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Greeting Marc.  I hope you can help me locate a childhood friend of mine who's always been on my my mind and in my heart.  My stepfather was a Staff Sgt. in the RAF and stationed on Penang, Malaysia in 1966. I went to a British Australian Army School BAACS (British Australian Army Children's School?).  My best friend was Daniel Dyer and I believe his father was Brigadier General Dyer.  I may be wrong, but for some reason this stuck in my head.  Connecting with Daniel would close a chapter in my life and a ache in my heart.  I am 55 years old and Daniel would be the same.  I believe Gen. Dyer was stationed on the mainland of Malaysia in Butterworth, Kuala Lumpur.

I look forward to hearing from you in earnest and will pray for a positive reply.


David JSL, Toronto, Canada.

Thanks for thinking of me on this. I know the process for searching for veterans of the U.S. military, but have never looked into tracking down veterans from the British or Australian military. Sorry I can't be of help.

My only thought might be for you to contact the British or Australian embassies in Canada and see if you can find someone who would help.

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I can answer most questions dealing with all aspects of U.S. military history. My expertise is the Vietnam War. I also have written extensively about the U.S. Civil War, World War II, World War I, The Philippine War, and the American Revolution. My books include a concise biography of the Marquis de Lafayette, the history of the American Flag, and the post-Jefferson history of Monticello, and therefore know a great deal about those specific subjects. I specialize in writing about matters of strategy--not tactics. And I also am interested in personalities. I have very little knowledge about ordnance or the value of old military memorabilia. Nor do I know a lot about uniforms and insignia--except about the Vietnam War. To repeat: I have no expertise in assessing the value of ordnance or uniforms or any type of military equipment. And my knowledge about military uniforms is only limited to those of the Vietnam War era. If you have questions on these topics, I recommend contacting an antiques dealer in your area who specializes in military uniforms, ordnance, etc.


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