Kingaroy-Memerambi RSL sub-branch president Don Davey with one of the pieces of memorabilia on display ... a beer can from the 1987 "welcome home" parade

August 7, 2013

A display of Vietnam War memorabilia has been placed on show at the Kingaroy Heritage Museum in Haly Street just it time for Vietnam Veterans Day on August 18.

The display is the second in a series which has been planned by the the Kingaroy-Memerambi RSL sub-branch.

The first, held in April, had an Anzac Day theme; the next in the series will be designed to reflect Remembrance Day in November.

Kingaroy-Memerambi RSL sub-branch president Don Davey said the display included personal items carried by Australian troops in Vietnam including dixies, water bottles, a hexamine stove and an officer’s “aide memoire”.

There are also operational maps of Vietnam donated to the sub-branch and a flag that was flown on HMAS Brisbane, the last Australian naval vessel to leave Vietnam waters.

The items also bring back memories for Mr Davey who served in Vietnam for 14 months in 1970-71. The then-Corporal Don Davey (later Warrant Officer) was in the 2nd Battalion in Vung Tau and Long Binh.

The display will run throughout August.

Entry into the Kingaroy Heritage Museum is free, and it is open daily.

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