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Reply KelRoyard
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Reply Angela
6:06 AM on January 23, 2019 
Hello Barry,
It was really nice to meet and talk to you today in Dymocks , Collins St.
Kind Regards,
Angela
Reply Richard Morgan
1:29 AM on December 31, 2018 
Thanks Barry for a wonderful book,
I was a nasho and am a Vietnam vet, though I didn't have an experience such as yours.
You've given us a raw and moving account.
I particularly appreciated your observations on the immoral ransom conscription which existed at the time.
Best wishes for the future.
Reply Melvin Grevstad
10:28 PM on July 23, 2018 
Dear Barry, I have just finished reading your book and would like to thank you so much for your writing such a powerful emotional book. I would like to mention that I was referred to your book by a cousin from Norway who is trying to get a better understanding of the emotional part of war that is not typically brought up in most books about warfare, you have certainly exceeded any previous work to date.
About my own experience as a USA Army infantry grunt in Vietnam I can certainly relate. After I completed high school I worked for a year as a carpenter until I was drafted in October 1966, had eight weeks basic training and then eight more weeks of advanced infantry training. Then I was sent to OCS and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant after only one year in the army and just 20 years old! This was not that unusual apparently because at the time lieutenants were in short supply! I spent the next year at a desk job in the states and at the age of 21 was sent to Vietnam to lead a platoon in combat. I somehow managed to survive the year get promoted to First Lieutenant and sent home and discharged from the army! After a few years of trying find myself I was also lucky enough to find a wonderful girl to marry and have three wonderful children. I was also able to go to college to become an Industrial Arts teacher. After thirty years I was also diagnosed with PTSD and understand your journey. Thank you again
Reply Peter Riedlinger
7:46 PM on June 22, 2018 
Dear Mr H Jusr read. WDTM. I was conscripted and served with the RAE working with infantry, tracks and tanks. Thanks for the book. When you say how we had all the firepower and they had only themselves and yet they won really rang true with me. More people should make that point. For the record: service Number 1734049. Unit 2Tp 1st Field Sqd RAE. Tour of duty Nov 68 to Nov 69. All the best. Peter Riedlinger
Reply Joe Hitch
7:08 AM on May 7, 2018 
I have just read Tag so sad but so true. My Dad was in charge of an RHA gun team at Mons and survived the war. He was 45 before he married. Your book may tell us why. I also have books by Jill the Duchess of Hamilton, (First to Damascus) & (Gallipoli to Gaza) She was an Australian war correspondant in Vietnam. Many thanks for your book
Reply Lois
4:41 PM on December 29, 2017 
I have just finished reading your book which I borrowed from the local Library for my Vet husband. When he finished reading it I was told..I recommend you read this and it could help you understand what happened. It's taken me a while but I am so glad I did. Thanks for having the courage to tell it like it is. We have had some good conversation since. Thankyou.
Reply ScottNot
9:20 PM on October 24, 2017 
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10:14 PM on October 22, 2017 
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Reply Barry Heard
10:13 PM on August 24, 2017 
Thanks, very kind.
Barry
Christine says...
Hi, I have just finished your book. Thank you for writing your story which is very moving & shows there are no winners in war. I wish I'd been more aware years ago & been able to show more compassion to people I knew who were Vietnam vets. Thank you for doing what was asked of you so long ago. You & others who go to war have my upmost respect. Cheers christine
Reply Christine
1:25 AM on August 20, 2017 
Hi, I have just finished your book. Thank you for writing your story which is very moving & shows there are no winners in war. I wish I'd been more aware years ago & been able to show more compassion to people I knew who were Vietnam vets. Thank you for doing what was asked of you so long ago. You & others who go to war have my upmost respect. Cheers christine
Reply Barry Heard
7:32 AM on May 7, 2017 
Thanks Carol, not coming up this year - you take care.
Barry
Carol Bookder says...
Just following your progress since my Jim met you in 2012 (passing away later that year) - been wanting to contact you but with no success until now. I'm glad to hear you are continuing to do what you do - and understand you are very busy. Just read your letter to the school inToowoomba.
Regards, Carol Booker
Reply Carol Bookder
1:51 AM on April 2, 2017 
Just following your progress since my Jim met you in 2012 (passing away later that year) - been wanting to contact you but with no success until now. I'm glad to hear you are continuing to do what you do - and understand you are very busy. Just read your letter to the school inToowoomba.
Regards, Carol Booker
Reply Jim Luby
12:45 PM on January 21, 2017 
Dear Sir: I just finished reading "Well Done, Those Men" and wanted to let you know I found it to be one of the most powerful books I've ever read. The copy of the book I read is owned by a close friend of nearly 35 years (Greg A., 101st Airborne) and was signed by you in 2005. I never served in the military, but have gained at least a modicum of insight into the life of the grunt on account of my long years of friendship with Greg. Your book has given me a much greater appreciation for those suffering with PTSD. Great writing about a very difficult war and the struggles you and other soldiers have dealt with since. With great respect - Jim Luby
Reply Garry Knight
11:20 PM on December 2, 2016 
Thank you for "Well done those men." Amazing honesty. We are often our harshest critic.
Reply Brenda Marmion
7:05 PM on October 19, 2016 
Hi Barry I have just read your novel TAG. Having educated and trained horses for most of my life I could relate to Tag's handling of the horses. I was filled with sadness at the "real" parts of the story, of the treatment of the horses on the ship and later, of the treatment of the soldiers and nurses, or should I say lack of treatment. I found the book incredibly sad but a story that had to be told, albeit with fictitious characters. Thank you.
Reply Barry Heard
8:15 PM on September 16, 2016 
Thanks Andrew

