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    Fallen Australian Soldiers Return Home After Five Decades



    The remains of 33 Australian soldiers killed in the Vietnam War returned home Thursday, after more than 50 years.

    Australian Governor-General Peter Cosgrove, along with Vietnam War veterans and family members, was on hand when two military transport planes carrying the coffins of the fallen servicemen arrived at a military airbase near Sydney.

    The soldiers' had originally been buried in Malaysia and Singapore, and their return marked one of Australia's largest repatriations of servicemen killed in combat.

    About 60,000 Australians served in during the Vietnam War, when U.S.-backed South Vietnam fought the Soviet-backed North from the early 1960s until 1975, when the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon.

    The 33 soldiers were among more than 500 Australians killed in the conflict.

    Fallen Australian Soldiers Return Home After Five Decades

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    There won't be a lot left of them after 50 years. Just the bones, I suppose.

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    Rhubarb. They died 50+ years ago.

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    With respect, why, after 50 years, would you move the remains? Makes no sense to me.

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    Ask your countrymen. Nah, I don't get it either.

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    Interesting rites we have, some times...And we talk about how the elephants treat their dead...

    Can't remember how many animals I buried along the fence-line...I buried them "deep"...Coyotes can't get 'em...

    Respect to the spirits of the dead soldiers...finally "coming home"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    With respect, why, after 50 years, would you move the remains? Makes no sense to me.
    I think it has something to do with mourning.
    Some people need a grave to hold on to or should I say let go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy View Post
    Interesting rites we have, some times...And we talk about how the elephants treat their dead...

    Can't remember how many animals I buried along the fence-line...I buried them "deep"...Coyotes can't get 'em...

    Respect to the spirits of the dead soldiers...finally "coming home"...
    Sometimes there is more money spend on dead people (plane crashes etc) then on living people (hospitals etc.)

    Yep strange rites

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Ask your countrymen. Nah, I don't get it either.
    I'm not an Aussie.

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    And if your a King they make an even bigger fuzz

    Richard III, King found under a parking lot, finally laid to rest
    Should have left him there and just drop another coin in the meter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Ask your countrymen. Nah, I don't get it either.
    I'm not an Aussie.

    Neither am I and I thank God every day for his decision to make me Welsh

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    British dead tend to be buried where they are killed if the location is suitable for burial rites to be maintained and this generally applied to commonwealth soldiers. I suppose the Aussie dead were interred in commonwealth cemeteries from the second world war and as such maybe the families thought it was inappropriate given their dead were killed in Viet Nam.

    Fighting for Uncle Sam in that stupid conflict was perhaps the dumbest, most fucked up senseless thing Antipodeans have ever done

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum
    Fighting for Uncle Sam in that stupid conflict was perhaps the dumbest, most fucked up senseless thing Antipodeans have ever done
    I agree. You can be sensible when you want to be, can't you ?

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