Commonly known as 'Absent Without Leave'; but really meant that young
soldiers, wishing for a bit of time off, had forgotten to advise their superiors of their
Call sign for RAAF(HUEY)
'BA MOl BA'
A type of local beer brewed in villages -- almost undrinkable.
Bangkok: (For Rest & Recreation Leave).
Swan Lager: A beer brewed in Perth, Western Australia - often suspected for the water
having been scoured from the upper reach of the Swan River- in an area populated by
dairy farm run off and swamps.
Hygiene representer of cleaning and maintenance of latrines and showers
Last course of anti-malarial tablets. They went through the system as the name
A place in which to purchase alcohol in each company area. ( A Company
was approximately 110 men). The express purpose of this facility was to get as full as
possible, as quickly as possible ..
Concentrated fire into an area.
A drink of tea or coffee, made with muddy or chlorinated water.
A word derived from French 'beau coup, meaning plenty. The Vietnamese often
used this term and it was adopted by the Yanks, Kiwis and Aussies.
Vietnamese discription on some one not spending money on them.
Viet cong .
Fight with the enemy.
The Company Sergeant Major: A warm, compassionate, caring person, often
misunderstood by young soldiers, especially when placed on a 'Fizzer' (see below).
Not a town west of Dubbo in outback New South Wales. It was an antimalarial
pill, taken twice daily. (See ,also Paludrine).
'DAT DO DOGS'
Dat Do was a nearby village, never frequented by Aussie troops.
Reinforcements were told upon arrival in the unit that there were regular dog races, in
an attempt to advise them that non-existent entertainment was available.
Sauce: Also known as ketchup. Used as a flavouring agent or to camouflage the taste of various meals.
Vietnamese for "go away", "get out", or "piss off".
acronym for: "Dedicated Unhesitating Services To Our Fighting Forces".
Knife/Fork/Spoon Set. Shorter and dirtier than those at home.
Loves a feed
The soldier's bed: usually a narrow pneumatic mattress, with lightweight
nylon-type blanket or "silk". The inflated mattress would sometimes make a sound when you turned over, thereby giving rise to the name.
'FITTER & TURNER'
Cook. Fits perfectly good food into a pot & turns it into shit.
A charge sheet: These were for the express purpose of ensuring that young soldiers
knew who was running the show.
Not to be confused with the early-style water carts of Australia. A real furphy
was a rumour which spread like wildfire within the ranks.
A soft drink.
Navy talk for 'pissaphone' (see below).
Also known as Hepatitis Rolls. These were meat and salad-filled bread rolls purchased
from street stalls in Vung Tau. Their effect on the body is evidenced by their name.
A small collapsible metal frame designed to hold a cup or food container for heating for the soldier's individual use. A hex amine tablet was placed in the base, and ignited. If no hex amine was available, a small piece of plastic explosive did the same job.
'HO CHI MINH' SANDALS'
VC foot-ware made from old tyres; they had a distinctive tread, recognisable in the dirt.
Hong Kong (For Rest & Recreation Leave).
Another term for free accommodation -- four men in base camps, one man
in field situations. The description sounds good, but in reality it was a four-man leaky
tent, surrounded by sandbags.
Return to Australia: (Usually after being wounded).
A supplementary food supply, purchased by the individual soldier, for
his personal survival.
A name given to the awful cordial powder supplied by the USA to our
troops in an attempt to flavour our water. Varieties included raspberry, lime and grape. I knew of one digger, the late David Fazackerley, who mixed the grape cordial with
Scotch. He shared his brew with nobody, because nobody dared help him drink it!
short for kilometre .
A three-wheeled motor scooter fitted with an enclosed seating area over the
rear wheels. Used as taxi cabs in Vung Tau. The carrying capacity of these machines
was usually dictated by the amount of soldiers in any group, and the amount of
lubrication that these soldiers may have consumed. Extra passengers have been known to have been carried on the roof of the passenger area.
Our canvas homes. (See Hootchie, above).
Left Out Of Battle??? (See POGO below).
A soldier's movement or transfer order.
Our military police friends. Lovely people really. When they found young soldiers after curfew in Vung Tau, they would give them a lift back to base, and even accommodate them overnight. They were very security conscious ... even their walls had bars.
The Australian Government's recognition of young
men growing up in the '60s, and granting them to a free overseas trip.
'NINE MILE SNIPERS'
A term used by Vietnamese Nationals to express their feelings of Australian troops, when they were not given gifts. When gifts were provided, Aussie soldiers were suddenly NUMBER 1!
