|Pic Courtesy AWM`|
He was interviewed in 2005 ago by the State Library of South Australia. It's worth a listen.
The unfortunate part of this story is that Thomas Samuel's experience was far from unique. Many indigenous men shopped around from depot to depot until they found one that would allow them to enlist, and went on to serve.
It also demonstrates the disrespect held for our indigenous Australians back then. Aboriginality was classified on his documents as a disease.
Not much changed between 2017 and 1965. Many indigenous men who were called up in the second national service scheme were treated with similar disrespect. The bottom line was that the Department of Labour and National Service really wasn't sure of their status.
Unfortunately much of that disrespect remains as can be seen by what is appearing on social media.
Read it and weep.
*Wounded in action