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Reply Barry Heard
11:57 PM on September 10, 2019 
Thanks Garry,
I have had thousands of similar comments from Vets - including this guestbook page. I am humbled that the book has had such an impact.
Thanks
Barry
Garry Possingham says...
I have just finished reading "Well Done, Those Men". It has moved me more than any book I have ever read as I could have been one of those men whose life was completely change by the fall of a marble.
It has also helped me understand the trauma that my cousin has gone through after serving in Vietnam in the rotation immediately after yours. Thankfully he seems okay and is involved with the Vietnam Vets Association in SA.
Thank you for giving us the full brutal story of what you and you fellow soldiers experienced both in war and peace.
Garry Possingham
Reply Barry Heard
11:54 PM on September 10, 2019 
Thanks Jaime,
I appreciate the feedback. I spoke at Marlo last Sunday and Monday - as always a great visit.
Of interest, I have had a new book just released callled THE OPERATORS. I will create a page shortly.
Barry.
Jaime Shedden says...
I'd like to start off with a thank you, you've not only become a role model for me but given me memories I've never even had.
When you came down to East Gippsland, to the School for student leadership in 2018 I was not expecting the mass of feelings that would await me with your stories, that you told to us.
As soon as i heard what you had told us and the life you lived I had to indulge in your novels, I loved them all.
I had never once read a book as detailed and moving book that brought me to tears as "Well Done, Those Men" did. It was an amazing story and I then went and reached out to family members that had been through similar times and listened to what they had been through and it was tear jerking, thank you.

Your other books, "Tag" and "The view from connor's hill" were just as amazing in different ways i can't explain other than breath taking, I have just found out about your new book and am now waiting for it to arrive in the mail.

Love all the work your doing keep it up.

-Jaime Shedden
Reply Jaime Shedden
1:02 AM on September 9, 2019 
I'd like to start off with a thank you, you've not only become a role model for me but given me memories I've never even had.
When you came down to East Gippsland, to the School for student leadership in 2018 I was not expecting the mass of feelings that would await me with your stories, that you told to us.
As soon as i heard what you had told us and the life you lived I had to indulge in your novels, I loved them all.
I had never once read a book as detailed and moving book that brought me to tears as "Well Done, Those Men" did. It was an amazing story and I then went and reached out to family members that had been through similar times and listened to what they had been through and it was tear jerking, thank you.

Your other books, "Tag" and "The view from connor's hill" were just as amazing in different ways i can't explain other than breath taking, I have just found out about your new book and am now waiting for it to arrive in the mail.

Love all the work your doing keep it up.

-Jaime Shedden
Reply Garry Possingham
4:22 AM on August 30, 2019 
I have just finished reading "Well Done, Those Men". It has moved me more than any book I have ever read as I could have been one of those men whose life was completely change by the fall of a marble.
It has also helped me understand the trauma that my cousin has gone through after serving in Vietnam in the rotation immediately after yours. Thankfully he seems okay and is involved with the Vietnam Vets Association in SA.
Thank you for giving us the full brutal story of what you and you fellow soldiers experienced both in war and peace.
Garry Possingham
Reply Barry Heard
6:24 AM on May 15, 2019 
Thanks,
I researched the story for 5 years. Mostly true.
Thanks Elaine
Barry
Elaine says...
Just finished reading your compelling story , Tag . This story moved me to tears often . Love all your books !
Reply Elaine
5:11 PM on May 14, 2019 
Just finished reading your compelling story , Tag . This story moved me to tears often . Love all your books !
Reply Barry Heard
11:22 PM on May 11, 2019 
Thanks Joshua,
I enjoy coming to your school. Such a great event. Might see you in Yr 11?
Barry
Joshua Mann says...
Hi Barry,

I met you today at Newington College and I just wanted to thank you again for the talk you gave to the Year 9 students. I was captivated by your story and it again reminded me of how hard life has been for our Veterans. I am so grateful for your service and the other men and women who have served in the Defence Force.

I am definitely going to go now and read your books.

Cheers,

Josh
Reply Joshua Mann
11:20 PM on May 7, 2019 
Hi Barry,

I met you today at Newington College and I just wanted to thank you again for the talk you gave to the Year 9 students. I was captivated by your story and it again reminded me of how hard life has been for our Veterans. I am so grateful for your service and the other men and women who have served in the Defence Force.

I am definitely going to go now and read your books.

