RAAF veteran tells tale of his youth in service
Being colour blind did not hinder Living Gems Gold Coast veteran Neale Horrocks from embracing an Air Force career, which he credits for helping him find the right path in life.
In December 1951, Neale, a 17-year-old country boy, lived in a city boarding house. He was working at a job that was satisfying but had no future. Suddenly, North Korea decided that they should own all the Korean Peninsula and the Korean War began.
“I received ‘callup’ papers to be at RAAF Station Amberley on 10 December 1951. I was two weeks away from turning 18,” Neale says.
“I was processed, injected, yelled at, intimidated, and taught about the power of authority. It wasn’t too bad, unless you fought the system – and I soon learned that you couldn’t win.”
Neale made the momentous decision to sign on as a ‘regular’ where he was provided with good food, a good bed, good friends, and a...