Dedicated to the many Australian and New Zealand entertainers whose performances helped raise troop morale in all theatres of war.
Clarence Ormsby is the founder and developer of Entertainers On Parade. He and and wife Janet are currently touring Australia to promote the site and the efforts of Australian and New Zealand entertainers who sometimes risked their lives to present their shows and raise the morale of service men and women in dangerous circumstances.
Clarence is a native of New Zealand but now lives in New South Wales Australia. He is a renowned entertainer in his own right and you can read more about him and his background by clicking above on the "about" button.
During my second tour I started to question my sanity and commitment to war service in Vietnam. I was injured and when hospitalised in the 1st Australian Field hospital I experienced the most wonderful of experiences. A group of Australian and New Zealand entertainers came into the hospital ward and entertained the injured soldiers and that is a special memory in my mind.
For a period I became chaperone to Australian entertainers in Saigon now Ho Chi Minh city. I came to Australia in December 1981 specially to find those entertainers. Unfortunately, I have not found them. What I also found was our entertainers did not have recognition for their Vietnam service. In 1986 I took my concern to the late Mayor of Tamworth June Greer. She gave me a big hug and took me in the streets to dance. It was that day January 1986 we started the campaign to see recognition given to Australian, New Zealand and American entertainers who supported the soldiers in the Vietnam war. Along the way I recruited Mick Scrase from the Granville Vietnam veterans Association and in 1992 former Prime Minister Paul Keating made the announcement entertainers would receive the "Vietnam Logistic Support Medal" I still have not found those entertainers. But may I say "Thank you the Memories" that helped heal my life.
Today I am a singer, entertainer, who has performed in America, Singapore, Bangkok, Vietnam, New Zealand supporting disadvantaged families, war widows, war veterans and specially using my skills to raise money for agent orange and cerebral palsy children. My hero is my grandson Jonathon who was born with cerebral palsy and went totally blind at 12 years of age.
During the early 1960's the Australian and New Zealand Governments were recruiting soldiers to help fight communism in Vietnam. Their ANZAC campaign was based on the perception that communism may head towards Australia and New Zealand and destroy both our home countries.
Members of my family had served in WW1, WW2, Korea, Malaya, Borneo and now Vietnam had come along. My cousin Brigham Tarawa tracked me down and suggested that we both join up and go to war like our uncles who served in the infamous 28th Maori Battalion. After my two tours in Vietnam and surviving the heaviest of battles like 1968 TET Offensive, Battle of Baria, Battle of Coral when 25 Australians were killed in that action. With much sadness my mate Noel Lyes committed suicide some weeks after the Battle of Coral.
Mental Illness affected soldiers in the great wars and still today.
By Clarence Ormsby, Anzac Vietnam Veteran
Mental health and suicide is a very complex and sensitive area for ex-military combat veteran Clarence Ormsby who lost a soldier mate to suicide during the Vietnam war. At that time there was no military or Government support you just had to man up and keep going.
It took Clarence 10 years before he had the courage to visit the grave of his soldier mate in New Zealand....."my own readjustment to civilian life during those 10 years was unbearable and nobody cared or wanted to understand."
My unit officers ridiculed my mate and it was terrible for his family, other soldiers and myself. I simply wont tolerate that kind of insensitive behaviour from anybody. Mental illness is a silent killer still attacking and stealing the lives of military citizens and the general population tooday.
It is now reported that 242 Australian personnel have committed suicide since 1999.
I will be taking this awareness fund raising concert tout to National Australia, New Zealand, America and to the world to help many Anzac and allied citizens and their families better understand.
The Department of Veterans Affairs, bureaucrats, senior military officers and politicians don't even touch the tip of the iceberg....Its really sad. Yet they will always find the money to satisfy their egotistical journey in life while the combat veteran suffers.
I invite Prime ministers, Presidents, and Politicians to call me and offer to help this campaign.
My cousin was wounded at the Battle Of Baria, 2nd February 1968. He injured is spine when blown of an Australian APC by an RPG rocket. He suffered PTSD, heart disease, and had difficulty walking so he applied for funds to buy an electric wheelchair. The appropriate department did not even reply. He died at the wheel of his car on the 17th March 2016 at Newcastle while driving his wife home from early morning shopping. There were many times when he had contemplated suicide. I conducted his funeral and it still hurts.
Clarence Ormsby has produced and designed a music CD specifically to raise funds for homeless veterans and those veterans that have difficulty reaching out to Government agencies. Another major aspect of war sufferings are the children, wives, widows and partners who have become the lost tribe. Communications can be difficult. Veterans and Partners groups around the country offer support but there are those who slip through the cracks because of a lack of funds causing some agencies to be considered lacking a care approach.
Clarence Ormsby has been a voluntary welfare officer since 1974. He has witnessed traumatised families through the windows of ridicule. Now it's our turn to help the younger generation and families with funds from his selected grounded songs and music. Clarence is an independent recording artist. Help Us sell a MILLION CD's where all profits will help many homeless and mentally traumatised people like my late cousin and his family. I will gladly do FREE happy fun concerts for homeless and traumatised families and communities. this is not a TV Reality show its about saving real human lives.
Join the launch of COMBAT SUICIDE campaign National Australia, state by state concert tour Seniors Week at Ormsby House, Taree NSW, MONDAY 13th MARCH 2017. Find a venue and book me in. I will work my plan to be there. All door takings will remain in your community for the specific purpose of educating on mental illness and eradicate the silent assassin "SUICIDE."
CD ORDERS $25 include P&H
Postal orders to: Clarence Ormsby
PO Box 7072
Mannering Park NSW 2259
Mobile: 0447 448 636
COMBAT SUICIDE AUSTRALIA
DURING THE GREAT WARS, COUPLES WEPT
SOLDIER AND HIS WIFE DIED, AS THEY SLEPT
EVIL HAS PENETRATED MANY A GOOD FAMILY
LEFT THEM WITH NO DAMN ANSWERS TODAY
I HAVE SEEN THIS PERSONAL TRAUMATIC SILENCE
MY SOLDIER MATE GAVE, HIS VERY LAST CALL
FOR YEARS I HAVE PONDERED HIS VERY PLIGHT
TOGETHER WE KEPT OUR SANITY - IN THE FIGHT
RIDICULE COMES FROM, OUR OWN LINES
TRUST IS DIFFICULT TO KNOW - AT ANY TIME
SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AIRMEN, NURSES SAME
THEY DONT REACH OUT - YOURE NOT TO BLAME
HAVE GOOD FAITH IN YOUR SELF EVERY DAY
DONT HURT ANOTHER WHO DIES THIS WAY
REACH OUT WITH KIND WORDS AND DO PRAY
MENTAL ILLNESS THE SICKNESS, PUSH IT AWAY
(C)ORMSBY 2016 - VIETNAM VETERAN
I WRITE THESE VERSES AS A TRIBUTE TO MY SOLDIER MATE AND
THE MANY MILITARY AND CIVLIAN CITIZENS WHO HAVE CHOSEN
TO END THEIR DILEMMA IN THIS MANNER. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.