Years after the end of the Vietnam War, Australian diggers search for 42 buried Vietnamese soldiers.
John Bryant has been looking for the bodies of Viet Cong soldiers that were buried in a bomb crater during the Battle of Balmoral in April 1968.
In 2002 fellow digger, Brian Cleaver, called Bryant about the battle they had been involved in 46 years ago.
“He rang me up knowing I had the photographs and asked me a few questions,” Bryant says. “I told him there were 42 buried in a bomb crater.”
After making a promise to a Vietnamese man he had met in a little village just outside of the war zone, Cleaver made it his passion to find the North Vietnamese soldiers that he’d killed during the Battle.
“In 2009 we located one body. That body is now in a martyr cemetery,” Bryant says.
“We’ve been looking for the other 42 men we buried in a B52 bomb crater. So far we haven’t located them but we know the area, we just haven’t found the exact spot.”
“Hopefully that will happen, then those men can be exhumed or given back to their relatives. The people in this area can know that their martyrs have died in this particular area.”
Relatives of the soldiers have already built a small Buddhist temple at the site in honour of the fallen soldiers.
“That’s all been brought about because of Brian Cleaver.”