From hot water to navy career

REMEMBRANCE: Local Vietnam War veteran Dieter Merchel displays his navy uniform he donated to the Mount Gambier Community Returned and Services League’s museum.

“WE were preparing for a caning, but got congratulated instead for making a decent career move,” Mount Gambier’s Dieter Merchel told The Border Watch.

From the days of skipping school to years at sea serving his country, the truant never imagined one simple decision could lead him to a stint in Vietnam with the navy.

In his final year at Mount Gambier

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