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Respect and thanks to our Vietnam Vets - today. 19-Aug-2016 At 1:49:07 PM ithomas
White Trash is correct - but who cares! Just remember that the term Viet Cong was invented to demonise national liberation forces which had been active since 1945 and who had been trying to kick out colonial France and then capitalistic American interests. They were simply Vietnamese who were sick of western domination and political manipulations. The forces against which the Australians fought were the so called Viet Cong plus North Vietnamese regulars and local sympathetic militia.

By the way, as far as preferred genres of rock climbing back then - there was no such thing as sport climbing. Everyone was a trad climber. Some leaned towards 'artificial climbing' but most were simply 'free climbers'. I took a rack of gear and rope to Singleton, NSW (where Queenslanders were posted for basic training) and travelled by rail to Sydney where I teamed up with Keith Bell, Ray Lassman and Peter Giles for weekend climbing.

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