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The Northern Territory news Thu 21 Apr 2011



The Northern Territory news Thu 21 Apr 2011

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NT news


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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. 25 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:21-AGE:725LO-R: C-M Y-K Keith Williams KEITH Williams did unusual service in Vietnam. He was cleared to work with the Army in 1968 as a YMCA officer. He was known as a philanthropic representative and was an honorary captain three bars instead of pips. Not surprisingly, Keith became known as the YM Bloke as he helped Diggers in many ways. He even ran Sunday afternoon tours to meet local people in a bid to show the Aussies that the Vietnamese had a rich and interesting culture. Forty years later, at a Nashos reunion in Victoria, he met several men who remembered him and the tours, and the positive lessons they had been. Keith visited the smaller units at Nui Dat at least twice a week, plus other teams scattered around the province. He provided a mobile library, handled mail and delivered Australian newspapers, clothing and toys for the families of attached Vietnamese militia, and held informal counselling sessions for all ranks. Below: Keith Williams on an old French gun in Vietnam.

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