McComish, Edward Charles (b: 1945)

Accession Number MSS1646
Collection type Manuscript
Measurement 1 item (5 cm)
Object type Typescript
Maker McComish, Edward Charles
Date made 1995
Access Open
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

Autobiographical manuscript titled 'It's not where you start - it's where you finish', which includes chapters on army and Vietnam service. After training at Kapooka, Bandiana and Canungra, McCamish goes to Vietnam with 1 Independent Armoured Squadron Workshop RAEME (attached to a squadron of Centurion tanks), later 106 Field Workshop. Arriving the day before the commencement of the 'Tet' offensive, McCamish comments on the Viet Cong attack on Tan Son Nhut airport at Saigon, the superior facilities of US troops, encampment at Nui Dat, guard duty in Saigon, and R & R in Hong Kong, disillusionmnet and low morale, and the behaviour of the Australian troops. Manuscript also covers other aspects of McComish's life including his experience in 1974 of Cyclone Tracy in Darwin.