Life on the Line podcast - Nick Howlett
May 18, 2022 Angus Hordern, Life on the Line podcast, Series 6 2022, #123 Volume I & II May 2022
Nick Howlett, whose story appears in Chapter 19 'Star' in The Third Chopstick has recently completed a two-part podcast called Life on the Line with Angus Hordern.
Part 1 (Series 6 #123 Volume 1)
Angus Hordern interviews Vietnam War SAS veteran Nick Howlett. Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories.
Nick Howlett joined the Citizens Military Forces in the 1960s as a commando. He soon left his civilian job as a bank teller and transferred to the regular army and joined the Special Air Service Regiment as an officer. In this podcast, Nick tells Angus Hordern about his experiences commanding an SAS troop - all with sergeants and soldiers far more experienced than him - in the jungles of Vietnam.
Part 2 (Series 6 #123 Volume 2)
Angus Hordern continues his interview with Vietnam War SAS veteran Nick Howlett.
Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. In the second part of his conversation with Angus Hordern, Nick Howlett details patrols and hot extractions during the 1969-70 3 Squadron SAS deployment to Vietnam. Nick tells Angus about his post-Vietnam career, the paratroop jump that ended it all, his difficulties with PTSD, his views on transition out of the military and his peaceful life today on his boat.