Andrew De La Rue says...
Thanks great book glad you wrote glad I read it.
There is two kinds of people in this world those that have read your book and those that have too.
Reply Andrew De La Rue
8:42 PM on September 6, 2016 
Thanks great book glad you wrote glad I read it.
There is two kinds of people in this world those that have read your book and those that have too.
Reply Barry Heard
9:39 PM on March 4, 2016 
zane lake says...
A lot of people visit Vietnam and enjoy the stay. Start saving - good luck. Barry
dear Barry,your speech last Thursday truly moved me, and i believe most of my other beloved peers, i wish to go and visit Vietnam when im older, and see some of these horrific historical sites we were so lucky to have you talk to us about, good luck with your other talks and school etc.
Your biggest fan
love Zane lake xoxo
Reply Barry Heard
9:38 PM on March 4, 2016 
Thanks Zeek, I was so impressed with my visit.
zeek relouw says...
hello Barry,your speech really inspired me thank you from your dearest fan zeek
Reply zeek relouw
7:38 PM on March 3, 2016 
hello Barry,your speech really inspired me thank you from your dearest fan zeek
Reply zane lake
7:30 PM on March 3, 2016 
dear Barry,your speech last Thursday truly moved me, and i believe most of my other beloved peers, i wish to go and visit Vietnam when im older, and see some of these horrific historical sites we were so lucky to have you talk to us about, good luck with your other talks and school etc.
Your biggest fan
love Zane lake xoxo
Reply Josh Livesley
5:45 PM on March 3, 2016 
Hi Barry,
I'd like to thank you so much for your inspirational speech you gave at Oberon High School. It has truly moved me and given me more of an understanding of the Vietnam war. I will never forget your speech, nor you, your an inspiration to everyone around you, keep up the good work Barry. :)
Love Joshua.
Reply Barry Heard
5:25 AM on February 28, 2016 
Richard Kelloway says...
Hi Barry, Bugger. Try again: our stories are similar - but my trauma far less significant than yours. Well done that man!!! Your ongoing struggle resonates, however, Again, though, far less severely.
I am particularly energised by your mention of the post-1990 conflict veterans - both men and especially women. It is to their support that my efforts are dedicated.
Thank you for your validation of their struggle and our responsibility to ensure they are supported fully by our generation.
If Government's can release a White Paper that commits our country to multi-billion dollar expenditure through to mid-century, so too can they commit us to appropriate expenditure on veterans' rehabilitation and, where necessary to sustain them and their families at an appropriate standard of living, compensation.
The more I become aware of MRCA, the more concerned I am becoming that our generation is failing the new veteran community.
Warmest regards,
Richard

