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LIKE YESTERDAY: Remembrance Day... commemorating Australian forces in the Vietnam War 1962-75. Trevor Skinner (right) remembers the moment well.
LIKE YESTERDAY: Remembrance Day... commemorating Australian forces in the Vietnam War 1962-75. Trevor Skinner (right) remembers the moment well. Contributed

IPSWICH Vietnam veteran Trevor Skinner still carries vivid memories of the day a now famous war-time photo was taken.

The Raceview retiree, now 64, was a trained medic with the 7th Battalion in August, 1967, the day six men were killed and 15 were wounded - including a chopper pilot who was shot through the foot in mid-air.

A much younger, much blonder Mr Skinner is one of four men clearly identifiable in the Federal Government's official Remembrance Day poster for this year.

He, along with Captain Jack Blomley (holding drip) - a former Australian rugby test player - as well as Bert Kuijpers (front of stretcher next to Mr Skinner) and Charlie Storrie (foot of stretcher), are pictured rushing a wounded soldier from an Iroquois helicopter for treatment at the 8th Field Ambulance in Nui Dat, Vietnam.

"Being on the poster came as a bit of a surprise to me," Mr Skinner said.

"I was 19. Back then we were under-trained, so I would be trying to expose myself to things as often as possible. If I heard a chopper coming in I would be out there."

Mr Skinner spoke of the loss of one his medics, who fell out of a chopper during a dangerous aerial winching operation.

"I am a very guarded person on Remembrance Day and Anzac Day," he said.

"I am not a regular attendee at these things.

"The sound of a bugle can catch me off guard and I will fall apart."


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