Col Joye concert in Vietnam DPR/TV/422

Accession Number F03783
Collection type Film
Measurement 2 min 44 sec
Object type Actuality footage, Television news footage
Physical description 16mm/b&w/silent
Place made Vietnam: Phuoc Tuy Province, Nui Dat
Date made 18 August 1966
Access Open
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

In Vietnam, Sydney entertainers Col Joye and the Joy Boys and singer Little Pattie, toured the Australian Task Force area on an armoured personnel carrier before giving shows for troops. They stopped to watch an air strike on the foothills of a nearby mountain. Smoke rises as bombs pound Viet Cong positions. The entertainment group arrived two days after the area had been mortared by the enemy. The entertainers are the third Government sponsored group to play for Australians in Vietnam. Before the first show Col Joye stopped to talk with Sapper David Wagstaff of Bankstown, NSW and Sapper Roger Solomon of Brisbane. While walking through the area Private Robert Kinggee (repeat Kinggee) of Kiama, NSW, shows them a shrapnel damaged truck. In the concert area the troops arrived by vehicle and on foot. They stood and sat in blazing heat for an hour to enjoy popular songs and music. Private Norman Henderson, of Barnsdale, Victoria and Private Laurie Scattini of Kalgoorlie, W.A. were two who brought their own seats with them. Some of the troops who saw the show had just returned from Operation Holsworthy and had spent more than a week in the jungle chasing Viet Cong. Trooper Robert McMillian of Sydney and Trooper Jock McCormick, of Melbourne, enjoyed a front-view. During one number the soldiers clapped tp the beat of a popular hit tune. The opportunity to take photographs was not missed. The show over, troops move off, back to their base areas.

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