David Williams, of Indigenous and Indonesian/Dutch descent, grew up in New South Wales and joined the Navy at age 18 and served for close to 30 years. David first worked on ships patrolling around Borneo during Konfrontasi, and from 1966 on ships escorting troop carriers to and from Vietnam. In 1979 David started training as a submariner, and served on submarines till 1993 when he retired from the Navy. Since leaving the service David has regularly helped and advised veterans and their families on welfare and pension issues. In this interview David also mentions the very extensive history of service in his extended family, stretching back to World War 1.
This interview took place on 7 December 2013 in Sydney and was conducted by Dr Noah Riseman.
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