Real bad ,off the scale
An open rice field: These were known to raise the sweat of even the coolest soldierpatrolling
across these, completely open, no protection; frightening. Also could be a name for a soldier of Irish heritage
Not to be confused with the 1960's TV show Paladin, starring Richard Boone. This was an anti-malarial drug, taken once daily.
A urinal: fashioned by the use of a semi-circular drum dug into the ground, allowing troops to urinate in open spaces within base camps. Specifically designed for Vietnam Troops.
Personnel On Garrison Operations? In any case, those assigned this name were not at the 'sharp end'.
Weapons used by our military police friends.
A means of cleaning the interior of a weapon's barrel / a very skinny person.
Our food supply, courtesy of the USA. Included delicacies such as dog biscuits.
Full time soldier.
Regimental Sergeant Major
Vietnamese slang, six of one half dozen of the other
Singapore: (Rest & Recreation Leave).
Hard to explain how the brain operated, but it worked this way: It takes a
million Schmicks to make half a Schmoo. It takes a million Schmoos to make half a
clue. And some people wouldn't have a Schmick. Loosely translated, one could hear
through the ranks: "So and so wouldn't have a schmick".
nti personnel round fired from 105mm.
Period of rest and refitting.
Period where troops where on full alert weapons at the ready, first light and
Call sign of the commander of each unit.
Part of the leisure resort at Vung Tau. To gain entry, all a soldier had to do
was the wrong thing, and be sentenced to a period of time filling sandbags and then
emptying them. He got to do this every day. Better than any fitness camp.
Loyal friend, good mate.
Armoured Corps Personnel.
Smile -- you're on Candid Claymore!
'UC DAI LOI'
Vietnamese for "Australian".
Victorian Bitter, also known as 'vomit bomb', 'Vitamin B', 'Vietnamese beer' etc. Probably better than Swan Lager.
'VUNG TAU FERRY'
HMAS Sydney: This ship, an aircraft carrier which had been
converted to carry troops, was remodelled on the cork-in-the-ocean principle. The ship
behaved in the same way when sailing to and from Vietnam.
'VUNG TAU WORRIOR'
Personnel posted at (Blunt End) VUNG TAU
The city of Vung Tau: Used by Aussie soldiers for 'Rest & convalescence'.
The city of Vung Tau: Used by Aussie soldiers for 'Rest & convalescence'.
Last sleep before return to Australia.
Nick name for Nui Dinh and Nui Thi Vai Hills.
A system where young soldiers, surprised to learn of their impending fatherhood, were able to take leave to return to Australia for matrimony, and to get to meet the new in-laws.
South Vietnamese police: dressed in white, vocal on the whistle and with a reputation for shooting first and asking questions later. Young soldiers tended to respect these people.
Similar to a suburban fence, identifying boundaries, but also allowing close contact with some neighbours.
A western/cowboy paperback book.
An unauthorized, illegal, discharge of multiple weapons into the
Beer from Queensland, Australia - some blokes couldn't spell Queensland
The Black walked into the canteen and said "Who's shout is it?" to which Cheesey replied with a grin "It must be Chomper's".
"I'll drink to that" said Fortescue, who at the time was talking to Magoo and Sleepy.
Bollocks said to Tex "Well one thing's for'sure you can't have one 'cause you've got to
drive Tosca tonight". Not likely he replied, Fritz owes me one so he can do it.
With that in came Bugsy and Shacka, having just been let off the leash by Bulby. The Kid said to no one in particular "Someone had better go and find Doc and arrange an
operation to get that hand out of his pocket, I'm dying of thirst".
Bags, being the gentleman that he was, offered to buy a round, with Pee- Rat's money.
This was greeted with raucous applause from Moot, Midge and Lofty who were sitting in the comer playing the guitar.
Woollies, the duty officer, said to Dutchy and Herbie in particular, "If you don't keep the noise down I'll get Tosca to can tonight's movie". "You've got no chance" said Pommy.
"Yeah" said Bluey "There's no way he'd miss the cartoons".
Then someone said "Have a Squizz at this" as Jack walked in with a breach block on his arm and said to Sheepman, "Mind this will you while I use the 'phone". Everyone could see that this upset Lumpy, as Tas had promised him that he could mind the breach block next time, if Wally wasn't available. Darkie, as usual, was very sympathetic.
Matt rocked up and said he felt a bit Dusty. Dickyboo suggested that he not be Dozy and furthermore, that he should Beetle around to the bar and shout his HQ mates Spider and the General a drink.. Wacka and Tonks left before they also became involved.