Documenting Wayne`s Vietnam experiences as a rifle company medic helped him come to terms with that major life event. Since self-publishing MEDIC in 2002 Wayne has toured Vietnam a dozen times; lived there as an ex-pat, and written numerous Vietnam travel-related short stories for Veteran`s magazine Ricochet, and Qld RSL News, while his Tracker Dogs poem remains etched in bronze at the memorial`s Mooloolaba`s esplanade site. He then diversified; writing BLUE; about a multi-decorated WW2 warrior with a plethora of action-packed anecdotes to relate.
Meeting Lucine in Vietnam`s Central Highlands` city of Dalat in 2003, changed both life paths dramatically, with Lucine now an Aussie citizen, from where she travels to exotic places with Wayne whenever fancy strikes and finance permits. Formerly a Uni-trained accountant, Lucine now enjoys her garden, music and creative cooking, when not travelling overseas. Wayne has taken the girl out of Vietnam, but not Vietnam out of the girl!
Together, in 2020 Wayne and Lucine produced and self-published a 295 page book “Vietnam-a memoir- Saigon to Sapa- B Coy`s 2nd tour 2012” which includes much travel data and anecdotes as well as 40 colour photos of scenic Vietnam and 1968/69 wartime Digger`s pics in black and white. Wayne is a confirmed non-fiction writer and enjoys producing both serious and comedic rhyming poetry when irregular inspiration strikes. He is an avid reader of non-fiction; adventure, travel, medical and military subjects.
Escorting 18 former veterans, wives and friends on a 30-day adventure, from Saigon to Sapa and the Mekong Delta in 2012, was a challenge; one that Lucine and ‘Sam’ Brown accepted; planned for; and brought to fruition. Join with family and B Coy diggers, as we; sail in a junk on Halong Bay, visit a Viet Cong hospital, explore a huge cave system, trek Sapa’s terraced hills, bargain at Bac Ha market, savour Hanoi`s iconic Old Quarter, dine royally in Hue, attend a cooking class in ancient Hoi An; swim to a floating bar off a Nha Trang island, smell the flowers in Dalat, enjoy banquet dining at a boutique brewery in Saigon. Wander and ponder among Nui Dat`s rubber trees, before reflecting at the Long Tan Cross, and winding down with a cold beer at Vung Tau`s Front Beach. The super friendly Mekong beckons too; with its floating markets, crocodile feeding, and showboat dinner. Enjoy too, service anecdotes, and further glimpses of the real Vietnam from two seasoned travellers. Hoa binh- peace.