Served 20 years.
Wing Commander, Fighter Pilot.
Medals and citations: Vietnam medals and the US Air Medal – again for Vietnam
Primary job: Fighter Pilot
“My service provided me with lots of good memories”
- Wanted to fly aeroplanes and the RAAF was the best way to go.
- Once gave Sir James Rowland (was RAAF CAS and later governor of NSW) some instruction in the Mirage.
- Don’t expect the government to treat you well because you served your country. The squeaky wheel gets the oil.
Best advice/skill received: The military doesn’t advise, they issue orders.
What do you want people to remember about your service? The government sends us to war. Don’t expect us to behave like good neighbours when we are fighting to survive.
What was the best and worst 'military' food you were served, and why? When we had Dining In Nights the staff normally produced very good meals. The worst food I had was when I did a jungle survival course in Changi back in about 1967 – we tried snake and Kampong Chook but the survival rations tasted better.
Funny recollection during time of service:
After 20 years of service I retired and was given a retired members identity card – they misspelt my surname!