Joined the Regular Army on 3 June 1952 in Sydney NSW
On completion of recruit training at Kapooka NSW was posted to 2 Battalion the Royal Australian Regiment at Puckapunyal , Vic where the battalion trained for deployment to KOREA. Note that my father, who was in the lst Machine Gun Battalion in WWI, wrote to the battalion and requested that I be moved to the MMG Platoon in keeping with the “family tradition” My older brother. John, served in the Pacific theatre during WW2 in the 2 1st Machine Gun battalion. I was moved to MMG platoon as a Regimental Signaller and remained with them during my stay in Korea with 2RAR. As a signaller I participated in the Battalion’s battle on “The Hook”. At one stage I was the only link to the section on Hill 111, which was crucial to the outcome of the battle.
In 1953 (after the Korean Truce) I was medically evacuated to Kure, Japan. After Hospitalisation I was posted to Britcom Base Signals Regiment as a Despatch Rider. During my time in this unit I transferred to the Royal Australian Signals Corps and was promoted Lance Corporal.
In 54/55 I was promoted to Cpl and posted to the British Commonwealth Battle School at Haramura, Japan as an Assistant Instructor, Regimental Signals.
In late 1955 I returned to Australia and was posted to 19 National Service Battalion at Holsworthy NSW still as an instructor. It was here that I changed from a regimental instructor to the physical training field. I successfully completed a course at the Army PT School at North Head, NSW and was then posted as a long term student to the Royal Australian Naval School of Physical Training at HMAS Cerberus in Victoria.
After the six months course I was then posted to 1 Recruit Training Battalion at Kapooka, NSW where I was eventually promoted to Sergeant. I remained at Kapooka until 1957 when I was posted to the Army Apprentices School at Balcombe, Victoria still in a Physical Training role. During my term at the Apprentices School I was awarded the British Empire Medal.
Army reorganization caused me to transfer back to Infant Corps. I attended the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam selection course, was promoted to Warrant Officer Class 2 and was posted to the Team in 1963/4 as an Assistant Advisor at the Dong Da National Training Centre near Hue, in ARVN 1st Corps area.
A disciplinary misdemeanour saw me being posted as an Assistant Battalion Advisor with the 2 Battalion. 5 ARVN Infantry Regiment in the ARVN 2nd Corps area. During this time the Battalion was involved in numerous combat situations, and during one of these operations I was awarded the Vn Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star,
My next posting was as Company Sergeant Major to 2 Commando Company at Ripponlea and Williamstown in Victoria where I qualified for my Green Beret. I undertook all of the commando skills courses and qualified in the the fields of CIiif Assault (Climbing), Small craft operations, Parachuting and Diving. During a leave period I was seconded to the Victorian Water Police to assist in the search for the late PM, Harold Holt, at Cheviot beach near Portsea Victoria,
Still with the commando company I undertook extensive parachute training and qualified as a Parachute jump instructor (PJI) in both static line and freefall skills, I was a member of the RAAF Dominos Parachute Display Team.
In early 1968 I was selected to he attached to the British Royal Marine Commandos . I attended the Cliff Leaders Course at the Royal Marine Corps Infantry Training School at Lympstone in Devon. Training took place in Wales and Scotland as well as Britain. On completion of my attachment I returned to 2 Commando Company.
in 1969 1 was reposted to the ParachuteTraining Flight at RAAF Williamtown, NSW, however whilst visiting the postings officer at Albert Park Barracks he received a telephone call from the CO of 7th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, wanting a replacement Company Sergeant Major for deployment to Vietnam. Being in the right place at the right time. I secured the battalion posting. I served as CSM of A company:
I served with 7RAR during the Battalion’s 2nd tour of South Vietnam and on return to Australia was posted to the Infantry Centre at Ingleburn NSW instructing on the Warrant Officer Courses. It was at the Infantry Centre where I was promoted to Warrant Officer Class One. I was with the unit when it relocated to Singleton NSW
The RAAF relinquished the role of training army parachutists and when the unit became the Army Parachute School I was posted as the first post-war School Regimental Sergeant Major. I was a member of the original Army Red Beret Parachute Display Team which performed nationwide. In all I completed 400 odd parachute descents, including, a water descent in the UK with the Marines. Most of the descents were free fall from 10.000 feet although on one occasion I undertook a descent from a helicopter at 13,000 feet which was the record height at that time. In later years, when the school relocated to it’s present location, the main training drop zone was named “DZ Husband” on account of my being the first RSM.
My last posting in the regular army was to 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, at Enoggera QId where I served as RSM. This tour of duty included a joint army exercise in NZ. My service in the battalion gained me the Queens Jubilee Medal. My next scheduled posting was as Divisional RSM of 1st Division. however I opted instead for retirement. I completed a further four years with the Army Reserve at Ingleburn NSW.
I was awarded the OAM for services to the veteran community in 1999