Cheers,

Josh
Reply Barry Heard
12:05 AM on April 24, 2019 
Thank you.
I did a radio interview on ABC radio. It will be aired on ANZAC day on the DRIVE program.
Sandie Lea says...
Dear Barry,

The Vietnam War came home with my father and lived in our house. We were the enemy.
It?s been 13 years since I first read your book, posted comments here (June 2006) and spoke with you.
My copy of your book is still being circulated amongst extended family and friends.
Thank you for giving others an insight into the difficulties for veterans resuming civilian life and the impact on their families.
I am so grateful to you.
Hope you have a good day tomorrow, Anzac Day. I?ll raise my glass to you.
Love
Sandie.
Reply Sandie Lea
7:10 PM on April 23, 2019 
Dear Barry,

The Vietnam War came home with my father and lived in our house. We were the enemy.
It?s been 13 years since I first read your book, posted comments here (June 2006) and spoke with you.
My copy of your book is still being circulated amongst extended family and friends.
Thank you for giving others an insight into the difficulties for veterans resuming civilian life and the impact on their families.
I am so grateful to you.
Hope you have a good day tomorrow, Anzac Day. I?ll raise my glass to you.
Love
Sandie.
Reply Barry Heard
7:10 AM on April 20, 2019 
Sure Geoff,
will send my number
Barry
GEOFF HUTCHISON says...
Hey Barry,
Wondering if you could send me a contact number ahead of ANZAC Day - rather think I would like to have a yarn with you on the wireless. Be it live or pre-recorded.
Assuming of course that you would be keen!
Hope you are well.
Geoff Hutchison ABC Drive Perth.
Reply GEOFF HUTCHISON
1:07 AM on April 18, 2019 
Hey Barry,
Wondering if you could send me a contact number ahead of ANZAC Day - rather think I would like to have a yarn with you on the wireless. Be it live or pre-recorded.
Assuming of course that you would be keen!
Hope you are well.
Geoff Hutchison ABC Drive Perth.
Reply Angela
6:06 AM on January 23, 2019 
Hello Barry,
It was really nice to meet and talk to you today in Dymocks , Collins St.
Kind Regards,
Angela
Reply Richard Morgan
1:29 AM on December 31, 2018 
Thanks Barry for a wonderful book,
I was a nasho and am a Vietnam vet, though I didn't have an experience such as yours.
You've given us a raw and moving account.
I particularly appreciated your observations on the immoral ransom conscription which existed at the time.
Best wishes for the future.
Reply Melvin Grevstad
10:28 PM on July 23, 2018 
Dear Barry, I have just finished reading your book and would like to thank you so much for your writing such a powerful emotional book. I would like to mention that I was referred to your book by a cousin from Norway who is trying to get a better understanding of the emotional part of war that is not typically brought up in most books about warfare, you have certainly exceeded any previous work to date.
About my own experience as a USA Army infantry grunt in Vietnam I can certainly relate. After I completed high school I worked for a year as a carpenter until I was drafted in October 1966, had eight weeks basic training and then eight more weeks of advanced infantry training. Then I was sent to OCS and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant after only one year in the army and just 20 years old! This was not that unusual apparently because at the time lieutenants were in short supply! I spent the next year at a desk job in the states and at the age of 21 was sent to Vietnam to lead a platoon in combat. I somehow managed to survive the year get promoted to First Lieutenant and sent home and discharged from the army! After a few years of trying find myself I was also lucky enough to find a wonderful girl to marry and have three wonderful children. I was also able to go to college to become an Industrial Arts teacher. After thirty years I was also diagnosed with PTSD and understand your journey. Thank you again
Reply Peter Riedlinger
7:46 PM on June 22, 2018 
Dear Mr H Jusr read. WDTM. I was conscripted and served with the RAE working with infantry, tracks and tanks. Thanks for the book. When you say how we had all the firepower and they had only themselves and yet they won really rang true with me. More people should make that point. For the record: service Number 1734049. Unit 2Tp 1st Field Sqd RAE. Tour of duty Nov 68 to Nov 69. All the best. Peter Riedlinger
Reply Joe Hitch
7:08 AM on May 7, 2018 
I have just read Tag so sad but so true. My Dad was in charge of an RHA gun team at Mons and survived the war. He was 45 before he married. Your book may tell us why. I also have books by Jill the Duchess of Hamilton, (First to Damascus) & (Gallipoli to Gaza) She was an Australian war correspondant in Vietnam. Many thanks for your book
Reply Lois
4:41 PM on December 29, 2017 
I have just finished reading your book which I borrowed from the local Library for my Vet husband. When he finished reading it I was told..I recommend you read this and it could help you understand what happened. It's taken me a while but I am so glad I did. Thanks for having the courage to tell it like it is. We have had some good conversation since. Thankyou.
Reply ScottNot
9:20 PM on October 24, 2017 
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Reply ScottNot
10:14 PM on October 22, 2017 
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Reply Barry Heard
10:13 PM on August 24, 2017 
Thanks, very kind.
Barry
Christine says...
Hi, I have just finished your book. Thank you for writing your story which is very moving & shows there are no winners in war. I wish I'd been more aware years ago & been able to show more compassion to people I knew who were Vietnam vets. Thank you for doing what was asked of you so long ago. You & others who go to war have my upmost respect. Cheers christine
Reply Christine
1:25 AM on August 20, 2017 
Hi, I have just finished your book. Thank you for writing your story which is very moving & shows there are no winners in war. I wish I'd been more aware years ago & been able to show more compassion to people I knew who were Vietnam vets. Thank you for doing what was asked of you so long ago. You & others who go to war have my upmost respect. Cheers christine
Reply Barry Heard
7:32 AM on May 7, 2017 
Thanks Carol, not coming up this year - you take care.
Barry
Carol Bookder says...
Just following your progress since my Jim met you in 2012 (passing away later that year) - been wanting to contact you but with no success until now. I'm glad to hear you are continuing to do what you do - and understand you are very busy. Just read your letter to the school inToowoomba.
Regards, Carol Booker
Reply Carol Bookder
1:51 AM on April 2, 2017 
Just following your progress since my Jim met you in 2012 (passing away later that year) - been wanting to contact you but with no success until now. I'm glad to hear you are continuing to do what you do - and understand you are very busy. Just read your letter to the school inToowoomba.
Regards, Carol Booker
Reply Jim Luby
12:45 PM on January 21, 2017 
Dear Sir: I just finished reading "Well Done, Those Men" and wanted to let you know I found it to be one of the most powerful books I've ever read. The copy of the book I read is owned by a close friend of nearly 35 years (Greg A., 101st Airborne) and was signed by you in 2005. I never served in the military, but have gained at least a modicum of insight into the life of the grunt on account of my long years of friendship with Greg. Your book has given me a much greater appreciation for those suffering with PTSD. Great writing about a very difficult war and the struggles you and other soldiers have dealt with since. With great respect - Jim Luby
Reply Garry Knight
11:20 PM on December 2, 2016 
Thank you for "Well done those men." Amazing honesty. We are often our harshest critic.
Reply Brenda Marmion
7:05 PM on October 19, 2016 
Hi Barry I have just read your novel TAG. Having educated and trained horses for most of my life I could relate to Tag's handling of the horses. I was filled with sadness at the "real" parts of the story, of the treatment of the horses on the ship and later, of the treatment of the soldiers and nurses, or should I say lack of treatment. I found the book incredibly sad but a story that had to be told, albeit with fictitious characters. Thank you.
Reply Barry Heard
8:15 PM on September 16, 2016 
Thanks Andrew

