Redeeming the warrior: myth-making and Australia's Vietnam veterans

Dixon, Chris (2014) Redeeming the warrior: myth-making and Australia's Vietnam veterans. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 60 2: 214-228. doi:10.1111/ajph.12055

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Author Dixon, Chris
Title Redeeming the warrior: myth-making and Australia's Vietnam veterans
Journal name Australian Journal of Politics and History   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1467-8497
0004-9522
Publication date 2014-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ajph.12055
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 60
Issue 2
Start page 214
End page 228
Total pages 15
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Abstract In late 1960s a powerful myth developed in the United States that Vietnam veterans were spat on when they returned home. A parallel myth survives in Australia with widespread claims that paint or even blood was routinely thrown at returning soldiers. In a 1966 incident, red paint was thrown on Lieutenant Colonel Alex V. Preece as he led the First Battalion through Sydney. The Australian myth remains central to perceptions of Australian Vietnam veterans as despised outsiders and feeds into contemporary demands that Australians support their soldiers and the wars in which they are involved. This paper explores connections between cultural politics in the Unites States and Australia, particularly as they pertain to the contentious legacies of the 1960s.
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