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The Northern Territory news Thu 21 Apr 2011



The Northern Territory news Thu 21 Apr 2011

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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www.ntnews.com.au Thursday, April 21, 2011. NT NEWS. 11 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:21-AGE:711LO-R: C-M Y-K 43ff02/11 Neil Farmer NEIL Farmer enlisted in the Army to go to Vietnam at the age of 36. His sister-in-law, Lorna Watson, of Jingili, Darwin, says the Army thought he was too old but he insisted he was as fit as any of the 18-yearold recruits. The Army said he would be accepted if he could do the long route march with the younger men. He not only completed it but came back first, Ms Watson said. Mr Farmer (left) did two tours of duty in Vietnam. His daughters both joined the Defence Force Helen the WRANS and Janet the Army. RoyGodfrey ROY Godfrey, who is now 83, went to war four times in his life. He did two tours of Vietnam in 1966 as a sergeant and in 1969-70 as a warrant office class 2. Mr Godfrey served for 724 days in Vietnam. His son Dave said: He doesnt speak much of his time over there. Mr Godfrey also fought in the Korean war and Malayan conflict. He joined the Australian Army in 1949 and retired in 1978. His units were the 1st Australian Reinforcement Unit; 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment; and Headquarters 1st Australian Logistic Support Group. Roy Godfrey is standing up in the far right photo and kneeling in the others. John Sheppard John Sheppard served with 7RAR Mortar Platoon in Vietnam. He is pictured here (above) aged 23 on Operation Ballarat near the Australian base in Nui Dat in August 1967. He served between 1963 and 1968 with the regular army, and was in Vietnam between 1967 and 1968. He also served in Malaya and Borneo, and meets up with other veterans every four years. He moved to Darwin in 1970. It was a really good thing to do as a 20-year-old, he said. He now lives in Moil.