Thanks Richard, when will we ever learn?
Reply Richard Kelloway
10:09 PM on February 27, 2016 
Hi Barry, Bugger. Try again: our stories are similar - but my trauma far less significant than yours. Well done that man!!! Your ongoing struggle resonates, however, Again, though, far less severely.
I am particularly energised by your mention of the post-1990 conflict veterans - both men and especially women. It is to their support that my efforts are dedicated.
Thank you for your validation of their struggle and our responsibility to ensure they are supported fully by our generation.
If Government's can release a White Paper that commits our country to multi-billion dollar expenditure through to mid-century, so too can they commit us to appropriate expenditure on veterans' rehabilitation and, where necessary to sustain them and their families at an appropriate standard of living, compensation.
The more I become aware of MRCA, the more concerned I am becoming that our generation is failing the new veteran community.
Warmest regards,
Richard
Reply Hannah
7:47 PM on February 25, 2016 
Hi Barry, Thank you for your speech, I was deeply moved by it. It will always be something I will never forget. Thank you for sharing everything with us, we were very lucky to hear it.
Reply Georgina Scouller
7:45 PM on February 25, 2016 
I want to thank you for taking up your time to come and talk to us at Oberon High School. When I heard your talk I felt privileged to listen to you. The only other time I had felt that way about our speech was when I listened to someone else give their story. I have the greatest respect for you and I hope that you continue talking to more people like you did to us because I will never forget your talk.
Georgina
Reply Amy
7:45 PM on February 25, 2016 
Hi Barry, your speech about your life experiences and what you have overcome was very moving and definitely touching. I cannot thank you enough for taking time out of your day to share it with me and the other students.
Reply Papa Bless
7:45 PM on February 25, 2016 
Hi Barry, You came to our school yesterday to share your story with us, i would just like to say thank you for going out of your way and that the speech was very meaningful and that i really enjoyed
Reply Bailey Timberlake
7:45 PM on February 25, 2016 
Hello Barry,
I thank you for coming to our school and speaking to us about your experiences it must have been hard at some points but You pulled through and I thank you for not shying away from the harder stuff.
Reply Lorelei Williams
7:42 PM on February 25, 2016 
Hello Barry,
You came to our school yesterday to talk about your experiences. Your speech was very moving and it's much appreciated that you took the time to come and share your story with us. I enjoyed listening to what you had to say and will be interested to read the book as well.
Thank you so much for coming to share it with us.
Reply Yeah
7:39 PM on February 25, 2016 
Thanks for coming to Oberon High. It was a great talk and very inspiring.
Reply Tristan Durden
7:36 PM on February 25, 2016 
Hi Barry,
Thanks very much for talking to my school about you experiences. Your stories were very moving and you inspired me.
Reply ambrose
7:36 PM on February 25, 2016 
thanks for coming to oberon to tell us some remarkable good stuff we really needed in life and we look forward to you coming to oberon next year.
Reply Griff Wood-Burgess
7:35 PM on February 25, 2016 
Hello Barry,
thank you for your talk with us Oberon high school! it was really moving thank you. it was very heart wrenching and i realized how lucky i am to live in a world where there is no conscription and gas bombs and having to be scared everyday that people will spit on you or scream at you. thank you thank you thank you. you have opened my eyes to how lucky i am. may God bless you for the rest of your life. :)
Reply David Fenwick
8:20 PM on February 7, 2016 
Hi Barry,
I would just like to start by saying the book is just amazing! I was given the book as a gift and I didn't put it down since I got it. It was very moving reading about your experiences and the things you and the other blokes faced at the time. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences and I look forward to reading your other books. And thank you for taking the time to sign the book.
Reply Bronwyn Clifton
12:09 AM on January 4, 2016 
Hi Baz. I have thought of you over the past few years since your visit to SGSC. Would like to stay in touch via e-mail if possible? I tried to join a link recently but the pop-ups were blocked. Unfortunately, my brother did not make it and died in 2013, not so long after we last spoke. Peter and my boys are doing exceptionally well, on the plus side. Talk soon, Bron
Reply Greg
4:23 AM on December 28, 2015 
Thanks for all you guys did, and thanks for all you are doing.
Reply Mike Smead
7:35 AM on October 14, 2015 
I just returned from visiting Topsy and Barry. They gave me a a copy of your book. I discussed my friend Charlie Morris who wrote a similar book, "Just a regular Guy" about his life and experience in Vietnam. He was wounded by a bullet to the head in a Helicopter. I believe you two have a lot in common. You can view his information in Facebook.
Reply Franz.
6:54 PM on March 2, 2015 
I just finished reading 'The view frm Connor's Hill'. Like your other two great books I found it difficult to put it down. Thank you for sharing your stories and your encouragement to read and write. I hope you are in good health and look forward to having another chat with you when you return to do a school talk in the future.
Reply helen noonan
6:45 PM on November 14, 2014 
I read "The view from Connor's Hill" and enjoyed it, then "Well done those men", excellent (have a few mates who are vietnam vets), and now I have just finished "Tag". Brilliant. Needed lots of tissues for the last two as you can imagine. Thanks mate for such good writing, wish the powers that be would take on board what war does to people.
Reply Adam Ussing
2:23 AM on September 28, 2014 
Hi Barry,

