Barry Heard. Author

  2008  2005                                                                                                           
               
HongKong Aug 1967
  Turd,Knackers Puckapunyal Sept '66.

Born 1945, in Melbourne Victoria. Barry Heard moved to country Victoria at the age of  9. He left school at 15. His only academic achievments during those days at the Swifts Creek Elementary School was in Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry. He failed any subjects related to writing or reading.
His first job was on a farm at Ensay, just up the road from where he grew up. Called the High country, the area is beautiful. Heard grew up without television, poor radio reception and rarely left the area. As a young adult, his interests were football, cricket, badminton, Young Farmers, Scouts and many local committees. By 1965, at aged 20, he had a steady girlfriend and looked forward to a future in the area.
As to the outside world, Barry had little or no knowledge. In Australia at this time, communism, threats from Asia, 'The domino theory' preoccupied the Menzies Federal government. In a move to quickly bolster troop numbers within the Services, it introduced National Service or Conscription using a ballot system based on a birth date. Heard was balloted and entered into the Third intake, February 1966.

The Army training, then service in Vietnam changed Heard. After his return to home, the farm and old acquaintances, he soon found he was unable to settle or fit in. More important, many Australians generally rejected the Vietnam intervention. Moratoriums, rallies, vigorous press and media reporting resulted in most Vietnam Veterans withdrawing or attempting remaining anonymous. Most were denied access to RSL's and were not allowed to march on ANZAC day.   

  He married, entering into a successful academic and educational career and for the next 30 years - to the outside world - success was his motto. Yet inside, his own soul was in tatters. Nightmares, the health of Vet mates, suicides and the like continually tortured his emotional state. Until  finally, it all combined to result in a terrible emotional breakdown for Heard.
The end result was a lost, low in spirits unemployable old man who in 1997, found himself a patient in the Repatriation mental ward for Veterans at Heidelberg - Melbourne. It was here that a staff member encouraged him to write his story. He did...reluctantly...until he found the writing was therapeutic. The result, a book,
Well Done, Those Men. Being finally published almost a decade later.