Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Author Shares War Insights

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Author Shares War Insights

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THE spotlight was on Warwick Library yesterday as controversial author and war veteran Don Tate spoke about his two books The War Within and Anzacs Betrayed.

A retired soldier and high school English teacher, Mr Tate was raised in a rural part of Brisbane and he went to the Vietnam War as a patriotic infantryman.

He was badly wounded in action with the 9th Battalion in 1969 -- the day before man walked on the moon.

He subsequently spent more than two years in hospital, and 12 months of that time was spent in a full-body plaster.

"The books were basically cathartic expression," he said.

"I wrote over a four-year period, and each chapter deals with an event or character."

Mr Tate has been publicly speaking for about five years, and said the Warwick talk yesterday was his 181st library visit.

"Everyone has got a story to tell," he said.

"I believe you should leave something behind after you're gone.

"The message is basically that you don't have to just lie down when trauma comes across your life. …

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