Redgum’s ‘I was only 19’ united the Vietnam veteran’s movement in Australia.

The song tells the true story of an Australian soldier’s experience fighting in the Vietnam jungle.

But before Redgum could create an anthem that changed the national conversation, songwriter John Schumann would need to find a veteran willing to share their story.

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