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Vietnam heroes recognised after 44 years

DIVING blind, hand over hand down a ship’s anchor chain in the murky waters of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam in 1968, using only those hands to search for explosives or other weapons, was not a job for the faint hearted.

Forty four years after they participated in a highly dangerous operation code-named SEALORDS, six former Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers have been honoured with a United States Presidential Unit Citation signed by the late US President Richard Nixon.

SEALORDS was an acronym for Southeast Asia Lake, Ocean, River, and Delta Strategy and was aimed at disrupting enemy supply lines through Cambodia and the delta between August 1968 and March 1969.

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