April 24, 2016
“It wasn’t my choice, but I have a lot of respect for the military — it’s a dirty job but they do it well. I’m very proud to be part of a group called the Diggers.” David Everitt
Vietnam vet David Everitt at the Brighton Arch of Remembrance with his grandson Brodie, 3. Pic: Tricia Watkinson.VIETNAM veteran David Everitt says he’s just an ordinary man who did his duty but is proud to call himself a Digger.
The RSL Board director and Veterans Advisory Council member was a founding member of the Australian Psychological Operations unit (PSYOP) — colloquially known as the “Bulls. t Bombers” — during 13 months of service in Vietnam between 1969-70.
“It was our job to conduct psychological warfare on the enemy by dropping pamphlets from the sky by day and playing loud music at night to encourage them to surrender,” said the 67-year-old, who also served with 9th Battalion, formed in Adelaide in 1967.
“We were in these light aircraft, at 2000 feet (65m), lights out, playing eerie, ghostly music in the middle of the night. It certainly scared me.
“Nobody knew we were up there and I reckon our own side took a few pot shots sometimes.
“It was a great time in some ways and a horrific time in more ways.”
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