Vietnam war widow receives husband's medals 48 years on

MEMORIES: Albury's Lorraine Boyd says everyone just expected her to get on with life after her first husband was killed in Vietnam. She was then 18. Picture: MARK JESSER

MEMORIES: Albury's Lorraine Boyd says everyone just expected her to get on with life after her first husband was killed in Vietnam. She was then 18. Picture: MARK JESSER

NEARLY 50 years on, a young war widow’s loss has been recognised.

Albury’s Lorraine Boyd received the service medals of her first husband, Lindsay Brown, at the Murray Border Association Vietnam Veterans luncheon on Friday.

The couple, who lived in Benalla, married on Remembrance Day, 1967.

Mr Brown started his Vietnam service at Christmas and was killed on May 26 the following year. Only 22 himself, he left a widow of 18.

“We’d been going together for three-and-a-half years; all he wanted to do before he went to Vietnam was get married,” Mrs Boyd said.

“In those days, they came and told you he had died and that was it, just get on with your life.”

Receiving her husband’s medals was never spoken of, possibly due to Mr Brown’s parents being considered his next of kin.

But on Friday that link to the past was reconnected.

“I think it’s great,” Mrs Boyd said.

“It was like a war that was never acknowledged or anything.”

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