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Title: Despite All Evidence Against The Accuracy of Tates Book...Babbage Supports Tate
Post by: Zion on Thursday13August2009
The evidence is clear against the accuracy of what Tate has written regarding his service in South Vietnam, against his allegations of War Crimes, against his denigration of those he served with and against his conspiracy theories about alleged official corruption of Australias War History and we now get clowns like Jack Babbage from WA who come out writing nonsense they will later regret.

Babbage has had a long running personal dispute with the RSL over many years, particularly the WA RSL. Babbage has once again seen his opportunity to attack the RSL through supporting Tates book and his excursion to WA.

Babbage has thus supported a liar who has left a vile stain on the memory of those who died in Vietnam, and on his former mates who survive.

This is the silly, inaccurate nonsense Babbage has posted around the place. The media will probably love this sensationalism.


From: John (Jack) Robert Babbage bigjack@iinet.net.au

Sent: Thursday, 13 August 2009 6:53 AM

To: Tim Hayes; Tim Hayes; Terry Westerway; Terry Davies; Rick Ryan; Red Webb; Murray Clarkson; Milton Kirk; Les Norton; Laurie Bodey; Kevin Bovill; Jim Wiltshire; Ian Mulholland; Hugh Barker; David Christie; Dave Briggs; Charlie Matheson; Bill Taylor; Bert McClenaghan; Bernie McGurgan; Barry Sharman; Barry Ingate; Barry Corse; Armadale RSL; Allen Petersen; Allan Wray; Alf Hickinbotham
Subject: Fw: Don Tate and Vietnam veterans

 

A letter in my name, interested to see if it gets a run.

Jack

----- Original Message -----

From: John (Jack) Robert Babbage

To: The West, Editor

Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 1:54 PM

Subject: Don Tate and Vietnam veterans

John Robert Babbage,

18, Laythorne Road,

NOLLAMARA WA 6061

(08) 9349 0826


bigjack@iinet.net.au

12 August 2009

Letters to the Editor,

WA Newspapers

letters@wanews.com.au

Dear Editor,

I am writing in regard to the letter, "Veteran's battle for 'lost unit'", The West Australian, 10 August 2009.
 

As Australian Vietnam veterans prepare to commemorate and revere the commitment of those who paid the supreme sacrifice, during the course of Australia's commitment to the former Republic of South Vietnam, those who, for whatever reason, have passed away since, ill health and suicide being to the fore, and the opportunity to enjoy fellowship and camaraderie at the forthcoming Vietnam Veterans Day and the forty third anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan at services and reunions throughout the Nation, I am writing to support Mr. Don Tate.
 

Mr. Tate's book has the air of authenticity about it, yet in writing it he has adopted the mantle of being a 'whistle blower' for whom there is usually no appreciation, much less gratitude, which is normally accompanied by crude attempts at intimidation, punishment, or both.
 

WA's own John Burridge is an example of where the Australian army failed those it purported to honour in Vietnam, when he had to fight for justice, not only for himself but also the other five West Australians who's nominations for bravery awards, from commanders in the field, were downgraded to accommodate a quota system, that placed a quota on bravery and courage!
 

As we draw closer to Vietnam veterans day and while Done Tate is in WA may I urge all those Vietnam veterans who disagree with, or do not know or fully understand, what Tate has had to say, via the medium of his book, to take the opportunity of seeing, meeting and talking to him, so as to hear first hand what he has to say, especially Mr. Richard Williams of the Vietnam Veterans Association WA, or give him the opportunity of answering criticisms of him, or his book. A failure to do so is a denial of the very justice Vietnam veterans claim to have fought for.
 

Last but not least where is the RSL on this issue? Their silence reinforces the belief that in their top echelons they are nothing but a retirement club for many senior ex officers and NCO's, committed to doing nothing more than that which they did in the service, which is giving and obeying dictatorial orders and maintaining the status quo, right or wrong!
 

Yours sincerely,
JR (Jack) Babbage