Andrew De La Rue says...
Thanks great book glad you wrote glad I read it.
There is two kinds of people in this world those that have read your book and those that have too.
Reply Andrew De La Rue
8:42 PM on September 6, 2016 
Thanks great book glad you wrote glad I read it.
There is two kinds of people in this world those that have read your book and those that have too.
Reply Barry Heard
9:39 PM on March 4, 2016 
zane lake says...
A lot of people visit Vietnam and enjoy the stay. Start saving - good luck. Barry
dear Barry,your speech last Thursday truly moved me, and i believe most of my other beloved peers, i wish to go and visit Vietnam when im older, and see some of these horrific historical sites we were so lucky to have you talk to us about, good luck with your other talks and school etc.
Your biggest fan
love Zane lake xoxo
Reply Barry Heard
9:38 PM on March 4, 2016 
Thanks Zeek, I was so impressed with my visit.
zeek relouw says...
hello Barry,your speech really inspired me thank you from your dearest fan zeek
Reply zeek relouw
7:38 PM on March 3, 2016 
hello Barry,your speech really inspired me thank you from your dearest fan zeek
Reply zane lake
7:30 PM on March 3, 2016 
dear Barry,your speech last Thursday truly moved me, and i believe most of my other beloved peers, i wish to go and visit Vietnam when im older, and see some of these horrific historical sites we were so lucky to have you talk to us about, good luck with your other talks and school etc.
Your biggest fan
love Zane lake xoxo
Reply Josh Livesley
5:45 PM on March 3, 2016 
Hi Barry,
I'd like to thank you so much for your inspirational speech you gave at Oberon High School. It has truly moved me and given me more of an understanding of the Vietnam war. I will never forget your speech, nor you, your an inspiration to everyone around you, keep up the good work Barry. :)
Love Joshua.
Reply Barry Heard
5:25 AM on February 28, 2016 
Richard Kelloway says...
Hi Barry, Bugger. Try again: our stories are similar - but my trauma far less significant than yours. Well done that man!!! Your ongoing struggle resonates, however, Again, though, far less severely.
I am particularly energised by your mention of the post-1990 conflict veterans - both men and especially women. It is to their support that my efforts are dedicated.
Thank you for your validation of their struggle and our responsibility to ensure they are supported fully by our generation.
If Government's can release a White Paper that commits our country to multi-billion dollar expenditure through to mid-century, so too can they commit us to appropriate expenditure on veterans' rehabilitation and, where necessary to sustain them and their families at an appropriate standard of living, compensation.
The more I become aware of MRCA, the more concerned I am becoming that our generation is failing the new veteran community.
Warmest regards,
Richard