I've read Well Done Those Men twice, as well as The View From Connors Hill. I was also at the school for student leadership (snowy campus) 2 years ago (September, the group from Nhill). Reading Well Done Those Men and hearing you speak has moved me to tears. It's given me a greater understanding of what it is to be a soldier and what it's like coming "home" after war. listening to you and reading your books has only increased my respect for vets, those from Vietnam in particular. My great uncle was in Malaya, before the Vietnam war, so I've always had a small connection with the soldiers who fought in the jungle. I would love to see you up at the high school in Nhill, I think that everyone would benefit from hearing what you have to say. I am extremely impressed with what you've done for every one, and all I can say is Well done that man.
Reply Barry Heard
9:51 AM on May 6, 2014 
Thank you, very moving,
Kaye Child says...
Hi Barry,

I have just finished reading 'Well Done, Those Men' - I couldn't put the book down and shed many tears through parts of the book. My husband - who passed away 2 1/2 years ago - was a Vietnam Vet. He did signals training but in the end didn't get to use that training in Vietnam because he went over for a shorter than normal tour as a replacement and found himself in Artillery !!! Reading your account of Basic Training at Puckapunyal and your time in Jungle Training at Canungra was just like hearing him talking to me all over again - all the Army sayings are still so vivid in my mind - he used them all through our married life. He had some really close mates, who were also ex-Vietnam Vets, whom he worked with for many years and then socialised with until the day we lost him. There was always a special bond between them which made them stand apart from men who had only been in 'civvy street'.

What else can I say other than Thank You for such an insight into your life.

Kaye
Reply Kaye Child
9:53 PM on April 14, 2014 
Hi Barry,

I have just finished reading 'Well Done, Those Men' - I couldn't put the book down and shed many tears through parts of the book. My husband - who passed away 2 1/2 years ago - was a Vietnam Vet. He did signals training but in the end didn't get to use that training in Vietnam because he went over for a shorter than normal tour as a replacement and found himself in Artillery !!! Reading your account of Basic Training at Puckapunyal and your time in Jungle Training at Canungra was just like hearing him talking to me all over again - all the Army sayings are still so vivid in my mind - he used them all through our married life. He had some really close mates, who were also ex-Vietnam Vets, whom he worked with for many years and then socialised with until the day we lost him. There was always a special bond between them which made them stand apart from men who had only been in 'civvy street'.

