June 6, 2023

From Nui Dat to Discharge

nuidattodischargeFROM NUI DAT TO DISCHARGE By Adrian Taylor
This book is a unique collection of personal stories of the fifty men (and one tracker dog) who served at various times with 4 Platoon, B Company, 7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (7 RAR), in Vietnam during 1970 and 1971. Over a period of twenty years the author, himself a former member of the platoon, contacted nearly every living former member of the platoon and invited them to recount, in their own words, their story. Many contributed, telling us of their backgrounds before they joined the Army (voluntarily or conscripted), experiences in Vietnam, and how they tried to return to a normal life when they came back to Australia.
Some could not contribute because they are no longer alive. Three members who served with the platoon were killed in action in Vietnam, and a number have died since returning. The author has obtained personal accounts from their relatives, many revealing the devastating effect these deaths have had on their grieving families.
In addition, the book provides background information on the history of the battalion, daily life, living conditions, operations, recreation, the local people, and the environment. This information is supplemented with over 550 photographs (many in colour) and copies of documents.
Importantly the book ends with an epilogue by a clinical psychologist about the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder amongst Vietnam Veterans.
Those interested in the personal stories of members of an Australian infantry rifle platoon (before, during, and after their tour of duty) as well as those interested in the history of 7 RAR will find this book very informative.


13 thoughts on “From Nui Dat to Discharge

  1. Hi Adrian. I as well as many American Vietnam Vets are interested in buying your book. How much does it cost with shipping in U.S. Dollars? I tried to find you on Facebook without success. I run a 10 years in the running, extremely successful pictorial blog on Facebook with over a million never before seen personal “in country” combat pics. All members of my FB Group (close to 5,000 Vets) are U.S. and ANZAC former Combat Vets. I could easily help you sell your book by recommending it on my page provided it is accessible to Americans. You are welcome to repost any material on my FB pages you like provided you display the donor’s name. Here is my Facebook web address: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1512132370 I can also be reached at my personal e mail, which is: Bernwei1@aol.com. I have personally co /ghost written over 200 Vietnam War memoirs. You may read my book reviews of the books I was involved in here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/amzn1.account.AFR4BLTEOF2QSVM4QRCYYVLUACWQ?_encoding=UTF8&ref_=sv_ys_4 I truly hope we can connect! From a Yank across the pond!! Cheers and may God bless you and your children, Bernie Weisz

  2. In reference to comments above about making the book available to American readers – the best strategy is probably to set it up on-line as an ebook. Freight charges make marketing overseas prohibitive. This has worked for my memoir, and i have discovered that the American vets are fascinated by the Australian experience.

  3. Hi Adrian

    To add your book to the RAR Association bibliography, may I have the following data please?

    Publisher, place of publication, year release, ISBN (if you have one) number of pages.

    Tony Keech or any of your ex-officers will vouch for who I am. 🙂

    Kind regards R

      1. Thanks Kev
        IS there a Book 1 as well as a Book 2? The site I found listed ‘Book 2’. at the end of the title.



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