Geoff Kohler was undertaking his motor mechanic apprentice when he was conscripted into the army in 1968.
After his initial training at Puckapunyal for three months, Mr Kohler was then posted to Warradale in Adelaide for nine months.
He was then sent to Vietnam where he spent the next 206 days attached to the 102 field Workshop RAEME.
Mr Kohler felt he was very lucky to continue as a motor mechanic.
Whilst in Vietnam, other than the war conditions, he remembers loading the HMAS Sydney in Australia and also unloading the same ship in Vietnam.
He met Roger Soar, a fellow conscript, and Colleen Mealy, an Army Nursing Officer, both from Port Augusta.
After returning to Australia, Mr Kohler returned to Woodforde Motors which he eventually owned.The RSL at that time was not very welcoming to Vietnam vets so he did not join until his son, Adam, started playing darts and pool at the club.
Over the years Mr Kohler has been president (2001 to 2005) and since then senior vice president often presiding over commemorative services, taking school groups through the museum and other official duties.
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