Vietnam veteran Thomas Brosnahan shares his time spent in the military in this Memories of Service Interview. He moved from the Territorial Forces to the army at 23 to join his two brothers, before heading off to the war in Southeast Asia. He would spend 20 years in military service across Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam, including active duty in the capital, Saigon. As well as the Vietnam War itself, Brosnahan reflects on life after the war, particularly on the hostility vets faced from the public upon returning home, and the effects of agent orange on his former colleagues.
Although we were a small country, proportionately we had the largest contingent. In fact although there was, as I said, a maximum of 700 at any one time, per head of population compared with the other forces we were by far the largest. Once the South Vietnamese understood that, they then had a different outlook on us.– Thomas Brosnahan