What else can I say other than Thank You for such an insight into your life.

Kaye
Reply robert bates
7:57 AM on March 27, 2014 
I have just finished reading Well Done those Men. Moving and the memories of being a Nasho and a tour in Vietnam came flooding back
I still have strong links with the blokes who are scattered throughout Australia. thank god for emails and reunions its good to catch up
Reply Pat from Tyers
10:20 PM on March 12, 2014 
Barry,

I thought of you when I saw the following ad from RMIT this morning:

"'I Belong' Officer (Widening Participation) x 2 Positions at RMIT University

Melbourne CBD location
Full-time, Fixed term contract until December 2016
$67,150-$72,688 p.a + 17% super

RMIT is a global university of technology and design, focused on creating solutions that transform the future for the benefit of people and their environments.

We currently have 2 positions available for 'I Belong' Officers responsible for supporting an innovative, dynamic and co-ordinated approach to outreach, access and transition with secondary students from disadvantaged schools and communities, in response to the University's identified priorities and commitments.

The I Belong Officer role will work in a collaborative manner across cross-functional teams to deliver discipline specific programs for students from Schools Networks Access Program (SNAP) Schools, and as well as aspiration building, pathway exploration and transition workshops.
."
It goes on like that for some time.

After reading your book it doesn't appear that your and your fellow returning soldiers were looked after in the same way by RMIT.

Pat
Reply Robyn Holthouse
2:42 AM on January 27, 2014 
Hi Barry
thank you for the photos. I really appreciated seeing the faces and places you wrote about. I have sent you a longer message on your face book page
Reply Rev. Rosalyn M. Smaill
1:50 AM on December 24, 2013 
Thank you for both of your books. I have personal experience of the farming life as well as that of the military, as a daughter, wife (being married to a Vietnam vet) and mother, and more recently as an RSL Chaplain. Your books, on honest writing like them, have long been awaited by the ex-service personnel and their families. Well done, Barry Heard, for your honesty, integrity and courage are praiseworthy.
Reply Bill McCreadie
8:08 PM on September 2, 2013 
Hi Barry,
Just a small correction to your book. The crewman on board Jim Cox's aircraft was Kerin (Kerry) Williams. He was not hit in the action on the 6th August. I was the crewman on the second aircraft and extracted Sgt Sutherland and one other member to 36 Evac hospital. I met Sgt Sutherland before evac to Australia at his request to thank the crew.
A photo of Kerin was used in the DVA remembrance day poster last year - Kerin is holding the plasma bottle.
In total I purchased 3 copies of your book to send to other Vets who have had problems. Not to many returned without some sort of drama in their lives.
Reply Joan Clothier White
11:39 PM on August 22, 2013 
I can picture teachers setting essays for their students for years to come on the significance of the title ?Well Done Those Men?. To me it represents long overdue acknowledgement that was conspicuously missing in action (I do my best to avoid acronyms) when it was needed most. What a pity that the politicians who made the decision to send green and unsuspecting young men off to yet another foreign conflict were struck dumb when sincere (is that even a concept in a politician's psyche?) thanks and gratitude should have been hand delivered directly from them.
I include below my poem with my own personal thanks.

ANZAC DAY.

I see the medals yet
that Anzac means to me.

April 25 again,
beribboned, gleaming, kept
for loss, for pride, for mates, for debt
in places far away.

Left right, arm?s length, six abreast,
line up, look round to see who?s left,
drink up, reflect, stand up, remember
the ones they won't forget.

In their dark box the medals lie
from each year to the next,
their owner now no longer lives
to wear them or forget.