Glenn WOODWARD was interviewed by Margaret Tickle for the Busselton Oral History Group (Inc) in 2014. It is one in a series of recorded interviews with ex-service personnel funded by Lotterywest to celebrate the Anzac Centenary.
Glenn was born in Derbyshire in England in 1950, the eldest of the five children of Eric and Mary. He was a bit of a tearaway kid and loved sports and the outdoors. The family migrated to Australia in 1966. His father found work at the Cadbury factory near Hobart, in Tasmania, and the family followed. Glenn also worked in dispatch at the Cadbury factory.
The Vietnam War was on and, despite his mother’s concerns, she was persuaded and both parents signed the papers for him to enlist.
Glenn enlisted in the army and at Kapooka was impressed by a particular instructor who suggested that a quicker route to Vietnam could well be through a focus on joining the Australian Army Medical Corps. After recruit training Glenn was allocated to RAAMC – Royal Australian Army Medical Corps – and sent to the School of Army Health located at Healesville, Victoria, for a 10 week course. Following this he completed a further two-week extension at Bandiana at Wodonga before being posted to Randwick and a medical and dental warehousing unit at Maroubra.
In February 1970 Glenn was posted to the 1st Australian Field Hospital, Vung Tau, South Vietnam. He describes in detail his experiences dealing with casualties. He says that the follow-up for casualties was second to none.
Glenn’s career in the army, post-Vietnam, was one of advancement and variety. When he retired from the army in 1988 his position was the lead warrant officer instructor for warehousing and vehicle supplies management at the Australian Army School of Ordnance, Bandiana.
Glenn had 26 years in the warehousing and logistics area, mainly for big companies like Woodside. He adapted to using computer programs for industry needs and is still being offered work although he retired in 2014.