Thanks Richard, when will we ever learn?
Reply Richard Kelloway
10:09 PM on February 27, 2016 
Hi Barry, Bugger. Try again: our stories are similar - but my trauma far less significant than yours. Well done that man!!! Your ongoing struggle resonates, however, Again, though, far less severely.
I am particularly energised by your mention of the post-1990 conflict veterans - both men and especially women. It is to their support that my efforts are dedicated.
Thank you for your validation of their struggle and our responsibility to ensure they are supported fully by our generation.
If Government's can release a White Paper that commits our country to multi-billion dollar expenditure through to mid-century, so too can they commit us to appropriate expenditure on veterans' rehabilitation and, where necessary to sustain them and their families at an appropriate standard of living, compensation.
The more I become aware of MRCA, the more concerned I am becoming that our generation is failing the new veteran community.
Warmest regards,
Richard
Reply Hannah
7:47 PM on February 25, 2016 
Hi Barry, Thank you for your speech, I was deeply moved by it. It will always be something I will never forget. Thank you for sharing everything with us, we were very lucky to hear it.
Reply Georgina Scouller
7:45 PM on February 25, 2016 
I want to thank you for taking up your time to come and talk to us at Oberon High School. When I heard your talk I felt privileged to listen to you. The only other time I had felt that way about our speech was when I listened to someone else give their story. I have the greatest respect for you and I hope that you continue talking to more people like you did to us because I will never forget your talk.
Georgina
Reply Amy
7:45 PM on February 25, 2016 
Hi Barry, your speech about your life experiences and what you have overcome was very moving and definitely touching. I cannot thank you enough for taking time out of your day to share it with me and the other students.
Reply Papa Bless
7:45 PM on February 25, 2016 
Hi Barry, You came to our school yesterday to share your story with us, i would just like to say thank you for going out of your way and that the speech was very meaningful and that i really enjoyed
Reply Bailey Timberlake
7:45 PM on February 25, 2016 
Hello Barry,
I thank you for coming to our school and speaking to us about your experiences it must have been hard at some points but You pulled through and I thank you for not shying away from the harder stuff.
Reply Lorelei Williams
7:42 PM on February 25, 2016 
Hello Barry,
You came to our school yesterday to talk about your experiences. Your speech was very moving and it's much appreciated that you took the time to come and share your story with us. I enjoyed listening to what you had to say and will be interested to read the book as well.
Thank you so much for coming to share it with us.
Reply Yeah
7:39 PM on February 25, 2016 
Thanks for coming to Oberon High. It was a great talk and very inspiring.
Reply Tristan Durden
7:36 PM on February 25, 2016 
Hi Barry,
Thanks very much for talking to my school about you experiences. Your stories were very moving and you inspired me.
Reply ambrose
7:36 PM on February 25, 2016 
thanks for coming to oberon to tell us some remarkable good stuff we really needed in life and we look forward to you coming to oberon next year.
Reply Griff Wood-Burgess
7:35 PM on February 25, 2016 
Hello Barry,
thank you for your talk with us Oberon high school! it was really moving thank you. it was very heart wrenching and i realized how lucky i am to live in a world where there is no conscription and gas bombs and having to be scared everyday that people will spit on you or scream at you. thank you thank you thank you. you have opened my eyes to how lucky i am. may God bless you for the rest of your life. :)
Reply David Fenwick
8:20 PM on February 7, 2016 
Hi Barry,
I would just like to start by saying the book is just amazing! I was given the book as a gift and I didn't put it down since I got it. It was very moving reading about your experiences and the things you and the other blokes faced at the time. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences and I look forward to reading your other books. And thank you for taking the time to sign the book.
Reply Bronwyn Clifton
12:09 AM on January 4, 2016 
Hi Baz. I have thought of you over the past few years since your visit to SGSC. Would like to stay in touch via e-mail if possible? I tried to join a link recently but the pop-ups were blocked. Unfortunately, my brother did not make it and died in 2013, not so long after we last spoke. Peter and my boys are doing exceptionally well, on the plus side. Talk soon, Bron
Reply Greg
4:23 AM on December 28, 2015 
Thanks for all you guys did, and thanks for all you are doing.
Reply Mike Smead
7:35 AM on October 14, 2015 
I just returned from visiting Topsy and Barry. They gave me a a copy of your book. I discussed my friend Charlie Morris who wrote a similar book, "Just a regular Guy" about his life and experience in Vietnam. He was wounded by a bullet to the head in a Helicopter. I believe you two have a lot in common. You can view his information in Facebook.