Dr. Tony White AM
By Book Blurb & Robert 'Dogs' Kearney
The duties and life of a
frontline Australian doctor in the Vietnam War (5 RAR
the radio call sign for army doctors and medics. Vivid
recollections of author's 12 month tour of duty as a
frontline doctor in difficult territory. Born in
Australia, reared in Kenya, Africa, and educated in
England and Australia with a medical degree from Sydney
University, the author was Mentioned in Dispatches
during the war, is still a medical practitioner
specialising in remote areas and skin diseases in the
Pacific Islands, and assists the Royal Flying Doctor
Service. He was made a member of The Order of Australia
was Australia's longest and most
controversial war. This book vividly recalls
the Author's 12 month tour of duty as a
frontline doctor in difficult territory.
Starlight was the radio call sign for army
doctors and medics.
For those who were there, this book will
surely refresh memories, good and bad, of
those days of conflict. For those who
weren't there, Tony White has painted the
scenes skillfully with his letters home from
the warfront, and connecting stories.
I commend strongly his story to all as an
outstanding account of the duties and life
of a frontline Australian doctor in the
Major-General WB Digger James AC MBE MC MBBS
When I think of the solid
service, patient endurance, steady courage
in the face of danger and the basic decency
and dependability of the ordinary Australian
soldier, I'm intensely proud to have 'been
there and done that' in such company.
From Robert (Dogs) Kearney
5RAR 1st Tour and author of Silent Voices
and co-author of Crossfire and
Flashback, Echoes from a Hard War wrote:
this is a great read mate- I could hardly
put it down; read it in two sittings.
I highly recommend it to every member of the
battalion and their families; it is an easy
read that covers the personal side of a son,
brother, and young doctor at war.
Through sharing his letters, thoughts, fears
and use of black humour as well as his
practical methods of dealing with stress,
Tony has produced a wonderful book; I will
revisit it from time to time to subdue my
Doc’s honest caring for the diggers comes
through in his clear and descriptive sharing
of the events of 66-67 many we as diggers
didn’t know about but others in which we
were the players. His use of personal family
letters brings an immediacy that can’t be
squeezed from a fading memory.
This book will be read by a diverse range of
people but especially his and our
grandchildren, great grandchildren etc.
I am sure it will become mandatory reading
for RMC, and AAMC; it will always be a
valuable reference for young green Army
This is definitely one for the website mate.
Best wishes to you your family and all the
(Left to Right)
'Doc' White with Bob O'Neill who was the
battalion's intelligence officer for most of
the 1st tour.
Doc signing his book at the book launch.
Susie and Tassie Wass, with Shirley Warr at
STARLIGHT, ISBN 987 1
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