(Kenneth) Mervyn Hains as a private, 7th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment, South Vietnam 1970-1971 [recorded letter]

Accession Number S00070
Collection type Sound
Measurement 21 min 40 sec
Object type Recorded letter
Physical description 1/4 inch sound tape reel; Aristocrat TP-6-MT; 3 3/4 ips/9.5 cm.s; half track mono; 3 inch
Maker Hains, Kenneth Mervyn
Hains, Kenneth Mervyn
Place made Vietnam: South Vietnam
Date made c 30 November 1970
Access Open
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
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Private Mervyn Hains records a letter for his sister, Helen and brother-in-law Russell, with comments for other members of his family also. He describes the some of his experiences in Vietnam; patrolling, ambushes, as well as R&C [rest and convalescence]. He is the platoon signaller and describes his radio set and other kit and what his role is as signaller. Discusses upcoming Christmas and his anticipated arrival home in March and discharge from the Army in April 1971. Pte Hains was wounded just days after this letter was recorded on 2 December, but stayed in Vietnam until 7RAR returned to Australia in March 1971.