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Transcript 1685

Rest and Recreation - Message from President Johnson

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Holt, Harold

Period of Service: 26/01/1966 to 19/12/1967

More information about Holt, Harold on The National Archive website.

Release Date: 13/10/1967

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 1685

The Prime Minister, Mr. Holt, has received the following message from President Johnson:-

" A quarter century ago I found out that if you had to be away from home and fighting a war, the best country to be in is Australia. I hear that the first group of our servicemen to come to you from Viet Nam has arrived at the same conclusion.

I know the  thought and care and warmth that went into the arrangements made for our men.

I thank you, and through you, the people of Australia for what you are doing.

Sincerely,
LYNDON B JOHNSON "

Mr. Holt, in welcoming the message today, said: "It is good to learn that the U. S. servicemen coming here for R. and R. have formed such a favourable impression of Australia."

13 October 1967

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