Punch  A Postie

Punch a Postie

You will recall and remember how important the mail from home was. How after many days of "Jungle Bashing", on return to Nui Dat, the mail parade was eagerly looked forward to.

Or if you had been out scrub for a while, and you were lucky enough, the mail came out on a Huey with the normal rations re-supply.

In the latter 1960's all sorts of strikes and embargoes were forced upon the Australian troops serving in South Vietnam on the pretext of "helping the Aussie digger in South Vietnam".

All too often these strikes and embargoes were to the detriment of the average Australian soldier in South Vietnam. The mail was delayed and didn't turn up.

The Jeparit wasn't loaded by the wharfies, was delayed and in the end the army loaded the Jeparit.

The various campaigns and strikes against the war in South Vietnam was unfortunately aimed at the individual soldiers and was to have a great impact upon the average Australian soldier serving in South Vietnam.

It is of no wonder then that they were to feel aggrieved by these strikes and other actions which took away their few basic essentials, comforts and enjoyment's in the otherwise harsh lifestyle of war in South Vietnam.

Clarrie Hair reports: "The flier above was produced in Nui Dat when the Postal "workers" in Australia refused to handle our mail, so we were in the bush in Vietnam wondering why our mail wasn't coming through".

It was also during this period that the wharfies went on strike in Melbourne and refused to load the HMAS Jeparit with our supplies, resulting in the Army having to do the job. But you would know that anyway.