James Edgar discusses his time in the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers during his National Service from 1969 to 1972. James explains how much he enjoyed his time in the army, how many opportunities it gave him, and the wonderful friendships and experiences he gained through his service. James did not get sent to Vietnam, although he was prepared and expecting to go. James also discusses the pride he feels for his service, and the equality and acceptance he experienced in the army.
This interview took place on 8 September 2015 in Broome and was conducted by Professor Mick Dodson with Craig Greene as part of the Australian Research Council-funded research project Serving our Country: a history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the defence of Australia.
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