Prime Minister: please bring home the 25 Australian soldiers killed in Vietnam but remain in a lonely grave, halfway home on Foreign soil.
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"My mother never got closure for her little brother's death. It ruined her life not being able to go and sit by a gravesite, that he was never honoured like other killed soldiers. Disgustingly, they're still stuck half-way home. We just want Reg brought home."
He was an Australian soldier killed in Vietnam – but our government has never repatriated Reg Hillier home. Shockingly, he's among 25 soldiers killed in Vietnam who still remain in a lonely grave, half-way home.
521 Australian Vietnam Veterans were killed or died of wounds in the Vietnam War, 496 are buried back home in Australia, let's bring the remaining 25 home, to Australia where they belong.
Relatives and the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia are asking for your help to finally right this wrong, and bring our mates home to be with us.
We've found out that for many of these soldiers, they weren't brought home because their family couldn't afford the huge costs of repatriation. It cost nearly half a year's wage 500 pounds, at the time ($30,000 today). And they'd just lost their loved one.These Soldiers fought for their Country and made the Supreme Sacrifice and the Government of the Day wanted the NOK and Families to pay for their repatriation back to Australia.
These families had no choice, either pay up or be buried in Malaysia, this is a terrible way to treat bereaved families, and it caused further heartache as these relatives had the extra burden of that huge guilt of not being able to afford to bring their loved ones home. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME.
The first one killed in Vietnam, was WO2 William Hacking on the 1st June 1963, was brought home at Government (public) expense. The second was WO2 Kevin Conway killed 6th July 1964, was buried in a Cemetery in Siagon, then exhumed and removed to Ulu Pandan Cemetery in Singapore, then to allow for Singapores expansion was again exhumed and reburied in Kranji Cemetery Singapore.
This poor Vietnam Veteran has been exhumed twice and buried three times and is still not home.
It was just wrong. We'd never do this to our boys currently serving.
Keith Payne, VC, our living legend Vietnam Veteran has given his full support, saying "I agree with you, where the relatives want the bodies brought home - Bring the Bodies Home."
For years, this injustice has been ignored. Last year, we were again given a clinical and heartless response from the government to our plea for our fellow soldiers to be brought home.
The Prime Minister can finally give these soldiers the dignity and honour they deserve, and lay them to rest here at home in Australia with the rest of our Vietnam war dead. He went to great lengths to bring home the victims of the recent Malaysia airlines downing – we just want the same respect given to our diggers.
Those soldiers buried in Malaysia, are NOT buried in a war grave but are buried in a General Christian Cemetery on a Military base in Malaysia.
It's been the dying wish for many of our relatives, to Bring Them Home. It's time for the government to have the heart to help us close this unfinished business for the NOK, widows, relatives, and veterans, and Bring Them Home.
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