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Mentions in Despatches: In Conversation with Dave Sabben MG

Event Details

Sunday, 19 May 2024 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm
Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, 3004
  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.

“A must-read for anyone who aspires to become a worthy leader in the Australian Army, but equally readable for anyone interested in a grassroots picture of what a soldier endured during a 1960s tour of Vietnam.” 

Sgt Dave Morely, Army Newspaper

Get a fascinating glimpse into day-to-day life during the Vietnam War as Dave Sabben MG uncovers stories from his new book Mentions in Despatches. 

Appearing in conversation with Shrine Governor and former broadcaster Squadron Leader (Retd) Peter Meehan OAM, Sabben will share his stories of service collected from letters sent home during his tour of Vietnam.

From arriving in South Vietnam to the Battle of Long Tan, this talk will reveal in unrivalled detail what life was like for a frontline soldier in a war without front lines.

After the talk, guests are invited to attend a Last Post Service, from 4.45pm–5pm, commemorating Operation Hardihooda joint US and Australian security operation to clear and seize Nui Dat in 1966. 

Copies of Mentions in Despatches will be available for purchase at the event.